PACIFIC DIVISION CAPTURES THIRD ALL-STAR GAME CHAMPIONSHIP
The Pacific Division captured the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game tournament, taking top honors for the third time in the five years under the divisional 3-on-3 competition and earning $1 million in prize money. San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl powered the Pacific to a 10-5 win over the Central Division in the semifinal by scoring four goals — a record for a single game under the 3-on-3 format — and tallied the game-winner with 2:36 remaining in regulation of a 5-4 final win over the Atlantic Division in the final.
The Pacific has emerged as the most successful division over the five years of the 3-on-3 All-Star format (2016-20), posting the most titles (three), most total wins (seven) and best win percentage (.778, 7-2). The Pacific previously took home top honors in 2016 (Nashville) and 2018 (Tampa Bay).
Mark Giordano (2016 and 2020), Anze Kopitar (2018 and 2020) and Connor McDavid (2018 and 2020) all became multiple tournament winners under the 3-on-3 format. They joined Brent Burns (2016 and 2018), Drew Doughty (2016 and 2018) and Johnny Gaudreau (2016 and 2018) as players who have won multiple times with the Pacific Division.
PASTRNAK VOTED ALL-STAR GAME MVP
Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak was voted MVP of the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game in an online fan vote. Pastrnak, who leads all NHL skaters with 37 goals in 2019-20, notched a combined six points in two games for the Atlantic Division, highlighted by a hat trick (3-1–4) in a 9-5 win over the Metropolitan Division in the semifinal. He notched a goal and assist in the 5-4 loss to the Pacific Division in the final.
Pastrnak became the first player from the Czech Republic to be named All-Star MVP and the fourth European player joining Marian Gaborik (2012), Alex Kovalev (2009), Pavel Bure (2000) and Teemu Selanne (1998). Additionally, he became the fourth Bruins player awarded the honor, following Bobby Orr (1972), Ray Bourque (1996) and Bill Guerin (2001).
ALL-STAR CELEBRATION FOR TKACHUKS
Playing in his hometown of St. Louis, where his father Keith Tkachuk skated 523 regular-season games over nine seasons for the Blues, Matthew Tkachuk recorded 2-4—6 over the two games for the winning Pacific Division.
Matthew and Senators forward Brady Tkachuk became the first brothers to compete in the same All-Star Game since Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin both represented Vancouver in 2012. With Matthew (Pacific Division) and Brady (Atlantic Division) both advancing to the final, they also became just the fifth set of brothers in the last 40 years to face each other in an All-Star Game. The others: the Sedins in 2011; Derian and Kevin Hatcher in 1997; Brian and Joe Mullen in 1989; Brent and Brian Sutter in 1985.
ALL-STAR QUICK HITS
* Connor McDavid’s assist on Tomas Hertl’s game-winning goal for the Pacific Division in the final boosted the Edmonton Oilers captain’s career totals in 3-on-3 All-Star competition to 2-11—13 in 7 GP to pass Sidney Crosby (6-6—12 in 5 GP) for the most ever under the current format.
* Players in the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game combined for four hat tricks across three games – doubling the total in 12 previous contests under the 3-on-3 All-Star format (Nikita Kucherov in 2018 semifinal and Gabriel Landeskog in 2019 semifinal).
* For the first time in the 3-on-3 All-Star format, two players on one team each recorded a hat trick in the same game when the Atlantic Division’s David Pastrnak (3-1—4) and Anthony Duclair (3-1—4) both did so in the first semifinal. Not to be outdone, the Pacific Division’s Tomas Hertl (4-0—4) and Leon Draisaitl (3-1—4) also accomplished the feat in their semifinal win over the Central Division.
* In the Pacific Division’s 10-5 semifinal win over the Central Division, Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes became the second rookie defenseman to score a goal. Denis Potvin tallied once for Team All-Stars East in the 27th All-Star Game in 1974. Hughes’ place in the Pacific Division lineup marked the third consecutive season a Vancouver rookie has played in the game (also Brock Boeser in 2018 and Elias Pettersson in 2019). The Canucks became the first team in the expansion era and third time in All-Star history to send a rookie in three consecutive seasons.
* For the fourth time in five years since the introduction of the 3-on-3 All-Star Game format, the winning division has skated in the second of the two semifinal games prior to the final. The only winner who competed in the first semifinal was the Pacific Division, in 2018 at Tampa Bay.
* The average number of goals scored in the 15 games played under the 3-on-3 All-Star format is 10.8. The average for the 10 semifinal games is 12.3, while the average for the five final games is a somewhat stingier 7.8.
* Goaltenders have posted a cumulative 15.79 goals-against average and .731 save percentage (422 saves on 577 shots) in the five years under the 3-on-3 All-Star Game format.
* One divisional matchup still has yet to take place in the five years of the 3-on-3 All-Star format: Central vs. Atlantic.
* Two players who appeared in the four previous All-Star weekends under the 3-on-3 format again participated this year: Braden Holtby and Patrick Kane.
UPDATED ALL-STAR STANDINGS BY DIVISION (Since 2016)
TODAY’S BEST TWO-GAME SCORING TOTALS
5 – Tomas Hertl, Pacific (2 GP)
5 – Quinn Hughes, Pacific (2 GP)
6 – Leon Draisaitl, Pacific: 4-2—6 (2 GP)
– David Pastrnak, Atlantic: 4-2—6 (2 GP)
– Matthew Tkachuk, Pacific: 2-4—6 (2 GP)
– Quinn Hughes, Pacific: 1-5—6 (2 GP)
TODAY’S BEST SINGLE-GAME SCORING TOTALS
4 – Tomas Hertl, Pacific (SF vs. CEN)
4 – Tyler Bertuzzi, Atlantic (SF vs. MET)
4 – Nine players tied.