Those who thought they saw Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Tampa Bay Lightning crumble in the Eastern Conference final against the New York Rangers had to swallow their words after the last three games.
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Staggering at the start, notably in a 6-2 loss in the first game against Rangers, the Russian returned to his usual performances and if he keeps up the pace, he could lead his team to a third consecutive appearance in the final of the Stanley Cup.
Thus, after giving up six times in 24 shots against the Blueshirts from the start, Vasilevskiy suffered a loss of 3 to 2. Except that the result was much more eloquent: four goals allowed in 90 shots and three wins. For the entire series, he has a .914 save percentage, which is very close to the (.916) he presented in the regular season.
Also, a few more solid outings and another championship could further bolster his bid for the Conn-Smythe Trophy, awarded to the National League playoff MVP. He boasts a 2.35 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. The "Bolts" color holder got his hands on this award last year after defeating the Montreal Canadiens in the final.