All-Star fun comes to an end in Tampa for Tavares, Bailey

Jan 28, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlantic Division forward Steven Stamkos (91) of the Tampa Bay Lightning reaches for the puck on Metropolitan Division forward John Tavares (91) of the New York Islanders during the 2018 NHL All Star Game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

All-Star fun comes to an end in Tampa for Tavares, Bailey

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All-Star fun comes to an end in Tampa for Tavares, Bailey

A whirlwind couple of days in Tampa Bay came to an end for John Tavares and Josh Bailey. The NHL completed its annual All-Star Weekend on Sunday with the NHL All-Star game.

The Pacific Division won the three-on-three tournament and Vancouver Canucks rookie Brock Boeser took home MVP honors. The Metropolitan Division fell to the Atlantic Division, 7-4, earlier in the tournament.

“Not as successful this year, but it was still a lot of fun,” John Tavares said. “Obviously a pretty talented Atlantic squad. Still fun to be out there and would have loved to get to the final, but really enjoyed the format. I think it keeps getting better every year. I think guys really embrace it and it’s been a great weekend.”

Bailey and Tavares each picked up an assist on Kris Letang’s second-period goal that gave the Metro Division a 4-3 lead.

“Great weekend. It was just a great experience,” Bailey said about his first All-Star experience. “It’s nice to meet some of the other guys and get to know people a little better. To have my family has been huge too and get to spend some time with them. Really just share it with all them and Johnny (Tavares) too.”

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