John Scott scores 2 goals, wins All-Star Game MVP
Pacific captain scores on1st shift, 47 seconds into game
John Scott: All-Star game MVP.
Scott scored twice during the NHL's new All-Star Game three-on-three tournament, and after his team won 1-0 in the championship against the Atlantic, he was voted MVP by the fans..
During a Twitter vote late in the game for MVP, Scott was not listed as an option. But fans took it upon themselves to select him once again, casting their vote for the 6-foot-8 forward with five goals in 285 career NHL games.
Fans at Bridgestone Arena booed the options — Roberto Luongo, Johnny Gaudreau, Taylor Hall —and yelled for Scott. Teammates lifted him on their shoulders while fans chanted "MVP!" and then Scott was announced as the MVP and presented with a Honda Pilot Touring SUV.
Scott then received the team's $1 million US check from commissioner Gary Bettman.
Most Valuable Player. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NHLAllStar?src=hash">#NHLAllStar</a><a href="https://t.co/GHzebZyt3Z">https://t.co/GHzebZyt3Z</a>—@NHL
Scott scored the Pacific's first goal on a tip-in just 47 seconds into the second mini-game during a tournament featuring the league's four divisions. He deflected a pass from a former teammate, Sharks defenceman Brent Burns, and fans roared their approval at Scott's goal.
Scott added his second goal at 13:27 of the period on a wrister, giving the Pacific Division a 5-3 lead and fans yet another reason to applaud him.
John Scott on a breakaway. No mistake. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NHLAllStar?src=hash">#NHLAllStar</a><a href="https://t.co/f6GSf8fCVQ">https://t.co/f6GSf8fCVQ</a>—@NHL
"Oh, he scored against me, too, so I was happy for him," said Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist. "I'm sure it was a great experience for him this whole week."
Fans voted Scott into this game as captain of the Pacific Division even though he has scored only five goals in 285 career games.
"What a moment," Islanders forward John Tavares said of Scott's first goal.
The 6-foot-8 enforcer wrote Thursday that the NHL pressured him to not play in the All-Star Game, with one person asking, "Do you think this is something your kids would be proud of?"
Scott was traded from Arizona to Montreal after begin voted in and now is in the AHL. Commissioner Gary Bettman welcomed him to these festivities Thursday night with a quick chat.
Scott also "checked" Chicago forward Patrick Kane, the NHL's leading scorer at the All-Star break, to the ice on his way to taking a shot on net. When Kane scored on the other end, the former teammates started a mock fight.
With files from CBC Sports