Sharks’ Tomas Hertl stars for Pacific Division

Tomas Hertl continues to stand out at the NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis.

A day after he came up with the most viral moment in the skills portion of all-star weekend, Hertl scored four goals for the Pacific Division team in its 10-5 win over the Central Division in the second semifinal of the 3-on-3 tournament.

Hertl scored his first goal in the first half, beating St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington on a breakaway at the 4:42 mark to give the Pacific Division team a 3-0 lead. In the second half with the Pacific team leading 7-5, Hertl scored three consecutive goals in a span of 4 minutes and 11 seconds for the final margin of victory.

In the final later Saturday night, the Pacific team will play the Atlantic Division, which beat the Metropolitan Division 10-5 in the first semifinal.

Friday night, Hertl had some fun during the goalie save streak competition, as he donned a Justin Bieber mask prior to facing Binnington.

Earlier this month, Binnington challenged Bieber on social media, saying if the pop singer could score on him once in 10 shootout attempts, he would dye his hair platinum blonde. Bieber accepted the challenge, suggesting instead that the loser donates money to the winner’s favorite charity. It appears the event will take place sometime this summer.

With the mask on, Hertl tried to go forehand to backhand — resulting in an easy stop for Binnington, who later won the event with a save streak of 10.

Going into the event, Hertl, who was chosen to represent the Sharks after original selection Logan Couture was injured Jan. 7, was a bit unsure as to how competitive he needed to be.

“I will be looking for other guys, what they do,” Hertl said earlier this month. “I don’t want to be the guy trying too much or doing nothing.”

At last year’s all-star game at SAP Center in San Jose, the Pacific Division team featured Sharks defensemen Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson and forward Joe Pavelski. Karlsson scored twice, but the Pacific Division team’s stay in the 3-on-3 tournament was a short one.

The Central Division team scored seven times on their first nine shots against Anaheim Ducks netminder John Gibson, and went on to a 10-4 win.

The Central Division went on to lose 10-5 to the Metropolitan Division in the final, as Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby earned MVP honors with a combined eight points in the two games.

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