Young stars shine at All-Star Game
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.