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Pacific Division – Central Division

Since the switch to the three-on-three format, the Pacific Division defeated the Atlantic Division in the final in 2016 and lost to the Metropolitan Division in 2017. The Pacific is 2-0 against the Central Division in the semi-finals. The renewal of the rivalry begins at 12:30 p.m. PT.

12:38 Nothing against the fine citizens of Tampa, but I’m glad I was with family and friends yesterday and not at the Gasparilla Pirate Festival. Y’arr, I hate the sea and everything in it.
12:48 Recalling how cold it was at Staples Center at last year’s game. Believe Honda Center has overtaken Staples as the coldest rink in the west this season. Ranking the rinks by how cold they are is a favorite pastime of reporters.
12:52 Mrs. Insider tires of the introductions.
12:59 Actual substance:

1:02 Notes, via the NHL:

ADDITIONAL ALL-STAR FORMAT NOTES
* All NHL Rules apply to each game.
* There will be a hard whistle at the 10-minute mark of each game. At this time, teams and goalies will change ends.
* Video Review will be used to confirm all goals. NHL Hockey Operations will initiate any potential coach’s challenge reviews.
* All minor penalties will be one minute in length. Manpower advantages during these penalties will reflect current NHL Rules, where at no time will a team have fewer than three players on the ice – this may require a fourth and/or fifth skater to be added.

ALL-STAR GAME OFFICIALS
The referees for today’s game are Dave Jackson (#8) and Wes McCauley (#4). The linesmen are Brian Mach (#78) and Mark Shewchyk (#92). Jackson, the NHL’s longest tenured referee who recently passed the 1,500-game milestone, worked the 2002 All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Mach, McCauley and Shewchyk are making their All-Star debuts.

1:06 Okay sir, you’re a Lebowski, I’m a Lebowski, that’s terrific, but I’m very busy, as I imagine you are.
1:08Loosey-goosey start, as foretold by Doc & Co.
1:09 Glove-side snipe-job from the slot by MacKinnon. He good. 1-0 CENTRAL
1:12 PATENTED DREW DOUGHTY SPIN MOVE
1:14 J.R. thinks Muzz should be an All-Star. [heart-eyed cat emoji]
1:15 Eventually the Pacific will hit the net during a three-on-one.
1:17 Sure, Connor McDavid is pretty skilled, but he couldn’t beat me in Smash Bros. ::McDavid beats JR with three stock to spare::
1:18 Horrrrrrn. Switch sides.

1:26 There was a very entertainng 1-0 game in the ASG final two years ago. This… isn’t that.
1:27. Wheeler’s back-check snuffs out a Neal chance.
1:28 Hey! Doughty goal. Post-in on a breakaway. Hooray, Drew. 1-1.

1:32 Don’t quite understand how someone could mispronounce Anze (AHN-zhay) Kopitar after two Cups and an Olympics and World Cup appearance. It’s not ANN-zay.
1:33 Johnny Hockey continues the assault on the goalposts.
1:34 Tic-tac-toe, McDavid-Burns-Real Deal Neal. 2-1 PACIFIC.
1:37 Doughty rebuffed on a skilled mini-break at one end; P.K. Subban breaks free and buries past Mike Smith, who attempted a two-pad stack. 2-2.
1:38 Brock Boeser… ping… and in. Beauty shot. Clipped the crossbar, beat Hellebuyck stick side up high. 3-2 PACIFIC.
1:39 Brent Burns ENG. Petro nearly denied it with a stick check. The Pacific is 82 seconds away from its third straight All-Star championship game appearance. 4-2 PACIFIC.
1:41 James Neal ENG. Stop, stop, he’s already dead. 5-2 PACIFIC.
1:42 ~fin~

Photos from Pacific-Central, the mascot game and red carpet arrivals:

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Dave Sandford/NHLI

Dave Sandford/NHLI

Brian Babineau/NHLI

Brian Babineau/NHLI

Dave Sandford/NHLI

Dave Sandford/NHLI

Brian Babineau/NHLI

Mike Carlson/Getty Images

Dave Sandford/NHLI

Dave Sandford/NHLI

Brian Babineau/NHLI

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Pacific Division – Atlantic Division

3:11 We’re back. Had a nice break. Hung out with baby and watched Sesame Street. Learned about bees. Turned on the end of Atlantic-Metropolitan and baby pointed at the screen and said HOCKEY GAME. Made me smile.
3:29 Hockey being played again. Two big early saves by MAF.
3:30 Rickard Rakell buries the rebound of a Kopitar rebound off a Doughty Feed. The 91 from the 405 and the 10. 1-0 PACIFIC.
3:35 Nice little tap off the boards to himself by Doughty. Leads a two-on-one with Kopitar, but Vasilevskiy shuts the door on his shot.
3:36 Boeser finishes up an odd-angle Gaudreau chance. 2-0 PACIFIC.
3:40 Green slams home a Marchand feed. Point a secondary assist after some impressive keep-away. Marc-Andre Fleury made some impressive stops early, but nothing he could do there. Atlantic on the board. 2-1 PACIFIC.
3:41 Stamkos OMGlances off the crossbar.
3:42 McDavid denied on a breakaway.
3:44 Oh, hey Doughty one-time blast off a give-and-go with Kopitar. Sexy hockey. 3-1 PACIFIC.
3:45 Marchand tripped by Gaudreau and flails around. That’s really funny, actually. One-minute 4-on-3 power play for the Atlantic.
3:46 Stamkos off the pipe. Clink!
3:46: Gaudreau breakaway at the horn. Vasy save.
3:47 Halftime or something or other. I’mma get some snacks.
3:53 Gaudreau goes five-hole even though some sort of mic string tangles his legs up. 4-1 PACIFIC.
3:55 Mike Green again. Post-in. Beauty shot. 4-2 PACIFIC.
3:56 13 goalposts today, so says Doc.
3:59 Doughty-Kopitar-Rakell 3-on-1, but no shot was taken. Kopitar tried to find Doughty with a cross-crease pass that did not connect.
4:02 Pretty slick release going against the grain by Rakell. 5-2 PACIFIC. Kings at Stars on Tuesday.
4:03 Kopitar tries to feed Rakell on a two-on-one, but no dice.
4:05 MIKE SMITH YOU LITERALLY HAD AN OPEN NET AND A CHANCE TO SHOOT ON IT AND PASSED WHY
4:06 OK, that was fun. Smith allowed to take a shot from above the left circle in his own zone, misses wide, icing. Nice try. He’ll settle for a share of $1,000,000.
4:07 WILL SOMEONE STOP THIS PACIFIC DIVISION REIGN OF TERROR (Pacific wins, 5-2.)
4:08 Brock Boeser: NHL All-Star MVP. He spoke with LAKI on Tuesday.

Pacific-Atlantic Photos

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Brian Babineau/NHLI

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Dave Sandford/NHLI

Dave Sandford/NHLI

Jeff Vinnick/NHLI

Dave Sandford/NHLI

Brian Babineau/NHLI

Brian Babineau/NHLI

Brian Babineau/NHLI

-Lead photo via Bruce Bennett/NHLI

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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