The Buzzer: Vasilevskiy, Greiss put on clinic; Kane hits 900 points

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Three stars

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning

Arguably, Thomas Greiss could be in this spot, but Vasilevskiy made every save he needed to in the game, compiling 36 in regulation and overtime and then stopping all three shots he faced in the shootout.

Vasilevskiy was at his best, which always includes a save that could be considered one of the best of the season. Friday night was no exception as he stoned Valtteri Filppula on a shot he had no business saving.

But hey, that’s Vasilevskiy for ya.

2. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

Two goals, two assists and his 900th point on a night that the Blackhawks smashed the Buffalo Sabres 7-3? Yeah, that’s deserving of some recognition.

Kane now has 31 goals and 75 points in 51 games this season and is just four points back of Nikita Kucherov for the league lead.

The thread below shows all the feats Kane reached on Friday.

3. Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders. 

Greiss was the other participant in the goaltending duel that was Friday’s game between the red-hot Islanders and the Lightning. Greiss only allowed on puck past him, a Victor Hedman shot in the first attempt the Lightning had in the shootout.

Otherwise, Greiss was perfect, stopping 41 shots in regulation and overtime to make sure the Islanders point streak extended to seven games. The Islanders are atop the Metropolitan Division.

Highlights of the night

Mesmerizing:

Red raised to where he belongs:

Talk about uncorking one for your first NHL goal:

Factoids

Scores

Blackhawks 7, Sabres 3
Predators 4, Panthers 1
Lightning 1, Islanders 0 (SO)
Penguins 5, Senators 3
Capitals 4, Flames 3
Hurricanes 5, Golden Knights 2
Stars 3, Wild 1
Red Wings 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT)


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck