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Lightning Round: Andrei Vasilevsky has been reportedly activated from the COVID protocol list

And a story about how a Seattle Kraken fan saved the life of the Vancouver Canucks equipment manager

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Yesterday the Tampa Bay Lightning officially reassigned goaltender Hugo Alnefelt, alongside with defenseman Sean Day and forward Remi Elie, to the Syracuse Crunch. Max Lagace is no longer on the Lightning’s active roster, which might be an indication, that Andrei Vasilevskiy was released from the COVID protocol list and could be available for tonight’s game against the New York Rangers.

Vasilevskiy entered protocol list last Sunday, but according to the new rules, he’s allowed to return after five days with a negative test. The Russian goaltender hasn’t played since December 21, when he earned a win against the Vegas Golden Knights. During his absence the Bolts won one game and lost two times, while allowing 17 goals in three games.

The Lightning also hope that Erik Cernak, who has missed almost an entire month due to his lower body injury, could be available for tonight’s game.

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The most heartwarning story of the new year: a Seattle Kraken fan, Nadia Popovici, saw a mole on the back of the neck of the Vancouver Canucks equipment manager Brian “Red” Hamilton, which turned out to be a type-2 malignant melanoma, and warned him about it.

On Saturday, the Canucks released a statement in attempts to find Nadia Popovici and later managed to identify her. Both Brian “Red” Hamilton and Nadia Popovici had already met yesterday.

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