One of the more interesting storylines of the day was the three-man unit that Pacific Division head coach Darryl Sutter designed which had Calgary Flames defenceman Mark Giordano and Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau skating with Oilers forward Taylor Hall.
“It’s funny that Darryl put us together. Two great players," said Hall after the game. "Gaudreau makes everyone around him better and Giordano was just as competitive as a real game. It was a lot of fun playing with those guys. To score a couple goals in an all-star game was pretty cool.”
Hall had two goals and an assist while Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and two helpers. Gaudreau also enjoyed playing with Hall.
“It was cool. We get to play against each other all the time with the Battle of Alberta and how exciting that is. It’s just nice to have him on our side for once because you can see how skilled he is,” said Gaudreau.
Mark Giordano had an assist as well as the third man on the unit. He talked about Hall and Gaudreau playing together.
“It was pretty impressive how much chemistry him and Johnny seemed to have right from the first shift. I don’t know how the fans reacted to it back home but it was pretty cool for tonight, to get the win.”