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Pacific Tops Central Division at All-Star Game

by Dan Rosen | / Colorado Avalanche


NASHVILLE -- As John Scott has been doing all weekend, he stole the show in the second semifinal game of the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game, leading the Pacific Division to a 9-6 win against the Central Division at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday.

The Pacific Division advanced to play the Atlantic Division in the championship game.

Scott scored two goals, including one a breakaway and another that was followed by a picturesque, one-knee-slide, fist-pump celebration. He was three goals shy of matching the amount of goals he has scored in 285 career NHL games.

Scott was voted into the All-Star Game by the fans to serve as the Pacific Division captain. He was traded by the Arizona Coyotes to the Montreal Canadiens, who play in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division, on Jan. 15 but remained captain of the Pacific.

Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall and Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin scored two goals for the Pacific Division. San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski had a power-play goal. Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty each had a goal.

Scott's breakaway goal, when he eluded a backcheck from Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene to score on Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, gave the Pacific Division a 5-3 lead at 13:27. Hall scored 37 seconds later, and Sedin scored his second goal 24 seconds after that.

The Central Division rallied on goals by Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin in a span of 13 seconds. Byfuglien's goal came eight seconds after Sedin made it 7-3.

Hall, though, scored his second goal at 17:44 to make it 8-5. It came seconds after Anaheim Ducks goalie Gibson made a split save to deny Seguin of a goal that would have made it 7-6. Doughty scored at 18:45 to make it 9-5.

In addition to Byfuglien and Seguin, the Nashville Predators all-stars accounted for three Central goals -- two for forward James Neal and one for defenseman Roman Josi. Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane also scored.

Prior to Kane scoring his goal, Scott laid a hit on him, knocking him to the ice so he could steal the puck, leading to a scoring chance. Predators goalie Pekka Rinne closed his five-hole to make the save on Scott's shot, and seven seconds later Kane scored on the other end.

Immediately after scoring, Kane went after Scott and jokingly dropped the gloves in a faux fight that ended with Scott tapping Kane on the head.

Scott's first goal came 47 seconds into the game, 21 seconds after Neal scored to give the Central a 1-0 lead.

Scott cashed in from the left post with a redirection shot that hit off of Rinne and went into the net. Sharks defenseman Brent Burns threaded the puck through a maze of players to get it on Scott's tape.

After scoring, Scott celebrating by going down to one knee, dragging his right hand through the ice before raising it up in the air.

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