One Carolina fan’s signal didn’t age nicely after the Lightning’s second-round Recreation 1 win in Raleigh, N.C.: “Vasilevskiy, I’ve seen coupons save greater than you do!!”
Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy — the Vezina Trophy frontrunner — registered 37 saves on 38 photographs in Sunday’s 2-1 victory.
Within the first interval, Vasilevskiy’s 15 saves contributed to a scoreless interval. Carolina stored pressuring and Tampa Bay’s protection allowed the Hurricanes to arrange some good seems. However Vasilevskiy was a wall.
He has allowed only one objective in his previous two video games (Wednesday’s Recreation 6 towards Florida was a 4-0 shutout to clinch a second-round berth) and has but to come back off the ice this postseason.
“He was (at this time) simply as he was in Recreation 6 (towards the Panthers),” coach Jon Cooper mentioned. “He was within the zone. We actually wanted him that first interval once they had been all pumped up for Recreation 1, actually thrilling crowd, so that they fed off that, and doubtless put us on a bit little bit of our heels at first and that’s the place we actually wanted him.”
Of his 37 saves, six got here on the facility play after the Lightning took 5 penalties. His one blemish was a power-play objective early within the third interval from Carolina defenseman Jake Bean.
“We would have liked him on the penalty kills,” Cooper mentioned. “We are able to’t be in conditions the place we’re giving them nine-plus, virtually 10 minutes of power-play time in a 60-minute recreation. We’ve acquired to be higher in that space, however once we wanted him in these two areas, he was there for us.”
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