NHL Roundup: Metropolitan Division takes home million dollar prize at All-Star Game

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Feb 5, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Metropolitan Division forward Jack Hughes (86) of the New Jersey Devils reacts with Metropolitan Division goalie Tristan Jarry (35) of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2022 NHL All-Star Game at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL All-Star Game in Las Vegas pitted stats from each division going up against each other to take home the million dollar prize.

In the end, it was the toughest division in hockey that won it all. The Metropolitan Division scored 12 goals in their two games under coach Rod Brind’Amour and Claude Giroux won the MVP.

Let’s recap.

NHL All-Star Semifinal: Metropolitan vs Pacific

Jack Hughes of the New Jersey Devils scored two goals to help the Metropolitan Division team to a 6-4 win against the Pacific Division in the first semifinal at the NHL All-Star Game on Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas.

Hughes, at age 20, is the youngest participant in the All-Star Game since his brother, Quinn Hughes, played for the Vancouver Canucks at the same age in 2020.

Claude Giroux and Jake Guentzel each had a goal and an assist, Tom Wilson, and Sebastian Aho also scored for the Metro Division. Frederik Andersen made six saves and Tristan Jarry made five saves.

Timo Meier, Jonathan Marchessault, Jordan Eberle and Mark Stone scored for the Pacific Division. John Gibson and Thatcher Demko made 10 saves apiece.

Hughes scored with 3:44 left to give the Metro Division a 4-3 lead

Guentzel made it 5-3 with 2:20 left, and Hughes scored into an empty net to make it 6-3 with 1:09 remaining.

Stone made it 6-4 with 22 seconds left.

NHL AlL-Star Semifinal: Atlantic vs Central

Jordan Kyrou had two goals and two assists to lead the Central Division team to an 8-5 win against the Atlantic Division in the second semifinal at the NHL All-Star Game on Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas.

Alex DeBrincat had two goals and an assist, Nazem Kadri, Roman Josi and Joe Pavelski each had a goal and an assist, and Kyle Connor also scored for the Central Division.

Cam Talbot made seven saves in the first 10 minutes of the 20-minute period, and Juuse Saros followed with five saves for the Central.

Feb 5, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Members of the Central Division shake hands with members of the Atlantic Division during the 2022 NHL All-Star Game at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Huberdeau, Auston Matthews and Rasmus Dahlin each had a goal and an assist, and Patrice Bergeron and Steven Stamkos also scored for the Atlantic Division. Andrei Vasilevskiy made nine saves and Jack Campbell made five.

The Central Division victory set up the final against the Metropolitan Division.

NHL All-Star Final: Metropolitan vs Central

Claude Giroux scored two goals to lead the Metropolitan Division to a 5-3 win against the Central Division in the finale of the NHL All-Star Game on Saturday afternoon at Las Vegas.

He scored his third goal of the day on a backhand finish off a rush for a 5-3 lead at 12:42 of the 20-minute final. Giroux also had a goal and an assist in a 6-4 win against the Pacific Division in the first semifinal en route to his MVP honors.

“On the bench we had a blast today,” said Giroux. “Everybody was having a good time. It started with the coach, and guys were yelling to play defense and win battles and block shots. We just had fun today.”

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Feb 5, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Metropolitan Division forward Claude Giroux (28) of the Philadelphia Flyers awaits the face-off during the 2022 NHL All-Star Game at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports

Jack Hughes had a goal and an assist, and Evgeny Kuznetsov and Chris Kreider scored goals for the Metro. Frederik Andersen made seven saves and Tristan Jarry finished with 14 saves as the Metro goalie duo held off the Central.

Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist, while Clayton Keller and Nazem Kadri also scored for the Central. Cam Talbot made nine saves, and Juuse Saros followed with four saves for the Central.

The Central pulled their goalie and Alex DeBrincat scored with 1:45 left, but it was determined he had been offsides and the goal was disallowed.

The Metro scored 13 seconds into their semifinal win and Kuznetsov scored 27 seconds into the finale against the Central for a 1-0 lead.

–Field Level Media