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Lightning send goaltender Vasilevskiy to AHL @NHL

Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy was sent to Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Thursday by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Vasilevskiy is 2-4-0 in seven games with a 2.76 goals-against average and .910 save percentage. He has lost his past four starts, and in his most recent game, Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings, he was pulled 39 seconds into the second period after allowing two goals on 10 shots.

"Not too many (goalies) jumped right in and grabbed the net and stayed in the net," coach Jon Cooper told the Tampa Bay Times. "This is part of the learning process."

Vasilevskiy had surgery Sept. 3 to remove a blood clot under his left collarbone and didn't play his first game until Oct. 28 in the AHL. He played his first NHL game Nov. 1.

The Lightning recalled goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis from Syracuse on Thursday.

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