Metro Division wins 2022 NHL All-Star Game; Giroux takes MVP

NHL All-Star Game
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After hours of goals, goal songs, some reviews, and Machine Gun Kelly, the Metropolitan Division beat the Central Division to win the 2022 NHL All-Star Game. Flyers veteran (and future trade deadline MVP?) Claude Giroux won the All-Star Game MVP.

Click here for all the highlights, results, and Trevor Zegras-ness of the 2022 NHL All-Star Skills competition.

Here’s a rundown of all three games.

2022 NHL All-Star Game results

NHL All-Star Game 1: Metro vs. Pacific

Tom Wilson continued to generate heel heat during 2022 NHL All-Star weekend by scoring the opening goal. The true highlight was Claude Giroux dancing through the notoriously lax defense to score an impressive one:

Naturally, as Giroux dangled early and often during the NHL All-Star Game, people made plenty of jokes about the Flyers veteran auditioning for a future trade.

The Metro used the Flyers’ goal song, which inspires a question: why not just rotate goal songs? Oh well.

Evgeny Kuznetsov bonding with Patrice Bergeron‘s kids may have been the best highlight of them all.

Anyway, the Metropolitan Division beat the Pacific 6-4 in the first game.

Perhaps everyone was, uh, not quite 100 percent to start the games?

Sportsnet posted video of the entire Metro vs. Pacific bout, the first of the 2022 NHL All-Star Game(s):

NHL All-Star Game 2: Atlantic vs. Central

Some of the best sequences of the second game involved saves, not goals. During the first period, Cam Talbot made a number of impressive stops:

Interestingly, there were two reviews in the Atlantic – Central game, both involving Kyle Connor. First, a seeming Victor Hedman goal ended up being a Kyle Connor goal after review.

Then, a nice Connor goal was challenged for offside, and that challenge ended up nullifying the goal. Cheeky.

But, yeah, a nice sampling of saves, all things considered:

After winning the fastest skater at the 2022 NHL All-Star Skills, Blues forward Jordan Kyrou scored two goals and two assists to continue quite a weekend.

The Central Division ended up beating the Atlantic Division 8-5 to advance the final of the 2022 NHL All-Star Game.

More wholesome fun:

Between the second game and the 2022 NHL All-Star final, Machine Gun Kelly performed.

Watch the whole second game here, again via Sportsnet:

NHL All-Star Game 3 (Final): Metropolitan vs. Central

According to the Sportsnet telecast, Kirill Kaprizov named his cat after Evgeny Kuznetsov. Important stuff.

Speaking of Kuznetsov:

Rather than changing goal songs by rotating after each tally, period, or even game, each division stuck with the same one. If you’re like me, this song began to eat away at your patience:

Being that Claude Giroux, Jack Hughes, and the Metropolitan Division were playing quite well, that song was getting drilled into our skulls.

Late in that final 2022 NHL All-Star Game, there was another review, negating a goal that was offside. Yay.

Ultimately, the Metropolitan Division beat the Central 5-3 to win the 2022 NHL All-Star game, and the $1M.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

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