A New York Islander stole some of the thunder from the host New York Rangers and led the Eastern Conference to 9-8 victory in the NHL All-Star Game.

Pierre Turgeon, booed by the avid pro-Ranger crowd at Madison Square Garden during pregame ceremonies Saturday, turned the jeers to cheers with four assists, including one on the game-winner with 3:52 left as the Eastern Conference came back from a 7-5 deficit to beat the Western Conference.It was the first time the East led in the game, which produced a record 102 shots. The East trailed by one goal eight times and by two on three occasions.

"It was a good game, compared to last year," Turgeon said, remembering the 16-6 Wales Conference victory in 1993 that was seen as an embarrassment to both the Campbell Conference and the league.

Alexei Yashin got the game-winner, his second goal of the game, as the East (formerly the Wales Conference) won the All-Star game for the 13th time in the last 18 meetings.

The Rangers weren't completely overshadowed as goaltender Mike Richter won the most valuable player award for making 19 saves during a record second period in which the teams combined for 39 shots.

"Mike Richter played great in the second period," said Calgary's Al MacInnis. "If not for him, it would have been a bigger score."

"It's overwhelming," said Richter, who was awarded a pickup truck. "You only play 20 minutes (as a goaltender). There were a lot of great saves (by other goalies).

Florida's Bob Kudelski also had two goals for the Eastern Conference. Sandis Ozolinsh of San Jose and Brendan Shanahan each scored two for the West.

St. Louis goaltender Curtis Joseph gave up the winning goal.

"It was pretty tough to see," he said. "He was wide open. I didn't move fast enough."