By Michael Walters
The 2016 All-Star Game had a new format this year with a 3-on-3 tournament, instead of the traditional 5-on-5 three period hockey game. The format included a game between the Pacific and Central teams and another contest between the Metropolitan and Atlantic teams. The winner of each contest, then played a third and final Championship game. Each contest consisted of two 10 minute periods.
The Atlantic team beat the Metropolitan team 4-3 to advance to the Championship game. The Pacific team then played next and took down the Central team in an exciting 9-6 win. John Scott scored, not once, but twice in the game.
Scott also checked Patrick Kane during the game and later pretended to fight him after he scored.
The stage was set for the Championship game between the Pacific and Atlantic teams. With 22 goals scored in the previous two games, one would have thought more offense would have followed. The opposite occurred as the Pacific would beat the Atlantic by a 1-0 final in a close contest. Jonathan Quick blanked the Atlantic team in the first half and John Gibson followed suit in the second half. Corey Perry scored the only goal to give the Pacific team the victory. He did appear to score a second time, but the goal was disallowed due to goalie interference.
The MVP of the All-Star tournament was John Scott, who had two goals, the only hit in the contest, and the comical fight with Kane. A fitting ending to the weekend with all the media attention surrounding Scott.
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