2023 NHL All-Star Game Highlights: Capitals’ Ovechkin, Pittsburgh’s Crosby Combine For Three Goals In Metropolitan Division’s Semifinal Loss

While the Metropolitan Division lost in the semifinal of the three-on-three tournament by a score of 10-6 at the 2023 NHL All-Star Weekend at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin earned a goal and three points. Both of his assists came on goals by Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby.

At 6:19 of the semifinal, Crosby picked the puck off of the wall, played catch with Ovechkin, and tucked one in down low.

Crosby buried a give-and-go with Ovechkin again after Ullmark turned the puck over to Crosby at 11:58.

Just 23 seconds later, Ovechkin’s wristed a shot from the left dot that squeaked past the glove of Ullmark.

ESPN’s Kevin Weekes spoke with both players on the bench.

While the two’s friendship has been a storyline from the weekend, there were a lot of nice plays as you would expect with the best in the world on one ice sheet.

You can watch Ovechkin’s postgame from Saturday’s event below.

Here are other highlights from the event:

Semifinal #1 — Pacific vs. Central

3:48: Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid buried a give-and-go with San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson after a turnover by Minnesota Wild left-wing Kirill Kaprizov.

6:52: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Seth Jones wristed one blocker-side on Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Logan Thompson on a give-and-go with St. Louis Blues left-wing Vladimir Tarasenko after getting a turnover at the offensive blueline.

8:39: Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon buried a cross-crease feed by Colorado left-wing Mikko Rantanen at the left post.

10:18: Arizona Coyotes left-wing Clayton Keller deked and went to the backhand high glove on Edmonton goaltender Stuart Skinner on a two-on-one rush with Tarasenko.

17:26: Karlsson got a backhand feed from Edmonton center Leon Draisaitl from the right dot and wristed a bullet to the top corner.

Semifinal #2 — Metropolitan vs. Atlantic

0:36: Florida Panthers left-wing Matthew Tkachuk deked on a breakaway and went high blocker on New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin after getting sent in by Florida center Aleksander Barkov.

9:04: Toronto Maple Leafs right-wing Mitch Marner spun around down low, played catch with Montreal Canadiens center Nick Suzuki, and pot one in at the left post.

10:25: Columbus Blue Jackets left-wing Johnny Gaudreau wristed one high glove on Boston goaltender Linus Ullmark on a breakaway.

14:31: Kucherov curled and shoveled the puck by the pad of Sorokin at the right side of the net.

15:51: After Suzuki paused and sidestepped Crosby, he drove to the net and set up Pastrnak at the right post.

16:50: Brady Tkachuk sent his brother on a breakaway and he clapped one to the left corner.

19:38: Pastrnak deked, opened Sorokin’s five hole, and put one in.

The NHL announced prior to Saturday’s game that the 2024 All-Star Weekend will be held at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario from February 2-3.

By Harrison Brown

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6 Responses to 2023 NHL All-Star Game Highlights: Capitals’ Ovechkin, Pittsburgh’s Crosby Combine For Three Goals In Metropolitan Division’s Semifinal Loss

  1. Kevin L. says:

    I remember when they actually played hockey for an All-Star game. This was pathetic. Only thing missing was the organ playing Waltzes.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Those days are long gone. Same for most sports. Everyone is making “business decisions” rather than playing for the competition and to win for winning’s sake.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Eh, it’s good overtime practice. Plus, you don’t want the best players in the league getting injured battling in the corners in some meaningless ASG. Sid and Ovi were fun, makes you wonder what kind of numbers they’d put up in some alternative universe where they’re on the same team.

  3. Scottlew73 says:

    This isn’t all-star game any longer it’s a 3 on 3 glorified non contact scrimmage!! Completely unwatchable.
    If they NHL wants to attract viewers move game Outdoors & replace the Stadium Series! And for love of god go back to conference teams or better yet go back to original format &?have previous years champs play an All Star team!
    Hell even an NHL verses AHL ALL STAR game would be more interesting!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Cute weekend. Not much hockey though.

  5. novafyre says:

    It’s an exhibition, not a competition. Why not throw in an AllStar team from the women’s hockey league (whatever it is these days)? A team of NHL alumni? A team from last year’s Frozen Four winner? I’d go for an AHL AllStar team but that would take away from their AllStar celebration so I doubt they would do it.

    I’m not sure it would make the NHLers compete more but I think it would make the exhibition more interesting.

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