photo from nbcsports.com Tomas Hertl (48) of the Pacific Division and San Jose Shark wasn’t on the NHL All Star radar he was a replacement for the Sharks Logan Couture who got inured. Hertl scored five goals on Saturday night
By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, January 25, 2020
San Jose’s Tomas Hertl wasn’t selected as the most valuable player of the 2020 NHL All-Star 3-on-3 competition at Entrprise Center in St. Louis, but he deserved to be in the conversation.
Hertl scored five goals on the night — four in the Pacific Division’s 10-5 semifinal win over the Central Division — and one more in the Pacific’s 5-4 winner-take-all victory over the Atlantic Division.
The Pacific team gets to divvy up the $1 million winner’s prize.
Hertl was a replacement player for the All-Star competition, replacing injured Sharks teammate Logan Couture. His fourth goal was the final round game-winner, assisted by Edmonton Oilers Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid.
Hertl scored three of his goals in the second half against the Central Division, all against goalie Connor Hellebuyck of Winnipeg.
MVP honors went to David Pastrnak of Boston, who collected six points on four goals and two assists. Pastrnak received a car for his efforts. He and Ottawa’s Anthony Duclair each had a hat trick in the Atlantic Division’s 9-5 win over the Metropolitan Division in the East semifinal.
Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk, who grew up in St. Louis, scored two goals and added two assists.
Prior to the 3-on-3 games, 11-year-old Blues fan Laila Anderson had the honor of introducing the St. Louis players — Jordan Binnington, Ryan O’Reilly, David Perron and Alex Pietrangelo.
Former Blues players and Hockey Hall of Fame members Wayne Gretzky and Brett Hull served as honorary coaches.
As part of the festivities, Green Day performed, with F-bomb laced vocals from Billie Joe Armstrong. Seven-second delay took care of the editing for the NBC television audience.