Vasilevskiy uses his noggin for latest impressive save

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The Tampa Bay Lightning’s new third jerseys weren’t the only eye-popping thing on the ice against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

Andrei Vasilevskiy took care of that, as he needed to use his mask/head to make a save on a sprawling sequence. If you needed video evidence that Brayden Schenn hasn’t been getting many bounces so far in 2018-19, you could do worse than to witness that save.

(Watch it in the video above this post’s headline.)

Entertaining stuff, although I’d wager the Lightning would prefer that fewer pucks hit their franchise goalie in the head.

This stop happened only hours after Joe Smith of The Athletic posted a story asking Vasilevskiy’s teammates about their favorite saves from the acrobatic goalie (sub required).

“He’s like an octopus out there,” Anthony Cirelli said.

Maybe it’s just as difficult to most accurately describe Vasilevskiy’s style, at least compared to a creature. Is he an octopus? The more traditional cat? Gumby?

If there’s a “signature” Vasilevskiy save, it’s probably the behind-the-back one, though.

Vasilevskiy seems to do this all the time, so maybe he’ll do something even more amazing soon?

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.