With the skills competition over we now turn to the main event, the NHL all-star game. Keeping with the 3 on 3 formula with each division bringing a team to the fold. There will be 3 games in total that consist of two 10-minute periods. The winner of the first 2 games will play each other for the championship to crown the top all-star division and the winner of one million dollars. Now without further adieu let’s see how the games went.
Metropolitan vs. Atlantic
There was a goal in the 1st minute as David Pastrnak would give the Atlantic an early 1-0 lead off a tic-tac-toe play. The Atlantic would add to the lead as Shea Weber would make it 2-0 off a one-timer. The Metro would get on the board as John Carlson would bury a one-timer making it a 2-1 game. Then Nico Hischier would tie the game off a nice drive to the net making it 2-2. Then for a 3rd unanswered goal T.J. Oshie would pick the corner giving the Metro a 3-2 lead. Then things continued to roll for the Metro as Seth Jones would go short side on Frederick Andersen making it 4-2. The Atlantic quickly responded off the stick of Anthony Duclair who beat Braden Holtby off a one-timer making it a 4-3 game. The game would end up in a tie again as Pastrnak would slide it five-hole on Holtby knotting it up at 4-4. Then to end the period Holtby would make a great toe save on Weber to keep it 4-4 after 1.
To start the 2nd Holtby and Andersen were switched for Tristan Jarry and Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Metro would open the scoring in the period as Hischier would finish a passing play making it a 5-4 Metro lead. The Atlantic would tie it again as Johnathan Huberdeau would go five-hole on Jarry. Then Victor Hedman would give the Atlamtic the lead on a short side shot to make it 6-5. Then The Atlantic would add to the lead thanks to Duclair to make it 7-5. Pastrnak would ice it on an empty net goal for the hat-trick and 8-5 lead. The Metro would pull the goalie again and Duclair would pot home the empty net goal for the hat-trick and 9-5 win.
Central vs. Pacific
Starting in net for this game would be Jacob Markstrom and Jordan Binnington. The Pacific would strike 1st as Matthew Tkachuk would find the five-hole for a 1-0 lead. The Pacific would then add to the lead as Tkachuk found Leon Draisaitl for the 2-0 lead. Then Hertl would beat Binnington on a breakaway to add to the lead at 3-0. The Central would go on the board as Mark Scheifele would pin one over the left leg of Markstron to cut the deficit to 3-1. Then the Blues line would score as David Perron would go five-hole making it 3-2. Patrick Kane would then tie the game off a shot under the arm of Markstrom knotting this one at 3-3. The Pacific would re-take the lead as Quinn Hughes would score off the “Peter Forsberg” move to make it 4-3. That goal was quickly answered by Tyler Seguin who’d tie the game at 4-4. That would end the period at 4-4.
Taking the net for period 2 would be Connor Hellebuyck and David Rittich. Draisaitl would open the score in the period as he took a feed from Connor McDavid to make it 5-4. This tally was also answered in a hurry as Kane would get his second of the game making it 5-5. A tic-tac-toe play finished by Tkachuk would put the Pacific back on top 6-5. Draisaitl would then get a hat-trick to put the Pacific up 7-5. The flood gates seemed to have opened as Hertl would make it 8-5 off a laser of a shot. That’s when Hertl would embarrass Hellebuyck for the hat-trick making it 9-5. Then how about a natural hat-trick as Hertl would score his 3rd in a row to make it 10-5 Pacific. That would be the final meaning the Pacific would play the Atlantic for the million dollar prize!
Atlantic vs Pacific
Now for the Championship game we had the Atlantic division against the Pacific division. The starting goalies were Markstrom and Andersen. Pastrnak would find Hedman to open the scoring early for the Atlantic for a 1-0 lead. The Atlantic would add to the lead as Huberdeau would out-wait Markstrom and make it 2-0. Quinn Hughes almost tied the game but Andersen made a huge glove save to preserve the 2-0 lead. The Pacific would get on the board as Max Pacioretty would score off a turnover making it 2-1. Then a big save by Andersen lead to a goal for Pastrnak making a potential 2-2 game into 3-1. that would end the period with the Atlantic up 3-1 thanks to a great performance from Andersen.
Period 2 would see Vasilevskiy and Rittich take the crease. Elias Petterssen would open the score in the 2nd period with a breakaway snipe cutting the lead to 3-2. Then Draisaitl would beat Vasilevskiy over the blocker to tie the game at 3-3. The Atlantic would re-take the lead as the puck went off the skate of Tyler Bertuzzi to make it 4-3 Atlantic. Petterssen would tie the game with a short side snipe making it 4-4. Then the Pacific would take their 1st lead off the stick of Hertl who’d snipe the puck for a 5-4 lead. This would prove to be the game winner as the Pacific would take the game 5-4 and the million dollars with it.
With that the Pacific all-stars would win the 2020 all-star game. Atlantic forward David Pastrnak would win the MVP award as voted by the fans. Now we turn our attention back to the regular season with around 30 games to go before the playoffs.