NHL All-Star Game 2016: "Outcast John Scott" stars in Pacific's All-Star win

"You know what, he truly deserved it", said Jaromir Jagr, the 43-year-old Florida Panthers forward who is a surefire first-ballot hall-of-famer.

The fans at Bridgestone Arena chanted: "M-V-P!"

Scott, probably known best previously for a sparring match with then-Toronto Maple Leafs star Phil Kessel before the 2013 season, was voted in as the fans' choice for Pacific Division captain in early January.

The US$1-million prize for the winners might have had something to do with the effort in the final, Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien said, but there wasn't much to learn from this kind of three-on-three.

The Pacific Conference beat the Atlantic Conference, 1-0, in the 2016 All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 in Nashville, Tenn.

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But with just five goals in 285 career games, you can imagine Scott earned the tag for his ability to find the penalty box more frequently than the back of the net.

Jagr, who turns 44 later this month, notched the Atlantic's second goal of the game, scoring with 37.3 seconds remaining in the first of the two 10-minute periods. I can't put this into words.

"You can't make this stuff up", he said.

Fast forward three years and John Scott was voted into the NHL All-Star game as a result of the fan-voting that the NHL implemented over the last two All-Star games.

Scott only got nervous when Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, a former teammate and friend, caught him off guard and helped hoist the reluctant fighter into the air.

So thank you, John Scott, for bringing back the fun and excitement into the NHL All-Star game. "Yeah, nerve-racking, especially (since) Burnzie is such a spaz".

The "goon" enjoyed every moment.

"It's been pretty insane, I dare say pretty unprecedented for our team to get this much play", said IceCaps director of communications David Salter. This time, these All-Stars combined for 116 shots and 23 goals.

The journeyman enforcer went from improbable All-Star to MVP of the league's midseason showcase Sunday while captaining the Pacific Division to a 1-0 win in the championship game a 3-on-3 tournament. More importantly, the players were thrilled to have Scott there. Their inspiration was the 3-on-3 overtime approach for a tournament pitting the four divisions against each other in 20-minute games.

"I don't think we really cared who scored", Burns told NBCSN's Pierre McGuire during the game.

Amazingly, Scott's All-Star jersey outsold everyone else's in Music City.

Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks eventually won the tournament for Team Pacific, but Scott called the whole experience surreal.

Atlantic edged Metropolitan Division 4-3 in their semi-final, but the final saw the goalies shine, with John Gibson and Jonathan Quick combining for a 17-save shutout.

John Scott's All-Star performance was one to remember.

Which will come in handy, since the father of two has two more on the way.

Scott's wife, Danielle, is 37-weeks pregnant with twins that are to be induced this week in MI while he is off during the AHL's All-Star break.

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