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BLOG: Atlantic defeats Metropolitan 4-3 in Game 1

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

Team Atlantic defeated Team Metropolitan 4-3 in the first game of the NHL's 3-on-3 All-Star Game Tournament, advancing to the final round.

Kris Letang opened the scoring with a wrist shot from the high slot, giving Team Metropolitan Division a 1-0 lead only 1:01 in.

Braden Holtby denied Jaromir Jagr on two great chances from in front about three minutes into the opening period but a minute later, Erik Karlsson's wrister from the slot beat Holtby five hole to tie the game up at 1-1.

Metropolitan regained their lead after Evgeny Kuznetsov completed a two-on-one with Ryan McDonagh, firing the puck into an open net with Roberto Luongo well out of position on the play.

Late in the first period, Luongo made an unbelievable glove save on a slapper from Evgeni Malkin. Moments later, Jaromir Jagr skated in on a breakaway and scored to tie the game with 37.3 seconds to go in the first.

After one period, shots on goal were 10-10 and the game was tied 2-2.

To start the second (and final) period, Malkin scored on a spin-o-rama move on a breakaway to put Metropolitan up 3-2. The goal was scored on Ben Bishop, who replaced Luongo in goal.

Atlantic tied it up again with 7:08 to play. Ekblad quickly redirected a cross-crease pass from Ryan O'Reilly.

With 4:38 to go, Atlantic took the lead when Dylan Larkin fed P.K. Subban on a two-on-one. He ripped the shot past Cory Schneider for the goal.

In the final minute, Letang was denied on a breakaway by Bishop. That was as close as Metropolitan would get.

Final shot count was 22-22.

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