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The Pacific Division scored five unanswered goals to close the matchup with the Central Division and win 10-5 in the second contest of the 2020 NHL All-Star Game last Saturday night at Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The Central erased a 3-0 deficit in the first period, but the squad wasn't able to go on another run in the second frame. The Pacific advanced to the championship against the Atlantic Division All-Stars and went on to win the title by a 5-4 score.
Nathan MacKinnon, who was the Colorado Avalanche's representative at the midseason showcase and was voted as the captain of the Central Division by a fan vote, finished with an assist and three shots on goal in 6:50 of ice time against the Pacific. He also won 2-of-3 faceoffs while being on a line with the Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane and the Minnesota Wild's Eric Staal.
In Friday night's skills competition, MacKinnon participated in the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater contest.
Saturday, February 1 at Philadelphia Flyers
Wells Fargo Center, 5 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM
The Avalanche returns from the All-Star Break and bye week to a five-game road trip that begins in the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday night. The contest will close out the two-game season series between the Avs and Flyers. Colorado won the first matchup 3-1 on Dec. 11 at Pepsi Center.
Avs In The Community
On Wednesday, Jan. 15, Avalanche forward Tyson Jost and defenseman Cale Makar joined strength and conditioning coach Casey Bond in leading students from Castro Elementary School through a fitness session as part of the Avalanche's TeamFIT program, presented by Ardent Mills.
Matt Calvert and Sam Girard participated in a practice with the Pee Wee Jr. Avalanche team that will compete in the Quebec Pee Wee International Tournament in February.
The Avs Better Halves' annual Charity Brunch will take place on Feb. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Aurora - Denver Conference Center. The event includes brunch served by the players and coaches and a fashion show featuring Avalanche players escorting children who have overcome medical challenges.
"I think just talking with guys from all the teams. It's weird how you battle with these guys every night and then you become close with them at the All-Star Game and then you go back to battle with them after. It's fun to catch up and pick some guys' brains. Some of the best players in the world are here, so it's an awesome weekend." - Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon on his favorite part of being at the NHL's All-Star weekend