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16 moments from All-Star Weekend

John Scott, Dylan Larkin and Jagger Burns steal the show in Nashville

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

NASHVILLE -- A memorable weekend in the Music City came to an end Sunday night with fan favorite John Scott and the Pacific Division All-Stars being crowned champions of the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena.

The show in Nashville left an impression on so many who visited this city this weekend and the locals who took it in as well.

Here are 16 unforgettable moments from a weekend that will be hard to top:

1. Scott takes picture of media horde

Scott stole the show in many ways during the weekend, but perhaps his most humbling moment came at the end of his 13-minute session with reporters on Friday.

After Scott finished, he told the sizable crowd of media to stay where they were so he could take a picture of them for his own keepsake.

It's not often that an All-Star player says he wants to take a picture of the media to keep for his album of the weekend. Then again, it's not often there's an All-Star like Scott, who delivered in so many ways to make the experience in Nashville special.

2. Scott scores

It wasn't just off the ice that Scott delivered to help make this a special and memorable All-Star Weekend. He did it on the ice too, scoring two goals in the Pacific Division's 9-6 win in the semifinal game against the Central Division on Sunday.

Scott scored 47 seconds into the game off a redirect from the left post. He celebrated in Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban style, but going down on one knee, dragging his right hand on the ice before lifting it up high in the air. He scored again on a breakaway at 13:27 to give the Pacific Division a 5-3 lead.

Scott's two goals were three fewer than he has scored in 285 NHL games.

3. A fight in an All-Star Game!

Well, almost.

Scott was basically an assist away from the Gordie Howe Hat Trick against the Central. He got there because he didn't back down (has he ever?) when Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane jokingly went after him after scoring a goal.

Kane only went after Scott because the 6-foot-8 Pacific Division captain delivered a real body check on Kane, knocking him to the ice so he could steal the puck away and go in for a breakaway.

Video: PAC@CEN: Kane chips one in, stages scrap with Scott

"He kind of cut into me and I knew I was going to hit him, so I finished it off and definitely hit him," Scott said.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne made the save on Scott and sent the puck up the ice to Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn, who set up Kane for a goal 13 seconds after Scott hit him. Kane then went right to Scott, the two dropped their gloves, and had a fake scrap for a few seconds before Scott patted Kane on the head.

4. And Scott steals the show at the end too

If scoring two goals and helping his team win the championship and the $1 million prize pool wasn't enough, Scott was also voted the MVP of the All-Star Game in a fan vote. He received a 2016 Honda Pilot Touring as the prize for his win.

Scott's teammates, mainly San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski and defenseman Brent Burns, celebrated Scott's achievement by lifting him off the ice and onto their shoulders, creating one of many indelible moments of the weekend.

5. Gibson's save on Seguin

The goalies were a huge factor Sunday with some remarkable saves and even some offense, including assists from Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson, Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider and Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop.

It was hard to find a more memorable goalie moment than Gibson's right skate save on Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin with 2:26 left in the semifinal game between the Pacific and Central Divisions.

Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin carried the puck in with Seguin, joining him for a 2-on-1. Sedin delivered a perfect pass across the slot to Seguin for a one-timer from below the left circle. Somehow, Gibson pushed off, slid across and stopped the shot with his skate.

Burns got to the puck first and quickly moved it up to Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau, who went in on a 2-on-0 with Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall. Gaudreau dished to Hall, who scored 10 seconds after Gibson made the save, giving the Pacific an 8-5 lead when it was inches away from being in a one-goal game.

6. A backcheck in an All-Star Game!

There was more than one, in fact, which is odd for an All-Star Game, but the most memorable came from Florida Panthers forward and Atlantic Division captain Jaromir Jagr.

Jagr skated back into the defensive zone so hard and was inches away from lifting Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin's stick in time to negate his breakway, spin-o-rama goal against Bishop during the Atlantic Division's 4-3 win against the Metropolitan in the first semifinal game. 
Jagr's teammate, Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo, took note of the backcheck.

"I saw him backcheck once today, which he doesn't even do in Florida," Luongo said. "I don't know, I might have to have a chat with him on the way home."

7. Dancing Jagger

One of the cutest moments during the 2016 Honda NHL Skills Competition took place during the Honda Breakaway Challenge when Burns and Pavelski brought their kids onto the ice to participate.

Burns and Pavelski enlisted the help of Schneider and Luongo, former Canucks teammates, to put on the show.

Jagger Burns, 4, and Nathan Pavelski, 5, skated to Schneider and Luongo in a 2-on-0. The goalies pretended to fight, leaving the net open. The kids scored and afterward, Jagger decided to play to the cameras.

Jagger toss off his gloves and started dancing. Everything leading up to that was scripted, but his dad, Brent, joked that the little one went off script when he got into the spotlight. It was great that he did.

8. Subban the showman

Subban proved again he is one of the most charismatic professional athletes in the world.

Subban has shown his incredible personality and zeal for the spotlight before at NHL Awards shows and the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. His performance at the Skills Competition on Saturday might have been his best.

Subban came out for the Breakaway Challenge dressed as Jagr, complete with a dark, long mullet, the Jofa helmet Jagr used to wear earlier in his legendary career, and long pants.

He won the competition by getting 31 percent of the fan votes on Twitter.

Video: NHL Skills: Subban channels his inner Jagr

9. Weber still the king

Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber had no problem retaining his title as the NHL's hardest shooter, dominating in the AMP Energy NHL Hardest Shot Competition with a 108.1 mile per hour blast.

The best part about Weber's shot was the stick he used. He used a stick with a 130 flex, which was likened to trying to shoot with a crowbar because of its stiffness. Seguin said he put all his weight into trying to flex the stick and couldn't bend it.

Despite Weber's impressive attempt, he still fell short of Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara's record of 108.8 mph.

10. Chewbacca makes an appearance

Count Burns among the All-Star players in the NHL who doesn't mind going out in a limb a bit to show his personality. Like Subban, the bearded Burns put it on display in the Breakaway Challenge.

Burns' second attempt in the competition started with pictures of himself as a clean shaven young player flashing on the scoreboard. The lights went off and he put a Chewbacca mask on. As Chewbacca, he skated in on Schneider and scored on a slap shot.

11. Kuznetsov's subtle homage to Ovi

It was overshadowed by the theatrics from Subban, Burns and the kids, but Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov did his best to mimic teammate Alex Ovechkin for one of his attempts in the Breakaway Challenge.

Kuznetsov, like Ovechkin did in 2009 in Montreal, wore a cowboy hat and sunglasses for his attempt. His attire had a Nashville flair, though. The hat had a white strip around it that read "I've Been Honky-Tonkin on Broadway." His glasses had guitars on lenses.

12. Larkin breaks a 20-year-old record

Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin wasn't alive when Mike Gartner set the record for the fastest skater in the Skills Competition at the 1996 All-Star Game at TD Garden in Boston. Larkin was born six months after Gartner broke his own record with a time of 13.386.

The record now belongs to Larkin, who topped Gartner's mark with a time of 13.172 on Saturday. He did so despite nearly falling down on one of his turns.

Larkin, who at 19-years-old was the youngest All-Star this season, completed his weekend with a three-assist performance in the Atlantic Division's 4-3 win against the Metropolitan Division in the semifinal round.

Video: Dylan Larkin breaks 20-year fastest skater record

13. Chris Sutter gives another speech

Kings coach Darryl Sutter's son, Chris, got another chance to deliver a pregame speech to his dad's All-Star team on Sunday. His speech didn't work for his dad's team last season. Sutter coached Team Foligno and lost 17-12 to Team Toews in the 2015 All-Star Game in Columbus.

This time, Chris made it work. He spoke to the Pacific Division All-Stars prior to the championship game and they responded with an unexpected 1-0 win.

14. Vince Gill sings anthem with his daughter

Corrina Gill, daughter of Country Music Hall of Fame singer Vince Gill, looked nervous as she stood next to her father as he started singing The Star-Spangled Banner. She was taking deep breaths, clearly trying to calm herself down.

And then Corrina nailed it. She absolutely nailed her portion, belting out the second part of the anthem with the help of the fans in attendance. Her father, standing beside her, looked on like a proud papa, pumping his fist to his chest and giving her a big hug at the end.

15. NHL family gives to Denna Laing

The NHL announced on Saturday that it was donating $200,000 to assist injured women's hockey player Denna Laing in her rehabilitation and recovery. In addition, the League announced that two of its corporate sponsors, Honda and Ticketmaster, were teaming up to give Laing a 2016 Honda Odyssey that will be retrofitted to meet her transportation needs.

Laing suffered a significant spinal cord injury in the inaugural Women's Winter Classic on Dec. 31 at Gillette Stadium.

Laing's mother and her two sisters were guests of the NHL at the All-Star Game on Sunday. Laing was featured in a video, thanking her supporters. She received a rousing ovation.

16. League leaves lasting effect on Nashville

The NHL didn't just bring the All-Star Game to Nashville; it left its mark here by delivering 30,000-square feet of renovated space for the Nashville Inner City Ministry.

The NHL, Nashville Predators and McDonald's unveiled the space Friday as part of the 2016 NHL All-Star Legacy Family Life Center. The renovation features eight rooms with new furniture, technology and interior design.

The Inner City Ministry is a community outreach center that services more than 4,000 at-risk youth and families in the Nashville area every year.

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