Play It Forward Jan. 23-29: The Kings take center ice for the annual All-Star Game

What if all hockey games were 3-on-3, just as they are now conducted for contests that go into overtime?
Everything so wide open. The puck turns over quickly. Goalies are left practically defenseless. It’s exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. For everyone, including coaches who have to bastardize their line changes and hope the goalie is standing upright when it’s all over.
Los-Angeles-All-Star-NHL-2017The 3-on-3 tournament format played out pretty nicely a year ago as an All-Star Game mad experiment in Nashville – complete with Kings-Ducks aligned Pacific Division winning the whole thing. With the Kings’ Jonathan Quick and the Ducks’ John Gibson in the nets, all they needed was defenseman John Scott, a man without a team, voted in by the fans as a lark, but ending up as the game’s unlikely MVP award and receiving a huge hug from Chris Sutter, son of Pacific Division coach Darryl Sutter.
As another way to mark the Kings’ 50th season of operation, they’ve arranged with the league to have the annual star-studded exhibition come to L.A. — at Staples Center, Sunday at 12:30 p.m., on Channel 4.The Kings’ Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty will team up with the Ducks’ Ryan Kesler and Cam Fowler on the 11-man Pacific Division team captained by Edmonton’s Connor McDavid. In the four-team format, there are two 20-minute “games” with the winners of the first two meeting in a third game that will decide a $1 million winner-take all arrangement.
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