Game 1: Pacific loses to the Central Division, 10-4
The Central scored 7 goals in the first 10 minutes while the Pacific scored just 1. In the 2nd half, both teams scored 3 goals each ending the score at 10-4.
Even without the Centeral’s captain, Nate MacKinnon, the Colorado Avalanche‘s line shined bright. Avalance Captain Gabe Landeskog snagged a hat trick and picked up 1 assist while his teammate Mikko Rantanen scored 2 goals and 1 assist.
Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks was electric, scoring 2 goals and collecting assist with 5 shots on goal. Roman Josi, Mark Scheifele, and Ryan O’Reilly scored for the Central as well.
3 of the 4 Pacific goals scored were by a San Jose Shark, Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns. Joe Pavelski collected 2 assists on Karlsson and Burns goals. Johnny Gaudreau was the other Pacific player to score a goal.
Game 2: Metropolitan beats the Atlantic, 7-4
The two teams were pretty even into the first, the Metro scored 3 while the Atlantic scored 2. But in the 2nd, the Metro really opened it up scoring 4 goals while the Atlantic picked up another 2.
The Atlantic were off to a slow…game. The Atlantic weren’t with it in this game, they were chasing for a good chunk of the game. Most people brush it off as “yeah yeah it’s just the All-Star game” but at least you can make it entertaining with some effort.
Sidney Crosby missed the Skills Competition last night due to illness but he came back to alive during the actual All-Star game! Crosby scored 2 goals and collected 1 assist.
Seth Jones, of the Columbus Blue Jackets, scored 2 goals of his 2 shots on goal, with a +3 rating. Kris Letang, Sebastian Aho, and Cam Atkinson also scored goals for the Metro.
Steven Stamkos had a sick, between the legs goal that will be in every highlight reel, forever. Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner, and John Tavares scored the other goals for the Atlantic.
Atlantic Captain Auston Matthews, of the Toronto Maple Leafs, had the most shots on goal with a total of 4. Overall, it was a rough game for the Atlantic.
The Final: The Metro defeated the Central, 10-5
The Metro came out strong, scoring 5 goals in the first period while the Central scored 0. In the 2nd, the Central picked up 5 while the Metro put up an additional 5.
Sidney Crosby was once again on top of it in this game. Crosby collected 2 goals and collected 3 assists.
It wasn’t just Crosby who was alive this game, it was his whole line. Sidney Crosby played along side Mathew Barzal, of the New York Islanders, and Crosby’s longtime teammate, Kris Letang. Through the two games, this line collected 8 goals and 11 assists by themselves.
Claude Giroux, Kyle Palmieri, Sebastian Aho, and Cam Atkinson (scored 2) also scored in the Metro’s victory.
Gabe Landeskog picked up another goal and his linemate, Mikko Rantanen picked up two more. The Avalanche players alone grabbed 8 goals and 5 assists for the Central division, and that was without their centerman Nate MacKinnon. Blake Wheeler and Ryan O’Reilly also scored for the Central.
The All-Star game was an exciting one this year, especially with the Central blowing the favorite Pacific, out of the water (no pun intended). In the end, it was the Metropolitan’s 11 players who will be taking home the $1,000,000 split 11 ways (roughly $90,909.09 per player) with Sidney Crosby named All-Star MVP.
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