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Kings, Pacific Division take home ASG Championship

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

The 2017 NHL All-Star Game couldn’t have gone much better.

In fact, it was just about perfect.

It helped, too, that Drew Doughty, Jonathan Quick, and head coach Darryl Sutter’s Pacific Division club took home the championship, knocking off both the Central and Atlantic divisions in the annual showcase’s inaugural three-on-three format. Led by MVP and Captain John Scott, the team took home $1 Million in prize money to divvy among themselves.

Pacific (9) vs. Central (6) - (Semifinal)

Quick: 4-7, 10:00 TOI
Doughty: 1G, 1A – 2PTS, 7:06 TOI

Taking on the home-heavy Central Division, which iced four Nashville Predators players, Jonathan Quick got the starting nod in net. Quick stopped four of the seven shots he faced, including a remarkable one on St. Louis' Vladimir Tarasenko.

The score dead-locked at three after the first, the Pacific strung together four–straight goals to take a commanding lead, one of which included Doughty’s first point of the day, an assist on Daniel Sedin’s tally – the Pacific’s seventh of the game.

Doughty added an empty-netter with 1:15 to play to give the Pacific a 9-5 lead.

Pacific (1) vs Atlantic (0) - (Final)

Quick: 10-10, 10:00 TOI
Doughty: 7:32 TOI

Jonathan Quick got the starting nod in the final, and was absolutely stellar in the first 10-minute frame, stopping all 10 shots he faced, including incredible saves made on Leo Komarav, Dylan Larkin and Jaromir Jagr.

Corey Perry scored the lone goal in the second period, while John Gibson stood tall, stopping all seven shots he faced, securing the Pacific Division’s All-Star Game championship.

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