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Sport Winners, losers at NHL All-Star weekend: Tkachuk brothers, Green Day expletives, Kane cheered

07:50  26 january  2020
07:50  26 january  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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ST. LOUIS — The NHL All-Star Game doubled as a convenient family reunion for the Tkachuks.

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Matthew and Brady Tkachuk both were named All-Stars for the first time. It just so happened the game was in their home city, where their father, Keith Tkachuk, a five-time All-Star himself, spent nine of his 18 seasons in the NHL.

"It's kind of like that perfect story," Matthew said. "It was basically my childhood, this rink. For our family to be here ... it's such a great story."

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Matthew, a 22-year-old forward for the Flames, was named to the Pacific Division team, which won the final game 5-4 against Brady's Atlantic Division team.

Brady, a 20-year-old forward with the Senators, was vacationing in the Bahamas during the break when he received his invitation via phone call to participate in the game as a late replacement for injured Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews.

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"It's important for me to take in everything that comes with this weekend," Matthew Tkachuk said. "It's so cool for my brother to be the late addition. It's exciting we get to share this moment. We've scored millions of goals in that rink growing up, when my dad would take us."

Brady had planned to be at the game anyway to support his brother, but he said he couldn't pass up the chance to lace up his skates and potentially face his brother's Pacific team in the three-on-three tournament.

Matthew said while he and his brother looked up to their father, they were "more obsessed with guys like (Patrick Kane)."

"I'm so proud of these guys," Keith Tkachuk said Friday. "They grew up here."

Memories in the building where the brothers played Saturday already were there. Such as the time Matthew pushed Brady forehead-first into a couch.

Keith Tkachuk took Matthew to the dressing room where "a trainer stitched him up or taped him up," Matthew said.

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"That's the legendary story I guess nobody's going to forget," he continued.

This weekend gave the brothers and their father another chance to remember what reunited them in St. Louis.

“I’d say I never gave up so I’m pretty feisty just trying to stay in the battles with him," Brady said. "We just pushed one another and I’m grateful for that because I think you can kind of see that in the feistiness with both of us now.”

Matthew Tkachuk had two goals and four assists in two games, while Brady Tkachuk finished with two assists.

Here are the other winners and losers from All-Star weekend:

Winners: Women's hockey. For the third consecutive year, the NHL included some of the best female players from the United States and Canada in the weekend's festivities. Kendall Coyne Schofield participated in the fastest skater competition in 2019. Forty players from Canada and the United States played a three-on-three game this year during the skills competition, giving the women's game some much-needed exposure as it tries to find a stable league to call its own.

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ALL - STAR WEEKEND . Patrick Kane scored twice in a 10-5 loss to the Pacific Division, and each time the crowd cheered as the hometown Central Division scored before booing realizing who did "The Central can't get over the hump," Kane admitted. "We won one last year and lost in the Final.

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Losers: The Eastern Conference. Mascots, that is. The Western Conference mascots defeated their foes 6-4 early Saturday evening. But was the fix in?

Louie, the Blues’ mascot, scored a goal for the West and had another one waved off because it hit the outside of the net.

Winners: The Blues. Again. Laila Anderson, a Blues superfan who was given a Stanley Cup ring by the team and whose name is inscribed on all the the players' rings, introduced the four Blues All-Stars before the game. She received a hug from each as they skated past her. Anderson has battled a rare immune disease and served as an inspiration for the team during its run last season.

Losers: Fans. The crowd of mostly Blues fans went wild when Patrick Kane scored to tie it 3-3 in the game between the Central Division and Pacific Division. But when they realized it was Kane who scored, they began to boo, as they had all weekend every time Kane's name was announced. Kane responded by putting his hand to his ear. He scored another tying goal during the second game, to which fans cheered before booing when his name was announced.

"It's all in good fun. Sometimes you get booed, you kind of like it a little bit," Kane said.

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Pettersson and Chicago's Patrick Kane — who was cheered and booed by fans in enemy territory — tried Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk , who grew up in St. Louis, had two goals and two assists including the Fans in the arena could hear multiple swear words during Green Day 's performance that were

All - Star Weekend became a family reunion for the Tkachuk brothers , each of whom is making his first appearance. The Tkachuks are the first brother combination to play in the same all - star game since Daniel and Henrik Sedin represented Vancouver in 2012.

Winners: Wayne Gretzky, known as "The Great One," momentarily became "one of the greatest ones" when he was introduced Friday. But Gretzky, who served as an honorary captain Saturday, was introduced properly before Saturday's games.

Gretzky played just 31 games for the Blues, but his wife's family is from St. Louis and Gretzky has referred to it as "a tremendous city.'

Losers: Those awful sweaters worn by the All-Stars. Enough said.

Winners: Fans of music. Charles Glenn, who spent 19 seasons as the anthem singer for the Blues before retiring after they won the Stanley Cup last season, returned to do it one more time Saturday. Patrons inside the Enterprise Center showed their appreciation by giving him a rousing ovation.

Awolnation played during player introductions.

But that wasn't all. Grammy Award-winning band Green Day performed twice Saturday -- once outside before the game and once inside between games.

Losers: Fans watching Green Day's performance on live television — and in the arena. The band dropped a few F-bombs during its performance.

Winners: Anthony Duclair and David Pastrnak each recorded hat tricks for the Atlantic Division in its 9-5 victory against the Metropolitan Division. Tomas Hertl (four goals) and Leon Draisaitl each recorded hat tricks for the Pacific in its 10-5 win against the Central.

Hertl added the winning goal in the final, his fifth of the day.

Pastrnak, who finished with four goals and two assists, was named the All-Star Game MVP.

Losers: Goalies. As usual. They combined to allow 38 goals in the three games. Connor Hellebuyck allowed six, the most in one game Saturday.

Paul Skrbina covers the Nashville Predators and the NHL for The Tennessean. Reach him at pskrbina@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter @PaulSkrbina.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Winners, losers at NHL All-Star weekend: Tkachuk brothers, Green Day expletives, Kane cheered

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