The Raw Charge Highlight Center tends to be a little biased towards offense. With all of the talent on the Tampa Bay Lightning you can see why. However, we would be remiss if we didn’t take a moment to appreciate Andrei Vasilevskiy from time to time.
Case in point, Game One against the Boston Bruins. With the Lightning offense stuck in neutral like a fifteen-year-old trying to learn how to drive a manual transmission, their goaltender helped keep the game scoreless (at the time) by making a nice save of Ondrej Kase.
Victor Hedman and Zach Bogosian leave a little too much space in the middle of the ice and Kase received a perfect pass from Torey Krug and split the defensive pair. With nothing but the empty air of Scotiabank Arena between him and Vasilevskiy, Kase deked to his forehand before pulling it to his backhand.
His intention was to lift it up into the net, but the big goaltender got full extension and deflected the shot with his right pad. It was an excellent read by Vasilevskiy who didn’t bite on the quick fake and was quick enough with his pads to force a rushed shot from Kase.
The Bruins did eventually get a couple of pucks past Vasilevskiy, but without his play in the first period, the score would have been a lot worse.