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ALL-STAR: Team Pacific crowned champions

Leon Draisaitl posted four goals and two assists and Connor McDavid had five helpers as Team Pacific earned another All-Star Game title in St. Louis

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

ST. LOUIS, MO - Pacific Division back on top.

Leon Draisaitl posted four goals and two assists and Connor McDavid had five helpers as Team Pacific has once again been crowned All-Star Game winners with a 5-4 defeat of Team Atlantic in the final of the 3-on-3 tournament at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.

"It's always fun," Draisaitl said post-game. "There are lots of great players here that can make you look good out there. We had fun, it's a huge win for us, and it was all-in-all a great event."

Video: ALL-STAR | Draisaitl Post-Game

Team Pacific advanced to the final after downing the host Central Division 10-5 in the night's second semifinal.

Read the recap of Team Pacific's triumphs below:

SEMIFINAL: Team Pacific 10, Team Central 5

 Team Pacific would not suffer the same fate as last season.

Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl marched on to the final of the 2020 NHL All-Star Game with Team Pacific with a 10-5 victory over the hosts Team Central in the night's second semifinal.

Both Team Pacific and Team Central knew ahead of their 3-on-3 game that the winner would march on and face Team Atlantic for the All-Star Game title after the latter trounced Team Metropolitan 9-5 in the night's first contest. 

Leon Draisaitl recorded a hat-trick and an assist, with McDavid providing three helpers to help lift the Pacific to their third All-Star Game final in five tries in the 3-on-3 format after missing out last year with a 10-4 loss to the very-same Central side.

Video: PAC@CEN: Draisaitl one-times the McDavid feed

Draisaitl connected with rival Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk to make it 2-0 before opening the second half with his second of the game off the feed from his captain as the Pacific wouldn't relinquish the lead for the remainder of the semifinal.

The Dynamic Duo linked up to make it 7-5 before San Jose forward Tomas Hertl ripped off three-consecutive goals to match his European counterpart's hat-trick feat.

Video: PAC@CEN: Draisaitl completes hat trick

FINAL: Team Pacific 5, Team Atlantic 4

Not this year.

After suffering defeat in the semifinal leg last year in San Jose, Team Pacific would not be denied its return of the crown.

Team Pacific and Team Central combined for 15 goals in the second semifinal, but Team Pacific only needed five to defeat Team Atlantic 5-4 for the 2020 All-Star Game championship.

"I think since 3-on-3's been played, the Pacific has the best record," McDavid, the Pacific captain, said post-game. "It's all for fun, but ultimately when the chips are down and there's a couple of bucks on the line, I think guys start to go a little harder."

Video: ALL-STAR | McDavid Post-Game

Leon Draisaitl had a goal and assist, providing the primary assist on the game-winning goal from Canucks forward Elias Pettersson, with Oilers captain Connor McDavid factoring in on the play with his only assist of the championship match.

Trailing 3-1 after the first half, Leon Draisaitl completed a Pacific comeback by tying it 3-3 with a scorching top-shelf snipe 1:44 from the intermission. 

Video: ATL@PAC: Draisaitl wires far-side snap shot home

Team Pacific earns their third 3-on-3 All-Star Game title, winning all their championships in even years (2016, 2018 & 2020).

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