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MacKinnon Scores In The Central Division's 5-2 Loss

Nathan MacKinnon also added an assist in the game

by Callie Parmele /


Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon contributed on both of the Central Division's goals but the team fell 5-2 to the Pacific Division in the first semifinal game at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game at AMALIE Arena on Sunday.

MacKinnon scored the first goal of the game with a shot from the high slot that went in off of the post.

Video: CEN@PAC: MacKinnon buries snipe for opening goal

The next tally of the game came from Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty on a breakaway chance 4:13 into the second period. Forward James Neal of the Vegas Golden Knights scored on a 3-on-1 rush to give the Pacific the lead late in the second half.

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban received a pass from MacKinnon and made it a 2-2 game with 2:31 left with a breakaway goal. Vancouver Canucks rookie Brock Boeser netted the game-winning goal with 1:46 remaining in the contest with a shot to the top left corner of the net.

The Pacific Division captain, forward Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, had four assists and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns and Neal added empty-net goals to seal the victory.

Team Pacific moved on to face the Atlantic Division in the finals.

Final Stats


Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov scored a hat trick in the Atlantic Division's 7-4 win over the Metropolitan Division.

Every skater for the Atlantic registered at least a point and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price also recorded an assist. Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel and Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson each had three points in the win.

Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov, Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand and the Lightning's Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point each had two points in the semifinal game.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin each had a goal and as assist for the Metropolitan Division.

Final Stats


The Pacific Division defeated the Atlantic Division 5-2 in the final match of the day and skated away from the 2018 NHL All-Star Game with the $1 million prize.

Anaheim Ducks forward Rickard Rakell, Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty scored for the Pacific in the first half to give their team a 3-1 lead at the intermission.

Rakell finished the game with two goals and one assist and Boeser, Doughty, Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar and Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau all registered two points in the win.

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green scored both of the Atlantic Division's goals and Boston Bruins center Brad Marchand assisted on both tallies.

Canucks rookie Boeser had two goals and an assist in the 3-on-3 tournament and was named the MVP of the All-Star Game.

Final Stats

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