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In the preliminary round, the Pacific defeated the Central Division 6-3 and the Atlantic defeated the Metropolitan 6-5 on a tiebreaker points based on Weber's hardest shot win.

"How does "Wayne Simmonds All-Star game MVP" sound?" Nobody has more points, assists, or power-play points than Thornton since the St. Thomas, Ont. product entered the National Hockey League in 1997. "They're both really good, and they just had to bring it tonight too, which was huge for us".

Then there was the apparent end to Philadelphia's goaltending woes with Russian netminder Ilya Bryzgalov signing for nine years and US$51 million. "So I don't know, I just took off. Hallsy went forward with it and I just took off". But it's pretty cool, and I'm lucky I have some family members here.

Though his team lost in the Final, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler summed up the feeling of the experience of All-Star weekend.

"They asked me how does being an all-star sound, and I said weird", Simmonds said. Two teams play 20-minute games of three-on-three hockey, with the winners advancing to another 20-minute final game. Simmonds added his goal immediately after the faceoff.

It had Wayne Simmonds returning to Los Angeles, where he started his National Hockey League career before being traded by the Kings to the Flyers several years ago, and winning the All-Star Game MVP.

Washington Capitals and Metropolitan goaltender Braden Holtby provided the ultimate compliment in evaluating the finale.

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The Pacific received goals from San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski, Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and Vancouver Canucks center Bo Horvat. This means the Pacific Division will play the Central in the first ...

When it came to the fastest skater contest, McDavid had no problem. The Pacific outshot the Central 22-10, and Smith made nine saves for the victory. Brad Marchand of the Bruins did the honors, selecting the Metropolitan Division and stand-in coach Wayne Gretzky as the Atlantic's opponent, and choosing the second game of the afternoon. Justin Faulk put the Metro up just over four minutes into the game, but 31 seconds later, McDavid scored his second goal of the day to tie things up at two. Columbus' Sergei Bobrovsky stopped seven of 10 shots for the win.

Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning had two goals and two assists for the Atlantic Division, while Vincent Trocheck of the Florida Panthers had one goal and three assists.

The NHL, since going to the three-on-three, minigame format last season, has done about as good a job as possible to create excitement.

Wayne Gretzky will serve as the head coach of the Metropolitan Division, after Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella bowed out of the weekend festivities because one of his dogs is ailing.

"I had the last change so I wanted to give him the challenge of playing against Crosby", said Therrien.

"I want to see the field take on Shea Webber in the hardest shot", said the NHL Network analyst Mike Johnson.

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