Hasek stopped 23 shots for his sixth shutout this season and 74th of his NHL career as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 on Monday night. Jiri Hudler, and Pavel Datsyuk scored for Detroit, which won its fourth straight.
Hasek, who leads the NHL with a 1.98 goals-against average, is one shutout behind New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur for tops in the league. But that wasn’t enough to earn a spot on the Western Conference all-star team.
Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo was elected to start in fan balloting. Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff, and Dallas’s Marty Turco were named as reserves Saturday.
“I don’t feel that way,” said Hasek, brushing off suggestions that he was more determined on Monday. “I was rested because Ozzy (Chris Osgood) played the last game at home.”
But being left off the team still stung the 41-year-old veteran of 15 NHL seasons, who has played in six all-star games.
“I believe I deserved to be there,” Hasek said. “For me, it’s over now.
“I want to stay focused for the rest of the season. I didn’t come back to Detroit to play in the all-star game.”
And the Red Wings don’t mind that Hasek, who has had a history of groin problems, can use the break to rest.
“We’ve got a lot of confidence with him in net,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.
David Aebischer made 37 saves for Montreal.
“They played pretty good defensively,” Canadiens forward Michael Ryder said. “And we couldn’t get anything to the net or by Hasek.”
Detroit defenceman Chris Chelios played in his 1,515th NHL game and moved past former Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman into 10th place on the career list. Yzerman retired after last season, his 22nd – all with Detroit – and had his jersey retired Jan. 2.
The Red Wings took a 1-0 lead 9:18 in on Hudler’s seventh goal. He beat Aebischer with a slapshot from the top of the left circle, high on the far side.
“I was going to pass it, but the defenceman backed up and went to the middle,” Hudler said. “And I just took a couple of steps and shot.
“I tried to pick the top corner, and wanted to get it away fast.”
Datsyuk added his 13th goal, when his shot from deep along the right boards got between Aebischer’s arm and body.
“I think we were tentative,” Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau said. “We knew it was a big game, but we were tentative.”
Notes: Hasek is ninth on the career shutout list . . . Montreal and Detroit last played Oct. 20, 2003 . . . Montreal D Mathieu Dandenault played in Detroit for the first time since signing with Montreal in Oct. 2005. He played nine seasons with the Red Wings (1995-2004), helping the team win three Stanley Cups . . . Detroit D Mathieu Schneider missed his fourth game with a strained knee ligament.