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Wayne Simmonds leads Metropolitan to All-Star win

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by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com
METROPOLITAN DIVISION REIGNS SUPREME AT ALL-STAR GAME

Wayne Simmonds scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:58 remaining in regulation to lift the Metropolitan Division past the Pacific Division in the final of the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Staples Center.

* By virtue of its championship, the Metropolitan Division, coached by Hockey Hall of Fame member Wayne Gretzky, claimed the winner-take-all $1 million prize for the tournament.

* Simmonds, who scored twice in the Metropolitan Division's semifinal win, earned MVP honors and, as a result, a 2017 Honda Ridgeline. A second-round pick (No. 61) by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2007 NHL Draft, Simmonds played his first three NHL seasons for the Kings before a trade to the Philadelphia Flyers.

* "It's all pretty surreal," said Simmonds, who was making his All-Star Game debut. "I don't even know if I realize what's going on right now, but it's pretty cool."

Video: MET@PAC: Simmonds hammers home the feed from Hall

 

SUNDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

PACIFIC DIVISION 10, Central Division 3 (SF)

Metropolitan Division 10, ATLANTIC DIVISION 6 (SF)

Metropolitan Division 4, PACIFIC DIVISION 3 (F)

 

ALL-STAR GAME QUICK HITS

* The Metropolitan Division advanced to the final by defeating the Atlantic Division in its first game, led by two goals and two assists each by Cam Atkinson and John Tavares.

* The Pacific Division defeated the Central Division in the opening semifinal, guided by one goal and two assists apiece by Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty of the hometown Kings.

* After capturing the title in 2016 with the Pacific Division, Metropolitan Division forward Taylor Hall became the only player to win both All-Star Games played under the 3-on-3 format.

Video: MET@ATL: Atkinson pots empty-netter for his second

 

ICYMI: 100 GREATEST NHL PLAYERS PARTICIPATE IN LEGENDARY PUCK DROP

Members of the newly announced 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian joined the 2017 All-Stars for a legendary puck drop prior to the All-Star tournament Sunday.

Visit NHL.com/100 to view the complete list of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian.

 

SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY'S ACTION

All Times Eastern

Washington @ NY Islanders, 7 p.m., CSN-DC+, MSG+, NHL.TV

Columbus @ NY Rangers, 7 p.m., FS-O, MSG 2, NHL.TV

Nashville @ Pittsburgh, 7 p.m., FS-TN, ROOT, NHL.TV

Philadelphia @ Carolina, 7 p.m., CSN-PH, FS-CR, NHL.TV

Buffalo @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., MSG-B, SNE, RDS, NHL.TV

New Jersey @ Detroit, 7:30 p.m., MSG+ 2, FS-D, NHL.TV

Boston @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., SN, SN1, TVA Sports, NESN, SUN, NHL.TV

Ottawa @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., TSN5, RDS2, FS-F, NHL.TV

Winnipeg @ St. Louis, 8 p.m., TSN3, FS-MW, NHL.TV

Toronto @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., SNO, FS-SW, NHL.TV

Minnesota @ Edmonton, 9 p.m., FS-N, FS-WI, SNW, NHL.TV

Los Angeles @ Arizona, 9 p.m., FS-W, FS-A, NHL.TV

Colorado @ Anaheim, 10 p.m., SN, SN1, ALT, PRIME, NHL.TV

Chicago @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., CSN-CH, CSN-CA, NHL.TV

 

REGULAR SEASON RESUMES WITH 14-GAME SLATE

The 2016-17 regular season resumes Tuesday with 28 of the 30 teams in action. A look at where clubs stand with 60.1 percent (739 of 1,230 games played) of the season in the books:

* Twenty-four of the League's 30 teams are within six points of a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* The top 10 teams in the NHL standings are separated by nine points.

* The top three teams in the Pacific Division are separated by one point.

* The top four teams in the Metropolitan Division are separated by nine points.

* Teams 2-6 in the Atlantic Division are separated by eight points.

* Teams 3-6 in the Central Division are separated by six points.

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