Vasilevski, Andrei

MHL Playoff Update

Following Ufa's elimination from the KHL playoffs, goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy was returned to Ufa Jr. to appear for the team's junior club in their Eastern Conference Semifinals series against Omsk Jr.

The series began on Monday, 3-25-13, with Ufa Jr. dropping a 2-1 decision in a shootout. Vasilevskiy stopped 32 of 33 shots he faced in regulation and overtime but was beaten by both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session for the shootout loss.

Game Two was Tuesday, 3-26-13, and saw Omsk Jr. smoke Ufa Jr. 5-2. Vasilevskiy stopped just 22 of 27 shots in the loss.

Game Three was today, 3-29-13, and unfortunately saw Ufa Jr. eliminated by virtue of a 3-1 Omsk Jr. victory. Vasilevskiy stopped 24 of 27 in the series clinching loss.

Vasilevskiy finished the MHL playoffs with a 0-2-1 mark, 0 shutouts, a 2.85 GAA, and a .897 save percentage. All speculation now turns to the possibility of the talented first rounder signing a contract with the Lightning and possibly beginning his North American pro career next season with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-20-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference
(1)Kazan 4 vs. (5)Ufa 3
Kazan Wins the Series 4-3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev had a goal as Kazan squeaked by Ufa in a 4-3 Game Seven triumph to advance to the KHL Eastern Conference Finals. Ex-NHLer Brent Sopel had a goal in defeat for Ufa. Lightning prospect netminder Andrey Vasilevskiy did not play in the playoffs, and speculation will now turn toward his potential signing with the club. His junior club remains alive in the MHL playoffs, so it is possible he re-joins his former team.

Kazan advances to play Chelyabinsk and the last Lightning prospect survivor in the KHL playoffs, Nikita Nesterov. Game One is slated for Saturday. SKA St. Petersburg and Dynamo Moscow are facing off in the Western Finals.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-18-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference
(5)Ufa 4 vs. (1)Kazan 3 (OT)
Series Tied 3-3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-NHLer Brent Sopel scored 15:50 into the Second Overtime to deliver Ufa a 4-3 Game Six victory over top seeded Kazan. There will be a Game Seven. Ex-Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov contributed 1 goal and 1 assist in the winning effort for Ufa. Game Seven is Wednesday.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-16-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference
(1)Kazan 4 vs. (5)Ufa 3 (OT)
Kazan Leads the Series 3-2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-Penguin Alexei Morozov scored 9:45 into overtime to deliver Kazan a key 4-3 Game Five win over Ufa. The Kazan captain also had a helper in the match. Ex-Thrashers pick Ilya Nikulin also had a pair of goals in the win for Ak Bars. Former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov had a goal in defeat for Ufa. Game Six is Monday.

(2)Omsk 0 vs. (3)Chelyabinsk 4
Chelyabinsk Wins the Series 4-1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, DNP
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-Thrashers pick Michael Garnett stopped all 33 shots he faced in Chelyabinsk's clinching Game Five win over Omsk. Ex-NHLer Stan Chistov had 2 assists in the win and Washington first rounder Evgeni Kuznetsov added a goal. Former Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo stopped 22 for the loss for Omsk.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-13-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference
(5)Ufa 3 vs. (1)Kazan 5
Series Tied 2-2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-NHLer Niko Kapanen had a hat trick in Kazan's 5-3 Game Four win over Ufa to tie the series at 2-2. Ex-Penguin Alexei Morozov chipped in a pair of assists in the victory. Game Five is Saturday.

(3)Chelyabinsk 1 vs. (2)Omsk 3
Chelyabinsk Leads the Series 3-1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, DNP
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo stopped 14 of 15 shots against to help Omsk stave off elimination in their 3-1 Game Four win over Traktor Chelyabinsk. Ex-NHLer Stan Chistov had Traktor's only goal. Game Five is on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Amur Khabarovsk are competing with the other KHL sides that missed the Gagarin Cup playoffs in the Nadezhda Cup. In 8 games so far, Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev has 1 goal, 3 assist, and 4 points with an even rating and 4 penalty minutes.

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