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Sens prospect Butler has four points, leads East to victory in AHL all-star game

HERSHEY, Pa. - Ottawa Senators prospect Bobby Butler and Rhett Rakhshani of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers each had a goal and three assists Monday as the East beat the West 11-8 in the American Hockey League all-star game.

Butler's big night earned him the game's most valuable player honour.

Andrew Gordon of the host Hershey Bears got the crowd of 10,736 buzzing early, setting an AHL all-star record by scoring the first of his two goals 14 seconds into the game.

Robert Bortuzzo of the Wilkes-Barre-Scranton Penguins each scored two goals for East.

Jerome Samson of the Charlotte Checkers added a goal and two assists, while Kyle Palmieri of the Syracuse Crunch, Jeremy Williams of the Connecticut Whale, Jamie Arneil of the Providence Bruins and Matt Anderson of the Albany Devils also scored.

Five-time AHL all-star Corey Locke, Butler's teammate in Binghamton, picked up two assists and now has a league-record 11 career all-star points.

Francis Wathier of the Texas Stars led West with a pair of goals. Michal Repik of the Rochester Americans had a goal and two assists, while T.J. Hensick of the Peoria Rivermen, Ilari Filppula of the Grand Rapids Griffins, Sergei Shirokov of the Manitoba Moose, Spencer Machacek of the Chicago Wolves and Alexandre Giroux of the Oklahoma City Barons also scored.

Martin Jones of the Manchester Monarchs split goaltending duties with Tyler Curry of the Penguins. They combined for 42 saves on 50 shots.

Peoria's Jake Allen, Curtis Sanford of the Hamilton Bulldogs and Mark Dekanich of the Milwaukee Admirals each played one period for West, combining for 24 saves on 35 shots.


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