SAN JOSE—Andrei Vasilevskiy was a Steven Stamkos goal away from winning the save streak.
The Lightning goalie went second in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition event and made eight straight saves. The Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist went last and had a streak of seven goals when Stamkos stepped up for the second time, trying to get the win for Vasilevskiy. Lundqvist made the save and went on to win with 12 straight saves.
Stamkos really wanted that goal for Vasilevskiy. He broke one streak of Lundqvist’s, but couldn’t do it again.
Vasilevskiy had a good run. He didn’t even need to make any of his trademark crazy saves in to get his eight-straight saves. However, all he could do was sit back and watch the rest of the goalies take their turns.
“I get a front row seat to that every, single night,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said in a video the team tweeted. "I’m just proud of him too. As a young kid you get nervous. I’m the luckiest guy around to have him in the net.
Vasilevskiy, himself, took the high road. He’s happy to be one of the great goalies here for the event. He said the night before that the best part of all-star weekend is the atmosphere with the fans and the crowd lived up to expectations.
“That was awesome,” he said. “All the fans were amazing. That was pretty impressive support.”