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The Journal Gazette

January 11, 2017 1:01 AM

NHL

Stars will be out, but minus Scott

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES – Even though John Scott won’t be playing, the rosters for the NHL All-Star Game are still brimming with talent.

Rookies Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine were among the 40 players selected Tuesday for the NHL’s 62nd midseason showcase at Staples Center. The Chicago Blackhawks led the league with four players selected for the All-Star weekend, which will be held Jan. 27-29 in Los Angeles.

The game format will again be a 3-on-3 tournament featuring a team from each of the NHL’s four divisions. The players also will compete in a skills competition on Jan. 28.

The Pacific Division won the tournament last year, but the weekend was dominated by the unlikely story of Scott. The journeyman enforcer scored two goals and was voted the MVP after an equally improbable grassroots online campaign by fans to vote him into the game as a captain.

Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, Nashville’s P.K. Subban and Montreal’s Carey Price were the fans’ eminently logical choices for captains this time around. The coaches will be Columbus’ John Tortorella, Minnesota’s Bruce Boudreau, San Jose’s Peter DeBoer and Montreal’s Michel Therrien.

The rosters include many veteran NHL stars, including Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, John Tavares, Erik Karlsson and Chicago teammates Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Corey Crawford.

Columbus, which has roared to the top of the overall NHL standings with its recent 16-game winning streak, will send only defenseman Seth Jones and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to the All-Star Game.

Every team has a player representative at the midseason extravaganza, which changed format last season to a four-team tournament of 20-minute games. Each team consists of six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies.

BLACKHAWKS 4, RED WINGS 3: In Chicago, Duncan Keith scored a power-play goal 38 seconds into overtime, lifting Chicago past Detroit for the Blackhawks’ fourth straight victory.

Andreas Athanasiou, Tomas Tatar and Luke Glendening had Detroit’s goals in regulation.