The Pacific division, winners of last year’s inaugural 3v3 All-Star tournament, took the right first step in repeating in this season’s edition, rolling over the Central division by the wide margin of 10-3.
This time it was different, as the Pacific division are technically defending home ice, with the tournament being held at Staples Center, the home of the Los Angeles Kings.
Pacific jumped out to a 2-0 lead with Cam Fowler and Jeff Carter getting on the board. Jonathan Toews cut the score in half, only to see the Pacific score the next three to take a 5-1 lead at the end of the first half.
P.K. Subban declared to Pierre McGuire that they the Central division was going to come back, opening up the second half with a goal. Vladimir Tarasenko would also score, but after that, it was all Pacific, as they took the game by a final score of 10-3.
A look at the stat sheet for the Pacific, followed by some notes on their side
- The Horvat, Fowler and Gaudreau line played real good with each other, despite the fact that none play on the same team together. Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith all play with each other, it would be understandable if they had more chemistry than most. Even having Dought and Carter playing together was helpful, but the Horvat-Fowler-Gaudreau line was without a doubt the best on the ice for the Pacific.
- Connor McDavid showed some great hands – shocker, shocker – kicking the puck up to his stick while in tight with the goalie before scoring his first ever all-star goal.
- The Pacific division will now take on the winner of the Atlantic-Metropolitan matchup.
Wasn’t too much scoring, here is what they were able to manage though.
It was an unfortunate showing for the Central, who had their opportunities but were either stopped or missed the net. A few times they might have been trying to be a little bit too fancy.
That also makes two years in a row that the Central division lost to the Pacific.