Vasilevskiy was awarded with the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. He posted a 22-save shutout in Wednesday's 1-0 Cup-clinching win over the Canadiens in Game 5.
Dating back to the Lightning's Stanley Cup win last year, Vasilevskiy has shutouts in five straight series-clinching wins. The Russian superstar had five shutouts among his 16 wins in 23 games as he backstopped the Lightning to back-to-back Stanley Cups. He finished the playoffs with a .937 save percentage, and he'll likely be the No. 1 goalie off the board in fantasy drafts this fall.
Vasilevskiy will guard the crease for Game 5 at home versus Montreal on Wednesday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
Vasilevskiy will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing Game 4 performance in which he gave up three goals while facing just 21 shots (.857 save percentage). It was just the second time in the Russian netminder's last 12 contests that his save percentage dipped below the .900 mark.
Vasilevskiy allowed three goals on 21 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Canadiens in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday. Two of the three goals were scored by Josh Anderson.
Despite having an outstanding postseason and still needing to win just one of next three games to take home back-to-back Stanley Cups, this was the ninth time that Vasilevskiy has allowed three goals or more in the 2021 playoffs. His next crack at Lord Stanley's chalice comes Wednesday back home at Amalie Arena.
Vasilevskiy will patrol the blue paint for Monday's Game 4 showdown in Montreal, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Vasilevskiy has been his usual self so far this series, allowing just five goals on 97 shots while leading the Lightning to a 3-0 lead. The 26-year-old owns a terrific 1.94 GAA and .938 save percentage alongside a 15-6 record this postseason. He'll look for his fifth straight win to finish off the series sweep in Monday's contest.
Vasilevskiy allowed three goals on 35 shots in Friday's 6-3 win over the Canadiens in Game 3.
Vasilevskiy had not allowed multiple goals in any of the last three games prior to Friday, but the Lightning offense supported him with six tallies. The Russian netminder's continued strong play has his team one win away from back-to-back Stanley Cups, and it's a virtual guarantee he'll look to backstop them to the championship in Monday's Game 4.
Vasilevskiy will patrol the crease on the road for Friday's Game 3 matchup with Montreal, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Considering Vasilevskiy has given up just two goals on 62 shots (.968 save percentage) through the first two games of the series, it would likely take a pretty serious injury to keep the netminder out of the lineup. If the 26-year-old Russian continues to perform at this elite level, he figures to be a major contender for the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Vasilevskiy turned aside 42 of 43 shots in a 3-1 win over Montreal in Game 2 on Wednesday.
Vasilevskiy was rock-solid between the pipes, allowing only a Nick Suzuki goal in the second period that deflected off a Tampa Bay stick in front. The 42 saves were the most Vasilevskiy has had to make all year, including the regular season, and the performance upped his postseason save percentage to an outstanding .939. He's undoubtedly on the shortest of short lists of playoff MVP candidates, along with teammates Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point.
Vasilevskiy will protect the home goal in Wednesday's Game 2 versus the Canadiens, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
As expected, Vasilevskiy continues to hold down the fort in goal. He's coming off of an 18-for-19 save performance in Game 1, and he'll look to keep up the good work in net as the Lightning attempt to take a 2-0 series lead.
Vasilevskiy stopped 18 of 19 shots in Monday's 5-1 win over the Canadiens in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Vasilevskiy got the better of Carey Price, allowing just one goal in the contest. The Russian netminder has had a stellar postseason, registering four shutouts and allowing 1.99 GAA in 19 starts. Vasilevskiy and the Bolts will look to continue their postseason dominance Wednesday night in Game 2 against the Habs and attempt to secure a 2-0 series lead.
Vasilevskiy will tend the twine at home for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Montreal on Monday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Vasilevskiy comes into the Finals sporting a league-best 1.99 GAA, .936 save percentage and four shutouts in the postseason. He'll square off with Montreal's Carey Price in what figures to be a fantastic goaltending battle to close out the 2020-21 campaign.
Vasilevskiy stopped all 18 shots he faced in Friday's 1-0 win over the Islanders in Game 7.
That's three elimination games and three shutout victories in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for Vasilevskiy, who faced the fewest shots on goal Friday that he's seen all postseason. The 26-year-old shut out the Islanders twice in the final three contests and logged a .940 save percentage in the series overall. Vasilevskiy will head into the Stanley Cup Finals against Montreal as one of the leading candidates for playoff MVP, having posted a 12-6 record with a 1.99, .936 save percentage and four shutouts.
Vasilevskiy will protect the home goal in Friday's Game 7 versus the Islanders, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Despite a 3-3 record in the Stanley Cup Semifinals, Vasilevskiy has a 1.85 GAA and a .933 save percentage in the last six games. He's won two out of three games versus the Islanders on home ice in this season, and a win Friday would send the Lightning to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Vasilevskiy allowed three goals on 28 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders in Game 6 on Wednesday.
Anthony Beauvillier took advantage of a bad Tampa Bay turnover in front of the net and immediately roofed a shot past Vasilevskiy to nab the overtime winner and send the series to Game 7. Vasilevskiy and the Lightning were unable to nail down 2-0 lead late in the second period, a New York comeback that was ignited by Jordan Eberle's backhand goal from high in the slot that Vasilevskiy probably should have stopped. Half of Vasilevskiy's six losses in the postseason have now come in overtime.
Vasilevskiy is on track to start between the pipes on the road in Wednesday's Game 6 versus the Islanders, NHL.com's Brian Compton reports.
Vasilevskiy wasn't tested much in Monday's Game 5, but he was sharp when he needed to be, stopping all 21 shots he faced en route to a blowout 8-0 victory over the Isles. The 26-year-old backstop will try to help the Lightning advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for a second straight year by picking up his 12th win of the playoffs Wednesday.
Vasilevskiy stopped all 21 shots Monday in an 8-0 win over the Islanders in Game 5.
Vasilevskiy enjoyed an easy night en route to his third shutout of the postseason and first of the series. He improved to 11-5 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to go along with his sparkling 2.05 GAA and .936 save percentage. He's held the Islanders to two goals or fewer in all but one game in the series.
Vasilevskiy will be stationed between the pipes for Monday's Game 5 showdown with the Islanders, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Vasilevskiy is coming off a Game 4 loss where he allowed three goals (all in the second period) on 30 shots. With a 10-5 record during the playoffs, the Vezina candidate has yet to lose back-to-back games this postseason.
Vasilevskiy stopped 27 of 30 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Islanders in Game 4 on Saturday.
Vasilevskiy was perfect through 20 minutes, but the Islanders broke through in the second period with tallies by Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal and Matt Martin. It marked the first time Vasilevskiy yielded more than two goals since Game 4 of the conference quarterfinals against Carolina, dipping the netminder's postseason save percentage to a still-terrific .933. He'll try to get back to his winning ways in Game 5 on Monday.
Vasilevskiy is between the pipes for Game 4 on Saturday against the Islanders, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Vasilevskiy will look for his third straight win after allowing just three goals on 54 shots in his last two. He'll be opposed at the other end of the rink by fellow Russian Semyon Varlamov as the Lightning look to take a 3-1 series lead on enemy ice.
Vasilevskiy stopped 27 of 28 shots Thursday in a 2-1 win over the Islanders in Game 3.
Vasilevskiy was rock-solid, allowing only a second-period Cal Clutterback goal that may have been aided by defenseman Erik Cernak's attempt to push the puck toward his netminder during a goalmouth scramble. On top of his own 27-save effort, Vasilevskiy was buoyed by a Tampa Bay squad that blocked 21 shots in front of him. The 26-year-old became the first goalie to reach 10 wins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and he's posted a sparkling 2.13 GAA and .935 save percentage in the process.
Vasilevskiy is starting Game 3 on the road against the Islanders on Thursday, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
The Russian netminder and the Bolts are fresh off a 4-2, series-evening victory and will look to build off that success in front of what's sure to be one of the rowdier crowds in recent NHL memory on Long Island. Vasilevskiy wasn't nearly as good on the road this season (2.63 GAA, .916 save percentage) as he was at Amalie Arena (1.75, .936), but Tampa Bay is still a slight favorite in this one.
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|07/07||vs MON||W 1-0||1||0||22||22|
|07/05||@ MON||L 2-3 (OT)||1||3||18||21|
|07/02||@ MON||W 6-3||1||3||32||35|
|06/30||vs MON||W 3-1||1||1||42||43|
|06/28||vs MON||W 5-1||1||1||18||19|
|06/25||vs NYI||W 1-0||1||0||18||18|
|06/23||@ NYI||L 2-3 (OT)||1||3||25||28|
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