In the words of Central Division celebrity coach, Dierks Bentley, "worked all week, it's time to play."
After a day of media, a Red Carpet arrival fit for the Country Music Awards and a skills competition with goalie goals on Saturday, Devan Dubnyk and the Central Division finally took the ice on Sunday for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in Nashville.
The Central Division faced the Pacific Division in the semifinals and fell 9-6.
In a game that isn't exactly a goalie-friendly environment, Dubnyk managed to make 8 saves on 13 shots, including this pad save — with a bit of help from the post.
"It was about as fun as I could have imagined it being," Dubnyk joked on the three-on-three format. "No one really knew what to expect with the new format, but I think it started opening up and I think it was fun for everyone to watch."
The Atlantic Division defeated the Metropolitan in the first game, 4-3, and faced the Pacific for the All-Star game 3-on-3 tournament championship.
The Pacific won the final, 1-0, and the weekend had a storybook ending with team captain John Scott (two goals) earning the MVP honors.
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