Lightning Round: Hey Vasy, you’re an All-Star!
The Lightning netminder is voted in by you, the fan.
Just prior to his start against the Edmonton Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy was named to his fifth All-Star Game as part of the NHL fan vote. He’ll join Nikita Kucherov as the Lightning’s representatives in South Florida for the festivities. David Pastrnak and Auston Matthews were the other Atlantic Division players chosen by the fans to join the players that were named to the squad earlier in the month.
The All-Stars Skills presented by DraftKings Sportsbook will happen on Saturday February 3rd while the All-Star Game itself happens on Sunday February 4th at 3:00 PM EST. In the United States the fun will be broadcast on ABC and ESPN+.
Vasilevskiy has been named to every Atlantic Division All-Star team since 2018 (there was no game in 2021 due to the shortened season). He’ll split time with Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark in the 3-on-3 games against the other divisions.
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