The NHL All-Star Game and its festivities was a success this past weekend, with the NHL garnering its highest ratings for an All-Star Game since 2004. The Atlantic Division won the Skills Competition on Saturday, meaning that they got to choose whom and when they played . The Atlantic chose to play the Metropolitan Division in the second game of the three-game 3-0n-3 tournament, which allows for less “rust” to accumulate between the semifinal games and the final. The drawback to this, however, is that you have slightly more fatigue going into the final.
However, a strange occurrence happened before any of the games were played. Guest performers Fifth Harmony, who were scheduled to sing the U.S. National Anthem after Carly Rae Jepsen sang the Canadian National Anthem, had a member fall ill and couldn’t perform. The group was replaced at the last second by a member of the Los Angeles Kings Ice Crew. The member of the pop group was subsequently treated by paramedics and is expected to be alright.
Anyway, back to the hockey. The Central division played the Pacific division and promptly got shellacked by the Pacific, with the final score of 10-3. The Pacific went on to face the winner of the Atlantic-Metropolitan Game, which the Metropolitan won 10-6.
The final, which usually follows a time-filling musical performance, actually gives players incentive to try and actually resembles a period of hockey. For years, the NHL had players not “get up” for the All-Star Game because there’s no real incentive. But now, the NHL instituted a $1,000,000 prize for the winning team to split “a dozen or so ways” according to NBC commentator Mike “Doc” Emrick.
The Final was a much closer game, with the Metropolitan division winning 4-3, taking home the million dollar prize. Also, Wayne Simmonds won the MVP of the All-Star Game, winning a brand new Honda Ridgeline pickup truck for his efforts.
The NHL picks up back tonight after the extended All-Star break, with only a few months remaining in the season, it’ll be time for potential Cup contenders to shine and solidify their playoff spot. As the season progresses, keep it with talkingbaws for all the latest coverage.