NHL All-Star game 2017 report: Simmonds wins MVP, Crosby gets first All-Star goal

January 29, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 29: Metropolitan All-Stars stand across from members of the 100 greatest NHL players of all time for puck drop ceremony before the start of the 2017 NHL All-Star Game played on January 29, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ LOS ANGELES– The Pacific cruised in the first semifinal and were technically in the game until the end of the final, but Ryan McDonagh and the Metropolitan team earned a 4-3 win for the cold, hard $1 million Sunday.

The two Ryan’s made an impact as Kesler scored after hitting McDonagh’s skates twice and the post before going into the net, but it was taken back for Connor McDavid being offsides. Coach Wayne Gretzky made the challenge.

It was crucial because later Cam Atkinson and Wayne Simmonds tied and scored the game winning goal five seconds apart. Seth Jones and Taylor Hall also scored five seconds apart in the semifinal.

Mike Smith was pulled with 53.1 seconds left for the extra skater. Afterwards, McDonagh made two saves to preserve the game.

Simmonds won a new truck as he overall scored three goals and had eight shots. He took the pass from Hall and hit the crossbar as the puck went into the net midway into the second.

Sidney Crosby got his first All-Star goal ever at 6:26 of the second half of the second semifinal.

Joe Pavelski finished with two goals and an assist and Brent Burns finished with a goal and an assist. Martin Jones made 12 out of 16 saves.

The ice was a bit more crowded pregame, as the NHL100 was present, taking fist bumps from the 2017 All-Stars in what was surely the longest line ever. For the puck drop, the NHL100 also each dropped one as the All-Stars faced them with their sticks.

An 18,665 sellout crowd was present for the afternoon.

Semifinal #1

First up was Team Black (Pacific) versus Purple (Central). The Pacific got one step closer to successfully defending their win last year with a resounding 10-3 semifinal score.

It was a California fest with every single player scoring minus goalie Jones.

Every time the Central tried to cut the lead, the Pacific responded in less than a minute with multiple goals before the Central scored again. The Pacific outshot the Central 22-12.

Johnny Gaudreau was the only player to score multiple goals in the game. He led with five shots on goal and Cam Fowler led with three assists and four points.

The Pacific’s 2-0 lead came from two Southern California first-time All Stars.

Fowler got the first All-Star game goal as he took a pass across ice in front from” Gaudreau at 2:57.

Then less than a minute later, hometown fans got a treat as Jeff Carter doubled the lead. The play was created by a turnover from fellow Los Angeles Kings teammate Drew Doughty.

Jonathan Toews scored the first goal for the Central. On a 2-on-1, he went high on Corey Crawford.

Just six seconds later though, Connor McDavid took a Kesler pass from the right to score

Less than a minute later, Burns completed the California team circle with the 4-1 goal on a breakaway.

Hometown Doughty had to get in on the action and did so at 9:49. Pavelski must have felt like a King as the two #8’s connected with Pavelski getting the pass from Carter and going cross ice to Doughty.

In the second half, P.K.Subban got another goal on the board for the Central, as he made moves on Kesler to score versus Jones.

Just like before though, the Pacific answered as Gaudreau scored less than half a minute later, positioning the puck perfectly.

Carter dropped the puck back to Pavelski at 4:15 to make it 7-2.

Tarasenko traded passes with Tyler Seguin and from the right faceoff circle, hit top shelf shortside.

With just under a minute later apeice for both goals, Kesler and Horvat made it 9-3

13 seconds later, Gaudreau became the first player to score multiple goals in the game as he connected his diagonal shot.

 

Semifinal #2

In the second game, Team Gold (Atlantic) beat Team White (Metropolitan) by a score of 10-6. This was more of a back and forth affair until the Atlantic pulled away in the second half, thanks to three goals in 19 seconds. The Metropolitan pulled goalie Tuuka Rask for an extra skater.  

A number of players in this game scored multiple goals, two each, with Atkinson, Simmonds and Tavares scoring for the Atlantic and Nikita Kucherov for the Metropolitan. Each side got three assists apiece with Vincent Trocheck and Justin Faulk.

Kucherov scored amidst a Simmonds sandwich. The Atlantic became the first to string two goals together when Victor Hedman and then Erik Karlsson scored. Tavares gave the game its third tie at 8:45.

Rookie Auston Matthews scored from the slot and Metropolitan finally scored consecutive goals with the start of three goals in 19 seconds. After Tavares, this was when Jones and Hall scored five seconds apart. Coach Gretzky was having a blast on the bench. On Crosby, Gretzky said, “When you coach the best player in the game, it makes it a lot of fun and a lot easier.”

Braden Holtby moved from one side to the other, saving Brad Marchand’s hard shot up front with his left glove after Hall’s shot.

Kucherov stopped Metropolitan’s scoring with his second goal of the afternoon.

Crosby’s goal came by way of assists from Faulk and Alex Ovechkin. It made the score 7-5.

Atkinson strung two together as he moved his way in front of Rask and scored far side for the first. On the second, he scored on an empty net.

Trocheck scored his first goal, with none other than Kucherov to make it 9-6.

Crosby set up Ovechkin in the final second of the game.

Final

Both winning teams from the first two games each scored 10 goals. No one had multiple goals this came. Hall led with two assists.

Pavelski had the fastest time to open a period, 22 seconds in, scoring with the help of Doughty.

Like a final game though, Jones tied it just over a minute later.

Holtby clapped on the bench as fellow goalie Sergei Bobrovsky blocked Burns’ shot with the backhand of his glove.

Faulk gave Metropolitan the lead but McDavid cut another lead short, scoring on a breakaway against a sprawled out Bobrovsky.

The Pacific regained the lead as Gaudreau went around the net and fed Horvat.

Atkinson tied the game at three apiece when his puck hit Smith and Atkinson put in his rebound, as Smith rolled over in an attempt to save the puck.

Game notes: Coach Pete DeBoer, Pavelski, Burns and Jones will reunite with Toews, Kane, Crawford and Keith when they face each other in the season’s second half to close out January Tuesday at 7:30pm.

 

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