Lightning Round: Bolts All-Star Game content
Nikita Kucherov scored three points, while Andrei Vasilevskiy made 21 saves to help Atlantic Division to win the tournament.
The All-Star Weekend festivities continued yesterday with the All-Star game at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida. The format of the tournament remained the same since 2016: every divisional team face their opponent from the same conference in the semifinal and the All-Star Game champion is decided in the final game between two winners of the semifinals. The teams are playing 20-minutes games, divided in two 10-minutes halves, in a 3-on-3 format. The winner of the All-Star Game gets a one million dollar prize.
Just like the day before, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy didn’t win any individual trophies, but will return home as the All-Star Game winners as the Atlantic Division defeated the Central Division in the final.
On their way to the final game, the Atlantic Division beat the Metropolitan Division 10-6. Kucherov scored a goal in a second period with an assist by Mitch Marner, beating Ilya Sorokin. Vasilevskiy made 10 saves on 13 shots in this game.
In case y'all forgot why he's an All-Star 😮💨 pic.twitter.com/mUoOkxoCrT— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) February 4, 2023
BIIIIIIG STRETCH @BioSteelSports | #GoBolts pic.twitter.com/X1hYDysW8i— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) February 4, 2023
In the final game, Kucherov scored his second goal of the tournament, once again teaming up with Marner, who recorded a primary assist on that goal. Later in the second period, he added an assist on Dylan Larkin’s second goal of the game. Vasilevskiy made 11 saves in that game, helping the Atlantic Division to win the tournament.
KUCH COMING IN CLUTCH pic.twitter.com/bxSlRmusKk— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) February 4, 2023
David Pastrnak called Andrei Vasilevskiy his favourite goalie in NHL, while Vasy called him his favourite 88.
88 🤝 88@NHLBruins | #NHLAllStar pic.twitter.com/o1wIhHXtnG— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) February 5, 2023
As a bonus, photo of surprisingly very happy Nikita Kucherov, made by Artemi Panarin.
When Bread gets his turn with the Polaroid pic.twitter.com/DEiurOy0TZ— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) February 4, 2023
Meanwhile, the Syracuse Crunch lost to the Charlotte Checkers 5-3 in their last game before the All-Star break
We've got the All-Star break, then we're back at it on Friday.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) February 5, 2023
📝: https://t.co/ozUZ4JHHWW pic.twitter.com/zeUuvyNWzH
Alex Barré-Boulet extended his goal-scoring streak to five games, recording his 100th goal in the AHL.
1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) February 5, 2023
Alex Barré-Boulet netted his 100th AHL goal! pic.twitter.com/P3hqvFhrFQ
The Orlando Solar Bears defeated the Florida Everblades 5-4 in overtime on Saturday night.
Our @AdventHealthCFL Postgame Report: pic.twitter.com/8fel0TuEFg— Orlando Solar Bears (@OrlandoHockey) February 5, 2023
The Solar Bears played in a special jerseys, dedicated to the Tie Dye Night. The game-worn jerseys are currently available through the auction.
AUCTION IS LIVE!— Orlando Solar Bears (@OrlandoHockey) February 5, 2023
Bid here ➡️: https://t.co/aumN4pRDha pic.twitter.com/WHe3zTZbt0
Matthew Tkachuk has been named the NHL All-Star Game MVP after recording four goals and three assists during the tournament.
Matthew Tkachuk (@TKACHUKycheese_) is your 2023 @Honda #NHLAllStar MVP! 🌴 pic.twitter.com/DbIO07h4en— NHL (@NHL) February 4, 2023
Toronto will host the 2024 NHL All-Star Weekend.
Official: #NHL announces Toronto @MapleLeafs will host 2024 #NHLAllStar Weekend.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) February 4, 2023
First time All-Star is back in Toronto since 2000. pic.twitter.com/ikABCY5mqy
The Washington Capitals signed Sonny Milano to a three-year contract.
OH SONNY DAY— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 4, 2023
The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Sonny Milano to a three-year contract extension. Milano’s contract will carry an average annual value of $1.9 million.#ALLCAPS