Simmonds, Gretzky engineer Metropolitans’ All-Star Game win

The power forward lumbered on for a partial breakaway, deking Carey Price for a highlight-reel goal.
The Atlantic Division won the overall competition and chose to face the Metropolitan Division on Sunday in the second semifinal period of the All-Star Game, which was changed past year to a 3-on-3 tournament among teams from each of the NHL’s four divisions.Smith shot a puck from his own goal line to the opposite net, sliding it in a tiny opening to help the Pacific Division during the “goalie goal” challenge. Simmonds scored two goals in the Metropolitan’s 10-6 semifinal win, and notched the winning goal in their 4-3 victory in the final. While there was a Shootout Challenge at the end to determine the victor, this event was more based on scoring and less based on players trying to creatively win over the crowd. The winners will then play one another.The hardest shot competition, belongs to Shea Weber – it belongs to defensemen, really – but Hedman gave it a go here. That’s because their time in the showcase event was pretty quick. There was some controversy with Larkin’s record being set with a running start, as McDavid failed to beat it by about two-tenths of a second.One of the biggest benefits of having Los Angeles host the NHL All-Star Game was the easy access it provided to Hollywood.The best early moment belonged to Smith, who lived every goalie’s dream when he shot a puck from the crease into a tiny slot at ice level in the middle of the far net. Given that the weekend is about more than just the game itself, there was no way the latter was ever going to happen. “To top it off with a win like that is nice”, Faulk said.

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Along with McDavid, there are two other emerging National Hockey League stars that will be tested for their first time out: Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine.No, like, they literally drew a line on the ice. “We’re not necessarily trying to change the look of it, but just get different people in it and you get different avenues”.The Skills Challenge Relay is a smorgasbord of hockey skills. The Atlantic Division didn’t score in that round. Maybe Dubynk should have taken Suter’s part. Five seconds later, Simmonds scored on a two-on-one with Taylor Hall to put the Metro up with 4:58 to play. That relationship was cemented when the former and present players formed parallel lines and faced off against each other, a ideal moment that will outlive most other memories generated by the Metropolitan division’s 4-3 victory. Nikita Kucherov scored for the Atlantic Division, but Ryan McDonagh, Ryan Suter and Joe Pavelski all came up with goose eggs.Throughout the afternoon, before the Skills Competition, both our #BoldInGoldContest winners and team staff checked out numerous events outside of Staples Center.My three stars would have been Simmonds, Atkinson and Gaudreau, with Holtby, McDavid, Seth Jones and Jeff Carter as honourable mentions.