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The best players in the NHL descend upon

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San Jose Ondrej Palat Jersey , California, for the 2019 NHL All-Star Game Saturday night.In addition to participating in the All-Star Game, a majority of the players selected for the exhibition will partake in Friday's All-Star Skills contest, which includes contests like hardest shot and fastest skater.A year ago in Tampa, Florida, the Pacific Division won its second All-Star Game title in the third year of the three-on-three tournament format.Entering Saturday's All-Star Game, the Metropolitan Division is the only other team to come out on top in the new format. Format and RulesSimilar to the past three years, the 2019 NHL All-Star Game is a three-on-three tournament with each of the four divisions represented by a team.Every one of the 31 NHL teams must be represented on the All-Star Game rosters, which is why you won't see a plethora of players from multiple teams in each squad.Since the new format was instituted,the Atlantic and Metropolitan have faced off against each other in a semifinal, while the Pacific and Central squared off in the other semifinal pitting Western Conference divisions against one another.Both of the semifinal games last 20 minutes with the winner of each game advancing to the championship.The title clash at the All-Star Game is also a 20-minute affair Ryan Callahan Jersey , and in each of the last two seasons, seven goals have been netted in the final. Full Weekend ScheduleNHL Skills Competition (Friday, 9 p.m. ET, NBCSN)NHL All-Star Game (Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN) Can Pacific Win 3rd Title In New Format?The Pacific Division is in good position to win its third All-Star Game title because of the wide array of offensive players it contains on its roster.Edmonton's Connor McDavid, Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau and San Jose's Joe Pavelski all rank in the top 10 in goals in the NHL, while Leon Draisaitl of the Oilers is 16th.Paul Sancya/Associated PressThe Pacific roster looks even scarier when you glance at the league assist chart, as San Jose's Brent Burns, Gaudreau and McDavid all sit in the top 10.Burns, who is listed as a defender but can play further up the ice on occasion , leads all defensemen in assists and points.As if that wasn't impressive enough, Vancouver's Elias Pettersson, who is one of three Pacific players making their first All-Star Game appearances, is tied for second in game-winning goals alongside McDavid and three others.In between the pipes, Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury leads the NHL in wins with 27, while Anaheim's Gibson is first in saves with Fleury directly behind him in second.Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesIn addition to all of those statistical leaders, the Pacific roster carries plenty of experience in defense with Los Angeles' Drew Doughty and San Jose's Eric Karlsson, while Arizona's Clayton Keller rounds out a talented collection of forwards.Burns, Doughty and Gaudreau won the All-Star Game in 2016 and 2018, Gibson and Pavelski were on the winning squad in 2016, and both Fleury and McDavid were victors in 2018.While the other divisions boast impressive rosters as well Womens Steven Stamkos Jersey , the Pacific squad has a perfect complement of experience, goalscoring prowess and goaltending that could frustrate any opponent that stands in its way.And if that wasn't enough to predict the Pacific to win Saturday, it is playing on home ice inside the SAP Center in San Jose.Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90Statistics obtained from COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In just his second game back after a nearly 10-month absence, Corey Crawford showed he is already in top form.Crawford stopped 37 shots to get his first win since late December, and Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist, as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 Saturday night.“It was nice to see him play like that,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “It was vintage (Crawford).“(He) is under the radar. … We value his contribution to the success of this team, to keep us in games, winning games for us. He is as good as there is in the game.”Crawford was playing his second game since a season-ending concussion suffered in a win at New Jersey last Dec. 23. He gave up three goals on 30 shots in Chicago’s 4-1 loss at home to Arizona on Thursday night.Crawford said despite his lengthy break Tyler Johnson Jersey , he felt as comfortable as ever in net.“It felt really good,” Crawford said. “I think everyone was playing hard, rebounding, taking away sticks. It was a great effort by everyone.”Alex DeBrincat and Marcus Kruger also scored for Chicago, which earned a point for the sixth time in seven games (4-1-2).Zach Werenski scored for Columbus and Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 22 saves.With the score tied 1-1, the Blue Jackets appeared to take the lead late in the first period when Boone Jenner forced the puck low past Crawford on the left side, but the goal was waved off for pushing the goalie into the net.Kruger put the Blackhawks ahead for good when he tipped a wrister from Alexander Fortin past Bobrovsky at 7:43 of the third.“I thought we played a really good hockey game, our best of the year,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. “We just lost our patience the last five minutes.”Kane then got his sixth goal of the season from the middle of the left circle with 4:14 left, after a costly turnover in the neutral zone by Columbus’ Cam Atkinson.Kane’s empty netter with 1:37 remaining capped the scoring.The Blackhawks got on the board at 3:48 of the first period with their first shot of the game, as DeBrincat buried a pass from Dominik Kahun from the front of the net. The goal extended DeBrincat’s scoring streak to seven games.The Jackets pulled even when penalties to the Blackhawks’ Henri Jokiharju and Atkinson opened up the ice for Werenski Victor Hedman Jersey , who carried the puck from the red line and fired a wrister that beat Crawford with 7:51 left in the opening period.“Their goalie was hot, and we weren’t bearing down,” Werenski said. “We weren’t hungry enough. We played a pretty good hockey game. We just have to be hungry around the net.”NOTES: Kane and DeBrincat are now tied for the Blackhawks’ lead in goals (7) and points (11). … Brandon Davidson, a veteran of 152 NHL games with Edmonton, Montreal and New York Islanders, made his Blackhawks debut. …. Columbus has scored in six of its seven first periods this season. … Bobrovsky was playing in his 400th career NHL game. His career record fell to 220-132-36.UP NEXTBlackhawks: Host Tampa Bay on Sunday.Blue Jackets: Host Arizona on Tuesday.

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