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Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy out 2-3 months after surgery
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 19:36:48 +0000
Tampa, FL, United States (4E Sports) - Tampa Bay Lightning backup goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy will be sidelined for 2-3 months after he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from near his left collarbone and to treat a type of vascular thoracic outlet syndrome, the team announced Friday.
"It's a little bit of a setback for the start of the year," General manager Steve Yzerman said. "On the positive side we expect him ready to go when he's cleared."
The 21-year-old Vasilevskiy appeared in 16 regular-season games in 2014-15 and had a 7-5-1 record with and 2.36 goals-against average. He played four games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including two in the Stanley Cup Final.
He replaced starter Ben Bishop twice in Game 2 against the Chicago Blackhawks, saved all five shots he faced and picked up the win because he was on the ice for the winning goal. Vasilevskiy started Game 4 and made 17 saves in a 2-1 loss.
The Lightning could use Kristers Gudlevskis to serve as Bishop's backup while Vasilevskiy recovers.
The 23-year-old Gudlevskis spent last season with Syracuse, the Lightning's American Hockey League affiliate. He has one game of NHL experience, in 2013-14.
The Lightning could also sign Jonas Gustavsson , who was with the Detroit Red Wings last season, and Ray Emery, who played with the Philadelphia Flyers.