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At 3:30, the Central and Pacific will face off, followed by the Metropolitan against the Atlantic at 4:30. The winners of the respective 3-on-3 games will then compete afterwards.
Before the first game got underway, all four teams were introduced and had the half-decent honor of shaking hands/bumping fists with the newly named #NHL100—the best 100 players in NHL history, which includes Hurricanes GM Ron Francis.
Central vs. Pacific (PAC wins, 10-3)
- The Centralcago Divisionhawks seem to be taking this less than seriously. Pacific has easily controlled play, leading 4-1 now thanks to Cam Fowler, Jeff Carter, Brent Burns, and the Connor McDavid show:
- 1st half ends, Pacific up 5-1. So far, at least, this year seems to have a significantly different feel (as in, more than three goals each game) than last year’s tightly contested battles.
- Pretty much:
It's intermission of the first #NHLAllStar game. The Pacific is up 5-1, and the Central has a plane to catch.— SB Nation NHL (@SBNationNHL) January 29, 2017
- Second half is underway. P.K. Subban—who apparently channeled Mark Messier in his intermission speech, according to NBCSN—embarrasses Ryan Kesler and scores to make it 5-2. Comeback?
- Oh nevermind, Gaudreau scores. 6-2 Pacific.
- The unlikeliest of duos, Carter and Joe Pavelski, make it 7-2. Almost unfair.
- Devan Dubnyk throws his stick, gives up a goal five-hole. #Karma?
- Double digits?????
- Double digits!!!!! 10-3 Pacific.
The Central didn’t know the Pacific is trying to win.— Fear The Fin (@fearthefin) January 29, 2017
"Wait... what are we in LA for again?"— Steve Dangle Glynn (@Steve_Dangle) January 29, 2017
- The Central Division at an In-N-Out burger at 4:38 this morning.
- It’s okay, Central. The mean men can’t hurt you anymore. 10-3 final. Time to watch Justin Faulk and some other guys named Crosby and Ovechkin take on the Atlantic Division.
Metropolitan vs. Atlantic (MET wins, 10-6)
- So Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey are coaching the Metro. They’re alright, I guess.
- Carey Price is playing like the only guy who isn’t hungover, which is a very real possibility.
- Wayne Simmonds with all of his #grit scores a beautiful breakaway goal. 1-0 Metro.
- Sergei Bobrovsky just went on a marvelous adventure. #1 cop on the force, indeed:
- Kucherov and Trocheck in with a 2-on-0, expected result ensues. Tie game.
- Simmonds continues to carry the (probably very heavy) Metro team, scoring again to bring back a one-goal lead for the team in white.
- Victor Hedman scores. The Lightning and Flyers are now tied at two.
- Much closer game here, both teams tied at three at halftime. Erik Karlsson and John Tavares added a goal apiece.
- Auston Matthews snipes one home, but Tavares answers back. Justin Faulk gets his first assist on the play, but Cam Atkinson made the dazzling play to get the puck on net.
- Seth Jones scores immediately off the faceoff following Tavares’ goal. Than Taylor Hall does the same thing after Jones’ goal. Three goals in 19 seconds.
- Braden Holtby seems to also not be hungover.
Braden Holtby robs Brad Marchand twice on a sequence involving him and Auston Matthews pic.twitter.com/UPbRQAgOz3— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) January 29, 2017
- Sidney Crosby scores with an assist from Faulk. Be still, my heart.
- Double digits again!! Crosby feeds Ovechkin on the back door, with help from Faulk to keep the puck in the zone.
- Metro wins 10-6, will face Pacific for the championship. Three assists for Faulk. Coach Gretzky seems to be enjoying himself:
Metropolitan vs. Pacific (MET wins, 4-3)
- Teams trade goals quickly—Pavelski for the Pacific and Jones for the Metro. Faulk with the assist on Jones’ tally.
- Turn the game off, this is all that matters: Pinball Expert Justin Faulk scores to make it 2-1! Five points for #27 in the two games (1g, 2a).
- Wait turn it back on, McDavid just McDavided. Tie game.
Connor McDavid is extremely freaking good at hockey pic.twitter.com/E3aoxqs8kA— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) January 29, 2017
- End of the half: 3-2 Pacific lead thanks to Bo Horvat and Johnny Gaudreau being good at hockey. Simmonds with a gorgeous chance at the end but Jones says no.
- Ryan Kesler scores to make it 4-2, but the goal is disallowed after a challenge showed the play being offside. Because why not.
- Cam Atkinson outpaces his opposite number (Gaudreau) and scores on a breakaway to tie the game. That was a lot of speed between the two MVP favorites (for the ASG, at least).
- Wayne Simmonds kindly reminds us that he, too, could win the MVP car at the end of the day with another goal.
WAYNE SIMMONDS GIVES THE METRO THE LEAD pic.twitter.com/nx7870Uo9v— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) January 29, 2017
- The last 30 seconds have been amazing. Chances galore for the Pacific with the goalie pulled, Ryan McDonagh selling out to keep his team ahead, and finally, an actual NHL-game feeling. This is cool.
- Metro wins, 4-3. Most exciting game of the tournament, as expected. Stay tuned for MVP announcement. Mood:
- Wayne Simmonds wins MVP, as he should. He and Cam Atkinson really solidified themselves as bonafide stars in the League this weekend.
- Faulk put forth a great showing himself, with five points and a share of a million bucks.
- The weekend as a whole has to be considered a success, despite the lack of John Scott storyline that was present in Nashville. The players were able to showcase some personality and seemed to enjoy themselves.
- That said, bring back the Breakaway Challenge, NHL. Let your players have some fun and show off a bit more, it’s good for your #brand.