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Lightning Round: Andrei Vasilevskiy sets the new franchise win record for the Bolts

Steven Stamkos is out indefinitely.

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As I wrote in the preview yesterday, Andrei Vasilevskiy had not been good enough at the start of this season. Most of his numbers are below average, which is very disappointing for the most recent Vezina trophy winner. But Saturday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks was different. Vasy looked solid and confident, made a couple of important saves. This resulted in a 36-save win, which also happened to be his 132nd career win for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Not a single goalie has earned more victories while wearing a Lightning jersey.

While we all should admit that wins are not a key number for goaltenders, it’s a still a great milestone to reach, and don’t also forget that he’s still 25. In his postgame comments, Vasilevskiy said a couple of touching words about Ben Bishop, former franchise record holder, and named Bishop his mentor.

Unlike many goalies, Bishop and Vasilevskiy have been always supportive to each other. Vasilevskiy mentioned a lot of times that he learned a lot from Bishop. After Vasilevskiy received the Vezina Trophy this summer, Joe Smith of the Athletic wrote a story about relationship between two goalies.

“The first time I came into the league, guys older than me took care of me,” Bishop said. “(Vasilevskiy) was really young when he came over. It’s crazy how he could barely speak English then and now he’s completely adapted to the culture and everything. He’s just a great guy and a great talent. Not only did I teach him some things, but he taught me also.”

It’s also pretty symbolic that Vasy got a secondary assist on Brayden Point’s power play goal on the same night he won record game.

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The Bolts have won their 11th game of the season and it sometimes brought us memories from last season, check out our detailed recap.

In many ways, this game harkened back to last season. The Lightning were just ok at 5v5 but dominant on special teams. Their power play turned a close game into a blowout. At some point, it would be nice to see them put together a stretch of games where they show they can control the game at 5v5 but for now, putting six goals on a bad team is a step in the right direction.

Not only did Vasy celebrate a milestone, Ondrej Palat scored his 100th career goal too.

Steven Stamkos missed the game against the Ducks, so far it’s not determined when he will be able to return.

The Syracuse Crunch have defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack and are currently sitting at the fifth place in North Division.