NHL-Scott steals show again, Pacific wins All Star Game

Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:26pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Bridgestone Arena belonged to the guy the NHL did not want there.

Left winger John Scott captained the winning Pacific Division team on Sunday at the All Star Game, scoring two goals in a 9-6 victory over the Central and helping his squad blank the Atlantic 1-0 for the championship and $1 million.

The Scott story ended in a fashion that would be rejected by any Hollywood screen writer, as he won the fans' write-in vote for Most Valuable Player decisively despite not being listed on the original ballot on the scoreboard.

The sellout crowd of 17,006 lustily booed and started chanting "John Scott" during the last 6 1/2 minutes. Scott's team mates lifted him on their shoulders just before he was named MVP and then banged their sticks on the ice in approval as the audience roared.

"I'm not going to lie to you," he said. "It's probably one of the better weekends of my life."

Winner of a fan vote to captain the Pacific team, Scott absorbed criticism from some around ice hockey who felt he did not deserve a spot in the game, based on his five goals in 285 career games and a skill set which leans more toward hitting and the occasional fight than scoring.

Arizona traded Scott to Montreal on Jan. 15 and the Canadiens sent him down to their AHL affiliate in St. John's, Newfoundland.

The NHL opted at that time to invalidate the fan vote, only to have to change their minds three days later after a backlash.

The 6-foot-8, 260-pound Scott was seen as a poor fit for the new 3-on-3 format that emphasizes speed and skill, yet he scored on his first shift at 47 seconds of the Pacific's semi-final game, tipping in a pass from San Jose defenseman Brent Burns.   Continued...

Jan 31, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Pacific Division forward John Scott (28) of the Montreal Canadiens scores a goal past Central Division goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) of the Nashville Predators during the 2016 NHL All Star Game at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports