It got close down the stretch, but as the final whistle went off the Pacific Division found itself hoisting a comically large check as winners of the 2018 NHL All-Star Game.
The Pacific squad – which included the likes of Connor McDavid, Johnny Gaudreau and Brent Burns – took down the Atlantic Division in the championship game with a 5-2 victory, splitting the million-dollar prize and sporting smiles at Amalie Arena.
Vancouver’s Brock Boeser, in his first-ever All-Star game, was named MVP and, in addition to his split of the check, took home a brand-new hybrid car as well. If there was any disappointment in the game, it came for the hometown fans in Tampa, a particularly vocal bunch for the four Lightning All-Stars.
Still, it was hard to be frustrated with the game, a matchup that brought us some big-time highlights.