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(Denver) Unusual scene in Game 1: Andrei Vasilevsky, widely believed to be the best goalkeeper in the world, passed two Christmas trees early in the game.

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This does not count as a shot from a very thin angle from Valeri Nichushkin, which hit the post. A high shot over the side of the barrier, the goalkeeper has allowed 20 of the 43 goals since the start of qualifying, according to Sportlogiq.

In short, she seems to go fast for the Lightning goalkeeper. Dan Rosen of the NHL. com, then we mentioned that this was the first time in his career, in 94 starts in the playoffs, that the Russian allowed three goals in the first period.

But Vasilevsky then regained his brilliance, blocking the next 22 shots before conceding a powerful one from Andrei Burakovsky in overtime.

Photo by David Zalobowski, The Associated Press

Lightning coach John Cooper

This was further evidence that John Cooper’s patience with his bodyguard had virtues. It must be said that in his hands is an extraordinary player, whose athletic qualities make many garage guards drool. Perhaps with the exception of fellow Guillaume Lepage who, at 6’4, can at least claim to be taller than number 88.

But Cooper is used to letting his guard back in. In the season, Vasilevsky retired from the game only 10 times in 355 appearances (2.8% of his matches). Only Carey Price (2.1%) has been replaced at a lower rate since Vasilevskiy joined the NHL.

in the series? Only once in 93 starts. On May 11, 2018, it was the second game of a series against the Washington Capitals, the eventual Stanley Cup champion that year. After two runs, Washington was 4-0, and Vasilevsky surrendered four times in 25 shots. He was replaced by Louis Domingu.

Since then, no other goalkeeper but Vasilevskiy has played a minute in the playoffs for Lightning. So here he is at 76 years in a row as his assistant – now Brian Elliott – is sitting well on the bench. During this streak, it is 49-27 with 2.17 GAA and 0.925 savings ratio.

Cooper knows the stats. “How many times have you taken Vasi out of a game in four years? Maybe once. I am a big believer in letting your goalkeeper slip off the hook. There has to be trust and communication with the goalkeeper, but Vasi and less of them have been together for eight years.

Obviously, I’m not a trainer who quickly unhooks. If this was truly a massacre, I would take out my guardian to keep his trust, but that didn’t happen often to us. I trust our goalkeepers.

John Cooper

“I want to stay in the net until the end with the players, regardless of the outcome, and keep fighting,” Vasilevskiy explained to us on Tuesday during a media day. Anything is possible in hockey, especially in the playoffs. You can have a lucky jump, power on and change the game. So I want to stay until the end. »


For the only time in a final there’s a two-day break between two games, it’s something that delights John Cooper, who has been considering Brayden Point and Brandon Hagel. The first is back in action after a month of absence on Wednesday, while the second represents an unconfirmed case all day before play. “It will benefit them,” he said. But for his team, that extra day extends that trip. He recalls: “We arrived two days ago, which made us do a six-day trip for two games. But it’s okay, I’m not complaining, we just had to get more points in the season to take advantage of the ice.”

This was a respite, but the injured Nazim Qadri and Andrew Cogliano were on the skis for the avalanche. We still don’t know the likely date of their return to the game.

If Bednar met the media at the Ball Arena, Cooper did so via video, much to the chagrin of some of his co-workers. It must be said that the contrast with Wednesday was startling. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman began his press conference by noting that life is slowly returning to normal two years into the pandemic. “I can talk to you and answer your questions in person,” Bateman recalls.

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