NA­TIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE | ALL-STAR GAME Metropoli­tans win All-star game

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Sports - By JOSH DUBOW

SAN JOSE — Sid­ney Crosby had two goals and three as­sists, and Hen­rik Lundqvist pitched a firsthalf shutout to lead the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Di­vi­sion to a 10-5 vic­tory over the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion in the cham­pi­onship round of the NHL All-star game Satur­day night.

Se­lected the MVP, Crosby fin­ished the night with four goals and four as­sists in two games on the same ice where he won the Conn Smythe Tro­phy and Stan­ley Cup three years ago for Pitts­burgh. Lundqvist stopped 11 of 13 shots in his two games to give the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Di­vi­sion its se­cond ti­tle in four years of the three-on-three All-star for­mat and the $1 mil­lion prize shared by the win­ners of the four-team divi­sional tour­na­ment.

Mathew Barzal of the New York Is­lan­ders added two goals and three as­sists in the fi­nal game.

Mikko Ran­ta­nen had two goals and Colorado team­mate Gabriel Lan­deskog added one for the Cen­tral. Lan­deskog fin­ished with four goals and three as­sists, while Ran­ta­nen had four goals and two as­sists.

Crosby as­sisted on Barzal’s goal against De­van Dub­nyk just 22 sec­onds into the cham­pi­onship game and then made it 5-0 in the clos­ing sec­onds of the first half off a pass from Barzal. Crosby also as­sisted on Pitts­burgh team­mate Kris Le­tang’s goal in the first half and then helped seal the game with a goal in the se­cond half that made it 6-2.

Lundqvist made big saves against Lan­deskog and Claude Giroux in the pe­riod one night af­ter win­ning the save streak com­pe­ti­tion in the skills chal­lenge.

The first time the Allstar game came to San Jose in 1997, home­town fa­vorite Owen Nolan capped the night by call­ing his shot and point­ing to the spot where he com­pleted a hat trick that de­lighted the Shark Tank.

Sharks fans didn’t have as much to cheer for in the re­turn, even though their three All-stars started the night on the ice to­gether for the Pa­cific. The Cen­tral blitzed the Pa­cific early for its first win in four years in this for­mat, scor­ing seven goals on nine shots against John Gibson in the first half of the pe­riod in a 10-4 vic­tory.

Gibson, who plays for the ri­val Ana­heim Ducks, drew de­ri­sive chants from the fans who later called for Ve­gas’ Marc-an­dre Fleury to take over.

“Any­time you play it’s a ri­valry and the fans take it per­son­ally. That’s what makes it fun,” Gibson said. “You’re still at All-star game and you’re out there with some of the best play­ers in the league. Stuff’s go­ing to hap­pen.”

LOS AN­GE­LES — USC’S Ben­nie Boatwright wasn’t about to miss an­other game-win­ning 3-point at­tempt.

The se­nior for­ward gave the Trojans their third straight win on a jumper from the top of the key as they ral­lied for a 69-67 vic­tory over Arizona State on Satur­day. Boatwright scored 18 points as USC (12-8, 5-2 Pac-12) moved into a tie for se­cond in the con­fer­ence go­ing into a Wednesday show­down against league-leading Wash­ing­ton.

“It was a big game for us. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs this year but we have been play­ing well the last month of the sea­son,” USC coach Andy En­field said. “Ben­nie has been play­ing like the MVP of our league.”

Boatwright came into the game third in the Pac-12 in scor­ing at 17 points per game. He had made 41 per­cent of his 3-point­ers in con­fer­ence play but missed a game-win­ning at­tempt in an over­time loss at Oregon State on Jan. 10.

“Der­ryck (Thorn­ton) did a great job of bring­ing the man down, Jonah (Mathews) set me a good screen and I got a good look at it and was able to knock it down,” Boatwright said.

Arizona State (14-6, 5-3) led 67-66 with 24 sec­onds re­main­ing when Zy­lan Cheatham missed the front end of a bonus. Kevin Porter Jr. got the re­bound and passed it to Thorn­ton, who brought the ball up court be­fore Boatwright

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