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Pacific wins first All-Star Game semifinal

Defending champions defeat Central Division, advance to championship game

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director, Editorial

LOS ANGELES -- Hometown heroes center Jeff Carter and defenseman Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings each scored a goal, and the Pacific Division defeated the Central Division 10-3 in the first semifinal game of the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at Staples Center.

The Pacific Division, the reigning All-Star champion, will play the winner of the second semifinal between the Atlantic Division and the Metropolitan Division in the championship game.

Carter made it 2-0 at 3:39, 42 seconds after Fowler opened the scoring. Carter drove down the right wing, looked to pass to Doughty, but instead shoveled it five-hole past Crawford. Doughty made it 5-1 with another breakaway, scoring five-hole with 11 seconds remaining in the first half.

Video: CEN@PAC: Carter beats Crawford with slick backhand

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, San Jose defenseman Brent Burns, who leads all NHL defenseman with 21 goals this season, and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, who leads the League with 59 points, also scored in the first half as the Pacific Division took a 5-1 lead into the intermission. Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith made two saves for the Pacific in the first half; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford stopped 6 of 11 shots.

In the second half, Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau, who had two goals, San Jose forward Joe Pavelski, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler and Vancouver Canucks forward Bo Horvat scored for the Pacific Division. Goalie Martin Jones of the San Jose Sharks made seven saves.

Chicago forward Jonathan Toews scored for the Central Division in the first half and Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban, the Central captain, and St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the second half. Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, who started strong with four spectacular saves, finished with six saves on 11 shots.

Video: Pacific All-Stars rout Central All-Stars

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