Andrei Vasilevskiy appears ready for the next step
Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy posted a .930 save percentage over the final month and a half of the season
On February 4, the Tampa Bay Lightning occupied last place in the Eastern Conference standings.
A popular pick in the preseason to win the Stanley Cup, the Lightning came out of the All-Star break as a playoff afterthought with over two months to go.
Yet, entering the final week of the regular season, the Bolts had climbed all the way back into the playoff hunt and were putting serious pressure on the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators, all three teams ultimately winning just enough down the stretch to hold off the pesky Lightning.
The Lightning's 2015 fourth-round pick has points in all 10 games for Saint John
With an emphasis on drafting and developing, the Tampa Bay Lightning have created one of the strongest pipelines in the National Hockey League over the last few years. Each week, TampaBayLightning.com will provide statistical updates on key prospects throughout the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and will highlight select players from the club's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.
Crunch evens first round series with double OT comeback win
Tye McGinn scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to give the Crunch a 4-3 win
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ST. JOHN'S, NL - After rallying back from a two-goal deficit with minutes remaining in the third period, Tye McGinn netted the game-winner in double overtime to lift the Syracuse Crunch over the St. John's IceCaps, 4-3, and even the five-game series, 1-1, tonight at the Mile One Centre.
Lightning All-Star was first among defensemen and fourth overall with a career-high 56 assists in 79 games
Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators were named finalists for the Norris Trophy on Friday, awarded annually to the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability at the position.