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Tavares, Marner play rock-paper-scissors to determine No. 1 star

Forwards dueled at center ice after Maple Leafs' 8-6 win

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Mitchell Marner and John Tavares honored the Next Gen games by settling a dispute as one would on the playground.

The Toronto Maple Leafs forward battled its team captain in a rock, paper, scissors duel to determine the No. 1 star in their 8-6 win against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Tweet from @MapleLeafs: Your rock, paper, scissors champ & first star is...������ @Marner93 #LeafsForever #NextGenGame https://t.co/duBSIvUK8b pic.twitter.com/rQLHpfNUCH

Marner had five points, including the game-winning goal, but Tavares had a goal and two assists in Toronto's come-from-behind win, meaning each could stake a claim to the honor.

So after Hurricanes forward Martin Necas was named third star, Tavares and Marner skated to center ice to decide it in a best two-of-three series. Marner and Tavares each first threw rock, but Marner twice covered Tavares' rock with paper, earning the win.

The duel was part of Toronto's first Next Gen game of the season, and the event's game committee chose the post-game match was chosen to decide the No. 1 star. The Next Gen games, designed at celebrating young Maple Leafs fans, also had children as announcers, in-arena hosts and special food options too.

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Tweet from @MapleLeafs: Then we brought the ideas to life 😋 pic.twitter.com/zA8ffUlViA

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