Pavel­ski, Burns, Jones get honor

San Francisco Chronicle - - PAGE 2 - STAFF AND NEWS SER­VICES

Three mem­bers of the de­fend­ing Western Con­fer­ence-cham­pion Sharks were named NHL All-Stars on Tues­day.

For­ward Joe Pavel­ski, de­fense­man Brent Burns and goalie Martin Jones will play in the Jan. 29 game in Los An­ge­les. Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer will coach the Pa­cific Divi­sion team.

This is Burns’ fourth All-Star se­lec­tion, the sec­ond for Pavel­ski, and the first for Jones.

Chicago led the league with four play­ers cho­sen.

The for­mat again will be a 3-on-3 tour­na­ment fea­tur­ing a team from each of the NHL’s four di­vi­sions. The play­ers also will com­pete in a skills com­pe­ti­tion Jan. 28.

The ros­ters for the game are brim­ming with top-shelf tal­ent, though they lack an un­usual fan-picked fa­vorite like John Scott.

The Pa­cific Divi­sion won the tour­na­ment last year, but the week­end was dom­i­nated by the un­likely story of Scott. The jour­ney­man en­forcer scored two goals and was voted the MVP af­ter an equally im­prob­a­ble grass­roots on­line cam­paign by fans to vote him into the game as a cap­tain — even af­ter he was traded from Ari­zona to Mon­treal and sent to the mi­nors.

The NHL changed its fan-vot­ing rules this sea­son to re­duce the chances of a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion, adding stip­u­la­tions that play­ers had to be on their team’s ros­ter Nov. 1 and hadn’t been sent to the mi­nors be­fore Jan. 26. The fans’ em­i­nently log­i­cal choices for cap­tains this time around were Pitts­burgh’s Sid­ney Crosby, Ed­mon­ton’s Con­nor McDavid, Nashville’s P.K. Sub­ban — who has been out with an in­jury since Dec. 15 — and Mon­treal goalie Carey Price.

Although some fans were an­gered by the rule change, ma­jor sports leagues are search­ing for bal­ance be­tween en­cour­ag­ing fan par­tic­i­pa­tion in All-Star events and triv­i­al­iz­ing those show­cases with vote ma­nip­u­la­tion and or­ga­nized silli­ness.

The ros­ters in­clude many rec­og­niz­able names, in­clud­ing Alex Ovechkin, Ev­geni Malkin, John Tavares, Erik Karls­son and Chicago team­mates Pa­trick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Dun­can Keith and Corey Craw­ford.

McDavid, the NHL’s 19-yearold lead­ing scorer with 48 points, is headed to his first All-Star Game af­ter miss­ing last sea­son’s with a bro­ken col­lar­bone. Crosby, right be­hind McDavid with 44 points, sur­pris­ingly hasn’t played in an All-Star Game since his sec­ond NHL sea­son in 2007, miss­ing four sub­se­quent se­lec­tions be­cause of in­juries.

The coaches will be Colum­bus’ John Tor­torella, Min­nesota’s Bruce Boudreau, Mon­treal’s Michel Ther­rien and DeBoer.

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