ST. LOUIS -- It wasn't quite the Justin Bieber against Jordan Binnington showdown everyone had in mind, but just this one time, the crowd at Enterprise Center wasn't sick of all those imitators.
The superstar singer and St. Louis Blues goalie have been going back and forth on social media trying to arrange a 1-on-1 breakaway competition. In the meantime, San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl admirably filled in to face Binnington in the Bud Light NHL Save Streak at the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills presented by New Amsterdam Vodka.
As Hertl readied himself at center ice, he pulled out a mask of Bieber's face, slipped it on his face and went in on Binnington.
"It's a lot of fun and great for hockey when a guy like Justin Bieber is getting involved," Hertl said. "Everybody loved it and I can say I was Justin Bieber for a few seconds."
Hertl even slipped a little at the beginning to add some extra drama.
"I did it on purpose," Hertle said. "Let's make it fun. It was like a joke, but when I fell down, the mask started moving so I couldn't see the puck, so I was a little nervous to finish the shot."
Though he was a bit thrown off at first, Binnington made the stop.
"It took me a second to take in what was going on; it got the blood boiling a little bit," Binnington said. "I know that competition is coming up so it is good practice for me. You know, I expected more out of Biebs today so it's back to the drawing board probably in preparing and we'll see what he has."
Binnington, at the very least, appreciated the practice run for the eventual clash but also got a good laugh out of the whole thing.
"That was a pretty funny skit and it kind of motivated me seeing that face coming down on me," Binnington said. "I had to step it up and know what's on the line. That's good preparation."