The 2019 NHL All-Star Game held in San Jose, California featured glitz, glam, glory, and a lot of goals. The Metropolitan Division, featuring Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho, won the mini tournament by defeating the Central Division 10-5 in the final.
The first match up on the night featured the Pacific Division and the Central Division squaring off. Mikko Rantanen opened the scoring just over a minute in to the match but it was his Colorado Avalanche teammate Gabriel Landeskog who stole the show. Landeskog scored a hat trick and scored four points to lead the Central to a 10-4 victory. Home town Sharks players Erik Karlsson (2) and Brent Burns (1) notched three of the four goals for the Pacific, but the Bill Peters coached team was unable to keep pace with the Central leading to a blowout.
The second game pitted the Atlantic Division against the Metropolitan Division and this match proved to be at least competitive. Both Sidney Crosby and Seth Jones scored two goals for the Metro while Kris Letang, Aho, and Cam Atkinson would all net one goal apiece. Jack Eichel, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, and former Hurricane Jeff Skinner all tallied goals for the Atlantic who ultimately fell 7-4 to the Metro.
The Metro Division and the Central Division then faced off with a million dollars on the line. This contest got out of hand quickly as the Metro got out to a 5-0 lead at the end of the first period. The Central would come back slightly in the second period but the effort wasn’t enough as the Metro won the game 10-5 taking home the title as 2019 NHL All-Star Game champions.
Sidney Crosby had two more goals in the final match up for five total points in the finals while Sebastian Aho added a goal and an assist. After the game Crosby was named MVP for scoring a total of eight points in the entire All-Star Game tournament and received a shiny new car as the his reward.
Overall it was a successful All-Star Game for Aho and the entire Metro Division. The city of San Jose was a great host and the NHL put on another great weekend. Regular season action returns on Monday but the Hurricanes do not play again until Friday. Stay tuned for some great content this week as we await the Canes return!
- Sebastian chose a familiar song to be played after he scored last night:
- Aho was also out there trying to convert opposing fans to Canes fans:
- CCM is gonna #PayDecker
Sincerely thankful @CCMHockey You have been nothing but 1st class the last 5 years I have been a part of your family! Thank you for supporting the men’s and women’s game equally! #NHLAllStar #MadeofHockey #Hockeyisforeveryone https://t.co/IAQSLQEdnN— Brianna Decker (@Bdecker14) January 26, 2019
- The NHL is joining in on donating to women's hockey:
- Here’s a good look at the Mascot game that was held this weekend: