BOSTON - The NHL All-Star Game has mutated the way it has looked over the years. Currently, the format it has settled on is to have a small bracket, in which the Atlantic Division plays the Metropolitan and the Pacific plays the Central. Then, the winners of these two games play each other in the "final game."
This year's All-Star Game was quite the massive scoring affair. Taking place at the Enterprise Center, the home arena for the St. Louis Blues, the games were about as high-scoring as hockey can get. The Atlantic, which included Boston Bruins stars, took the first game by a score of 9-5. The Pacific won game two at an even better score of 10-5. And in the final, the Atlantic Division sadly lost to the Pacific by a narrow margin of 5-4.
On the Atlantic team were David Pastrnak and Tuukka Rask. Patrice Bergeron was eligible for the Last Men In vote, but he lost to Mitch Marner of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Brad Marchand was an undeniable snub, but there was still plenty of Bruins love to go around. Pastrnak was the captain of the Atlantic Division and the coach of the group was Boston's own Bruce Cassidy. (An honorary captain was Jenna Fischer, who was known for needling at the Bruins fandom, including John Krasinski, her Office co-star, as she is a major Blues fan.)
Rask opted to rest during the All-Star games, rather than play in them. As joyful as it would have been to see our beloved goaltender in the net, it's perfectly understandable why he would want to take any opportunity for a break that he could.
Pastrnak felt otherwise, though. Not only did he suit up for the games, but he absolutely raked during them. Even though the Atlantic team ultimately lost, Pastrnak still managed to net MVP honors for the event. That is because, over the two games, Pasta racked up four goals and two assists. It was a dominant performance by a captain who almost carried his team to victory. Hopefully, only parts of that sentiment will serve to be foreshadowing.
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