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Andrei Vasilevskiy wins Gold at World Championships

by Missy Zielinski / Tampa Bay Lightning

Andrei Vasilevskiy, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s first round draft pick at the 2012 NHL Draft, along with Team Russia defeated Finland 5-2 to win Gold as the 2014 IIHF World Championships wrapped-up Sunday in Belarus.

Vasilevskiy stopped 66 of 67 shots he faced en route to a spotless 2-0 record in the tournament with a .985 save percentage, a 0.50 goals-against average and a 3-0 shutout versus Germany.

The 19-year-old also surprised by not only starting during the tourney, but assumed the back-up duties over established NHL veteran, Anton Khudobin. Vasilevskiy backed up Russia's starter Sergei Bobrovsky six times, while starting two other games. 

This was Vasilevskiy's first trip to the World Championships. He has also appeared at the World Juniors U-18 and U-20 tournament, but has never won Gold.

Russia went undefeated in tournament play.

Other News from the Tournament - Lightning vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame Sunday along with five others. Yzerman could not attend the induction ceremony, but Hockey Canada President Bob Nicholson accepted the honor on his behalf and recognized Yzerman for not only his achievements on the ice with the Detroit Red Wings and Team Canada, but as an executive of Team Canada, who won back-to-back Gold Medals in 2010 and 2014.

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