Staff Matthews beats Staff McDavid for NHL all-star crown in Toronto

Connor McDavid owned the NHL’s all-star expertise competitors Friday.

Auston Matthews earned prime billing lower than 24 hours later.

The Maple Leafs star led Staff Matthews with two targets — together with the winner — and an help to safe a 7-4 victory over Staff McDavid within the last of the league’s 3-on-3 all-star mini match Saturday in Toronto.

The winners will share a $1-million US prize.

Matthews, who picked a roster that included Toronto teammates Mitch Marner, William Nylander and Morgan Rielly at Thursday’s participant draft, was named MVP.

“The entire weekend in itself is particular for all of us, particularly the host metropolis and the hometown guys,” he stated. “Good to cap it off with the win. All people goes house joyful.”

McDavid, the Oilers captain, claimed the revamped expertise competitors the earlier night time to safe that $1-million purse at Scotiabank Enviornment.

“The defensive system broke down there just a little bit,” McDavid, who had Edmonton teammate Leon Draisaitl on his squad, deadpanned after the ultimate. “We left our goalies frolicked to dry.”

Marner, who grew up simply north of Toronto in Markham, Ont., stated the occasion was one thing he’ll cherish.

“Wonderful,” he stated. “I’ve dreamt of being in all-star video games for my complete life. I’ve watched all-star video games from my sofa, my carpet with my dad and mom.

“You all the time dream of being part of one, and to have it within the metropolis, it is fairly outstanding.”

The depth ramped up within the last as gamers obtained nearer to the prize cash.

“That final recreation, there was much more pace,” Rielly stated. “Not simply floating round.”

Staff McDavid erased a late two-goal deficit within the semifinal earlier Saturday earlier than beating Staff MacKinnon 4-3 in a shootout. Staff Matthews received its opener 6-5 over Staff Hughes in one other shootout.

Pop star Justin Bieber, sporting a vibrant puffer coat, served as movie star captain for Staff Matthews, whereas Canadian-born actor Will Arnett had the identical function for Staff McDavid. Canadian crooner Michael Bublé was with Staff Hughes and singer Tate McRae was behind the bench for Staff MacKinnon.

Matthews stated the gamers urged Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery put on Bieber’s threads within the second half of the 20-minute last.

“We had been loving it,” Matthews stated. “When you had been up fairly excessive within the stands, there is not any doubt you could possibly decide [Bieber] out of a crowd.”

Bieber celebrates Staff Matthews’ shootout win over Staff Hughes on Saturday at Scotiabank Enviornment. (Cole Burston/Getty Photographs)

Marner stated he was just a little involved that Arnett — an enormous Leafs fan — may push to have him on McDavid’s roster at Thursday’s draft.

“Sounded just like the boys had a plan,” Marner stated. “All of them talked backstage and stated, ‘Do not screw us over.’

“I wasn’t too fearful.”

McDavid stated having Bieber, who grew up in Stratford, Ont., as a part of the occasion was particular.

“An icon, actually,” stated the native of close by Richmond Hill, Ont. “What he is doing for hockey, what he is doing for Toronto and Canada as a complete, it is superb.”

‘Entertaining for everyone’

The NHL used an all-star participant draft for a two-team format in 2011, 2012 and 2015 earlier than going to a division-based setup in 2016.

The league went again to the draft and up to date the abilities competitors in 2024 — the ninth time Toronto has hosted, and the primary since 2000 — with curiosity within the occasion having sagged lately.

McDavid, who had a hand within the planning, felt it was a hit.

“It is in the end as much as the followers,” he stated. “We had been right here to placed on a present, and I really feel like we did that. It was entertaining for everyone.

“It has been a working weekend, tiring weekend. I am wanting ahead to getting again to Edmonton and getting again to our usually scheduled program.”

A male ice hockey player skates with the puck as an opposing player defends while fans watch from the stands.
McDavid skates with the puck as Matthews defends in the course of the NHL all-star last. (Claus Andersen/Getty Photographs)

Deadline speak

Nathan MacKinnon was requested concerning the Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets loading up within the Western Convention by buying centres Elias Lindholm and Sean Monahan, respectively, in current days.

“It is wide-open,” stated the Colorado Avalanche centre. “Hockey’s such a fair sport proper now with the parity.”

MacKinnon added he’d be in favour of pushing the commerce deadline up. This yr’s cutoff is about for March 8.

“A little bit longer can be good,” he stated. “That is why a whole lot of the instances these deadline strikes do not all the time work.”

Getting acquainted

Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet, who was behind the bench for the roster picked by Vancouver defenceman Quinn Hughes, stated having Lindholm in Toronto for the all-star week after the cope with Calgary can be useful.

“As a substitute of seeing him [Sunday] in Carolina, I’ve seen him the final three days,” Tocchet stated. “Met his household, met his fiancee, his dad. I feel that goes a great distance in making him perceive how the group will handle him.

“These three days and being on this setting — extra of a enjoyable setting — I feel it is helped.”

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