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Hedman, Vasilevskiy help lead Atlantic Division to 3-on-3 final

Bolts All-Stars shine in the Atlantic's semifinal win over the Metropolitan on Saturday in St. Louis

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

Tampa Bay Lightning All-Stars Victor Hedman and Andrei Vasilevskiy had their fingerprints all over the 2020 NHL All-Star Game at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis Saturday night.

Hedman scored the game-winning goal and contributed three assists in the Atlantic Division's semifinal victory over the Metropolitan.

And Vasilevskiy stopped six-of-seven shots in the second and final period, including a spectacular 2-on-0 stop on Columbus' Seth Jones that preceded Hedman's game-winner, to earn the victory in the semifinal.

The Atlantic fell in the championship to the Pacific Division 5-4, San Jose's Tomas Hertl scoring on Vasilevskiy and breaking a 4-4 deadlock with 2:36 remaining.

The Pacific has won three All-Star Games under the 3-on-3 format.

Video: MET@ATL: Vasilevskiy's stop leads to Hedman's goal

Hedman netted the opening goal in the final just 24 seconds into the contest. In the semifinal, the Bolts defenseman assisted on David Pastrnak's goal 26 seconds in.

The Atlantic lead 3-1 after the first period, but the Pacific scored four goals on 11 shots against Vasilevskiy, who entered for Toronto's Frederik Andersen to start the second. Vasilevskiy made a robbery glove save on Quinn Hughes' breakaway with 4:34 to go and shut down Connor McDavid's breakaway with 3:23 remaining to keep it a 4-4 game but couldn't deny Hertl moments later.

In the semifinal, Hedman, who started both games for the Atlantic, dished to Pastrnak for a back post tap-in 26 seconds in. The Atlantic went up 2-0, the Metro stormed in front 4-2 and the Atlantic tied it 4-4 when Hedman found Pastrnak for his second assist at 8:28 of the first.

After going down 5-4 early in the second, the Atlantic reeled off five-unanswered goals to close out the 9-5 victory over the Metro. Hedman's game-winning goal came at 5:47, the Swede carrying the puck on a 2-on-1 rush and shooting short side to beat Pittsburgh's Tristan Jarry and give the Atlantic a 6-5 advantage.

Vasilevskiy stopped 13-of-18 over the two games. He played the entire second period of both contests. Hedman netted two goals on three shots and added three assists for five points in the tournament. Hedman and Vasilevskiy were both selected for their third All-Star Game although Hedman was playing in just his second after injury forced him to sit out the 2018 showcase.

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