Atlantic defeats Pacific in NHL All-Star Skills Competition


But McDavid shined brighter in the all-star game, totalling three points in his team's 10-3 win over the Central division in Sunday's opener. The Metropolitan Division defeated the Atlantic Division, 10-6, in the second, with Simmonds scoring twice. He won a share of $1 million, split between he and his victorious Metropolitan Division teammates. Simmonds will receive a Honda Ridgeline sport utility truck for being selected MVP.

"I have to bring everybody back hats", Matthews said before Saturday night's skills competition, relaying his marching orders from Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov, the team's representative at the all-star game past year. Easily, McDavid's move was probably the best goal scored at the game.

"It would be like hosting the Olympics", he said of the best-on-best tournament the National Hockey League and its Players Association ran late last September and early October in Toronto. Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith stopped nice of 11 shots. On a stretch pass from Anaheim Ducks centre Ryan Kesler, he deked past Sergei Bobrovsky to tie the game 2-2.

The Pacific Division rolled out to a 5-1 lead in the opening period.

The festivities will go on without Columbus coach John Tortorella, who earned the chance to coach the Metropolitan Division team during the Blue Jackets' remarkable unbeaten run.

Washington Capitals and Metropolitan goaltender Braden Holtby provided the ultimate compliment in evaluating the finale. But this has been a two-year project for the organization, from putting in the bid, to securing it, to executing the game plan for a successful weekend that includes Hollywood celebrities and music stars to support what happens on the ice.

You also knew that Connor McDavid would never admit to that.

When the current stars were introduced, they skated down the row of former players and fist-bumped each of their elders, creating a tentative bond where one might not have existed before.

Smith stopped two of the three shots he faced in the first half. Will Crosby lead the Metropolitan Division to success or will the Blackhawk elite in the Central Division come out on top? The Atlantic Division, which won the Skills Competition on Saturday night, features Carey Price, Auston Matthews, Brad Marchand, and the defensive trio of Victor Hedman, Shea Weber, and Erik Karlsson.

However, last season the National Hockey League instituted another format change, this one placing players on teams by division, allowing Seguin and Stars captain Jamie Benn to skate for the Central Division squad, which was coached by Dallas' Lindy Ruff. As far as his career of 286 regular-season games during which he accumulated five goals and six assists with 544 penalty minutes, Scott said he was "satisfied with it". Seth Jones had the other goal.

So, too, is a "super-excited" Trocheck, who had 18 goals and 33 points in his first 49 games this season with the Florida Panthers.