TAMPA — Andrei Vasilevskiy will need to cancel any All-Star break plans. He's going to be busier than expected.
Vasilevskiy will fill the All-Star spot left by Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, the NHL announced Tuesday. It marks the second straight All-Star trip for the Lightning goaltender.
The Canadiens announced Monday that Price will not participate in the All-Star Game, instead choosing to rest what Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin called a nagging injury. It would have been Price's sixth All-Star appearance.
Vasilevskiy will join Lightning forwards Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov and coach Jon Cooper in San Jose. Brayden Point could also join them through the 'Last Men In' fan vote, which fans can vote at nhl.com/vote until 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 10.
Vasilevskiy earned the nod with a 16-4-2 record this season. He has averaged 2.66 goals against with a .920 save percentage. He has put up these numbers despite missing a month with a left-foot fracture.
Upon his return, Vasilevskiy faced second-place Toronto and made 48 of 49 saves.
"I think he's made the case for himself with his record, statistics and how he's helped our team," Cooper said. "He's definitely worthy."
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