A Music City All-Star Weekend wrapup
NASHVILLE — As our readers well know, our Bruins Daily staff tells you what we learned after each game. Today, rather than focus on the X’s and O’s and the storylines that took place during the All-Star game, we’re going to provide a different perspective for this post event story.
John Scott deserves to cherish every moment this weekend
As noted in his article on The Players Tribune, the NHL tried to keep John Scott out of the All-Star game. When he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens, it looked like the league would get its wish.
Facing backlash, the league indeed allowed Scott to participate in this year’s game.
Regardless of his on-ice abilities, Scott deserved to cherish every moment of his first All-Star game appearance. He also made sure to give the fans at Bridgestone Arena — and those watching the game on TV — something to remember.
“It was great. I didn’t know how the players would react to me being here; everyone has been overwhelmingly supportive. They’ve kind of, in their own way, pulled me aside and said, ‘Hey we’re glad that you’re here and that we’re happy having a guy like you playing here and good luck.’ I think they’re kind of happy surprisingly, but it was nothing but good words from those guys.”
From his two goals and his interactions with Patrick Kane to the standing ovations and MVP chants, Scott will have a story to tell his kids, family members and loved ones for years to come.
“It’s great for him and his family,” said Kane. “I think he’s done a great job this whole weekend with the way he’s brought himself upon the media and even just in the locker room with the guys, the ways he’s handled himself has been awesome and he played well out there too. It’s a cherry on top.”
We’ll have more on Scott’s fairytale weekend tomorrow on Bruins Daily. Stay tuned!
Is 3-on-3 All Star format here to stay?
The first year of 3-on-3 overtime has some critics, but it’s been received well for the most part. It’s also been quite effective.
Of the 171 games that have gone to an extra session, 109 of those contests have been decided in the 3-on-3 overtime session. That accounts for 63.7 percent of those games; quite a difference from last year’s 4-on-4 format where only 44.4 percent of games ended in overtime (136 of 306)
Attempting to put a little more pizazz to the All-Star format, the league went ahead to the 3-on-3 format that debuted on Sunday. Despite the low-scoring finale where the Pacific Division topped the Atlantic Division, 1-0, the games had a little bit of everything: goal scoring, goaltending and end to end action. The previous two games saw the Atlantic top the Metropolitan Division, 4-3, and Scott’s two-goal effort in the Pacific’s 9-6 win over the Central.
To say that it got arousing support from the players participating is an understatement.
“If the fans are really enjoying it, then it’s something that I hope they keep doing,” said Devils goalie and first time All Star Cory Schneider. “The guys didn’t really seem to be complaining too much about it, and I don’t know if other guys have different thoughts, but it felt more like a realistic game for us. Even though it’s 3-on-3, you know, I thought it was pretty entertaining, and it moved quickly. There weren’t a lot of whistles, not a lot of stoppages and just a great flow to the game.”
“It was good. I had fun playing in it” added forward Patrice Bergeron. ”
Music City sets example on putting on a show
While it won’t necessarily be the highlight of any players careers, being an All Star is certainly an accomplishment that players appreciate. Playing the game in one of the most vibrant cities in the country is a story that players will touch on — even briefly — with their family, friends and other loved ones.
This year’s All Stars who showcased their talents and upbeat personalities, both on and off the ice, helped make this weekend’s festivities the best in recent memory. That, along with the scene outside the arena, made Nashville a great host in 2016.
“One of the things that I know happens in Nashville, Tennessee, is that they know how to put on events, and they do it right,” said Capitals coach and long-time former Predators bench boss Barry Trotz.
“We have something that a lot of cities can’t do, obviously the entertainment portion of it, the music industry, the creative people that are here, the film industry all that. You put that altogether, and I don’t think you’ll be able to match that year in and year out. And for the city of Nashville, for the NHL, I think Nashville set the bar really high. Everything from the entertainment outside to the entertainment inside, it’s got a unique twist. And it’s going to be very tough for other cities to try to match what Nashville did here.”
Nashville’s version of All Star weekend is going to be tough to match for years to come. That said, Los Angeles is now on the clock.