Simmonds leads Metro over Pacific for NHL All-Star crown
Jan 31, 2017, 00:17
Strip away all the nonpareil talent jammed inside Staples Center's visiting dressing room late Sunday afternoon, take down those golden nameplates from above the locker stalls, and the scene after the 2017 NHL All-Star Game would've instead resembled some kind of sports memorabilia show typically housed across the street at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The lead-up to the championship wasn't competitive as the Pacific routed the Central Division 10-3 and the Metropolitan overtook and skated past the Atlantic 10-6.
Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds won the game's MVP award.
Following the skills challenge, the NHL's replacement for the Everyone Is Actually Having Fun Breakaway Challenge was up next, the Honda NHL Four Line Challenge.
The Kings drafted Simmonds in 2007, then traded him to Flyers as part of Mike Richards deal in the summer of 2011.
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Though his team lost in the Final, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler summed up the feeling of the experience of All-Star weekend. "They made me feel really good today".
The All-Star Game, as a 3-on-3 tournament, is pretty much flawless and getting better by the year.
The Metropolitan players will split a $1,000,000 bonus for winning the All-Star Game.
Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals) stopped all five shots in he faced in the second period.
Connor McDavid found a way to leave his mark, scoring a gif-worthy goal in the final and flashing his blazing speed at every turn.
"I just remember Coach (Peter) Laviolette just putting me net-front on the power play from the first practice when I got to Philadelphia", Simmonds said.
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The other challenge everyone has their eyes on is the fastest skater.
Faulk recorded three assists in the Metropolitan Division's tournament-opening win over the Atlantic Division, revenge for losing to them in the first game just a year ago.
Another key contributor for the Islanders during their mini resurgence this month: John Tavares, who leads the National Hockey League with eight goals and 13 points since January 12. Kucherov scored twice and added two helpers. Columbus' Sergei Bobrovsky stopped seven of 10 shots for the win.
Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens stopped three of six shots and Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins eight of 14.
This was the second year the league used a three-on-three format with teams representing each of the four divisions. It elected to play second and face the Metropolitan Division all-stars. Tortorella skipped the event to attend to a family matter.
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