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NHL All-Star Game: Ex-Blackhawk Scott Steals Show

By Sean Fitzgerald
Jan 31, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Pacific Division forward John Scott (28) of the Montreal Canadiens is picked up by his teammates after beating the Atlantic Division during the championship game of the 2016 NHL All Star Game at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 31, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Pacific Division forward John Scott (28) of the Montreal Canadiens is picked up by his teammates after beating the Atlantic Division during the championship game of the 2016 NHL All Star Game at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Entering this weekend’s NHL All-Star Game, there was a ton controversy surrounding former Chicago Blackhawks forward John Scott. Scott, like current Blackhawk Patrick Kane, was elected by the fan vote as an All-Star Game captain. Scott was then traded out of the Pacific Division, which he was supposed to captain. He was traded to the Montreal Canadiens, and they sent him to the AHL.

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Word leaked out that the NHL and the Arizona Coyotes had asked Scott to bow out of the All-Star Game. Scott, with support from his teammates and fans, chose to play in the game. Some speculated that the trade to the Canadiens was a way for the NHL to take Scott out of the All-Star game.

Well, that plan backfired as NHL fans and writers were outraged that Scott initially was not going to play in the game. The NHL would get it right and let Scott play in the game.This was a real-life feel good story. It had a movi- like feel to it as Scott took the ice.

Scott would reward the fans with his play. In the first game, between the Central and Pacific divisions, the Pacific took on the lead on Scott’s first goal of the game. Scott would score a second goal in the game on a breakaway. The fans went crazy! Everyone who was watching the game loved the John Scott story.

Scott didn’t just score in the first game. He also “leveled” former teammate Kane with a hit and then “fought” with Kane.

Scott’s Pacific team went on to the final to play the Metropolitan Division.

While Scott was not a big of a factor in the second game, his team won 1-0 on a goal from Corey Perry. In the post-game interview with Pierre McGuire, Scott was lifted up on his teammates’ shoulders. The fans and Twitter chanted and tweeted, with #VoteMVPScott trending on Twitter.

Scott was selected the All-Star Game MVP, winning a plaque and a new truck, which will be perfect with two new children on the way in addition to the two he and his wife already have.

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It was a great ending to a great story. John Scott, thank you for being better than the NHL.

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