The Pacific Division defeated the Atlantic Division 5-4 in the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Saturday to continue a track record of success in the five seasons of the 3-on-3 format that started in 2016.
San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:36 remaining to give the Pacific the most titles (three), most wins (seven) and best winning percentage (.778, 7-2) of the tournament. The division also won in 2016 in Nashville and 2018 in Tampa Bay.
Hertl scored four goals in a 10-5 victory against the Central Division in the semifinal, the most in one game under the 3-on-3 format. He also scored four goals in his third NHL game, a 9-2 win against the New York Rangers at SAP Center on Oct. 8, 2013.
Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid assisted on Hertl's game-winner to give him 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in seven games to pass Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (12 points; six goals, six assists) for the most under the current format.
Pastrnak named All-Star Game MVP
David Pastrnak was voted MVP of the All-Star Game after the Boston Bruins forward had six points (four goals, two assists) in two games for the Atlantic Division, including a hat trick in a 9-5 win against the Metropolitan Division in the semifinal. He is the first player from the Czech Republic to be named All-Star MVP and fourth from Europe, joining Marian Gaborik (2012), Alex Kovalev (2009), Pavel Bure (2000) and Teemu Selanne (1998). Pastrnak is also the fourth Bruins player given the honor (Bobby Orr, 1972; Ray Bourque, 1996; Bill Guerin, 2001).
Tkachuks enjoy All-Star celebration
Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk had six points (two goals, four assists) in two games for the Pacific Division playing in his hometown of St. Louis, where his father Keith Tkachuk skated in 523 NHL regular-season games for the St. Louis Blues.
Matthew and Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk became the first brothers to play in the same All-Star Game since Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin represented the Vancouver Canucks in 2012. They're also the fifth set of brothers in 40 years to face each other in an All-Star Game, joining the Sedins in 2011, Derian Hatcher and Kevin Hatcher in 1997, Brian Mullen and Joe Mullen in 1989, and Brent Sutter and Brian Sutter in 1985.