Metropolitan Division wins dramatic 2017 NHL All-Star game
The Metropolitan Division won the latest NHL All-Star game and collected a $1 million dollar prize taking down the Pacific Division 4-3.
The 3-on-3 format game was back and forth with the Pacific Division scoring first thanks to Joe Pavelski. The Metropolitan Division tied the game up a minute later from Seth Jones. Then Justin Faulk scored another for the Metropolitan Division to put them up 2-1, before Pacific Division captain Connor McDavid and Bo Horvat scored back to back goals late in the first half to give the Pacific Division the 3-2 lead at intermission.
In the second half, the Pacific Division thought it had sealed the deal 4-2 on a shot from Connor McDavid, but hockey great Wayne Gretzky put a stop to their celebration by challenging the goal, which after official review was determined to be offside. With 4:58 left in the game, Wayne Simmonds, from the Flyers, scored the game winning goal, five seconds after Cam Atkinson, from the Blue Jacket’s, scored, while Washington goalie Braden Holtby made several big saves to secure the win for his team. Simmonds, a first-time All-Star, was named the game’s MVP after he put the Metropolitan squad ahead.
Gretzky replaced John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets as coach after he had to pull out because his dog became ill.
The 11-man team that includes Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins), who hasn’t played in the All-Star game since 2007, Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals), Taylor Hall (New Jersey Devils), Simmonds, Atkinson (who replaced injured Evgeni Malkin of the Pengunins), John Taveres (New York Islanders), Faulk (Carolina Hurricanes), Seth Jones (Columbus Blue Jackets), Ryan McDonagh (New York Rangers), Sergi Bobrovsky (Blue Jackets) and Holtby (Capitals) will split the prize money.