Winners of this weekend’s NHL All Star Game, losers with Matthews’ team winning

Winners of this weekend’s NHL All Star Game, losers with Matthews’ team winning

The NHL wanted a more competitive and entertaining All-Star Game weekend and it got it.

Both semifinals went to shootouts before Matthews’ team pulled away to defeat McDavid’s team 7-4 in Saturday’s championship to split the $1 million team prize.

The defense was not present as usual, but the goalkeeping was solid given the circumstances, and the players’ skill was demonstrated by scoring three goals in 18 seconds in the final.

Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews scored twice in the final to win the MVP trophy. He had four points for the day, and All-Star teammates Matthew Barzal (New York Islanders) and Alex DeBrincat (Detroit Red Wings) had six points each.

Matthews center Auston Matthews (34) of the Toronto Maple Leafs scores a goal past McDavid goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) of the Florida Panthers in the 2024 NHL All-Star Game at Scotiabank Arena.

McDavid’s team overcame a 3-1 deficit in the final minute to force a penalty shootout in the first semi-final. Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid tied the game in the final seconds and he and the Boston Bruins’ David Pastrnak scored in a shootout for a 4-3 win.

The second game was a back-and-forth affair with DeBrincat scoring two goals in regulation and in a shootout for a 6-5 win. Frank Vatrano (Anaheim Ducks) and Filip Forsberg (Nashville Predators) each scored twice.

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