Hero For A Day: Former Blackhawks forward John Scott wins NHL All-Star Game MVP
NASHVILLE – Try as they might, there’s not keeping a good man down.
Even if he wasn’t the best hockey player to be voted or named to the NHL All-Star Game, John Scott was the top man on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena.
The former Blackhawks forward who was voted to the All-Star Game by the fans as an Arizona Coyote, pulled by the NHL after a trade to the Canadiens and then reinstated again, was the star of the show during the inaugural 3-on-3 division format of the midseason classic.
He scored two goals for the Pacific Division All-Stars in their opening victory over the Central Division All-Stars, which included former Blackhawks teammate Patrick Kane. Scott then helped the defense of the Pacific Division stars shutout the Atlantic Division to win the title and himself earn the game’s Most Valuable Player award.
Not bad for someone who has appeared in just 11 NHL games this season and has yet to touch the ice for the Canadiens after being acquired via trade at the new year. Yet it was Scott skating to center ice after the win over the Atlantic Division to accept the one million dollar prize to split with his All-Star teammates.
He got the crowd to their feet in the first period of the semifinal game against the Central Division, which was a 3-on-3 contest over a pair of ten minute periods. Scott tipped a shot past Pekka Rinne to make it 1-1 and did a sliding fist pump to celebrate as the crowd cheered. But his best antics came when his former teammate Kane scored to make it 3-3 later in the period.
After the goal Scott came over and pretended to fight Kane and the two played along for about 15 seconds before going their separate ways. Scott would add another goal in the second period to help the Pacific Division to a 9-6 victory.
The second victory against the Atlantic Division was more of a defensive contest with the game’s only goal on Corey Perry’s tally in the second period. Jonathan Quick and John Gibson combined to stop all 17 shots from their opponents to give the Pacific a 1-0 win.
After the game Scott’s teammates carried him on their shoulders as the NHL had it’s most unlikely All-Star hero in history.