Atlantic beats Central to win NHL All-Star Game, Matthew Tkachuk named MVP

Dylan Larkin tallied a hat trick and Mitch Marner dished three assists to lead the Atlantic Division All-Stars to victory at the NHL All-Star Game with a 7-5 win over the Central Division.

SUNRISE, Fla. — The Atlantic Division won the NHL’s 3-on-3 all-star tournament 7-5 over the Central Division to wrap up the league’s showcase event Saturday.

The Central beat the Pacific Division 6-4 in the first semifinal before the Atlantic topped their Metropolitan counterparts 10-6.

Detroit Red Wings centre Dylan Larkin had a hat trick in the final. 

Florida Panthers winger Matthew Tkachuk, who was named tournament MVP, scored once and set up another in the title game after his three goals and two assists in a semifinal.

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Toronto Maple Leafs winger Mitch Marner registered three assists in the final.

The Pacific’s semifinal loss marked the last time Bo Horvat, who was traded from Vancouver to the New York Islanders in a blockbuster deal to start the week, skated with his former Canucks teammate Elias Pettersson.

The duo combined for Pettersson’s goal, while another was called back for offside following video review.

The Metropolitan’s defeat in the semifinal meant Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and his Washington Capitals counterpart Alex Ovechkin had what could be their final all-star appearance cut short.

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“You try to balance it,” Crosby said when asked if he soaked up the atmosphere more at his fifth all-star game, and fourth alongside Ovechkin. “You try to go out there have fun and stay in the moment. Hopefully, it’s not our last one. 

“That’s the best way to approach it.”

Horvat, meanwhile, said he enjoyed playing alongside Pettersson in what the latter described as their “last ride” in the lead-up.

“It was a little sad to know that was gonna be the last time we’re gonna skate together,” Horvat said after setting up Pettersson. “I’m glad we got to connect on a goal today and get one last shot. I’m going to miss him a lot. 

“He’s a great, great person, great player. He’s going to do a lot of great things here in the future.”


Philadelphia Flyers forward Kevin Hayes was at his first all-star event, something his late brother and former NHLer Jimmy Hayes playfully predicted. 

“It was more of a joke, honestly,” said Kevin Hayes, who laced up his skates with the Metropolitan side. “I never really thought that something like this would happen. He would always say, ‘This is a year it’s gonna happen.’” 

Jimmy Hayes died suddenly at age 31 in August 2021. 

“I think he was just saying it to be a good guy,” Kevin Hayes said of his brother’s all-star chatter. 

“But it’s cool that it happened and that I got to experience it.”

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