Auston Matthews, the lone Maple Leafs representative at the All-Star game, had to defend on a couple of Metro forwards. Perhaps you’ve heard of them?
Crosby from Ovechkin… only in the ASG #NHLAllStar pic.twitter.com/nSFBQeO4Wu— Marina Molnar (@mkmolnar) January 28, 2018
That’s not the greatest defending ever. You might almost call there very polite lack of defending against the superstars.
He made up for that politeness by scoring one:
Tie game off the stick of @AM34! #NHLAllStar pic.twitter.com/uBEgGmvlwr— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 28, 2018
There was a goal called back:
We really had a challenge in an All Star Game... Wes McCauley with the call and perfect Erik Karlsson reaction pic.twitter.com/w0pd9xB40u— Marina Molnar (@mkmolnar) January 28, 2018
And then Matthews and his crew of Jack Eichel and Aleksander Barkov got this one (Eichel says the pointing was Auston’s idea):
.@Jackeichel15 and @AM34 simultaneously signal goal. Classic. #NHLAllStar pic.twitter.com/Q5XGzJ0rnn— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 28, 2018
Somewhere in there Nikita Kucherov got a hat trick and the Atlantic won it 7-4, which means they get to play in the final later today.