The Metropolitan team earned an All-Star tournament victory on Saturday at the SAP Center in San Jose, California, as it defeated the Atlantic side 7-4 and then the Central Division 10-5 in the four-team competition.
The Central Division crushed the Pacific team 10-4 in the semifinals to set up the championship matchup.
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, who sat out the All-Star Skills Competition with an illness on Friday, looked perfectly healthy on Saturday. He had four goals and four assists for the tournament, with this score occurring just 15 seconds into the semifinal:
Crosby saved his best for the final, however, as he had one goal and two assists in the first period to catapult the Metropolitan team to a 5-0 intermission advantage. He added another goal and assist in the second en route to his All-Star Game MVP, which is the first of his decorated 14-year career. He and his team will split $1 million for the tournament win.
The 31-year-old was naturally booed by the San Jose crowd during introductions, as Crosby and the Pens beat the hometown Sharks in the 2015-16 Stanley Cup. He did make at least one friend before the game though:
The moment of the night occurred when the NHL announced that it was donating $25,000 each to the "charities or hockey programs of choice" for Canadian women's hockey stars Rebecca Johnston and Renata Fast and United States women's hockey stars Brianna Decker and Kendall Coyne Schofield.
The quartet participated during the NHL All-Star Skills Challenge. Coyne Schofield competed and finished seventh in the "Fastest Skater" event, while Johnston, Decker and Fast demonstrated in puck control, premier passer and accuracy shooting, respectively.
The Atlantic vs. Metropolitan semifinal matchup was the game of the night. The matchup was tied at four with 3:37 remaining in the second period, but three straight Metropolitan goals put the game away.
The goal of the evening occurred in this contest, with Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos performing some on-ice sorcery for one of the filthier goals of the year:
Here's another look in slow motion:
The Central vs. Pacific matchup was characterized by a remarkable stat: Central only took 18 shots on goal but scored 55.5 percent of the time. Pacific had four goals on 31 shots on net.
The Central team scored five goals in a 3:03 span in the first period to take a 7-1 lead. Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog had three goals during the game, including this one from the top shelf:
Despite the high scoring, the play of the night came via a goalie, Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators (unintentionally):
Rinne didn't receive an assist for his efforts on the scoresheet, although he deserved one.
Next year's All-Star tournament will take place on Sunday, January 26, 2020 in St. Louis.
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