Vasilevski, Andrei

AHL Game Night: 12-31-15 Crunch at Penguins

Vasiy stands on his head.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the victory including a sparkling "double save" in the Third Period to preserve the win that was the stuff of legend.

First Period
WBS Dea, (9) (Clendening, O'Neill), 7:03 (PP)
SYR Erne, (3) (Blunden, Richard), 15:56 (PP)
SYR Blunden, (6) (Richard), 18:22

Second Period
WBS Gill, (1) (Simon, Kuhnhackl), 8:16 (PP)
SYR Erne, (4) (Darcy, Broll), 9:35

Third Period
SYR Koekkoek, (2) (McGinn, Witkowski), 18:49 (EN)

Adam Erne and Mike Blunden were the game's first and third stars.

That's 3 goals and 5 points in the last 5 games for Erne, and after going the first 22 games of his season without a goal, Slater Koekkoek has gotten on the board in 2 of the last 3. The high draft picks continue to come through for Syracuse.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-29-15 Crunch at Bears

Brolldozer with the GWG.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory. He raised his save percentage to .932 with the win while also beating Dan Ellis, which is chicken soup for the soul for Lightning fans.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
SYR McGinn, (10) (Tambellini, Koekkoek), 9:15
HER Camper, (5) (Carey, Boyd), 17:47 (PP)
SYR Broll, (1) (Darcy), 19:48

Third Period
SYR McGinn, (11) (Walcott, Mormina), 4:58

Tye McGinn, Vasilevskiy, and David Broll were the game's three stars.

Syracuse actually was outshot 30-17 in the game. They got just 1 shot on goal, combined, from callup returnees Angelidis, Blunden, and Gourde.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 12-27-15 Crunch at Comets

Syracuse falls short and falls back to .500.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the loss.

First Period
SYR Blujus, (3) (DeAngelo, Darcy), 3:09 (PP)
UTI Shields, (1) (Grenier, Shinkaruk), 17:56

Second Period
UTI Kurtz, (1) (Negrin, Zalewski), 3:55
SYR Koekkoek, (1) (Taormina, Richard), 13:27 (PP)
UTI Landry, (1) (Subban, Gaunce), 17:45

Third Period
UTI Syvret, (2) (Shields, Friesen), 2:53

Well, at least Slater Koekkoek potted his first goal of the season. He's been the one top pick for Tampa that hasn't been hitting the scoresheet regularly despite some thoroughbred offensive instincts.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-26-15 Falcons at Crunch

First AHL goal for The Hit Man.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 30 saves for the victory. In 7 AHL games he's sitting on a stylish .937 save percentage.

First Period
SPR Selleck, (4) (Mauermann, DiSalvatore), 17:33

Second Period
SYR Hart, (1) (DeAngelo, Walcott), 14:05
SYR McGinn, (9) (DeAngelo), 18:01

Third Period
SYR Richard, (1) (Erne), 4:00

Vasilevskiy, Brian Hart, and Anthony DeAngelo were the game's three stars. Hart had his first AHL goal in the contest, while the Lightning's top draft picks like Vasilevskiy, DeAngelo, and Erne continue to produce like top draft picks should.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-19-15 Penguins at Crunch

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the loss.

First Period
WBS Kostopoulos, (7) (Sundqvist, Andersen), 6:20

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
WBS O'Neill, (4) (Mouillierat, Rust), 3:33
WBS Kuhnhackl, (6) (Simon), 5:19

Matthew Peca was the game's third star.

Syracuse actually outshot Wilke-Barre/Scranton 30-23 in the contest, but couldn't find the scoresheet.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-18-15 Senators at Crunch

Vasiy says, "LET THERE BE KITTENS!"

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Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 27 shots he faced for the shutout victory.

First Period
SYR Darcy, (2) (DeAngelo, Peca), 14:44 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Walcott, (1) (Blujus, Broll), 7:46

Third Period
SYR Blujus, (2) (Koekkoek, Peca), 2:38 (PP)
SYR McGinn, (6) (DeAngelo, Blujus), 18:11

Vasilevskiy, Cameron Darcy, and Dylan Blujus were the game's three stars. Darcy's suddenly finding the scoresheet and giving the Crunch some much needed offensive punch.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12-15-15 Lightning at Maple Leafs

Character building victory for the weary Lightning.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 37 shots for the OT victory. None of his goals were brutally soft tonight, mind you, but you had goals resulting from rebound control in tight, sliding too far out of position to challenge a first shot, and another going through him under his arm. Point being: he can play better. And, for everyone who was ready to usher Ben Bishop out of town to anoint Vasilevskiy just a couple months ago: slow down.

First Period
2:59 TB Kucherov (12), (Namestnikov)
10:40 TOR Bozak (5), (van Riemsdyk, Parenteau)(PP)
18:03 TOR van Riemsdyk (9), (Bozak, Parenteau)

Second Period
11:34 TOR Rielly (4), (Komarov)
19:24 TB Stralman (3), (Kucherov)

Third Period
5:56 TB Blunden (1), (Gourde, Sustr)
6:32 TB Marchessault (4), (Killorn, Sustr)
13:28 TOR Winnik (3), (Polak, Spaling)

Overtime
2:01 TB Namestnikov (6), (unassisted)

Vladislav Namestnikov was the game's first star. Well deserved because he was excellent from start to finish. He's now got double the goals of Valtteri Filppula and has edged ahead of Filppula in points despite playing fewer minutes. Oh, and one is +7 this year and the other is -9, too. I feel like Vladislav's clearly on the cusp of stardom and Filppula is borderline stealing money, which points to some difficult moves that Yzerman really needs to make happen.

Overall the game was 39 minutes of some of the worst hockey the Lightning have played all season followed by the kind of character-building moments that could allow the Lightning to come out a much better team by the end of the year if they can keep manufacturing points. The Lightning looked dead tired and flat as a pancake for most of the first two periods after playing on the tail end of a back-to-back and their 3rd game in 4 nights while also dealing with the clown show that is the Toronto media whenever Stamkos is in town. They looked dead late in the Second Period when the Toronto defense decided to revert to the norm and the Red Sea parted for Anton Stralman to cut the lead to 3-2. Game changing moment.

From that point on, the Lightning took control of the tenor of the game with two key strikes brought by fresh legs from the Syracuse Crunch. Toronto managed to get a seeing eye goal off a faceoff to salvage a point, but it's an absolutely amazing thing to see the Lightning athletically dominating a Toronto team late even after Toronto had a week off heading into this one. Namestnikov punctuated it by scorching past the Toronto 3-man unit to create his own breakaway and the game winning goal.

Bear in mind this is a Lightning team that has absolutely stunk at coming from behind in Third Periods the past couple of years. I haven't looked it up, but it feels like the Lightning have only won 3 or 4 games (including tonight) coming from behind in the Third Period the last 2 seasons, and they hadn't done it yet this year. They're learning how to win games when the goals don't come to them. They're learning how to win games when they're hurt. They're learning how to win games when they're tired. They're learning how to win games from behind. Sure, a lot of that education also came in the playoffs last year, but I want you to imagine what this graduate course in weathering adversity could lead to once Johnson, Palat, Drouin, Paquette, and all of Santa's other reindeer come off the IR. If I were the NHL, I'd be terrified if the Lightning can weather this storm and make the playoffs.

Jonathan Marchessault had a goal, 3 shots, and 1 blocked shot in 17:13. He was really good tonight. Caught some bad luck with his stick breaking leading to the 2-on-1 that led to the Rielly goal, but he stuck to it and got the goal to go ahead 4-3 in the Third Period. Note, he now also has more goals than the previously mentioned Filppula.

Yanni Gourde had a helper and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 blocked shot in 6:55. It's Gourde's birthday and his NHL debut, and it improved greatly once he got that interference call out of the way in his first or second shift in the league.

Nikita Nesterov was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 9:45. He's still not where he was a year ago, and that's a little concerning.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-12-15 Marlies at Crunch

Crunch show character in OT loss.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 38 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
SYR McGinn, (5) (Angelidis, Gourde), 4:51
TOR Brennan, (9) (Nylander, Panik), 15:00 (PP)
TOR Frattin, (5) (Carrick, Leipsic), 16:06
TOR Campbell, (7) (Leipsic, Arcobello), 17:16

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Taormina, (6) (Gourde, Richard), 3:02 (PP)
SYR Darcy, (1) (Erne, Vermin), 17:39

Overtime
TOR Valiev, (2) (Kapanen), 2:21

Cameron Darcy and Yanni Gourde were the game's second and third stars.

Kind of like the Lightning up top, tonight the Crunch sought redemption against a stacked Marlies team that embarrassed them the last time the two teams met. And, like the Lightning, the Crunch proved they can compete against a top flight team. The fact they pulled out a point was the differing story line, and one that Tampa Bay can envy.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-11-15 Crunch at Devils

Vasiy can't stop the bleeding for Syracuse.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss in the first game of his conditioning stint with the Crunch.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
ALB O'Brien, (3) (Tropp, Boucher), 14:36
ALB O'Brien, (4) (Tropp, Boucher), 15:04
SYR Tambellini, (10) (Taormina, Richard), 17:24 (PP)

Third Period
ALB Burlon, (2) (Tropp), 7:38

Syracuse falls to .500 for the season and 6th in the 7 team North Division as a consequence of the defeat.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12-6-15 Lightning at Kings

Soft goals and a dysfunctional power play.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 pretty brutal goals on 10 shots for the loss before giving way to Ben Bishop, who allowed 1 on 18 the rest of the way. 2 soft goals, 2 goal loss. Soft goals almost always tend to be the margin.

First Period
12:24 LA Andreoff (1), (Shore, Doughty)

Second Period
0:27 TB Boyle (1), (Callahan)
0:39 LA McNabb (1), (Kopitar)
3:47 LA Lucic (1), (Carter, McNabb)

Third Period
NO SCORING

The Lightning came out flat the first 10 minutes of the game, but otherwise were respectable in this contest at even strength. They definitely generated enough chances, but LA has Jonathan Quick and the Lightning didn't get anywhere near that quality of goaltending to start the game.

Where the Lightning needed to help themselves, and didn't, was on an obscenely bad 0-for-6 night on the power play including completely squandering over a minute of 5-on-3 time. The whole unit is awful and I don't mean to pick on one guy, but Kucherov's got to come off the number one unit. He keeps passing up Grade A chances to shoot for telegraphed passes through the box that almost always get deflected or outright picked off. The guy who scored that scorcher of a shot on the rush against San Jose should not be this differential with the man advantage, but he is, and it's clearly in his head now. Mind you, I didn't like Palat in that spot on the number one unit either before he got hurt and the one guy I think could fix it (Drouin) isn't considered completely trustworthy by the coaching staff for his decision-making either. In any case, the other thing I'll say is that it might be time for Cooper to start to delegate the power play to an assistant to get a fresh approach and a fresh voice on the issue. The Lightning power play has been unwatchable since about the second month of LAST season, and they can no longer stay competitive being this inept.

The tough thing about losing this game is that it kind of makes Thursday's game against Ottawa a must-win. They're sitting at 10 points in this 10-game segment with 2 games left in it. 12's the minimum they need. You don't want to have to play Washington needing the 2 points just to not dig yourselves an even deeper hole in the standings. So, they must get that 2 points against Ottawa and hope they can get 1-2 points against the Caps to start to pay down that 5 point deficit they have overall for the season. That means they cannot, cannot, cannot, CANNOT, CANNOT, CANNOT come out flat on the first game home from a long road trip on Thursday against the Senators. Let me reiterate: the stakes are much larger than they appear on the surface. They CANNOT come out flat on Thursday on the first game back home from a long road trip.

Jonathan Marchessault had 2 penalty minutes, 5 shots, and 2 hits in 11:36. He had a good game. Got absolutely robbed by Quick on what looked like a sure goal, was feisty physically, and by-goodness he shot the puck. Decision time is upon us with regards to Marchessault's waiver status, and he's made the Lightning's decision really difficult over the past few weeks.

Joel Vermin had 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 8:53.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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