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.
With about 40 seconds left in the first period, Atlantic team captain Jaromir Jagr was all smiles as he faked out Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby to tie the game up at 2–2.
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.