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Vasilevskiy added to All-Star Game, will replace Price

Lightning goalie joins teammates Kucherov, Stamkos for Atlantic Division

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Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning has been added to the Atlantic Division roster for the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game at SAP Center in San Jose on Jan. 26 (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). The fifth-year goalie replaces Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens.

"It is a pretty good feeling," Vasilevskiy said after making 31 saves in a 4-0 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. "Especially considering I haven't been as consistent as I want coming back from my injury."

Vasilevskiy missed 15 games this season with a broken left foot. He is 8-1-1 since returning Dec. 13 but allowed five goals in four of those games.

"It's a good honor," he said. "Especially because I didn't play for a while and I've given up too many goals the last couple of games, but I am playing more consistent now and I'll get better."

It will be the second NHL All-Star Game for Vasilevskiy, who was teammates with Price on the Atlantic Division last year. The 24-year-old joins Lightning forwards Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos on the Atlantic roster.

Vasilevskiy is 17-4-2 with a 2.55 goals-against average and .923 save percentage for the Lightning (33-8-2). He was 44-17-3 last season with a 2.62 GAA, a .920 save percentage and three shutouts, and tied Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets for most wins in the NHL.

Price was selected to play but has a lower-body injury, and the Canadiens said Monday he will skip the game to rest. The 31-year-old is 16-12-4 with a 2.71 GAA, a .909 save percentage and two shutouts. Price, who played Montreal's past three games after missing three because of a lower-body injury, has played in six All-Star Games.

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