Vasilevskiy is Growing to be an NHL Force

By on March 9, 2017

Tampa, Fla. – –  Maybe there is more to this mental game in professional sports then we think.   Since Ben Bishop was moved to the bright lights of Tinsel Town Andrei Vasilevskiy has been on fire.  Coming into tonight before facing the best in the West, the Minnesota Wild, Vasilevskiy is 3-1 with 131 saves and a 1.25 goals against average.  And the loss was a 1-0 OT loss to the NY Rangers!  Tonight was just the next chapter in what should be the biggest goal-tending story in the NHL.

Tonight for Vasilevskiy would be no different then his previous four game, 32 saves and another win.  The goal against was not even close to a goalie fail.

Nikita Kucherov got the show started for the Lightning at 6:53 in the first period, he ripped the puck past Devan Dubnyk on the Lightning’s first of three power plays.

At 11:01 compliments of #77 Victor Hedman the Lightning go ahead 2-0 with assists to Jonathan Drouin and Jake Dotchin.  The second period came to an end with the shot count even at 9, but a great feeling for the home team leading 2-0.  part of the chapter, Andrei Vasilevskiy made some absolutely unbelievable saves.

The second period brought about a lot of activity.  Vladislav Namestnikov and Tyler Johnson both left the ice with lower body injuries, to not return tonight.  The obvious seriousness was neither Namestnikov  or Johnson putting weight on both skates as they left the ice. The Lightning were down to 10 forwards and 6 defensemen, thanks to the versatility of  Luke Witowski.

Andrej Sustr notched his second goal of the season at 4:37 and Tampa went ahead 3-0 and the way this team was playing it looked infallible.

Marco Scandella knocked one in for the Wild when a Mikko Koivu shot careened off Jason Garrison and Scandella was able to get good stick on the puck.

The Lightning killed off four Minnesota power plays tonight and converted 1 of 3.

Player Summary

Minnesota Wild

Time On Ice Faceoffs
Player G A +/- SOG MS BS PN PIM HT TK GV SHF TOT PP SH EV FW FL %
J. Brodin D 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 26 22:33 2:37 1:43 18:13 0 0 00.0
C. Coyle C 0 0 -1 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 17 14:00 2:28 0:00 11:32 0 1 00.0
M. Granlund C 0 0 -1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 20 18:13 3:56 1:03 13:14 0 1 00.0
M. Hanzal C 0 0 -1 1 0 1 0 0 5 0 0 17 15:01 1:45 1:25 11:51 2 6 25.0
E. Haula LW 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 16 13:46 1:15 1:39 10:52 8 5 61.5
M. Koivu C 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 20 17:55 4:12 1:03 12:40 10 9 52.6
N. Niederreiter RW 0 0 -1 4 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 18 17:11 4:37 0:00 12:34 0 0 00.0
G. Olofsson D 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 20 15:51 0:34 0:00 15:17 0 0 00.0
Z. Parise LW 0 0 -1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 15:51 2:49 0:34 12:28 1 0 100.0
J. Pominville RW 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 18 14:48 1:44 1:05 11:59 2 1 66.7
N. Prosser D 0 0 -1 1 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 19 13:00 0:00 0:00 13:00 0 0 00.0
M. Scandella D 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 22 16:24 0:00 1:32 14:52 0 0 00.0
J. Spurgeon D 0 0 -2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 27 25:21 6:05 2:35 16:41 0 0 00.0
E. Staal C 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 21 16:57 2:33 1:25 12:59 7 7 50.0
C. Stewart RW 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 12 10:34 0:00 0:00 10:34 0 0 00.0
R. Suter D 0 0 -2 3 2 0 1 2 0 0 1 26 25:04 5:23 2:24 17:17 0 0 00.0
R. White C 0 0 -1 2 1 1 0 0 5 0 1 13 11:12 0:45 0:00 10:27 0 1 00.0
J. Zucker LW 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 19 13:44 0:00 0:00 13:44 0 0 00.0

Minnesota Wild Scratches

Player Detail
J. Schroeder Scratched
M. Dumba Illness
C. Folin Upper Body

Tampa Bay Lightning

Time On Ice Faceoffs
Player G A +/- SOG MS BS PN PIM HT TK GV SHF TOT PP SH EV FW FL %
B. Coburn D 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 22 19:23 0:00 4:17 15:06 0 0 00.0
J. Dotchin D 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 1 22 16:33 0:17 0:00 16:16 0 0 00.0
J. Drouin LW 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 19 20:40 3:50 0:00 16:50 5 2 71.4
G. Dumont C 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 13 8:21 0:00 0:19 8:02 5 3 62.5
A. Erne LW 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 4 0 0 15 14:20 0:35 0:00 13:45 0 0 00.0
J. Garrison D 0 0 -1 1 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 23 18:21 0:00 2:56 15:25 0 0 00.0
Y. Gourde LW 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 16:35 0:00 2:54 13:41 2 2 50.0
V. Hedman D 1 1 2 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 24 22:18 3:50 0:47 17:41 0 0 00.0
T. Johnson C 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 10:31 1:32 0:43 8:16 8 7 53.3
A. Killorn C 0 0 -1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 28 20:46 0:34 5:08 15:04 0 0 00.0
N. Kucherov RW 2 1 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 24 17:56 3:50 0:00 14:06 0 0 00.0
V. Namestnikov C 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 6:52 0:17 0:13 6:22 2 4 33.3
O. Palat LW 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 30 20:43 3:15 2:45 14:43 0 1 00.0
C. Paquette C 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 18 14:06 0:00 3:22 10:44 3 4 42.9
B. Point C 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 20 15:50 2:35 0:36 12:39 6 7 46.2
A. Stralman D 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 23 21:17 0:00 4:05 17:12 0 0 00.0
A. Sustr D 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 21 18:35 0:00 3:55 14:40 0 0 00.0
L. Witkowski D 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 0 0 12 9:11 0:00 0:00 9:11 0 0 00.0

Tampa Bay Lightning Scratches

Player Detail
G. Mckegg Scratched
J. Brown Scratched

Goaltending Summary

Minnesota Wild Goaltending

Player SA GA Saves SV% TOI PIM
D. Dubnyk 28 3 25 .893 58:28 0

Tampa Bay Lightning Goaltending

Player SA GA Saves SV% TOI PIM
A. Vasilevskiy 33 1 32 .970 59:42 0

 

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