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Ovechkin to Crosby, Kucherov’s hat trick, more from 2018 All-Star Game

The Atlantic division put on an absolute clinic against the Metropolitan, including a hat trick from Nikita Kucherov in front of his hometown crowd.

With Kid Rock set to perform, the Pacific Division and Atlantic Division are set to square off to see who wins the 2018 All-Star Game tournament and $1 million.

To little surprise, it’s been a fun time so far. Check out this bucket of GIFs and videos from the first two games. Do the players have any tricks left up their sleeves?


Pacific Division 5, Central Division 2

Brock Boeser continued his fun All-Star weekend with the game-winning goal. Along with having the best flow of the ASG and winning things for the Pacific, he also took the accuracy competition last night.

Did we mention he has very cool hair? Probably left that out.

The flex and flow, gang:

Pekka Rinne was able to shut down the Pacific during his period of play, making this impressive desperation save against Connor McDavid:

Connor McDavid ended up with four assists, likely enjoying this weekend away from the sadness in Edmonton. James Neal piled up a couple goals.

There were some fun moments, with little surprise that P.K. Subban hammed it up after his nice goal:

Check out full highlights of the game:

Atlantic Division 7, Metropolitan Division 4

When you picture Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby skating together, it’s probably with Crosby setting up Ovechkin. Instead, Ovechkin nicely set the table for Crosby for the first goal of this game. Nice reminder that Ovechkin just collected his 500th assist, eh?

Check out some Ovi - Crosby highlights.

The Metro and Atlantic started to really cook as their game went along, to the point that it was tough to keep track of all the beautiful plays. Jack Eichel and Nikita Kucherov put on a show here, for example:

All-Star Weekend included an offside review with Wes McCauley call, because hockey:

Kucherov collected a hat trick, and scored his third goal in style. Speaking of style, his Atlantic teammates threw helmets to the ice to celebrate his hat trick.


Here’s full video of the hat trick.

Auston Matthews hammed it up after a goal counted, by the way.

And, yes, Brad Marchand relished his role as a villain once more.

More from Sunday

One of the best moments of All-Star weekend came when Willie O’Ree received a standing ovation. It’s wonderful to see him honored, as the Boston Bruins did during the 60th anniversary of O’Ree breaking the color barrier.

The U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team was on hand, giving Hilary Knight an opportunity to discuss an array of subjects.

Oh, and just to make sure you don’t miss it, enjoy Jeremy Roenick bugging his eyes out at Sand Tiger Sharks.

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