Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays vs. Blue Jays, 1:10 p.m. Thursday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Today: vs. Blue Jays

    1:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  2. Browns to start rookie QB DeShone Kizer vs. Bucs


    BEREA, Ohio — DeShone Kizer will be next through the Browns' quarterback turnstile.

    He doesn't want it to spin again soon.

    Browns rookie QB DeShone Kizer, left, will start vs. the Bucs on Saturday. He will be Cleveland’s 27th starter since 1999.
  3. Florida Gators' QB situation remains up in the air


    GAINESVILLE — With 10 days remaining until Florida's season opener against Michigan, Gators coach Jim McElwain still hasn't named a starting quarterback.

    Does it bother him?

    "Not at all," he said Wednesday.

  4. Bucs journal: Three key players miss practice as precaution


    TAMPA — Three days before the most important game of the preseason, the Bucs held three key players — WR Mike Evans, LB Kwon Alexander and G J.R. Sweezy — from Wednesday's practice as a precaution.

    LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
Bucs middle linebacker Kwon Alexander (58), intercepting a pass thrown by quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during practice Saturday ( Aug. 19, 2017), sits out Wednesday's practice with a hamstring injury. .
  5. Bucs talk social issues, protests at team meeting


    TAMPA — Each time Dirk Koetter walks through the door of his office at One Buc Place, he passes by the only jersey framed on his wall.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) wears custom cleats to represent Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) as part of the NFL???‚??„?s "My Cause, My Cleats Campaign" before the start of a football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.