The Atlantic team beat the Metropolitan team 4–3 in Game 1 of the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in Nashville.
Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban scored the winning goal for the Atlantic team, putting a shot past goalie Cory Schneider with five minutes remaining. Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin was credited with the assist.
This year’s NHL All-Star Game introduced a new tournament format of three 20-minute, 3-on-3 games, rather than the original 60-minute, 5-on-5 game.
Before the start of the second period, Bridgestone Arena played a tribute to Denna Laing, who sustained a “significant” spinal injury during the Outdoor Women’s Classic at Gillette Stadium. Players and fans stood to give a standing ovation, as Laing’s family members in attendance. The NHL announced on Saturday that they will donate $200,000 to Laing to assist her rehab from a spinal injury.
Malkin had an impressive goal in the start of the second period, using a spin move to get past Holtby.
After his game-winning goal, Subban even got a massage from singer and celebrity coach Amy Grant for his effort.
The Atlantic team will now play the winner of Game 2 (Central vs. Pacific) in the final game. The winning team will be awarded $1 million.