You may not remember the result by next year, and who knows how much longer the NHL All-Star format will remain a two-period 3v3 tournament between the four divisions, but on Saturday afternoon Pittsburgh Penguins winger Jake Guentzel and goalie Tristan Jarry led the Metro Division to 2022 NHL All-Star Game title at T-Mobile Arena.
In the Semi-Final, the Metro Division beat the arch-rival, despised, and low-down Pacific Division. Guentzel played in his first All-Star Game after being named to the team in 2020 but he missed the game due to injury. Guentzel scored the game-winning goal when he finished a two-on-one. Philadelphia Flyers and Metro captain Claude Giroux laid a perfect saucer pass for Jake Guentzel to chip over goalie Thatcher Demko’s reaching glove.
Jarry, appearing in his second NHL All-Star Game, stopped five of eight shots in the second period to claim a win in Game 1.
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson, a late addition to the team on Thursday, scored just 13 seconds into the game. It was the fastest goal in the NHL All-Star Game’s 3-on-3 tournament format, and broke the record set by Sidney Crosby (:15) in 2019.
New Jersey Devils star Jack Hughes had two goals in the Semi-Final, and one more in the ASG Final.
Tristan Jarry, 26, won the semi-final when he stopped three of eight shots. Carolina Hurricanes goalie Frederik Andersen stopped six of seven in the first period.
In the NHL All-Star Game Final, Guentzel returned the favor to Giroux. The Pittsburgh Penguins winger set up Giroux for the Metro Division’s fifth goal with a similar pass to the front of the net.
Jarry was fantastic in the Final. He stopped 14 of 15 shots including six shots in the final minute as the Metro beat the Central Divison, 5-3. Andersen earned the win in the Final by stopping four of five shots in the first period (but the Metro scored four goals).
Giroux was the MVP and won a new Honda vehicle. Alex Ovechkin was to be the captain but tested positive for COVID late this week.
The 11 Metro Division players split a $1 million prize.
The Metro Division roster: Jake Guentzel, Tristan Jarry, Frederik Anderson, Tom Wilson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Sebastian Aho, Adam Pelech, Zach Werenski, Chris Kreider, Jack Hughes, and Claude Giroux.