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Claude Giroux, Jack Hughes lead Metro to win over Central in 2022 NHL All-Star Game

The unlikely Metropolitan division took home the ASG crown in Las Vegas. We recap the action.

Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates with the puck as Troy Terry #19 of the Anaheim Ducks defends during the game between the Pacific division and the Metropolitan division during the 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Game at T-Mobile Arena on February 05, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The Metro division will face the Central division in the final of the 2022 NHL All-Star Game in Las Vegas on Saturday evening. The Metro defeated the Pacific division while the Central knocked off the Atlantic to advance to the final. Let’s recap the action from the semifinal and look ahead to the final before puck drop at 5:30 p.m. ET.

2022 NHL All-Star Game recap

Claude Giroux scored twice in the final to help the Metro division defeat the Central division 5-3 in the All-Star Game final on Saturday night. Jack Hughes also stayed hot, scoring a goal and adding an assist for a total of four points in two games in his first ASG action. Chris Kreider and Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for the Metro. Giroux won All-Star Game MVP.

Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist, and Jordan Kyrou had an assist for the Central division in the loss. Cam Talbot made nine saves in net and Nazem Kadri and Clayton Keller also scored goals. The Central made it to the final despite missing Colorado Avalanche C Nathan MacKinnon (concussion). The Metro won the whole tourney without LW Alex Ovechkin (COVID protocols).

The Metro division beat the defending champion Pacific division 6-4 in the semifinal. New Jersey Devils C Jack Hughes scored two late goals to help the Metro get past Connor McDavid and the Pacific. Hughes, playing in his first ASG, finished with two goals on four shots. Pittsburgh Penguins W Jake Guentzel scored the game-winning goal and had two points in the win. Philadelphia Flyers C Claude Giroux, who was named captain in place of Alex Ovechkin, also had two points.

The Central division pulled away from the Atlantic in an 8-5 win in the second matchup. Steven Stamkos scored late to pull the ATL within 6-5 before the Central scored twice to clinch the victory. After winning fastest skater on Friday night, St. Louis Blue F Jordan Kyrou had a game-high four points with two goals and two assists for the Central. Chicago Blackhawks W Alex DeBrincat had two goals and an assist in the victory.