• Taking shots one month after blood clot surgery

    News: Andrei Vasilevskiy (vascular surgery for blood clot) worked out on the ice Monday with goalie coach Frantz Jean, who fired shots from close range, reports Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. He is returning from surgery performed a month ago.
    Analysis: He's still expected to miss at least the first month of the season after the Sept. 3 procedure to remove the blood clot and the top rib that caused the issue. Andrei Vasilevskiy could be back to regular practice in a few weeks if all goes well.
  • Bolts' Vasilevskiy Gets In Light Skating

    News: Andrei Vasilevskiy (blood clot) was able to get in some light skating Monday, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
    Analysis: It was the first time Andrei Vasilevskiy was able to take to the ice since undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot near his collarbone. At this point, Vasilevskiy appears to be recovering well from the surgery and is simply trying to stay conditioned before returning to action in about two-to-three months. He's not expected to resume facing shots for multiple weeks, which will provide a better indication of how he's faring in his recovery.
  • Bolts' Vasilevskiy (Surgery) Expects Full Recovery

    News: Andrei Vasilevskiy (blood clot surgery) should be able to resume the same level of elite performance that he showed prior to surgery, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "I'd say 90-95 percent of people get back to a high level of athlete," said Dr. Karl Illig, who performed the goalie's surgery.
    Analysis: The injury was an odd one for a hockey player -- it's usually associated with athletes like baseball pitchers and tennis players who use over-the-head motions. The vein at the base of his neck was pinched where the clavicle comes together with the sternum and rib cage; it resulted in swelling and a clot. The surgery dislodged the clot, involved drugs to break up the clot and also included the removal of the top rib, so it doesn't happen again. He'll return when the vein appears to be normal on ultrasounds, so it'll be a while before we know it's eight or 12 months until he's back.
  • Bolts' Vasilevskiy Undergoes Vascular Surgery

    News: Andrei Vasilevskiy had surgery Thursday to remove a blood clot from near his left collarbone and treat a type of Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and is expected to remain out for two-to-three months.
    Analysis: With that timetable, Andrei Vasilevskiy figures to sit out through at least early- or mid-November, and quite possibly longer if his recovery trends toward the longer end of that period of time. Though Ben Bishop is the clear No. 1 goalie between the pipes for Tampa, Vasilevskiy looked to be one of the league's top backup options entering the season, due to both his strong team context and the skills he displayed when he received spots starts in 2014-15. With the 21-year-old sidelined, the Lightning will likely turn to Kristers Gudlevskis when they need to spell Bishop.
  • Bolts' Vasilevskiy Not Starting Game 5

    News: Andrei Vasilevskiy isn't starting Saturday versus the Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
    Analysis: Andrei Vasilevskiy will yield goalie duties to Ben Bishop (undisclosed), who has been given the all-clear to take the ice. If for some reason Bishop needs treatment at some point, Vasilevskiy has allowed two goals on 24 shots in his two appearances in the Finals.
  • Bolts' Vasilevskiy Stops 17 In Loss

    News: Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed two goals on 19 shots in Wednesday's loss to the Blackhawks.
    Analysis: Andrei Vasilevskiy wasn't overly busy, but made some big saves throughout the course of the game, and had a little help from the pipes as the Hawks drew iron three times. There's no word on whether starter Ben Bishop (lower body) will be healthy enough to start the pivotal Game 5 Saturday, or is Vasilevskiy will get the call once again.
  • Bolts' Vasilevskiy Expected To Start Wednesday

    News: Andrei Vasilevskiy led the Lightning onto the ice for pregame warm-ups ahead of Wednesday's Game 4 tilt against the Blackhawks and is expected to start, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
    Analysis: Andrei Vasilevskiy appears to be in line to get the start Wednesday as usual starter Ben Bishop is not even on the ice for warmup. He picked up the win in Game 2 after replacing Bishop in the third period. Vasilevskiy stopped all five shots he faced in that outing.
  • Bolts' Vasilevskiy Not Starting Game 3

    News: Andrei Vasilevskiy will not get the start in net in Monday's Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Blackhawks, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
    Analysis: For a time, it appeared as though Ben Bishop's apparent knee injury would keep him out of Monday's contest. However, Bishop led the Lightning onto the ice for pregame warmups, indicating he'll get the start in net in Game 3 of the Finals. Andrei Vasilevskiy, however, will have to be ready to relieve Bishop at any moment, as Bishop could easily aggravate his nagging injury at some point during the Game 3 matchup.
  • Bolts' Vasilevskiy Expected To Start Game 3

    News: Andrei Vasilevskiy is expected to receive the start in goal for Monday's Game 3 against the Blackhawks, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
    Analysis: Ben Bishop took part in Monday's morning skate, but the fact that third-string goalie Kristers Gudlevskis traveled with the rest of the team to the United Center suggests that Bishop might not be available. If that's the case, the Lightning would turn to the 20-year-old Andrei Vasilevskiy to make his first career postseason start. Don't expect clarity on the Lightning's starting goalie to arrive until pregame warmups, but the signs seem to point toward Vasilevskiy manning the net.
  • Bolts' Vasilevskiy Comes Off Bench To Win Game 2

    News: Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all five shots he faced after replacing Ben Bishop (undisclosed) midway through the third period in Saturday's Game 2 against the Blackhawks. He would ultimately go on to pick up his first career postseason win.
    Analysis: With Bishop slowed by injury, Andrei Vasilevskiy, who had only made two previous appearances in the postseason, was called upon to enter the crease with the game knotted 3-3. Despite the lack of prep time, Vasilevskiy was sharp in his limited action, then earned the victory when Jason Garrison potted the game-winner 8:49 into the third period. The 20-year-old became only the fourth goalie in 77 years to get his first playoff win in the Stanley Cup Finals, and the first rookie goalie to win a Finals game since the Canes' Cam Ward achieved the feat in 2006. It remains to be seen if Bishop's injury will prevent him from playing in Game 3, but coach Jon Cooper seems to have faith in Vasilevskiy to keep the Bolts competitive if he's needed.