2020 NHL All-Star Game Recap
The 2020 NHL All-Star game returned to St. Louis to the Enterprise Center. This year we saw another 3-on-3 format, where players from each division lined up against each other. The stakes were not just about bragging rights this time, and you can check the actual odds with sports betting in Illinois. There was a $1 million money prize involved as well.
This is the third year in a row where NHL decided to follow this format and it seemed like the best one yet.
Metropolitan vs Atlantic (5-9)
The Metropolitan and the Atlantic division started the tournament and off the bat, we saw two goals in as much as a minute of gameplay. David Pastrnak scored the game opener in just 26 seconds. But the equalizer came only 23 seconds later when Shea Weber buried the puck in the net.
The Metropolitan side then managed to take a lead with 4-3, but Pastrnak managed to draw the game level at 4 apiece at the half. But in the second half, the Atlantic division managed to score five unanswered goals with Pastrnak and Anthony Duclair each recording hat tricks and four points and lead the Atlantic side to victory.
Victor Hedman had one goal and three assists, while Tyler Bertuzzi also had a great game with four assists. Nico Hischier scored two goals and assisted once for the Metropolitan side, while Seth Jones had one goal and three assists to his name.
Central vs Pacific (5-10)
In the second matchup between the Central and the Pacific division, it was the latter that jumped off to a comfortable 3-goal lead. Matthew Tkachuk, Leon Draisaitl and Tomas Hertl all scored for the Pacific. But then Mark Scheifele, David Perron, and Patrick Kane scored goals of their own for the Central division to tie the game at 3-3.
The first half ended with 4-4, but the second one started off with a Hertl netting a natural hat-trick in the second half. The Pacific managed to score five straight finishing the game with a 10-5 win. Draisaitl (three goals, one assist), Tkachuk (two goals, two assists) had great games for the Pacific while Kane had two goals for the Central side.
Atlantic vs Pacific (4-5)
The Atlantic side started well in the final game and took a 3-1 lead with goals from Victor Hedman, Jonathan Huberdeau and David Pastrnak in just 10 minutes of the game. But the second half saw Elias Pettersson and Leon Draisaitl score two to equalize in just seven seconds apart. Tyler Bertuzzi responded and put the Atlantic ahead one more time with 4-3.
However, first Pettersson brought the game level with just two minutes left before a spectacle happened. Tomas Hertl became the hero for the Pacific side when he scored the game-winning goal with just 2:36 left on the clock.
This was an amazing spectacle and a great showcasing of skills at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game. David Pastrnak, who is also the league’s leading scorer, was named the MVP of the game with four goals and two assists to his name.