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John Scott almost slept through All-Star Game

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One of this season's great stories almost didn't happen.

Twenty minutes prior to the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, soon-to-be MVP John Scott was across the street, asleep in his hotel room.

"I almost missed the game," Scott confessed to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News. "I wasn't feeling good, so I took a nap."

This year's event featured a three-on-three tournament, with Scott's Pacific Division squad to appear in the second game. Thus, he thought he had some time to rest and get his energy back up.

A call from a league official woke him, and off he went in a flash.

"I didn't realize all the teams warm up at the same time," said Scott. "I would have gone there really early and hung out and experienced it and got some autographs.

"I didn't even tape my stick. I didn't tie my skates that well. I just jumped right on the ice."

Scott, of course, scored a pair of goals in his team's first game, and captained the Pacific to a tournament win, earning himself MVP honors and a new car.

All's well that ends well, but this literally would have been a case of "you snooze, you lose." Except maybe for the NHL.

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