Not even close: The Pacific Division will play for the All-Star Game title


Connor McDavid scored his first career NHL All-Star Game goal. Johnny Gaudreau had a team-high two goals. And the Pacific Division stars will have a chance to play for $1 million later today in L.A.

The Pacific Division got off to a quick start and never relented in a very, very lopsided 10-3 victory over the Central Division in the first three-on-three game Sunday. They’ll play the winner of the Metropolitan Division-Atlantic Division game immediately after.

Poor Corey Crawford, right?

He faced numerous odd-man rushes, breakaways and two-on-oh chances in the first half of the opener. By the time his 10 minutes were up, the Pacific had a commanding 5-1 lead and it could’ve been much worse.

Cam Fowler started the scoring — fans with allegiances to the host L.A. Kings might’ve been conflicted about that one — before Jeff Carter, McDavid, Brent Burns and Drew Doughty piled on for the Pacific in the first half.

It’s hard to narrow down a list of possible MVP candidates after a game that one-sided, but the list would have to include Fowler (four points), Carter, Doughty, Gaudreau and McDavid, who each had three points.

We all know McDavid is fast. Scary fast. But that’s not restricted to his skating. He displayed his quick hands to restore the Pacific’s two-goal lead.

The onslaught continued from there. Come to think of it: Poor Devan Dubnyk, too, right?