Lightning Round: Vasilevskiy is the top star of the week

Lightning Round: Vasilevskiy is the top star of the week
Andrei Vasilevskiy caught a fish. Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Lightning via Twitter. @TBLightning

There was no doubt that Andrei Vasilevskiy was going to be one of the NHL's Stars of the Week after he posted a 3-win, 2-shutout week, but it's still nice to see him as the top star in the league.

The Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitly and Boston's David Pastrnak joined him in being honored. An interesting note in the league's press release is that Vasilevskiy will enter the playoffs with a lifetime record in the postseason of 63-38. The only active goaltender with more wins is Marc-Andre Fleury who has a 92-73 record.

Vasy ranks 13th all-time in postseason wins, just two behind Dominik Hasek and five behind Andy Moog. That's not a name one would normally think of when talking about the best goaltenders in the league. Moog had a nice run in the early 1990s with the Bruins where he won 31 games over three postseason runs with Boston. Patrick Roy is the all-time leader with 151 wins in 247 games.

It seems Vasilevskiy has saved his best play for the end of the season which is a good sign for the Lightning as they're going to need him at his best when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs in a couple of weeks.

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