Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy practiced with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday for the first time since vascular surgery in September, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Vasilevskiy reported his conditioning felt great and he thinks he could return to the NHL after playing one or two games in the American Hockey League. His goal is to be ready by the time the Lightning play at Carolina on Sunday.
"I feel I can run a marathon right now," he told the Times.
Vasilevskiy, who had surgery to remove a blood clot from his left collarbone on Sept. 3, was 7-5-1 in 16 regular-season games as a rookie with a 2.36 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. He appeared in four games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, winning Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks in relief of an injured Ben Bishop and starting Game 4, which the Lightning lost 2-1.