It was definitely one of the first All-Star weekends, in recent memory, where the Skills Competition on Saturday was overshadowed by any of the action on Sunday, but the 3-on-3 mini-games was a huge hit, building upon a pretty decent idea, which has kept a few more points in the hockey pool this year, moving overtime to a straight 3-on-3 competition in the regular season. It was two 10-minute halves in each of the three mini-games and there was actually a medium scoring game, a high scoring game and then, when it came down to the $1 million prize at the end, the defense was on and the goaltending was great.
The Eastern Conference game, between the Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions was a decent game to start off the proceedings, as the overall pace of the game was definitely positive and there was a great combination of skill among the skaters and some decent stops from the goaltending. The Atlantic Division, led by captain Jaromir Jagr, came away as 4-3 winners in the game.
The Western Conference semi was a little bit more exciting, with all kinds of back-and-forth scoring, as the Central and Pacific Divisions came out swinging and it turned out to be quite the entertaining affair. With 15 goals in the game, there was no shortage of excitement around each team's net and there were still some pretty good saves, considering. The Cinderella story, Pacific Division captain, John Scott's team came away as 9-6 winners.
And yes, the two winning teams tightened it right up, with prize money and some pride on the line, as the goaltending performance between Jonathan Quick and John Gibson, helped lead the way for the Pacific Division to take a 1-0 win. Gibson, the goalie of record for both wins for the Pacific, took top honours for points in the game, thanks to an assist in the second half of the first game, helping him to 5 points in the All-Star festivities.
|John Gibson||PAC||G||2||0||1||0||20||2||0||5||Clayton Corley|
|Daniel Sedin||PAC||F||2||2||2||0||0||0||0||4||John Preston|
|Brent Burns||PAC||D||2||0||4||0||0||0||0||4||Dale Bradley|
|Taylor Hall||PAC||F||2||2||1||0||0||0||0||3||Stacey Campbell|
|James Neal||CEN||F||1||2||1||0||0||0||0||3||Wes Moroz|
|Corey Perry||PAC||F||2||1||2||0||0||0||0||3||Allan Scott|
|Tyler Seguin||CEN||F||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||3||Cindy Saskiw|
|Ben Bishop||ATL||G||2||0||1||0||18||1||0||3||Allan Scott|
|Dylan Larkin||ATL||F||2||0||3||0||0||0||0||3||Grant Saskiw|
|Drew Doughty||PAC||D||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||Derek Wilton|
|Johnny Gaudreau||PAC||F||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||Brian Towers|
|Joe Pavelski||PAC||F||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||Eric Wheeler|
|Dustin Byfuglien||CEN||D||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||Eric Wheeler|
|Evgeni Malkin||MET||F||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||Wes Moroz|
|Matt Duchene||CEN||F||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||2||Jeremy Dieser|
|Vladimir Tarasenko||CEN||F||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||2||Tony Dourado|
|Shea Weber||CEN||D||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||2||Stacey McDonald|
|Aaron Ekblad||ATL||D||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||Derek Wilton|
|Jaromir Jagr||ATL||F||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||John Preston|
|Erik Karlsson||ATL||D||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||Clayton Corley|
|P.K. Subban||ATL||D||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||Dale Bradley|
|Roman Josi||CEN||D||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||Scott Gilmore|
|Patrick Kane||CEN||F||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||John Swan|
|Evgeny Kuznetsov||MET||F||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||Brian Towers|
|Kris Letang||MET||D||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||Jeremy Dieser|
|Mark Giordano||PAC||D||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||Derek & Dan|
|Leo Komarov||ATL||F||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||Troy Berkley|
|Ryan O'Reilly||ATL||F||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||Grant Saskiw|
|Pekka Rinne||CEN||G||1||0||1||1||10||0||0||1||Ryan Miller|
|Cory Schneider||MET||G||1||0||1||0||9||0||0||1||Troy Berkley|
|Jamie Benn||CEN||F||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||Brian Towers|
|Justin Faulk||MET||D||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||Stuart Greenley|
|Brandon Saad||MET||F||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||Ryan Miller|
|Roberto Luongo||ATL||G||2||0||0||0||20||0||0||0||Kristy & Don|
|Jonathan Quick||PAC||G||2||0||0||0||20||0||0||0||Brenda & Seward|
|Patrice Bergeron||ATL||F||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Neil Buysman|
|Steven Stamkos||ATL||F||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Wes Moroz|
|Braden Holtby||MET||G||1||0||0||0||10||0||0||0||Jeremy Dieser|
|Devan Dubnyk||CEN||G||1||0||0||0||8||0||0||0||Derek Wilton|
|Nicklas Backstrom||MET||F||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Troy Berkley|
|Claude Giroux||MET||F||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Benson Greenley|
|Ryan McDonagh||MET||D||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Derek Wilton|
|John Tavares||MET||F||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Eric Wheeler|
Two teams finished atop the All-Star Game unofficial hockey pool, as Clayton and Allan each finished with 6 points, so it came down to the tie-breakers... goals, where they each had 1 goal each, and then wins, where Clayton had a couple, thanks to Gibson, so he would be the winner of the All-Star Game unofficial pool, if it were a real thing and there were prizes on the line.
Convenient, right? Well, that's the way it goes and always has been... don't look at me like that!