Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Vasilevskiy wins with AHL Syracuse in return

TORONTO — Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made his regular-season debut Wednesday, making 29 saves for AHL Syracuse in a 3-1 win over the Toronto Marlies.

Vasilevskiy, assigned to Syracuse by the Lightning as part of a conditioning assignment, had been sidelined since Sept. 3 after surgery for a blood clot near his left collarbone. He can be with Syracuse for three games or six days.

Wednesday was his first game since a 17-save performance in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final against the Blackhawks.

"I thought he was strong," Syracuse coach Rob Zettler said. "His puck-handling wasn't great, but he's had two practices since training camp started, and that was on Monday and Tuesday. So … he was pretty good."

Marlies forward Rich Clune jammed a loose puck past Vasilevskiy for the game's first goal, on a power play, at 5:29 of the first period. After turning aside 12 first-period shots, Vasilev­skiy stopped all 17 Marlies shots he faced in the final 40 minutes.

"He kept it 1-0 for us and allowed us to … find our game and come back," Zettler said. Vasilevskiy is expected to make his next rehab start Friday vs. Hershey in Syracuse.

Marchessault recalled: The Lightning recalled forward Jonathan Marchessault, who has three goals and two assists in seven AHL games this season. That means Cedric Paquette and-or Brian Boyle may not be ready to come back from injury tonight against the Sabres. Marchessault also could be just insurance.

Times staff writer Joe Smith contributed to this report.

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