Metropolitan Division NHL All-Stars Win Three-On-Three Tournament In Las Vegas; Capitals’ Kuznetsov And Wilson Both Score

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After defeating the Pacific Division All-Stars by a score of 6-4 at the 2022 NHL All-Star Game at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, the Metropolitan Division All-Stars downed the Central Division All-Stars by a 5-3 count in the final of the three-on-three tournament to take home the $1 million prize. The Central Division All-Stars downed the Atlantic Division All-Stars by a score of 8-5 in the other semifinal game. Washington Capitals right-wing Tom Wilson earned a goal while center Evgeny Kuznetsov tallied a goal and two points.

First Period — Pacific vs. Metropolitan Semifinal

After getting a cross-ice feed from Kuznetsov, Wilson ripped the first goal of the All-Star Game past the blocker of Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson 13 seconds in.

San Jose Sharks right-wing Timo Meier called his own number down the wing and buried one top corner after getting a feed from Ducks center Troy Terry at 2:27.

Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux weaved after breaking loose from Terry and beat Gibson glove side.

Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho was sent in on a breakaway after denying an attempted clear at the blueline and converting on a give-and-go with 16:40 left.

Vegas Golden Knights right-wing Jonathan Marchessault buried a feed by Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl through the five-hole of Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry.

Seattle Kraken right-wing Jordan Eberle breezed in on a breakaway and ripped one over the glove of Jarry with 5:33 to go.

New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes buried one over the glove of Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko after getting a feed from up top by New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech.

Pittsburgh Penguins left-wing Jake Guentzel tapped one in at the post on a two-on-one with Giroux with 2:23 left.

Hughes sent a shot into an open net from the blue line with 69 seconds to go to double the Metropolitan’s lead.

Golden Knights right-wing Mark Stone tucked a cross-ice feed by Marchessault  at the postwith 21.8 seconds remaining to cut the lead to two.

Save count

Metropolitan: Jarry – five saves on nine shots, Andersen – six saves on seven shots

Pacific: Demko – 10 saves on 12 shots, Gibson – 10 saves on 13 shots

Second Period — Atlantic vs. Central Semifinal

St. Louis Blues right-wing Jordan Kyrou ripped one past the blocker of Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy on a two-on-0 2:20 into the game.

Florida Panthers left-wing Jonathan Huberdeau beat Minnesota Wild goaltender Cam Talbot through the five-hole after breaking behind the defense and getting a feed from up top by Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews at 3:28.

Chicago Blackhawks right-wing Alex DeBrincat roofed one to the corner on a breakaway.

Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri deked and ripped one blocker side on a breakaway to make it 3-1 5:56 in.

Matthews buried a two-on-0 with Barkov past the blocker of Talbot with 38 seconds left in the first half.

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron ripped one off the post past the blocker of Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros on a two-on-one.

Winnipeg Jets right-wing Kyle Connor ripped a rebound off of Kadri’s shot that hit the cross bar into an open net.

Kyrou ripped one under the bar from the crease to extend the Central’s lead to two.

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin opened up the five-hole of Saros on a breakaway and beat him on the backhand with 3:12 left.

Predators defenseman Roman Josi backhanded a shot past the right pad of Campbell to restore the two-goal lead.

Lightning center Steven Stamkos ripped one bar down to make it a one-goal game with 2:27 left.

Connor one-timed a shot into an open net from the side after Arizona Coyotes left-wing Clayton Keller from the slot with 2:08 left.

DeBrincat tapped one into an open net after Minnesota Wild left-wing Kirill Kaprizov stole it from Matthews and fed him.

Dallas Stars right-wing Joe Pavelski sealed the victory for the Central with an empty netter from the defensive blueline.

Save count

Atlantic: Vasilevskiy – six saves on nine shots, Campbell – six saves on 10 shots

Central: Talbot – seven saves on nine shots, Saros – three saves on six shots

Third Period — Metropolitan vs. Cental Final

Kuznetsov ripped one past the glove of Talbot 27 seconds in just moments after missing the net on the same opportunity.

Keller snuck one under the pad of Andersen in front 1:38 in.

Giroux ripped another past the blocker of Talbot after Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski fed him from the side wall at 3:33.

New York Rangers right-wing Chris Krieder struck on a layup in front of the net after getting a cross-ice pass from Hughes 4:50 into the final.

Kadri put a shot off of the post and in from the slot after getting a feed by Connor from the dot with 4:33 left in the half.

Hughes turned the jets on on a breakaway and put one over the glove of Talbot after Aho sent him in at 7:55.

Pavelski ripped a shot past the blocker of Jarry, calling his own number on a two-on-one, with 8:39 left.

Giroux backhanded one past Saros in the crease after executing a give-and-go with Guentzel to make it 5-3 with 7:18 to go.

Save count

Metropolitan: Andersen – seven saves on nine shots, Jarry – 12 saves on 15 shots

Central: Talbot – five saves on nine shots, Saros – eight saves on nine shots

Giroux was named MVP of the All-Star Game.

The 2023 NHL All-Star Game will be hosted by the Panthers at FLA Live Arena on February 3 and 4.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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