Young stars shine at All-Star Game

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SCOREBOARD -

ST. LOUIS — Hockey’s young skill was on dis­play at the NHL All-Star 3-on-3 tour­na­ment.

The Bru­ins’ 23-year-old David Pas­tr­nak, Oil­ers’ 24-year-old Leon Drai­saitl and Can­nucks’ Elias Pet­ters­son put on an of­fen­sive show in the 3-on-3 fi­nale. Drai­saitl and Pet­ters­son’s Pa­cific Divi­sion team beat Pas­tr­nak’s At­lantic 5-4 on Satur­day night in the fifth in­car­na­tion of 3-on-3 mak­ing up the All-Star Game.

Pas­tr­nak, the league’s lead­ing goal scorer at the break, was named All-Star MVP after scor­ing four goals and adding two as­sists. The Sharks’ To­mas Hertl, who at 26 was among the old­est play­ers to shine in the 3 on 3, scored five goals to help the Pa­cific come away with the win.

“It’s a young man’s game now in the NHL, and these guys, they’re su­per­stars,” Stars for­ward Tyler Seguin said.

Pet­ters­son and the Black­hawks’ Pa­trick Kane tried to score a lacrosse goal. Nei­ther was suc­cess­ful, though it has hap­pened twice in the NHL this sea­son.

In ad­di­tion to youth and of­fen­sive tal­ent, the night was a show­case of St. Louis hockey in the af­ter­math of the Blues win­ning their first Stan­ley Cup ti­tle. Laila An­der­son, whose bat­tle with a rare de­gen­er­a­tive dis­ease served as the team’s in­spi­ra­tion last sea­son, an­nounced the Blues’ four All-Stars.

St. Louis na­tives Jon Hamm and Jenna Fis­cher and Hockey Hall of Fame Blues alumni Wayne Gret­zky and Brett Hull spent time be­hind the benches as hon­orary cap­tains.

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