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Andrei Vasilevskiy | Goalie | #88

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (21) / 7/25/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 207
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (19) / TB
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Andrei Vasilevskiy did all he could for Tampa Bay on Thursday night in stopping 37 shots, but it wasn't enough for the Bolts who fell 2-1 to Pittsburgh in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.
Vasilevskiy played extremely well coming in for starter Ben Bishop, who went down in Game 1 of the series. At just 21 years of age, he played with poise, ferocity and gave his team a chance against one of the league's premier offences. Bishop has garnered two Vezina Trophy nominations in the past three years and is currently an NHL All Star, but Vasilevskiy makes Bishop expendable. May 26 - 11:24 PM

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Andrei Vasilevskiy will remain in goal for the Lightning in Game 7 on Thursday night.

Vasilevskiy isn't your average backup, owning a 2.87 GAA and .921 save percentage in seven playoff games this year.
May 26 - 7:57 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy was the first goalie to leave the ice following Thursday's morning skate.

That suggests Vasilevskiy will start, though that was to be expected with Ben Bishop (lower body) sidelined. Vasilevskiy has a 2.87 GAA and .921 save percentage in seven playoff games this year.
May 26 - 5:50 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed four goals on 33 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Penguins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Bolts appeared to open the scoring in the first period, but after review, the officials decided that Jonathan Drouin was offside. The Penguins followed that up by scoring the first three goals of the game. The Bolts will now have to travel back to Pittsburgh for Game 7 of the series. Tampa's number one goalie Ben Bishop (lower body) has been making progress, but all signs point to Vasilevskiy getting the start in goal for the Bolts. Game 7 will take place on Thursday night.
May 24 - 11:25 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy will play between the pipes for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

Ben Bishop is making progress, but he's not healthy enough to play yet, so the Lightning will stick with Vasilevskiy. That's worked out fine for the Lightning so far as Vasilevskiy has a 2.65 GAA and .928 save percentage in six playoff games.
May 24 - 3:54 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 31 of 34 shots in Sunday's 4-3 OT win over the Penguins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Lightning got off to a rocky start after the Pens jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second period. The Bolts managed to tie the game at two, but the Pens jumped back in front when Chris Kunitz scored the go-ahead goal with 50 seconds remaining in the second. With time running out in regulation, Nikita Kucherov tied the game to force overtime. Tyler Johnson scored the game-winning goal just 53 seconds into the extra period. Vasilevskiy now has a 3-2 record with a 2.65 goals-against-average and a .928 save percentage this postseason.
May 22 - 11:33 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy will get the start in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday.

The 21-year-old will be making his fourth consecutive start. Vasilevskiy enters the game with a 2-2 record, a 2.58 goals-against-average and a .932 save percentage this postseason. He'll keep getting the starts until Ben Bishop is able to return from his lower-body injury.
May 22 - 5:27 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 of 38 shots in Friday's 4-3 win over the Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Lightning were in full control of the game through two periods, as they entered the third with a 4-0 lead. The Penguins seemed to find their game in the last 20 minutes and cut the lead to 4-3. Despite their lackluster play in the third, the Bolts managed to hold on for the win. Vasilevskiy has a 2-2 record with a 2.58 goals-against-average and a .932 save percentage this postseason.
May 20 - 11:25 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy will get the start in Game 4 against the Penguins.

Starter Ben Bishop still isn't ready to return from his lower-body injury. Vasilevskiy has a 1-2 record with a 2.45 goals-against-average and a .935 save percentage this postseason.
May 20 - 7:55 PM

Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, filling in for first-stringer Ben Bishop (lower-body injury), was impressive during the Lightning's 4-2 loss to the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night.

Vasilevskiy made 44 saves against the Pens, who took a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Final. Vasilevskiy is 1-2 in the playoffs but he's played better than his record. He stopped 38 shots against Pittsburgh in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Pens on Monday. His goals-against average is now 2.45 in the postseason. His save percentage is .935. If Bishop is ready to play in Game 4 in Tampa on Friday, he will and Vasilevskiy will return to the bench, despite his first-rate play.
May 18 - 11:41 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy will indeed get the nod for the Lightning again in Game 3 against Pittsburgh.

Ben Bishop is getting closer to being available to return from a lower-body injury, but he won't be back on Wednesday night. Vasilevskiy made 38 saves on 41 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Penguins on Monday. He has a 1.74 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage in three appearances this playoffs, but Game 2 was his first start.
May 18 - 2:48 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy will likely get the call again for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Ben Bishop probably needs to be part of a team practice/skate before he gets back in the lineup. The Lightning will host Pittsburgh in Game 3 on Wednesday night. Bishop is day-to-day and Vasilevskiy has been superb in his absence, so Tampa Bay probably won't rush him back anyway.
May 17 - 4:12 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy gave the Lightning a chance to win Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Penguins carried the play for most of the game, but Vasilevskiy was brilliant in the contest. He stopped 38 shots in Tampa Bay's 3-2 overtime defeat, including all 16 shots he faced in the third period. "He's the reason we even got to overtime," coach Jon Cooper said.
May 17 - 8:34 AM

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 38 saves in Tampa Bay's 3-2 overtime loss to the Penguins in the Eastern Conference final in Pittsburgh Monday night.

Ben Bishop left Game 1 of the series, a 3-1 win for Tampa Bay, with a lower-body injury. He remains day-to-day, but Vasilevskiy has done well in both games. He stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced in Game 1. Vasilevskiy is 1-1 in the postseason, with a goals-against average of 1.74 and a save percentage of .947.
May 17 - 12:37 AM

Andrei Vasilevskiy is likely to start in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final on Monday night.

Ben Bishop didn't participate in the morning skate after he left Friday's contest against Pittsburgh with a lower-body injury. He is considered day-to-day. Vasilevskiy stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced in relief to help Tampa Bay take a 1-0 series lead.
May 16 - 11:50 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steven Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Vladislav Namestnikov
4Jonathan Drouin
5Jonathan Marchessault
6Cedric Paquette
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Ryan Callahan
3J.T. Brown
4Erik Condra
5Michael Blunden
6Joel Vermin
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Braydon Coburn
5Matt Carle
6Nikita Nesterov
7Andrej Sustr
8Matt Taormina
9Slater Koekkoek
10Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy
3Kristers Gudlevskis