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Sport The Buzzer: Three straight shutouts for Vasilevskiy; Canadiens fire Waite

07:12  03 march  2021
07:12  03 march  2021 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Three stars. 1. Andrei Vasilevskiy , Tampa Bay Lightning. Vasilevskiy will still be stopping pucks when he goes to sleep tonight. The Washington Capitals fired 58 shots in the direction of the young Russian superstar netminder. He stopped 54, which was enough (and more than should have been required) in a 5-4 overtime win. A Vezina runner up last season, Hellebuyck’s season hasn’t mirrored that this time around. He’s been solid lately, despite a tough start to the year, and getting his first shutout of the season is a monkey off his back.

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THREE STARS

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning

Vasilevskiy earned his third straight shutout during a 2-0 win over the Stars. Yanni Gourde and Ondrej Palat provided the goals, while the netminder extended his shutout streak to 199:23 with 28 stops. The last time Vasilevskiy allowed a goal against the Stars? That would be Game 5 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final. Tampa has now won five in a row and boasts a 15-4-1 record.

2. Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh Penguins

While Kasperi Kapanen scored twice in a span of 5:02 in the first period, it was Jarry who put on a show during a 5-2 win over the Flyers. The Penguins netminder made a season-high 40 saves, including 15 in the final period.

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TAMPA -- Andrei Vasilevskiy set the Tampa Bay Lightning record for shutouts , and Nikita Kucherov scored for the fourth straight game in a 3 -0 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Amalie Arena on Saturday. It was his 18th NHL shutout , one more than Ben Bishop had for Tampa Bay, which leads the Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks by 15 points for the NHL lead. "It's cool," Vasilevskiy said. "[Bishop] is an unbelievable goalie, and I'm pretty proud to be No. 1 in shutouts in franchise history."

Vasilevskiy completed his 21st career shutout to help Tampa Bay win for the second time in five games. Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist, and Alex Killorn also scored for the Lightning. “I didn’t play well the past few games, so it feels pretty good to get the shutout ,” said Vasilevskiy , who improved to 11-1-2 against the Canadiens . “But we played well defensively and we did a great job.” Carey Price finished with 19 saves for Montreal, which was shut out for the first time this season. The Canadiens played without their two leading goal scorers, Tomas Tatar (injury) and Brendan Gallagher

3. Blake Wheeler / Kyle Connor / Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets

The Jets captain recorded his fifth three-point night of the season during a 5-2 win over the Canucks. Connor, meanwhile, picked up his seventh multi-point game this year with a goal and two assists. Scheifele was on the scoresheet three times with a trio of assists. For Scheifele and Wheeler, according to TSN, they tied Paul MacLean for the third-most three-plus point games in Winnipeg (not Jets) NHL history.

OTHER TUESDAY NOTES

Tyler Toffoli netted his 13th of the year and Carey Price stopped 26 shots to give Dominique Ducharme his first win as Canadiens head coach. Price now has 354 regular season wins, pushing him past Rogie Vachon and Evgeni Nabokov into 21st on the NHL’s all-time list.

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If Vasilevskiy had been able to better track the puck and push off with that left leg, the shooter puts it straight into his chest. No drama, no heart palpitations, just a brick wall. Though, I guess, no beautiful-looking save for us to marvel over. :-( All that being said: in no way am I trying to tear down Vasilevskiy here. People like Price and Lundqvist are amazing because they're consistent. If Vasilevskiy does this again I'll be impressed. I've seen too many Andersons and Elliots and Talbots set the league on fire for one year and then regress to be impressed by one season.

Price also will have a new goaltending coach as the Canadiens fired Stéphane Waite and hired Sean Burke as director of goaltending. Burke, who has been a western scout for the Habs since 2016, will go through a 14-day quarantine before taking over. Marco Marciano, Montreal’s AHL goalie coach, will work with Jake Allen and Carey Price for now.

• Shorthanded goals by Anders Lee and Oliver Wahlstrom helped the Islanders edge the Devils, 2-1. Wahlstrom now has a five-game points streak.

Cam Atkinson opened the scoring with a shorthanded tally and later assisted on a Jack Roslovic goal during Columbus’ win over the Red Wings. Atkinson now has four shorthanded goals, one behind Rick Nash for the franchise record in a single season.

• Sebastian Aho scored the first and last goal of Carolina’s 4-2 win over the Predators. The Canes have won three in a row.

Pavel Buchnevich started off the Rangers’ 3-2 win over Buffalo with a goal 28 seconds into the game. He wasn’t done for the period, later assisting on Alexis Lafreniere‘s third goal of the season just 2:08 later.

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The shutout was Vasilevskiy 's 20th in the NHL. He defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 on Thursday and has not allowed a goal in 145:55. He's 8-0-0 with a 1.63 goals-against average and .946 save percentage in his past eight games. It's the third straight game the Lightning have their opponent to 25 shots on goal or fewer, and they're allowing 28.8 shots per game during their winning streak, down from 32.0 in their first 34 games. "I think it's just all five guys on the ice really clogging the middle of the ice and allowing [ Vasilevskiy ] to see most of the pucks," Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman said.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 40 saves in his league-leading seventh shutout , tying the franchise record in the Lightning's 2-0 win.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NIGHT

• Congrats to Hurricanes rookie Steven Lorentz, a 2015 seventh-rounder, who scored his first NHL goal:

• On this day in 1993, Mario Lemieux returned from cancer treatments to play against the Flyers. The fans inside PPG Paints Arena gave a nice ovation Tuesday night for Philadelphia forward Oskar Lindblom, who returned last summer from his own cancer fight:

STATS OF THE NIGHT

SCORES

Rangers 3, Sabres 2

Blue Jackets 4, Red Wings 1

Canadiens 3, Senators 1

Islanders 2, Devils 1

Penguins 5, Flyers 2

Jets 5, Canucks 2

Hurricanes 4, Predators 2

Lightning 2, Stars 0

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