NHL All-Star Post-Game Notes
Interviews after the game included Columbus Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky saying “It was great to meet the guys and play with them. I appreciate the atmosphere.”
2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game after a thrilling skills competition the day before.
Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 STAPLES Center, Los Angeles
Semifinal 1: Pacific Division 10, Central Division 3
Semifinal 2: Metropolitan Division 10, Atlantic Division 6
Tournament Final: Metropolitan Division 4, Pacific Division 3
METROPOLITAN DIVISION DETHRONES PACIFIC AS NHL ALL-STAR GAME CHAMPION
All-Star MVP Wayne Simmonds scored the game-winning goal with 4:48 to play and Braden
Holtby did not allow a goal over the final 10 minutes as the Metropolitan Division edged the
Pacific Division 4-3 in the Final of the 3-on-3 competition at the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star
Game. The winning team was led behind the bench by Wayne Gretzky and assistant Paul
Coffey, late replacements for Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella. As players,
Gretzky and Coffey combined for 32 career All-Star appearances (Gretzky 18, Coffey 14).
The Metropolitan Division had advanced to the Final by defeating the Atlantic Division 10-6 in
the Semifinals. Holtby and Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 19 of 25 shots, with Holtby stopping
12 of 15 shots — the most that any All-Star goaltender has faced in one game under the 3-on-3
format. Cam Atkinson and John Tavares (both 2-2–4) led all scorers for the winners.
The Pacific Division had advanced to the Final by defeating the Central Division 10-3 in the
Semifinals. Each of the team’s nine skaters tallied a goal as well as multiple points in a
balanced attack, led by Cam Fowler’s game-leading four points (1-3–4). Hometown Kings stars
Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty added 1-2–3 apiece.
The format divided the All-Star Game into three 20-minute games, with players from each
Division making up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan.
As tournament champions the Metropolitan Division players claim the winner-take-all $1-million prize.
SIMMONDS VOTED HONDA NHL ALL-STAR GAME MVP
Metropolitan Division forward Wayne Simmonds captured 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game
MVP honors and will take home a 2017 Honda Ridgeline truck. Simmonds, making his All-Star
debut, scored the first two goals in a 10-6 win over the Atlantic Division in the Semifinal and
tallied the game-winning goal with 4:58 to play in a 4-3 win over the Pacific Division in the Final.
Simmonds accepted MVP honors on the STAPLES Center ice he called home for three NHL
seasons. A second-round pick (61st overall) of the Kings in the 2007 NHL Draft, Simmonds
played the first three seasons of his NHL career in Los Angeles from 2008-09 through 2010-11.
HALL REPEATS AS ALL-STAR WINNER
Metropolitan Division forward Taylor Hall becomes the only player to win back-to-back All-Star
Game titles under the 3-on-3 format. Hall was a member of the winning Pacific Division side in
2016 when he played for the Edmonton Oilers. Hall was a combined 1-3–4 in two games today,
recording the lone assist on MVP Wayne Simmonds’ game-winning goal in the Final.
2017 NHL® All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles
Remaining 67 of the 100 Greatest NHL Players will be revealed in Los Angeles on Jan. 27 at the Microsoft Theater at 6:30pm PT
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Be there with Gretzky, Lemieux, Orr, Messier and more of the greatest legends of the past and all of this year’s All-Stars for a once in a lifetime event at Microsoft Theater on January 27, as part of the 2017 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend.
NHL® All-Star Skills Competition™ Sat, Jan 28 | 4:00pm PT at the Staples Center
NHL® All-Star Game: Sun, Jan 29 | 12:30pm PT at the Staples Center
Fan Fair happens at the LA Convention Center right next to Staples Center Jan. 26th-28th.
For more info on all the festivities, formats, rosters, tickets and FAQ, go to this website during the LA Kings 50th anniversary year.