On January 28-29, the National Hockey League held their annual All Star weekend. Top players of all ages and teams in the NHL gathered at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The players were divided into four different teams based off of their professional team’s location; Metropolitan, Central, Pacific, and Atlantic. The weekend was broken up into two events; on Saturday, a skills competition and on Sunday, a three-on-three style tournament with one team winning a grand prize of one million dollars.
The first day included a gathering of 100 of the NHL’s most valuable players of all time, honoring what they did to contribute to the league. This was followed by a performance from Nick Jonas and Carly Rae Jepsen, and concluded with the main event, the skills competition. The skills competition was broken up into six events; fastest skater, hardest shot, most accurate, the four line challenge, most creative shootout move, and fastest stickhandler.
The best players from across the NHL such as Connor McDavid, Alexander Ovechkin, and Sidney Crosby faced off to win the grand prize of one million dollars. After three rounds of hard fought three-on-three competition, the metropolitan division took the win over the atlantic division. The Atlantic team had an allstar lineup, with Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, two of the greatest players in hockey history, and coach Wayne Gretzky. It was surprising that the underrated players of the Metropolitan team took the championship. Flyers winger, Wayne Simmonds, was awarded the MVP.
In the first game featuring Central v. Pacific, Pacific took an early lead with Gaudreau scoring the first goal. Connor McDavid, Drew Doughty, and Brent Burns widened the lead with the score 5-1 at the intermission. The final score was 10-3 with a win for the Pacific.
The Metropolitan and Atlantic game was closer, with a more defensive style of playing. Metropolitan first scored with Wayne Simmond’s breakaway goal. Trocheck scored again to tie it up at 1-1 but Simmonds broke off again to regain the 1-point lead. The game was neck and neck and was tied 3-3 at intermission. John Tavares, Taylor Hall, and Seth Jones scored for Metro to give the team a 6-4 lead. Metro finished with a 10-6 lead and a place in the finals.
The final game, Pacific v. Metropolitan, was high scoring and a close battle. In the first minute Pavelski and Jones scored to tie the game at 1-1. Gaudreau gave the assist to Horvat to push the Pacific to a 3-2 lead in the end of the first period. Atkinson tied up the game for Metro with a few minutes left and Simmonds with the game-winning shot. Metropolitan, with Holtby, Simmonds, and Atkinson took the win and the one million dollar prize.
While the other three teams were great teams, the Metropolitan team put great effort into there game, which resulted in a worthy victory.
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