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Jets enjoy 2020 NHL All-Star Game, fall to Pacific 10-5

Hellebuyck: "I was hoping we would get the win; you know I had fun."

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

ST. LOUIS, MO - One and done.

The Jets All-Stars and the Central Division lost in the semi-final 10-5 to the Pacific Division as both the Oilers' Leon Draisaitl and the Sharks' Tomas Hertl recorded hat tricks. Scheifele had a goal and added an assist while Hellebuyck made 10 saves on the 16 shots he faced.

"I had a blast this weekend, it's not the way I envisioned it going," said Hellebuyck.

"I was hoping we would get the win; you know I had fun."

Video: ALL-STAR | Hellebuyck Postgame

This year in St. Louis, the Central Division fell behind quickly 3-0 in the first period before Scheifele got the first goal roofing a shot under the bar behind Jacob Markstrom. The shot was so impressive even celebrity assistant coach Brett Hull's jaw dropped. Hull of course, knows a little something about scoring goals having 741 of them which is fourth on the all-time list.

Video: PAC@CEN: Scheifele picks far corner on Markstrom

"He's a legend. To have him behind the bench and talking to him, it's pretty special to talk to a guy like that," said Scheifele.

"That's the cool thing about these events there are so many people that were heroes growing up as a kid. It definitely humbles you and brings you back to your childhood, so that's the reason why these events you get to meet so many great people. It brings out the that kid in you again."

Video: ALL-STAR | Scheifele Postgame

The Jets leading scorer would add an assist on the Central's fourth goal from Tyler Seguin and it was 4-4 after the first period. Scheifele played with Seguin and Nashville Predator defenceman Roman Josi.

"It was good, we had a little bit of chemistry going. Ate a few dashes (goals against), that's hockey," said Scheifele.

"But it was fun. Two obviously talented players and it was fun to get to play with them."

Hellebuyck took over for the Blues Jordan Binnington for the second period and allowed a goal on the second shot he faced, a one-timer from the Oilers Leon Draisaitl. Draisaitl and teammate Connor McDavid were the only players to beat Hellebucyk in the Save Streak competition last night and the Jets goaltender joked they were still mad at him for shutting them out back in October.

"Yeah, those guys are clearly angry at me." laughed Hellebuyck tonight.

Scheifele's parents and his girlfriend were here in St. Louis while Hellebuyck had his agent, dad, uncle and girlfriend in attendance.

"It was fantastic, I think my whole family enjoyed it. Just being here and getting some family time," said Hellebuyck.

"You know getting to see each other during a gruelling season like it is, it's nice. It's a good release."

Both Hellebuyck and Scheifele will now head out to their vacation spots as their player break begins. The Jets will return to action on January 31st at Bell MTS Place when they host the Atlantic Division leading Boston Bruins.

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