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Andrei Vasilevskiy | Goalie

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (21) / 7/25/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210

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Andrei Vasilevskiy will have to co-exist with Ben Bishop for the time being.
"At some point, we'll have to make a decision, but not yet," GM Steve Yzerman said. "Whether that's one year or two years from now, I don't know. But I know we've got Bish, who has proven to be one of the top starters in the league, and we've got a really talented young guy." Bishop has two years left on his deal, which carries a cap hit of $5.95 million. Yzerman said he'd be "really comfortable" entering next season with Bishop and Vasilevskiy as Tampa Bay's goaltenders, but he did admit that Vasilevskiy will need to play more. He might get spot starts at AHL Syracuse and/or see more time behind Bishop in 2015-16. Jun 22 - 12:28 PM

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Lightning sources are saying the club won't know until the pre-game warmup if first-string goalie Ben Bishop (undsiclosed) will play in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa Bay tonight.

But, if he can't play, Bishop is not worried about his 20-year-old rookie backup, Andrei Vasilevskiy, who stopped 17 of 19 shots in a 2-1 Game 4 loss to the Blackhawks in Chicago. Vasilevskiy, who made his first-ever playoff start in Game 4, is 1-1 with a 3.19 GAA and .895 save percentage. He picked up his debut postseason win in relief of Bishop in Game 2. "I thought Vasy came in (to Game 4) and did a great job," Bishop said. "He did everything he needed to do. I thought he played a great game, and we had a chance to win that game. It’s a tough spot to put a kid in like that. I thought you could see why he’s going to be as good as he is. I remember at the beginning of the year, coming in to watch him play, his post play is unbelievable."
Jun 13 - 5:30 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy is prepared to build off of his first career NHL playoff start, which came in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

It’s still unclear whether Ben Bishop (undisclosed) will be between the pipes (or if he will even suit up) for Game 5, as he was scratched in Game 4. Vasilevskiy made 17 of 19 saves in the 2-1 loss. "The last two days I’ve had more fun than (I’ve had) all season," Vasilevskiy said. ... "All my life, it is my dream. I hope if I play the next game, I will be much better than a day ago."
Jun 13 - 4:27 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy became the sixth-youngest goaltender in NHL history to make his first career playoff start in the Stanley Cup Final.

"I was just really excited. Really happy. It's my dream to play in the Stanley Cup finals," Vasilevskiy said. "I think I look not bad in my first game in two months. I can play better, for sure, but for the first time, not bad." The 20-year-old netminder stopped 17 of the 19 shots he faced in Game 4 in a 2-1 loss to Chicago. If Ben Bishop isn't ready to go on Saturday night then Vasilevskiy will be pressed into duty again. The good news for the Lightning is that the young goalie proved he can handle the pressure.
Jun 11 - 3:36 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy blocked 17 of 19 shots in the Lightning’s 2-1 Game 4 Stanley Cup Final loss to the Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

The series is knotted up at two. Making a surprising start in place of Ben Bishop, who is out with an undisclosed injury, Vasilevskiy fought things early — especially because the Blackhawks only had a handful of shots on net midway through the game. He gave up two somewhat fluky goals right in the paint, so he did a pretty good job for his first Cup Final start. The 20-year-old had a 2.36 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in the regular season.
Jun 10 - 11:02 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy will get the call in net for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night.

What a time for a first career postseason start for the youngster. Ben Bishop is not even able to dress as the backup so Vasilevskiy will make his first start since March 31, which was a regular season matchup against the Maple Leafs. Krister Gudlevskis will dress as the backup to Vasilevskiy in Game 4. The 20-year-old rookie has played in three games during the 2015 postseason and has stopped 34 of 38 shots. Wednesday will be the ultimate test for the rookie goalkeeper.
Jun 10 - 7:47 PM

Coach Jon Cooper is confident that Andrei Vasilevskiy will be ready if he gets the nod Monday night in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

"He's a young kid (but) let's not forget, he played in the KHL for a couple years. That's pro experience for him," said Cooper. "He showed that since he came over here. He works extremely hard in practice. He's a guy that's probably the most prepared out of everybody. He's at the rink six to eight hours a day preparing. He's waiting for his chance and whether that's (Monday) or not, he'll be ready." The status of Ben Bishop is uncertain for Game 3, so Vasilevskiy could be between the pipes against Chicago.
Jun 8 - 10:22 AM

Andrei Vasilevskiy admitted that he was a little nervous when he entered Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in relief of Ben Bishop.

Bishop was forced to leave the game twice. The Lightning's young goaltender stopped all five shots he faced in 9:13 of action. "Nervous?" Vasilevskiy said. "Just maybe a little bit. But after the first couple of shots, I felt better. Every game I’m ready. I keep my head ready for the game and that’s it. No nervousness."
Jun 7 - 10:13 AM

Andrei Vasilevskiy became the first goaltender since Frank Pietrangelo (Pittsburgh) to win a game while coming on in relief during the Stanley Cup Final.

Pietrangelo accomplished the feat during the 1991 Final. The Lightning's young goaltender is also the first goalie since Lester Patrick (New York Rangers) in 1928 to pick up his first career playoff win while coming into the game in relief. It was a strange situation in Tampa's crease on Saturday night, as Ben Bishop left the game, came back, and left again.
Jun 7 - 10:05 AM

Andrei Vasilevskiy earned the win for the Lightning in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night, despite making only five saves.

Quite the odd sequence in the third period. Starting goalie Ben Bishop left briefly, and Vasilevskiy was on the ice when Jason Garrison scored the winning goal. Bishop returned for a short time, only to leave again. In all, Vasilevskiy played 9:13. Vasilevskiy has stopped 34 of 38 shots in the playoffs. He had a 2.36 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in the regular season.
Jun 6 - 10:08 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy relieved starter Ben Bishop 25:08 into Thursday's Game Three already down 3-0, he'd fair no better as the Tampa Bay fell to Montreal 6-2.

Vasilevskiy allowed two goals in 15 seconds to Jeff Petry on the power play, and to Brendan Gallagher off a straight slapper to the far side. But give the kid a break, he hadn't seen any game action since March 31st, and the awkward goal to Brandon Prust included multiple-deflections. In the end Vasilevskiy stopped 23 of 26 shots, which is good work all things considering.
May 7 - 10:13 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Lightning ended up on the losing side of a 3-1 decision against Toronto Tuesday night.

What appeared to be a gift from the fantasy gods for Vasilevskiy owners turned disastrous as the backup netminder allowed three goals on 28 shots to the fledgling Maple Leafs. He should receive more opportunities to suit up as the Lightning rest their regulars toward the end of the season.
Mar 31 - 10:31 PM

With Ben Bishop having started on Monday versus Montreal, Anderi Vasilevskiy is expected to get the start against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

Vasilevskiy has gone 7-4-1 with 31 goals against in 15 games for the Lightning this season. This includes seven Quality Starts against just one Really Bad Start, as well. This would be his first career start versus Toronto.
Mar 31 - 5:23 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy out-dueled Roberto Luongo 4-3 in Tuesday's Floridian intrastate game.

Vasilevskiy probably wants the goal he allowed to Jonathan Huberdeau back, but otherwise he was solid all night long. Vasilevskiy made 33 saves in the effort, including five on the penalty kill. His record improves to 7-4-1 with 31 goals against in 14 games this season.
Mar 25 - 3:11 AM

Andrei Vasilevskiy will play between the pipes on Tuesday.

Vasilevskiy will be going for his first win since March 7. He has a 2.35 GAA and .918 save percentage in 13 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 24 - 2:39 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Steve Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
5Vladislav Namestnikov
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Cedric Paquette
4Jonathan Marchessault
5Jeff Tambellini
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Ryan Callahan
3Jonathan Drouin
4J.T. Brown
5Erik Condra
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Matt Carle
5Braydon Coburn
6Nikita Nesterov
7Andrej Sustr
8Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy