John Scott scores 2 goals, named All-Star MVP

DJ Bean
January 31, 2016 - 6:30 pm
Shea Weber had the best slapper, but the hardest shot involved in All-Star weekend was the one the NHL took at making sure John Scott had nothing to do with Sunday'€™s tournament. (That lede was dreadful, but in celebration of John Scott it's only fitting to embrace the bad.) Yet after all the sides went through -- Scott getting voted into the All-Star game as a joke given his status as one of the league'€™s worst players, then getting asked not to go, then getting sent to the minors, then getting traded and sent to the minors, during which he and his wife were nearly nine months into expecting twins -- Scott persevered and proved to be the best thing about an event that is constantly trying to find ways to make itself exciting. Playing without any team logo on his uniform, Scott scored two goals in the Pacific Division'€™s first game, which served as a treat for everyone given that Scott has scored five goals in 285 NHL games since debuting in 2009. The Pacific Division team he captained ended up winning the 3-on-3 tournament, and when the event'€™s MVP finalists were announced as Taylor Hall, Roberto Luongo and Johnny Gaudreau late in the final game, boos filled the Nashville crowd, forcing the voting fans to "right" something that wasn'€™t necessarily a "wrong," but was clearly the best and funniest thing to do. When all was said and done, Scott was the new owner of a Honda Pilot as the game'€™s MVP. The NHL, which has had to try its darnedest to save face throughout this whole process, ended up getting what it wanted -- actual interest in its All-Star festivities -- thanks to the man it tried to push away. He's not a good player, but he was certainly the most valuable despite the NHL's previous behavior. Scott had previously never been known as more than an enforcer who lacked the talent to be in the NHL, but he's been able to kick around at 33 thanks to his 6-foot-8 stature. In Boston, he was only known as the guy who concussed both Loui Eriksson on a hit that got him suspended seven games and Shawn Thornton in a fight. Yet after Sunday, Scott is a cult hero. If last week'€™s piece in the Player'€™s Tribune wasn'€™t enough to win him fans, Sunday was. Who knows what'€™s next for Scott? He should be given some sort of made-up award at the NHL Awards, or he should present. Scratch that. He should host. It'€™s not like it would be much worse than it usually is. Maybe he can save that, too.