Behind Vasilevskiy’s 36 Saves, Lightning Blank Islanders
The win improves the Lightning’s record to 38-11-2 on the season. It was their first trip to Nassau Coliseum since December 20, 2014 and they improve to 19-23-2 all time at the venue.
It was the final matchup between the two teams in the regular season with Tampa Bay holding a mark of 2-1-0. The lone loss came at Barclays Center on January 13th.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped Brock Nelson, Mathew Barzal and Josh Bailey to win the shootout. The Islanders were unable to capitalize on a strong performance by goalie Thomas Greiss who made 41 saves. New York picks up a point in the contest improving to 29-15-6.
The game marked the fourth shutout in Vasilevskiy’s last eight outings and he improved to 21-7-2 on the season and 9-0-0 after a loss. He’s allowed a cumulative total of nine goals in those nine games. The Lightning improve to 12-1-0 in games following a loss.
Lightning Keep It Exciting
Despite the lack of scoring, it was a hard fought entertaining game. “It was a fun game to play. Two great goaltenders. Two good teams.” Victor Hedman told reporters after the game. “Wasn’t lacking in chances. Both goalies made some unbelievable saves. It was a tough game, physical, emotions after whistles.”
Tampa Bay played a tough third period giving themselves plenty of opportunities to win in regulation. “The third period was a great period for us. It was tough, I think we had 12 or 13 shots on goal in the first seven minutes of the third and we kept pressing and they were tough, they were tough in front of the net not giving us second chances.” Coach Jon Cooper said after the game. “We had our looks. I liked the way we managed the puck the whole game.”
The Lightning will stay in New York to take on the Rangers on Saturday night at 8:00.