NEW YORK — In response to growing criticism about the quality of play in the All-Star Game, the NHL and the Players Association announced Wednesday that the format for this season's game will be a 3-on-3 tournament instead of a traditional game.
Players will represent each of the league's four divisions in the tournament that will have three 20-minute games. The Central will open against the Pacific, and the Atlantic will face the Metropolitan, with the winners advancing to the championship game for the Jan. 31 event in Nashville.
The members of the winning team will split $1 million.
Each team will have six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies. The method of player selection also will change. Instead of having players draft two teams from a pool of players selected for the game, one player from each division will be determined in fan voting, and the remaining 40 players will be selected by the NHL Hockey Operations Department, with at least one player from each NHL team.
The skills competition will still be played the day before the All-Star Game.
Game highlights: Mark Scheifele and Drew Stafford both scored twice as the host Jets halted a six-game losing skid with a 4-1 victory over the Canucks, who lost their fourth straight. … Evgeny Kuznetsov scored 45 seconds into overtime to give the Capitals a 2-1 win over the host Red Wings.
boucher fired: Former Lightning coach Guy Boucher was fired as coach of SC Bern in Switzerland with the team in the midst of a four-game losing streak that has it in ninth place and out of a playoff spot in the 12-team league. Boucher was in the last year of his contract and said last week he would leave the team after the season to return to North America for family reasons. He knew the team could decide before that to move on, Boucher said.
First—1, Wpg, Scheifele 6 (Perreault, Wheeler), 5:55 (pp). Penalties—Sbisa, Van (illegal check to head minor), 4:23; Sbisa, Van, major (fighting), 7:19; Peluso, Wpg, major (fighting), 7:19; Stafford, Wpg (slashing), 7:35; Dorsett, Van (roughing), 9:31; Byfuglien, Wpg (roughing), 9:31; Stuart, Wpg (interference), 12:06.
Second—2, Van, D.Sedin 7 (Burrows, H.Sedin), 6:44 (pp). 3, Wpg, Stafford 6 (Enstrom, Myers), 17:29. Penalties—H.Sedin, Van (hooking), 3:48; Hansen, Van (unsportsmanlike conduct), 3:48; Pardy, Wpg (roughing), 3:48; Enstrom, Wpg (interference), 5:11.
Third—4, Wpg, Scheifele 7 (Perreault, Stafford), 17:15. 5, Wpg, Stafford 7 (Scheifele, Perreault), 18:26 (en). Penalties—Trouba, Wpg (hooking), 3:02; Hamhuis, Van (tripping), 6:47; Thorburn, Wpg (holding), 10:12; Miller, Van, served by D.Sedin (delay of game), 11:20. Shots on Goal—Van 14-10-6—30. Wpg 11-6-16—33. Power-play opportunities—Van 1 of 5; Wpg 1 of 4. Goalies—Van, Miller 5-7-5 (32 shots-29 saves). Wpg, Pavelec 5-6-1 (30-29).
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First—1, Detroit, Larkin 6 (Datsyuk), 2:48. 2, Washington, Williams 4 (Niskanen, Backstrom), 10:54 (pp). Penalties—Glendening, Det (hooking), 3:29; Schmidt, Was (hooking), 7:20; Larkin, Det (hooking), 9:20; Tatar, Det (tripping), 11:40; DeKeyser, Det (interference), 16:15.
Second — None. Penalties—Alzner, Was (hold), 1:33.
Third—None. Penalties—DeKeyser, Det (delay of game), 6:39; Detroit bench, served by Larkin (too many men), 17:08.
Overtime—3, Washington, Kuznetsov 6 (Niskanen, Alzner), :45. Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—Washington 10-8-8-1—27. Detroit 7-13-6-0—26. Power-play opportunities—Washington 1 of 6; Detroit 0 of 2. Goalies—Washington, Holtby 10-4-0 (26 shots-25 saves). Detroit, Mrazek 5-4-1 (27-25).