All-Star Game: Nick Suzuki and the Atlantic Division win
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SUNRISE | Nick Suzuki experienced the feeling of victory. But on a stage very different from that where he wears the “C” of captain of the Montreal Canadiens.
In his second appearance in the All-Star Game, Suzuki found himself in the winning camp with the Atlantic Division, the Panthers' fan-favorite team at FLA Live Arena.
In the final, the Atlantic division triumphed over the Central 7 to 5. Before that, the formation of Jim Montgomery had signed a victory of 10 to 6 against Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, the two great stars of the Metropolitan.
“I had a lot of fun,” Suzuki said in the Panthers locker room after the final. Today, the guys are working hard and they had some great games there. It's even more special to end this with a victory. »
This was the sixth edition with the formula of a mini-tournament with the four divisions. Prior to this year, the Atlantic Division had never won.
Suzuki scored twice in the first of two short 20-minute games. In the final, he didn't put his name on the score sheet.
“I didn't get a point l last year, so I wanted to redeem myself, he replied. But it's even better to win.
With the win, Suzuki will also receive an All-Star Game winner's check. The eleven players from the Atlantic Division will share the tidy sum of one million.
Matthew Tkachuk's truck
Matthew Tkachuk delighted Panthers fans by winning the All-Star Game MVP award. It also came with the keys to a truck.
He scored three goals and two assists against the Metropolitan Division and he continued his evening with a goal and an assist against the Centrale. In total, he therefore finished with four goals and three assists for seven points.
“I'm really happy for my big brother,” said Brady Tkachuk of the Senators. It was great, we enjoyed playing together. We had a photo from the 2009 Montreal All-Star Game with my dad, Keith. This photo had an important place in our house. We have just come full circle by participating in an all-star game together on the same team. And my parents were watching us in the stands.
A Competitive Spirit
Dylan Larkin also had a productive All-Star Game. The Red Wings captain drove the winners' offense with three goals in the Finals and three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in Game 1.
“I wasn't happy with my fastest lap result in the skills competition,” said Larkin. I was nervous for this contest. I wanted to get a good time. I needed to be competitive again. And I did it for the All-Star Game. »