Vasilevskiy Records First Career Shutout


Feb 22, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche defeated the Lightning 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded his first career NHL shutout Tuesday as he blanked the Buffalo Sabres in a 3-0 Tampa Bay Lightning win at Amalie Arena.

Vasilevskiy made 28 saves for the shutout in what was his 11th career game.

The Bolts got a first period goal from captain Steven Stamkos at 16:37 as his wrist shot beat former Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback for his 36th goal of the season.

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Tampa Bay got two power play goals in quick succession early in the second period. First, Ryan Callahan potted his 20th goal of the year at 2:48 after receiving a pass from Tyler Johnson from behind the net, who had played tic-tac-toe with Valtteri Filppula to get the Sabres defence moving.

At 4:24, Victor Hedman scored his eighth goal of the year when he skated into the slot and beat Lindback with a wrister.

Tampa Bay scored on both of its power play chances while Buffalo couldn’t convert a pair of opportunities.

Braydon Coburn, acquired from Philadelphia Monday, made his Lightning debut and showed his toughness as he dropped the gloves with Marcus Foligno in a second period fight.

The only Lightning scratch was rookie Nikita Nesterov. Alex Killorn registered an assist on Stamkos’ goal and now has six points in his last eight games.

The Bolts are back in action Thursday when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs.