Drew Doughty

NHL luminaries praise All-Star Game's 3-on-3 format

When it comes to the NHL All-Star Game, less is definitely more.

While the NFL's Pro Bowl spent years struggling with ballooning scores, little defense, a lack of effort and concerns over its long-term viability, the NHL seemingly remedied many of those same issues by changing to a 3-on-3 format last year. The four-team divisional tournament ended Sunday with victory for the Metropolitan team and excitement about the show from players and fans alike.

"I love 3-on-3," Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau said. "I love the open space, creativity and making plays. It's a lot of fun. It gets a little bit competitive, too."

That last part was too...