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Jarry looking forward to his first All-Star weekend

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

ST. LOUIS - Tristan Jarry walked onto the stage at the Stifel Theater for the 2020 NHL All-Star Media Day on Thursday and took a seat at podium No. 6. All around him were the other Metro Division All-Stars, who are going to be his teammates this weekend throughout all of the festivities.

As the bright lights shined down on Jarry, wearing his white NHL All-Star jersey, the 24-year-old Penguins goaltender admitted it still hasn't sunk in that he is a part of all this.

"It's exciting," he said. "It's something I never really thought of at the beginning of the season. But I'm glad to be here. It'll be an exciting weekend. It's something where I don't really know what to expect yet, so it's something that I'm just going to take in stride and have a lot of fun with."

While Jarry may not know what to expect from his first-ever All-Star weekend, he has a few teammates who have done this a few times. 

He'll be joined by Kris Letang, attending his sixth All-Star Game - which is the most appearances by a Penguins defenseman in franchise history - and was also able to get some advice from Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

"They said just to enjoy it, because you don't know when it going to come or how often," Jarry said. "So just enjoy it as much as you can."

Tonight, Jarry and Letang will both be taking part in the 'Save Streak' during the All-Star Skills Competition at 8 p.m. ET - a shootout grouped by division where goalies compete to make the most consecutive saves. 

Jarry is excited to be a part of that, and is also looking forward to watching the 'Accuracy Shooting' event from the bench.

"I think that's the one I enjoy watching the most," he said. "I always think that's pretty cool and pretty amazing how the players can get it off that quick and hit all those targets that fast."

As Jarry is known for his puckhandling ability and has even scored a goal at the professional level, he admitted that he's always been curious about how he might fare in that event. 

"I'm not sure. I always thought about it and always wondered if I could even hit one out of the four," he said before adding with a laugh, "I hope I could."

The one event Jarry deadpanned that he didn't want to take part in was 'Fastest Skater,' which led to some reminiscing about the year that Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Quick raced against each other in the 'Fastest Goaltender' event.

The weekend will conclude with the All-Star Game itself on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET, a 3-on-3 tournament between the four divisions who will be competing for a $1 million prize. 

Last year, the Metro Division won the tournament, with Crosby earning MVP honors as he collected eight points (4G-4A) between the two games and Letang recording five points (3G-2A). 

While it's a tough task for the goaltenders, Jarry is looking forward to doing his part in helping the Metro Division defend their crown.

"It's fun to watch and it's fun to be a part of," Jarry said. "There's a lot of action in it. There's a lot of back and forth. So I think it's something you just have to enjoy.

"Being a part of it, being able to play in the game with some of the best players in the world - it's fun to go up against them and it's always a challenge. I love being a part of challenges."

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