Atlantic Division Vs. Metropolitan Division:
The Eastern Conference would take the stage first in the 3 on 3 tournament. The 20 minute games would consist of two ten minute periods. Penalties would only be one minute instead of two. The goalies for each team would play one ten minute period. With that being said...
The Metropolitan Division would open up the scoring a minute into the contest. Kris Letang would be the man to score the first goal in the new format.
Evgeni Malkin would get the assist on the play. The 1-0 lead would not last long though. Erik Karlsson would tie the game right back up at one beating Braden Holtby.
Evgeny Kuznetsov would show great patience to give the Metro division a 2-1 lead not even a minute later.
From asking fans to not vote him in this game, to scoring a goal in this game....Jaromir Jagr out there showing the kids how it's done.
Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) February 1, 2016
Now, normally in years past, the goaltending has been, well let's face it, a joke. Not with the new format. At least in this game. At the end of the first "half" Roberto Luongo absolutely robs Evgeni Malkin. Teams are tied 2-2 after ten minutes.
The second half would see Cory Schneider versus Ben Bishop. Malkin would welcome Mr. Bishop in breakaway fashion.
Aaron Ekblad would take a feed from Ryan O'Rielly and tie the game at three.
The Atlantic wasn't done though. P.K. Subban would get the game winning goal on this give and goal.
The Atlantic would move on to the final to play the winner of the second game...
Central Vs. Pacific
Finally Vladimir Tarasenko would grace all of us Blues fans (and NHL fans alike) with his presence. Tarasenko would be paired with Tyler Seguin and Dustin Byfuglien for the game. The starting goaltenders would be Pekka Rinne for the Central and Jonathan Quick for the West. 30 seconds in, the "Real Deal" James Neal (late addition) would open up the scoring for the good guys* (*only good guys for a minimum of 20 minutes. Tomorrow they go back to being assholes)
Just seconds later JOHN SCOTT WOULD SCORE A GOAL AND I'M NOT EVEN KIDDING GUYS.
John Scott scores, celebrates, gets a standing ovation pic.twitter.com/Ebk8wxBoTm— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) January 31, 2016
Pekka Rinne. Goaltender. Not a guy that can play the puck in the trapezoid. Oops. With the 3 on 3 format the Pacific would go on the power play 4 on 3. Joe Pavelski would score the days only powerplay goal for the Pacific.
San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) February 1, 2016
James Neal would come back and score his second goal against Quick to tie the game back up at two.
That tie lasted all of about 15 seconds as Johnny Gaudreau would break it with this wicked wrist shot. Yikes goes the goaltender.
Goals weren't the only highlight of this game though. John Scott actually knocked Patrick Kane off of his feet. Then on top of that, he would get a break away chance. Patrick Kane would have his revenge though as he would score a goal just a few moments later. For his goal celebration he would go over to Scott and jokingly "fight him" (We all know John Scott would destroy Kane in a real fight, but it was fun nonetheless.) Kane totally deserved an instigator there. Oh well. /sarcasmfont
Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) January 31, 2016
The second half of the game would see goaltenders John Gibson for the Pacific and Devan Dubnyk (that's the best they had?) for the Central. Creepy red head Sedin alert as Daniel Sedin would get the scoring going in the second half for the Pacific as he takes a great feed from Gibson to score on Dubnyk.
Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) January 31, 2016
JOHN SCOTT SCORED AGAIN. THIS TIME HE GETS HIS BREAKAWAY GOAL.
Not only can Gibson get the puck down the ice to assist on a goal, but he can stop them as well. Here he denies the other 91 on a great save. On the other end of a great save would be a Taylor Hall goal. Dierks Bentley was not impressed. Or something.
Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 1, 2016
Daniel Sedin scores goal number two of the game as he gets one past Dubnyk who loses his stick and pretty much everything else.
The Tarasenko line joins in the fun as Byfuglien nets one and Tarasenko gets a point with the assist.
Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) February 1, 2016
But wait, there's more Central/Tarasenko line scoring as this time it's Tyler Seguin with the goal.
Stars SPORTalk (@SPORTalkStars) February 1, 2016
The Central was down, but not out as they closed to within two. Hall would score his second goal of the game, and Doughty would add one more to put the game out of reach. Roman Josi would add one more for the Central but they would fall 9-6. Tarasenko played well. He set up Seguin for a sure goal but Seguin would send it wide. The best news though was that Tarasenko (or anyone else) didn't get hurt. Hildy, who is actually there also did a recap (and it's shorter) here:
Three on three means plenty of goals right? For the final? Not so much. Corey Perry would be the lone goal scorer for the Pacific.
Not only would Perry score once, but he would almost score twice, but it was challenged and ruled that Bishop was interfered with. The Atlantic would not score in the final game. The Pacific would go on to win 1-0 and get to share a million dollars. To add to the feel good theme going with John Scott..he was named the MVP of the day. He gets an extra bonus and also a brand new Honda.
Overall it was way more competitive than the last few years (not saying much). Granted we could have done without all of the NHL/John Scott drama, but it was good to see him have his day. With that, it's back to Blues hockey. They play Tuesday night against the Predators.