TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 stops to maneuver to 12-Zero lifetime towards Detroit and lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-1 victory on Saturday.
Tampa Bay has received 17 consecutive house video games towards the Purple Wings and improved to 20-1-1 within the final 22 conferences general. The groups meet once more on Sunday.
“I like Vasy he’s dedicated to himself, he’s dedicated to be in the very best goalie on the planet,” Lightning ahead Pat Maroon mentioned. “He desires to be the very best, he desires to win each single 12 months, he desires to win each single sport. He hates to lose. His dedication is unbelievable”
Ross Colton and Brayden Level scored Tampa Bay’s objectives. Adam Erne scored for Detroit. Thomas Greiss completed with 27 saves.
“I assumed there have been some moments we did good things and moments the place we weren’t adequate,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill mentioned. “I assumed we created sufficient probabilities to attain multiple and I believe we are able to nonetheless do a greater job of limiting probabilities. It was a sport that was there available.”
Colton opened the scoring 4:07 into the sport, backhanding house a rebound in entrance of the online after Andreas Borgman’s shot glanced off Maroon.
“We had some actually good leap,’’ Maroon mentioned. “They’re a very good workforce, they know the right way to examine effectively they usually play their system. We had a very good push . . . we had been on them quick and acquired rewarded fast.’’
Level shortly made it 2-Zero on a passing sequence from Ondrej Palat chopping again on the proper circle over to Victor Hedman on the left level and again right down to Level on the backside of the suitable circle for a fast wrist shot over Greiss.
“I noticed (Level) instantly as quickly as (Palat) pulled up,’’ Hedman mentioned. “So I attempted to place in an space and Pointer had a hell of a shot and that was an enormous purpose at an enormous time.’’
Erne, a second-round draft choose by Tampa Bay in 2013, scored his second this season towards the Lightning, battling with Colton down low to discover a unfastened puck and tuck it round a sprawling Vasilevskiy 4:00 into the third interval.
The Purple Wings completed with 12 photographs on purpose within the third, however Vasilevskiy stood tall as he has performed so many instances earlier than, together with a sliding cease to disclaim Valtteri Filppula’s 2-on-1 probability at 8:40.
“Not too glad proper now … we misplaced 2-1,” Purple Wings captain Dylan Larkin mentioned. “We had been there. We didn’t have the very best begin, however we battled again within the sport. Vasilevskiy was good. He did what he does. Nothing to be glad about, although.’’
ROSS THE ROOKIE
Tampa Bay rookie C Colton acquired his fourth purpose of the season in his 11th profession sport. Colton made his NHL debut towards Carolina on Feb. 24, scoring on his second shift. Twice, together with Saturday, Colton has opened the scoring. His different two objectives got here within the third interval, one a winner towards Chicago on March 18, the opposite, on Tuesday, tying a sport. Colton additionally transformed his solely shootout try in Dallas on March 16.
DOING THE TAXI SHUFFLE
Detroit made a handful of roster strikes previous to the sport that concerned 4 gamers. Evgeny Svechnikov, who cleared waivers on Saturday, was assigned to the workforce’s taxi squad. Valtteri Filppula, Givani Smith, Frans Nielsen and Michael Rasmussen had been all activated off the taxi squad and within the lineup towards Tampa Bay. For Filppula it was his first sport since Feb. 28.