Central reaches NHL All-Star Game final and tops Pacific 6-4

by: TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press

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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Arizona’s Clayton Keller had two goals and an assist, Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and the Central Division entered the title game with a 6-4 victory over the Pacific Division to start the All-Star Game on Saturday.

St. Louis’ Vladimir Tarasenko had one goal and three assists for Central. Chicago’s Seth Jones had a goal and two assists.

Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson scored twice, while San Jose’s Erik Karlsson and Edmonton’s Connor McDavid also scored for Pacific. Los Angeles’ Kevin Fiala had two assists.

Team Central will face the winner of the Metropolitan-Atlantic matchup in the final later on Saturday.

The All-Star Game is a series of three games – all 3 on 3, all lasting 20 minutes. The Pacific-Central game was the first semi-final, followed by the Metropolitan-Atlantic game.

Each of the four divisional teams had 11 players, nine skaters and two goaltenders. The winning team splits $1 million.

This year marks the seventh time the NHL has used the divisional tag team tournament format for the All-Star Game. The Pacific Division won the first such game, the Metropolitan Division won the second, and they went on to win alternately in all six editions in this format.


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