The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 on Tuesday as Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded his first NHL shutout in a surprise start (or was it?).
While he was protected for much of the game, the Sabres did make him sweat with a few tough first-period saves. Vasilevskiy made some wonderful stops and ultimately made all 28 saves.
The game-winner ended up going to Steve Stamkos:
After that, the Lightning put the game out of reach with two second-period power-play tallies:
During the game, Pierre McGuire mentioned that the Lightning are a little concerned about “playing to the level of their opponents.” This effort may not put all of those fears to rest, yet at the same time, the Bolts began a homestand with a clean win.
There are plenty of ways to endear yourself to new teammates. Some players buy dinner. Others might score a goal.
Braydon Coburn was acquired by the Tampa Bay Lightning to beef up their defense, likely by doing the dirty work. Getting in fights might not be at the top of that list of tasks, but he did so with Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno on Tuesday:
Update: Tampa Bay easily won 3-0.
More than a few people were surprised to see Andrei Vasilevskiy start in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s net against the Buffalo Sabres tonight. It may not be a coach’s decision, however, as NHL.com reports that Ben Bishop was hurt during warm-ups.
Here’s a description of the troubling scene:
Bishop was hit in the midsection with a puck about 10 minutes into practice and stayed down for a few moments before leaving the ice to see a trainer. Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Bishop took a shot to a sensitive area and his status would be decided in warm-ups.
While Vasilevskiy has shown signs of being a rare thing for the Lightning (a competent backup), the Lightning can’t be pleased about seeing Bishop hurt a little more than a month from the postseason. Tampa Bay obviously has to hope this is only a minor issue, then.