2018 NHL All-Star Game: Kucherov’s hat trick gets Atlantic to final, but Pacific wins All-Star Game 5-2
Let’s do it all again next year in San Jose.
When: 3:30 PM
How: NHL on NBC or NHL.tv (or HNIC if you dare)
What: Today we’ll be watching two twenty-minute games (ten minutes per period) and a final. Best of the East will face best of the West, and with any luck Brian Boyle wins it all. I’ll be liveblogging this again, with updates below as I watch along with you. I’ll be adding tweets and color from Raw Charge’s reporters in the stands, @GeoFitz4 and @torchramrod (JustinG).
So let’s settle back, have a drink, and watch the best that the NHL world has to offer!
|Team Pacific||Team Central|
|Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks||Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks|
|Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames||Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche|
|Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings||Brayden Schenn, St. Louis Blues|
|(Captain) Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers||Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars|
|James Neal, Vegas Golden Knights||Eric Staal, Minnesota Wild|
|Rickard Rakell, Anaheim Ducks||Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets|
|Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks||John Klingberg, Dallas Stars|
|Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings||Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues|
|Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes||(Captain) P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators|
|Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights||Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets|
|Mike Smith, Calgary Flames||Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators|
|Team Atlantic||Team Metropolitan|
|Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers||Josh Bailey, New York Islanders|
|Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres||Brian Boyle, New Jersey Devils|
|Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning||Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins||Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers|
|Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs||(Captain) Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals|
|Brayden Point, Tampa Bay Lightning||John Tavares, New York Islanders|
|(Captain) Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning||Noah Hanifin, Carolina Hurricanes|
|Mike Green, Detroit Red Wings||Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators||Zach Werenski, Columbus Blue Jackets|
|Carey Price, Montrel Canadiens||Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals|
|Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning||Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers|
Central Division vs. Pacific Division, 3:30 PM
3:16 PM: I can’t believe I’m back, and yet I can, because literally nobody else at my site wanted the job of listening to HNIC.
Did you guys get a chance to catch the Mascot Games? Thunderbug won it in overtime for Team East, but salty Blackhawks reporter Mark Lazerus thinks it was unfair. Whatever, he’s just a sore loser.
RIGGED. This mascot game is rigged! @sjsharkie's goal is waved off and we head to OT, where the hometown guy @ThunderBugTBL conveniently scores the game-winner for the East. Just as @BaileyLAKings did in LA last year. I'm so disillusioned right now.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) January 28, 2018
3:33 PM: HNIC is interviewing Blake Wheeler about how he managed to make his kids cheer for him when he scores a goal. “My kids won’t look at me twice,” the HNIC guy admits. It’s fine, HNIC guy, you have fans cheering for you right here. Please be entertaining.
3:35 PM: By the way, we have a winner for our Raw Charge giveaway — @Mike__Perkins! He found Justin in the stands and got the swag. Congrats!
We’ve got a winner! Congrats to @Mike__Perkins pic.twitter.com/scFE676ORb— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) January 28, 2018
3:41 PM: Aww, I love this techno so much that I actually made it into a Spotify playlist. It’s over here in case you want to check it out.
The arena is playing the warm up Playlist that debuted in the 2014-15 season. A lot if these songs, I will always associate with how special that season was for the Lightning.— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) January 28, 2018
3:47 PM: Central Division taking the ice to the sounds of country music electric guitar. And some good news to announce! Hedman is back as AEM. Let’s hope he gets Stamkos his towels and tape a little more swiftly than yesterday.
Good news: @heds77 will be back in action for us today during the Atlantic vs. Metropolitan game. ⚡️ #NHLAllStar pic.twitter.com/9KwwKG2Un8— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) January 28, 2018
3:53 PM: If Brian Boyle doesn’t help Metro win it all after that ovation, I’ll be very sad. Why Metro, you ask? It’s been a struggle for me to cheer for a team that contains Brad “oops, my elbow slipped” Marchand.
3:59 PM: We have the moment in which patriotism and sports are conflated, the anthem. Like it or hate it, it’s beautifully done by the Lightning org. (By the way, don’t believe those Canadians who tell you the last line is “We stand on Gord for thee.” Nobody actually stands on Gord.)
4:03 PM: Um. I mean the Canadian national anthem was great, at least!
4:07 PM: Fleury starts for Pacific, Rinne for Central.
Fleury comes up big on a Seguin breakaway.— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) January 28, 2018
4:09 PM: Nathan MacKinnon gets Central on the board first, putting one top shelf on Fleury. Maybe he’s tired after yesterday’s save streak challenge?
THAT’S OUR GUY!!#NHLAllStar #GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/EpQSztwCgU— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) January 28, 2018
4:14 PM: Interesting insight from Geo in the stands. We’ll keep our eyes on this in May.
Fleury doesn't like icing and keeps coming out to play the puck and negate icing.— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) January 28, 2018
4:17 PM: Less than two minutes left in the period — HNIC gets cutely excited every time someone backchecks.
4:18 PM: While I was typing, Rinne saved ridiculous shots from McDavid THREE TIMES -- FOUR TIMES. Goalies on point today.
4:20 PM: We come to first intermission with this gem from @BeccaH_JR:
I've been trying to figure out what these Pacific uniforms remind me of... and I think I finally figured it out. pic.twitter.com/BdfYhqcR3u— Becca (@BeccaH_JR) January 28, 2018
4:28 PM: New goalies — Hellebuyck (Central) and Smith (Pacific) in net. I’ve enjoyed watching the chemistry between Wheeler and MacKinnon, two energetic kids with wheels. I wonder if Team Canada takes notice.
So far, the goaltenders are the stars of this game so far. Players are starting to be more selfish on chances, which is usually what keeps them from scoring in AS games, and the goalies are standing tall.— Winging It In Motown (@wingingitmotown) January 28, 2018
4:30 PM: Doughty gets one in for Pacific!
4:32 PM: Hilarious — Smith wants an assist in an All-Star Game pretty badly, skated almost to the blue line to send it over to Doughty. Sadly DD had to dump it along the boards.
4:34 PM: I finally got to hear the much-vaunted HNIC “let’s name all the junior teams the guy was on” goal call. James Neal, 2-1 Pacific.
Neal goal assisted by McDavid and Burns.— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) January 28, 2018
Deep hockey thoughts during TV time out:
Heard a fan in the upper deck just yell, “I want my Thrashers back.” #NHLAllStar— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) January 28, 2018
4:38 PM: PK Subban steps up as captain and evens it up.
4:39 PM: Boeser gets Pacific ahead! The story of this All-Star Game is absolutely about how much the youngsters want to show off. He won the accuracy contest too.
4:40 PM: While typing, Brent Burns noticed Central’s empty net and sent one in to make it 4-2 Pacific.
4:41 PM: Pacific really doesn’t want this to go to overtime, James Neal with yet another empty netter.
goalie just said fuck it and left.— Tony X. (@soIoucity) January 28, 2018
McDavid with all the assists in this game.— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) January 28, 2018
4:43 PM: Brock Boeser of the game-winning goal, is also a horrific interview. “I just wanted to come into the rink every day and work hard” is an actual thing he just said at the All-Star Game.
CF: Pacific-22 (56%), Central-17 (44%). I watched the spreadsheets the whole game.— Matthew Henriques (@MattJLHenriques) January 28, 2018
My three stars of the game...— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) January 28, 2018
⭐ ⭐ Burns
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Neal
4:54 PM: Ron MacLean is grilling Mr. Bettman mercilessly about (1) the Flames arena, (2) the Senators’ arena, and (3) video review. Bettman yells at MacLean for not telling him when there was some video playing that he had to pay attention to. Aww, Bettman. He’s grumpily charming.
Results: Pacific beats Central, 5-2.
Metropolitan Division vs. Atlantic Division, 4:30 PM
5:02 PM: Kucherov, Stamkos, & Point starting — almost unfair against Lundqvist, but he stands strong in their shift.
5:03 PM: Ovechkin, Crosby and Hanifin score on their first shift. Poor Vasilevskiy. 1-0 Metro.
5:05 PM: Matthews on a breakaway can’t solve Lundqvist, but that’s fine. It was pretty and that’s the point.
5:07 PM: Vasy’s getting back into fighting shape, makes a nice stop on Giroux.
5:07 PM: Line blender at work: Kucherov-Stamkos-Karlsson. That seems familiar, hmmm, where did I hear about that?
"I'll be happy if I get out there with Kucherov and Stamkos for a little bit. Both guys can shoot the puck, and my forte is to give it" @ErikKarlsson65 @Jackie_Redmond #NHLAllStar @Senators pic.twitter.com/sAtSyqqufM— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) January 28, 2018
A backhand beauty from @AM34 #NHLAllStar pic.twitter.com/ZXlBNj8RrB— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 28, 2018
Matthews goal assisted by Eichel and Barkov.— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) January 28, 2018
Look at all those Americans on the ice at one time...
5:13 PM: Claude Giroux fakes out Vasilevskiy by staring back at Brian Boyle several times on the breakaway — and then just sends it in over Vasy’s shoulder. 2-1 Metro.
5:15 PM: Now it’s 3-1 Metro because Ovechkin and Crosby together on a line are SICK.
OVI ASG SCOAR pic.twitter.com/WJiWiWqqDo— Ian Oland (@ianoland) January 28, 2018
5:16 PM: Barely seconds later, Kucherov grabs a pass from Karlsson, decides to score and does. 3-2 Metro.
Vasilevskiy has one almost sneak under him. He falls backwards to keep the puck frozen and out of the net.— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) January 28, 2018
5:20 PM: First period over, whew, I’m sweating.
Intermission: This was a beautiful moment. Willie O’Ree was chosen as today’s Community Hero by Mr. Jeff Vinik, and recognized for all of his work.
Phone decided to stop doing things. Willie O'Ree honored as a Community Hero and $100,000 will be given to a charity of his choosing.— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) January 28, 2018
I’m still teary. And look at this! (#nhlmvpboyle) pic.twitter.com/reYx601jpz— lindsay joy b (@Lindsay_Joy_B) January 28, 2018
5:27 PM: Second period is a go. Kucherov is showing off for Ovechkin. 3-3.
5:29 PM: Tavares to Letang, 4-3.
Tavares passes off to Letang and it's into the back of the net. Metro retakes the lead. 4-3.— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) January 28, 2018
5:31 PM: Is it disturbing that Brayden Point is finding chemistry with Brad Marchand? Also do they call it the short line? 4-4.
5:34 PM: Ah so Carey Price at one end, Holtby at the other. Tavares scored but it was called back for offside. Jon Cooper giggling on the bench, Barry Trotz smirking.
Future Lightning defenseman Erik Karlsson getting accustomed to the “call probably isn’t going our way” early in his tenure— Christine Gunn (@ChristineLRM) January 28, 2018
5:40 PM: Eichel scores and does the Auston Matthews “It’s a good goal” celly after it goes in. Lol.
5:41 PM: Ugh. Marchand, 6-4 Atlantic, and the super confused crowd at Amalie Arena cheers.
5:42 PM: KUCHEROV HAT TRICK. 7-4 Atlantic.
I’d write this up but I’m a bit busy right now.
BYE BYE HAT! pic.twitter.com/FlCmyhQ807— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) January 28, 2018
I've seen that before...... @86Kucherov @TBLightning #sick— Cory Conacher (@conhockey19) January 28, 2018
5:50 PM: Time to fold some laundry, back in about 20. We’ll return for Atlantic vs. Pacific.
With the intermission here, I don't think anything important is happening until the final game. Think it's time to hit the bathroom, take a walk, something out on the promenade.— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) January 28, 2018
Results: 7-4, Atlantic.
Pacific vs. Atlantic, 6:30 PM
6:30 PM: Puck Drop. During intermission I had a lot of free time due to Screen Guy needing to climb the rigging and manually detach or attach something, so I wrote up the honor to O’Ree.
Tampa Bay Lightning organization honors Willie O’Ree as Lightning Community Hero during All-Star Game https://t.co/jjZPMFDJ06 pic.twitter.com/lvYz4ULGtG— Achariya (@tanyarezak) January 28, 2018
6:31 PM: 1-0 Pacific, Rakell puts one in on Vasy. Matthews was trying to get his helmet on, couldn’t defend.
6:37 PM: Eichel at the end of a shift gave up the puck to Boeser, who capitalized right away.
Bad turnover by Eichel leaves Vasilevskiy out to dry. He got the first shot, but no one to clear the rebound. Easy goal for Boeser. 2-0 Pacific.— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) January 28, 2018
6:39 PM: HNIC pans around to all of the hockey partners and kids. I also appreciate this because not enough credit is given to families for putting up with full-time hockey players. Maybe someday they’ll show a same-sex partner in the stands but I guess I’m not holding my breath.
6:41 PM: Point-Marchand-Green line converts, 2-1, Pacific still on top. Then Vasy makes a great save on Neal at the other end.
6:42 PM: Whew, that save on McDavid. VASY VASY VASY, etc.
6:44 PM: Drew Doughty solves Vasy and it’s 3-1 Pacific. Perhaps the three-forward combo isn’t great at defense, eh Jon Cooper?
6:46 PM: LMAO. Marchand sells a tripping penalty, tries to imply that he was “high sticked” by Wee Gaudreau. One-minute Power Play for Atlantic.
Atlantic power play unit is Matthews, Kucherov, Stamkos and Karlsson.— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) January 28, 2018
6:47 PM: No goal during the Power Play for Steven, but it was fun to watch.
Hard disagree with this take:
Brad Marchand, mid-suspension, is the MVP of All-Star weekend. Fully embracing the role of the heel and playing well.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) January 28, 2018
6:52 PM: Carey Price vs. Mike Smith now in goal.
6:54 PM: Despite a weird string attached to Eichel’s sweater that gets tangled in Gaudreau’s skate, the kid gets a goal.
Price just gets beat five hole. Got a piece with his stick, but dribbles through. 4-1 Pacific.— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) January 28, 2018
Gaudreau took part of Eichel's uniform and scored a goal. That should count for the Atlantic Division. Don't @ me.— Winging It In Motown (@wingingitmotown) January 29, 2018
6:56 PM: Marchand is the rat that stirs the drink, apparently. His line with Point and Green convert again, making it 4-2 with 6:20 left.
GGGGGGRRRRRREEEEEEENNNNNNN!!!!!!!— Raw Charge (@RawCharge) January 28, 2018
7:02 PM: Jon Cooper is not great at defense on 3-on-3, I am sensing.
7:03 PM: Rakell gets a second one. Good thing he’s a Duck and we won’t face him much. Whew. 5-2 Pacific, not looking good for Atlantic.
7:06 PM: Coop pulls Price! 4 on 3 to try to get a goal but it’s not looking good —
7:07 PM: Smith really, really wanted that empty net goal. Poor guy needs to practice his shot.
Results: Pacific wins, 5-2!
7:10 PM: Gallant sure has a middle finger up in the air to the Panthers org. Hope they were watching.
7:10 PM: Brock Boeser gets MVP, well deserved. He gets a Honda Clarity Hybrid. Neato.
Also 7:10 PM: I’m out. Thanks for sticking with me, y’all. This has sure been A Minute.
You know. Gallant always took it hard to Jon Cooper when he coached Panthers. He's got our coach solved. I'm a little worried if it comes to a SCF.— Achariya (@tanyarezak) January 29, 2018