Vasilevski, Andrei

AHL Game Night: 12-26-14 Devils at Crunch

Crunch make it 10 in a row.

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SYR-3 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 33 shots for the OT victory. He made some key saves that allowed the Crunch to keep contact and tie the game up late in the Third Period.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
ALB Burlon, (3) (Whitney), 4:52
SYR Blunden, (6) (Cote, Blujus), 13:00

Third Period
ALB Boucher, (8) (Whitney, Faust), 1:27
SYR Mormina, (1) (Marchessault), 18:33

Overtime
SYR Namestnikov, (5) (Marchessault), 4:16

Vladislav Namestnikov and Joey Mormina were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse keeps pace in the Eastern Conference, 1 point back of Manchester for the top spot.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12-23-14 Penguins at Lightning

Christmas done Triplets style.

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TB-4

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the victory. Tonight was light work until Third Period garbage time, which was a welcome relief after the volume of shots/chances he faced on Long Island.

First Period
6:54 TB Johnson (11), (Kucherov, Palat)
19:56 TB Johnson (12), (Palat, Hedman)

Second Period
0:52 TB Kucherov (14), (Carle, Filppula)
2:37 TB Johnson (13), (Kucherov, Palat)
10:15 PIT Hornqvist (13), (Klinkhammer)

Third Period
9:55 PIT Kunitz (10), (Malkin)
18:29 PIT Letang (8), (Hornqvist, Malkin)

Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, and Ondrej Palat were the game's three stars. Like Jon Cooper's top line reindeer bringing a sleigh full of winning.

This was a very important win for a number of reasons. One, it showed the thing that happened on Long Island was an aberration. Two, it allows the team to feel good headed into the Winter Break and they can start after the break with a pretty fresh slate. Third, it helped them bury the long losing streak they've had against Pittsburgh, which is a team they'll likely see over the next few years as a playoff adversary. True, the Pens were depleted. True the Pens were tired. I'm not under any delusions that the Lightning bested the Penguins' most fearsome lineup tonight. But, it's something positive to build on, and they did have Crosby, Malkin, and (for a little while) Fleury on the rink.

When the Lightning come back from break, the first 5 things they need to work on are: power play, power play, power play, power play, and power play. It's bad right now. Absolutely terrible. Time for the coaching staff to take some egg nog down into Cooper's laboratory and white board something fresh, because what they're doing right now is an atrocity masquerading as a travesty.

With 4 games to go in this 10-game segment, the Lightning sit 7 points shy of the 12 they would want per segment, but just 2 points shy of the spot they need to be at the end of the 4th segment (48 points) thanks to the insurance points they've squirreled away. 7 out of 8 possible points is tough, but you'd like to see the Lightning get at least 5 or 6 out the 8 possible points so they don't burn off too much of what they have in the bank in case another rainy day pops up.

Cedric Paquette had 1 shot and 2 hits in 13:29. I thought he played his role really well tonight.

Jonathan Drouin was -2 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 13:04. I'm not a huge fan of the Drouin/Stamkos/Connolly combination that was put together by Cooper tonight, because I'm not sure I see a lot of puck retrieval on that line unless Stammer does it.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12-16-14 Lightning at Flyers

Vasilevskiy plays the role of the slump slayer.

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PHI-1

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 24 shots for the victory in his first NHL start.

First Period
19:19 PHI Simmonds (14), (Streit, Giroux)(PP)

Second Period
1:50 TB Stamkos (18), (Drouin, Callahan)
6:34 TB Johnson (10), (Callahan, Kucherov)

Third Period
19:18 TB Filppula (6), (Paquette, Johnson)(EN)

Ryan Callahan and Vasilevskiy were the game's first and third stars. The night offered Lightning fans a brief slice of the future, with Vasilevskiy in net and Jonathan Drouin playing on the top line with Stamkos. Both had important hands in the outcome of the game, with a cameo appearance by young Cedric Paquette on the EN goal to seal the game.

Paquette had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot. He was also 67% on draws.

Drouin had a helper and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 blocked shot in 17:28. If I have a critique of Drouin, it's that I'd like to see him look to shoot a little more and generate some offense that way, too. I hope he stays on that line with Stamkos from here on out.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-12-14 Bears at Crunch

Vasilevskiy's rampage continues.

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SYR-4

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory. He finally saw his shutout streak snapped, but his performance tonight raised his season save percentage to .918 and lowered his GAA to 2.34. He's allowed 1 or fewer goals in each of his last 4 starts and won 7 of his last 8 starts. He has the potential to elevate Syracuse from a playoff contender to a championship contender.

First Period
HER Galiev, (8) (Carrick, Kennedy), 15:48 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Angelidis, (9) (Ikonen, Blunden), 4:13

Third Period
SYR Vermin, (7) (Blujus, Koekkoek), 15:03 (PP)
SYR Smith, (7) (Namestnikov, Marchessault), 16:19
SYR Ikonen, (2) , 19:25 (EN)

Joel Vermin, Vasilevskiy, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-10-14 Crunch at Falcons

Vasilevskiy rising.

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SPR-0

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 26 shots he faced for his second straight shutout. He's now 7-3-3 with 2 SO, a 2.44 GAA, and a .914 sv%. He's given up a whopping 1 goal in his last 3 starts, and with Gudlevskis struggling Andrei now appears to clearly be the #1 goaltender in Syracuse.

First Period
SYR Nesterov, (3) (Angelidis, Namestnikov), 18:01

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Blunden, (3) , 19:13 (EN)

Vasilevskiy, Nikita Nesterov, and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's three stars. Since being sent down to Syracuse, Namestnikov has averaged 2 points a game with 2 goals and 6 points in 3 games.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-6-14 Americans at Crunch

Vasilevskiy makes his bid for the starter's job.

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SYR-2

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 34 shots he faced for the win and his first career AHL shutout. He's won 5 out of his last 6 starts and 3 of his last 4 starts have been high quality outings. It certainly feels like he's turned the corner and with Gudlevskis struggling, it's time to ride or die for a little while with Vasya.

First Period
SYR Samson, (1) (Namestnikov, Kunyk), 17:08

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Namestnikov, (2) (Witkowski), 19:47 (EN)

Vasilevskiy, Vladislav Namestnikov, and Jerome Samson were the game's three stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-29-14 Crunch at Bears

Vasya rising up.

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HER-1

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory. That's 2 quality starts out of his last 3, including the command performance in the Frozen Dome game. Now, if I'm Zettler, I declare Vasilevskiy the hot hand and see if I can ride him a little while. Time to see if that talent can translate to more results. Even without superior centermen, I feel Syracuse should score plenty of goals. They'll go as far as the goaltending takes them, though.

First Period
SYR Paradis, (6) (Gourde, Mormina), 6:06

Second Period
HER Galiev, (3) (Carrick, Kennedy), 16:41 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Kunyk, (3) (Vermin), 1:58
SYR Kunyk, (4) (Mormina), 14:51 (PP)
SYR Marchessault, (8) (Gourde), 19:04

Cody Kunyk, Philippe Paradis, and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars. Kunyk pots the GWG and the insurance goal in a good night's work. Paradis has 5 goals and 6 points in 3 games this week, essentially daring Bolt Prospects not to select him Player of the Week. With 2 helpers, Yanni Gourde now has 9 goals and 18 points in 13 November contests. He and Jonathan Marchessault are now tied for 8th in the AHL in scoring (at the moment of this posting) with several others, 4 points back of the leader.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-26-14 Crunch at Comets

Oh Vasya...

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UTI-5

After his Frozen Dome brilliance, Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 5 goals on 35 shots for the loss. Still waiting for that one cathartic moment when it all clicks for the big Russian.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
SYR Gourde, (9) (Paradis), 1:23
UTI DeFazio, (8) (Archibald), 5:37
UTI Archibald, (2) (DeFazio, Acton), 11:27
UTI Grenier, (6) (Jensen, Biega), 15:42 (PP)
SYR Paradis, (2) (Dotchin, Gourde), 16:09
UTI Kenins, (4) (Tommernes, Shinkaruk), 18:34 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Marchessault, (7) (Nesterov), 11:29 (PP)
SYR Richard, (4) (Gourde, Cote), 12:44
UTI Archibald, (3) (Jensen, Acton), 15:48

Unfortunately, after climbing all the way back into the 4-4 tie, the team promptly coughed up the lead goal to Utica, erasing any hope at moral victories. At least Yanni Gourde, Tanner Richard, and Philippe Paradis continue to raise holy hell for the Crunch. That trio has 33 points in 11 games in the month of November. Kind of a Modin/Richards/St. Louis-esque trio there in how the line works.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-22-14 Comets at Crunch

Vasilevskiy shines on the big stage in the Frozen Dome.

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SYR-2

Andrei Vasilevskiy had his finest start of the year, turning aside 26 of 27 shots for the victory. He made big saves at big moments to preserve the margin of victory for the Crunch, and he did it in front of 30,000+ people. The young man's got some swagger, no doubt. I could see his season taking off like a rocket ship from here on out.

First Period
UTI Friesen, (2) (Kenins, Jensen), 3:12
SYR Vermin, (5) (Richard), 16:00

Second Period
SYR Gourde, (8) (Marchessault, Nesterov), 0:49

Third Period
NO SCORING

Vasilevskiy, Yanni Gourde, and Tanner Richard were the game's three stars.

Utica is a fine club, entering the night atop the Western Conference. This was a measuring stick game coming off of a loss that snapped an 8 game point streak for the Crunch. The win will put Syracuse back into a tie for the top spot in their division and continues to reinforce that this Syracuse team is going to be a real player in the AHL hunt this season.

Attendance at tonight's game at the Carrier Dome was 30,715, which breaks the all-time indoor record set by the crowd in Tampa Bay for Game Six of the Lightning and Flyers series of 28,138 way back in 1996 (I was there) at Thunderdome in St. Petersburg.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-19-14 Crunch at Wolf Pack

Syracuse on fire, with room still to grow.

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HFD-4

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 20 shots for the victory. Ugly stat line, and yet the Crunch are still tied for the top spot in their division. Imagine when the defense and Vasilevskiy show more improvement.

First Period
SYR Angelidis, (5) (Ikonen), 0:16
HFD Kostka, (1) (Allen, Mueller), 0:43
HFD Vaive, (4) , 6:01
SYR Gourde, (6) (Vermin, Marchessault), 6:34 (PP)
SYR Angelidis, (6) (Paradis), 10:40
SYR Gourde, (7) (Richard), 16:01

Second Period
HFD Allen, (3) (Vaive, Crabb), 8:06
HFD Miller, (6) (Hrivik, Allen), 19:19

Third Period
SYR Paradis, (1) (Witkowski, Richard), 4:00

Mike Angelidis and Yanni Gourde were the game's first and second stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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