Vasilevskiy brings it back for Lightning in Game 4


Tampa — Andrei Wasilewsky It became typical when the Tampa Bay Lightning goalkeeper had a chance to finish the series in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

As a result, Lightning made things a little easier by beating the Florida Panthers 2-0 in Game 4 of Round 2 of the Eastern Conference on Monday at the Amalie Arena.

“It comes in a variety of ways when the goalkeeper gives you a chance to win,” said Tampa Bay manager John Cooper.

Lightning knew that scoring a goal could be enough while Vasilevskiy had 49 saves with his NHL record 6th clean-up in the series finals. And despite being heavily outshot with no 2 goals allowed in the 2nd period, Tampa Bay stuck with it and got the goal they needed if: Fat Maroon He tripled with a rebound of 6:16.

ondray palat An empty net goal was added at 19:37 for the 2-0 final.

Lightning claims: ‘We didn’t want to waste the game he played’ Stephen Stamcos said. “Obviously, we knew they were going to push and they did it. They played great. Obviously he threw a lot of pucks into the net. And he was always ‘Vasy’ as in the big game.”

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In Vasilevskiy’s last 7 series decisive victories, he conceded a goal into Tampa Bay’s 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of Round 1 this postseason. Prior to that, in Game 6 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final, after a 2-0 win over the Dallas Stars and then a 5-0 win over the Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders, and Montreal, they had a five-game losing streak. . The Canadians last season when Tampa Bay became cup champions.

On Monday, Vasilevskiy stopped everything the Panthers threw at him, including a back-to-back left pad save. Jonathan Huberdo And Alexander Barkov 1:58 left in the right post and Florida is 6-4.

“It’s very impressive,” Lightning said. Alex Killorn said. “Looking back, I think we’ll be there for a long time as we get older. It’s pretty cool to be with a player who’s going to be one of the best goalkeepers of all time.” That’s how players measure, and that’s how they perform in big time games, and he’s just been great in this game.”

Florida led the NHL with 4.11 goals per game during the regular season, but only scored three goals in four games against Tampa Bay.

Vasilevskiy credited success defensively to his team-mates who blocked 18 shots in Game 4 and blocked 77 shots in the series.

“Obviously it’s not just me,” Vasilevskiy said. “I’m just doing the best I can. You must have seen all four games, but I thought we played without fear.”

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Lightning also had to be persistent.

kilon bias Mikhail SergachevThe goal came in second at 8:44, but it was overturned when Panthers manager Andrew Brunette successfully attempted a missed play. Then, Nikita Kucherov appeared to score from the left circle after the face-off victory of Anthony Cirelli 10:32 p.m. However, the goal was also reversed as Brunette again successfully attempted a hand pass to Cirelli.

So Tampa Bay is Maroon Jack BogocyanShot from behind the goalkeeper’s back from the right spot Sergei Bovrovsky in the third period. However, it is an item that does not require review.

“We talked about it when we met some adversity with netting and face-off play,” Maroon said. “We just had to hold on. We were in a good position into the third quarter, it was a 0-0 game. We still had a chance to win. We just had to find a way to ridicule him and we obviously, it was an ugly goal. It’s playoff hockey for you.”

Lightning has been an expert in playoff hockey over the past three seasons. its 10One After the New York Islanders won four straight from 1980-1983, Tampa Bay has eight wins left before becoming the Stanley Cup winner for three consecutive seasons.

The Islanders (19 1980-84) and Montreal Canadians (13 men 1976-1980) are the only teams to win more than 10 consecutive playoff series titles.

Tampa Bay’s next will be the winners of another Eastern Conference Round 2 series between Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers. While waiting for the series to end, Lightning will take the time they need to get the rest they need and appreciate what they’ve accomplished.

Cooper is the 2019 St. Before mentioning that Maroon, who won the Stanley Cup with the Louis Blues, has won 14 consecutive series titles, he said it was “surprisingly surprising”.

“But I hope we don’t end that streak,” Cooper said. “But it’s great tonight to sit back and admire it.”

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