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All-Star Quick Hits: Pacific Division wins

 

NASHVILLE -- Anaheim's Corey Perry scored the only goal, a stunner in itself for an All-Star Game, as the Pacific Division posted a 1-0 victory over the Atlantic Division in the championship game of the NHL's 3-on-3 tournament Sunday night in Bridgestone Arena.

The talk of the weekend, of course, was former Sabres enforcer John Scott and the people's choice was named the most valuable player after scoring two goals in the Pacific's 9-6 semifinal victory over the Central Division.

The Atlantic Division advanced to the final with a 4-3 win over the Metropolitan in the day's first game.

Great Scott: Scott scored a goal on his first All-Star shift, taking a pass from former teammate Brent Burns and beating Rinne after 47 seconds to tie the game 1-1. Scott got a standing ovation during pregame introductions and another for his goal, which he celebrated by dropping to his knees and sweeping the ice in P.K. Subban style. He scored later in the period on a breakaway against Minnesota's Devin Dubnyk.

A scoreless period: In an All-Star Game. Seriously. No goals were scored in the first half of the championship game despite 22 shots on goal. Florida's Roberto Luongo stopped all 12 shots he faced, including three or four sensational saves, while Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick made 10 saves.

For openers: The Atlantic Division got its win in part because it held its opponents scoreless for the final 9:25 of play. Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 11 of 12 shots to get the win.

The winner: P.K. Subban's goal with 4:38 left gave the Atlantic the win. It came on a neat feed by Detroit rookie Dylan Larkin, who had three assists in the game.

The equalizer: Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad forged a 3-3 tie with 7:08 left, potting a perfect saucer pass from Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly. It was the only point on the day for O'Reilly.

Metro goals: Pittsburgh Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin and Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for the losers in the first semifinal.

The second semifinal: The Pacific Division got two goals from Scott, Taylor Hall and Daniel Sedin in its wins over the host Central stars, featuring four Nashville Predators. James Neal, one of the hometown quartet, was the only Central player with two goals.

Lindy Gets It: Central coach Lindy Ruff of Dallas started Game Two with all four Nashville players -- Neal, goalie Pekka Rinne, defenseman Shea Weber and Roman Josi -- and the building erupted when Neal scored the game's first goal after 26 seconds.

To the box: Rinne got nailed with a delay of game penalty for handling the puck outside the trapezoid, and seemed befuddled that he was actually whistled for the infraction. The teams played 4-on-3, with the penalties going for only one minute.

Up Next: The All-Stars will reconvene next year in Los Angeles' Staples Center. The NHL schedule resumes Tuesday night, with the Sabres' first game coming Wednesday in Montreal.

email: mharrington@buffnews.com

 

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