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Vasilevskiy wins with AHL Syracuse in return

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during a stoppage of play in the first period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (DIRK SHADD  |  Times)

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during a stoppage of play in the first period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (DIRK SHADD | Times)

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.

Vasilevskiy wins with AHL Syracuse in return 10/28/15 [Last modified: Thursday, October 29, 2015 12:02am]
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