Pacific Division Wins Three-On-Three Tournament At 2020 NHL All-Star Game In St. Louis

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After defeating the Metropolitan Division All-Stars by a score of 9-5 at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, the Atlantic Division All-Stars fell to the Pacific Division All-Stars 5-4 in the final of the three-on-three tournament to take home the $1 million prize for the third time in the last five years. The Pacific Division All-Stars downed the Central Division All-Stars by a score of 10-5 in the other semifinal game. Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson recorded one goal while forward T.J. Oshie tallied one goal and two points.

Atlantic vs. Metropolitan

Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak finished a give-and-go with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman to open the scoring 26 seconds in.

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber flicked Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi’s pass to the back of the net to give the Atlantic Division a 2-0 lead 23 seconds later.

Carlson, who became the first defenseman in Capitals’ history to score in the All-Star Game, one-timed New York Islanders center Mat Barzal’s cross-rink feed past Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen from the left dot at 2:13.

New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier beat Andersen right pad side after circling around the offensive zone 3:28 in.

Oshie, who became the eighth player in Capitals’ franchise history to score a goal in the All-Star Game, roofed one past Andersen’s glove to give the Metropolitan Division the lead back with 4:31 left in the first half.

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones deked his way to the net and beat Andersen to the high glove with 3:55 to go.

Ottawa Senators forward Anthony Duclair tapped in Bertuzzi’s feed from behind with nothing but net to look at to make it a one-goal game with 3:40 left.

Pastrnak deked his way to the net on a breakaway and put one through Holtby’s wickets after getting sprained by Hedman at the other end to tie it with 1:31 to go.

Holtby and Andersen each finished with five saves before Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry and Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy took the crease in the second half of the period.

Hischier buried Philadelphia Flyers forward Travis Konecny’s feed on a give-and-go with 7:08 left in the second half.

Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau snapped one through Jarry’s five-hole after getting a feed from Senators forward Brady Tkachuk.

Hedman called his own number on a two-on-one and beat Jarry to the short side blocker to make it 6-5 Atlantic with 4:16 left.

Duclair waited out Carlson and Letang and beat Jarry blocker side to pad the Atlantic Division’s lead with 3:54 to go.

Pastrnak made it 8-5 with an empty-netter with 54.8 to go to cap the hat-trick.

Duclair got a hat-trick with a backhander from in front with 30.6 left.

Jarry allowed four goals on 11 shots while Vasilevskiy stopped 10 of 11.

9-5 would be the final and the Atlantic would advance to the final.

Central vs. Pacific

Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk ripped one through St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington’s legs 2:12 into the game.

Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl went five-hole on Binnington after getting a feed from Tkachuk 47 seconds later.

San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl went top shelf on Binnington after Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar sprained him from the defensive zone to make it 3-0 Pacific at 4:42.

Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele went high glove on Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom from the side to cut the Pacific’s lead to two with 4:51 left in the half.

St. Louis Blues forward David Perron stripped Draisaitl in the offensive zone and put the puck through Markstrom’s five-hole to make it 3-2 with 2:56 to go in the first half.

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane tied the game, calling his number on a two-on-one 14 seconds later.

Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes picked the puck up the the offensive zone and scored on a breakaway a-la Peter Forsberg to give the Pacific the lead in the final minute of the half.

Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin beat Markstrom by the blocker on the doorstep after getting fed by Scheifele at the other side with 20 seconds left.

Markstrom finished with three saves on seven shots while Binnington had eight on 12.

Draisaitl buried McDavid’s cross-ice feed under Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellybuck’s glove 46 seconds into the half.

Kane beat Flames goaltender David Rittich through the five-hole on a breakaway to tie it again 49 seconds later.

Tkachuk made it 6-5 2:42 in, deeking and roofing it past an out of position Hellebyuck.

Draisaitl finished the hat-trick, beating Hellebyuck to the blocker side on a breakaway 3:34 into the half.

Hertl ripped it to the top corner from the slot to finish off a three-way passing play with Vegas Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty and Kopitar to make it 8-5 with 5:15 left.

Hertl toe-dragged around Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo and capped the hat-trick into a wide open net after getting set up by McDavid from behind the net with 2:54 to go.

Hertl added his fourth of the night, deking and going five-hole on Hellebyuck all alone in front with 1:04 left.

Rittich finished with nine saves on 10 shots while Hellebyuck steered away 10 of 16 that came his way.

Championship Game – Atlantic vs. Pacific

Hedman finished a feed from Pastrnak at the doorstep to open the scoring 34 seconds in.

Huberdeau deked and tucked the puck past Markstrom after he went from skate to stick and got a feed from Tkachuk behind the net to make it 2-0 in the first two minutes.

Pacioretty deked and potted one into a wide-open net after getting the puck in front with a little more than six minutes in to cut the lead in half.

Pastrnak went from backhand to forehand and beat Markstrom by the blocker to make it 3-1 in the final minute of the half.

Canucks center Elias Petterson ripped one past Vasilevskiy’s blocker on a breakaway to get the Pacific Division within one 1:37 into the second.

Draisaitl snapped one past the blocker side on Vasilevskiy from the slot to tie it seven seconds later.

Bertuzzi buried a two-on-one, driving to the net after getting it from Duclair to give the Atlantic Division the lead 3:15 into the half.

Pettersson ripped one past Vasilevskiy by the blocker to tie it with 4:56 left.

Hertl faked, going forehand to backhand and past Vasilevskiy’s blocker to give the Pacific the lead with 2:26 left.

The Pacific Division outshot the Atlantic 20-11.

Pastrnak took home the honor as All-Star MVP with four goals and six points.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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