Wayne Simmonds leads Metropolitan past Pacific in All-Star Game

Violet Powell
January 30, 2017

Therefore the original call is overturned - no goal Pacific Division. "Probably one of the best days of my life". The NHL has once again matched up players against each other, with the victor of the match-up to earn the points for their team. "I don't even know if I realize what's going on right now".

It looked as though Ryan Kesler had given the Pacific Division a two-goal lead with 6:36 left in the game.

Simmonds has played the last five-plus seasons in Philadelphia.

In the aftermath, the All-Star reference attached to his name still was something he has to get used to. "There are so many great players here".

Simmonds went home with the title as well as keys to a pretty sweet ride on top of his share of a $1 million U.S. prize. Gretzky's players thought he had successfully challenged it, although the goal review apparently originated in the league offices in Toronto. "Hopefully, I can put it in.' It's exactly what we spoke about".

"I just took off", Simmonds said. He got a hug from Wayne Gretzky. "To get a chance to play for him was an honor".

This is the third time Los Angeles has hosted the mid-season exhibition with the others taking place in 1981 and 2002.

Montreal's Shea Weber enjoyed a three-peat in the Hardest Shot event clocking in at 102.8 miles per hour.

Kyle Okposo made up for a shaky relay performance by defeating defending champ John Tavares, while Connor McDavid notched a Pacific point.

For the Pacific, Johnny Gaudreau and Bo Horvat continued to click in their second game of the tourney, especially on a late first-period goal that gave their squad a 3-2 lead.

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He said: "I don't know who's going to win, but I just want to sit back, relax, hope it goes five sets, and enjoy it like a fan". Federer and Nadal were put through the wringer in the respective semi-finals, with both lasting the full distance of five sets.

How it works: There will be two games of two divisions playing a 20-minute 3-on-3 game.

Brent Burns, the tattooed and toothless turbine that powered the San Jose Sharks to the Stanley Cup Final last season, has two 3-on-3 overtime goals this season, the same number as league standard-bearers Crosby and Alex Ovechkin have combined.

Asked what players he has been in awe of in previous games, Seguin said with a smile, "Everyone".

"This was a great experience from Friday until today".

Doughty, who was informed of Simmonds' MVP pick by reporters, said, "We're going to Philly in a week here". "We enjoyed ourselves didn't have to try to do that".

There is always going to be a special intensity between the two teams and, indeed, the two superstars.

Simmonds, appearing in his first All-Star game of his career was named the MVP after the game, as he scored a team-high three goals in the two games, spoiling the Hollywood ending for the pro Pacific Division crowd.

While the four Chicago Blackhawks representatives and members of the Kings' California rivals were booed mercilessly during pregame introductions - Sharks goalie Martin Jones, another friend and former LA teammate of Simmonds, got the best of it with a 50-50 mix of cheers and abuse - Simmonds was greeted with universal admiration despite having played for the Flyers for almost six seasons now.

All-Star weekend was surreal, Simmonds said - his first-ever time seeing the Maple Leafs live and in person was when he faced them for the first time at Air Canada Centre.

"This three-on-three format been something of a positive for the league".

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