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Vasilevskiy Named CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month

(AHL release) The American Hockey League announced today that Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Syracuse Crunch has been selected as the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for December.

Vasilevskiy was 4-0-1 with a 1.17 goals-against average, a .962 save percentage and two shutouts for the Crunch in December, while also shining in his debut National Hockey League stint with Tampa Bay.

Vasilevskiy recorded his first career AHL shutout on Dec. 6, making 34 saves in a 2-0 win over Rochester, and followed that up with a 26-save whitewash at Springfield on Dec. 10. Vasilevskiy stopped 29 of 30 shots as the Crunch defeated Hershey, 4-1, on Dec. 12, and was then recalled by Tampa Bay, where he earned the win in his NHL debut on Dec. 16 at Philadelphia. Vasilevskiy returned to the Crunch and won his fifth consecutive AHL decision on Dec. 26, stopping 31 shots in a 3-2 overtime win vs. Albany, and then made 30 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss at Springfield on Dec. 28. In addition to allowing just six goals on 156 shots in the AHL, Vasilevskiy went 3-1-0 in four appearances with the Lightning during December, posting a 1.76 GAA and a .937 save percentage in the NHL.

Juniors Game Night: 12-31-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Victoriaville Tigres 3 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 4 (SO)

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 11/23 FO, 1 Hit, *Second Star*
With Sherbrooke: 6 GP, 7-7-14, -3, 4 PIM
With Cape Breton: 21 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 8-20-28, -9, 18 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy extended his point streak to eight games and goal-scoring streak to four games. He has seven goals in the last four games, all wins for Sherbrooke.

Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ Quebec Remparts 3 (OT)

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 13/22 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 32 GP, 22-25-47, +20, 40 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec won its fourth straight game, defeating Rimouski in overtime after blowing a 2-0 lead.

Ontario Hockey League

Plymouth Whalers 6 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 12-9-21, -12, 57 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

One game after scoring eight goals against the Whalers, Windsor allowed six en route to a tough, 6-4 home loss. DiGiacinto has a three-game goal-scoring streak. His goal with under six minutes left in regulation cut Plymouth’s lead to 5-4. The Whalers added a late empty-netter.

Notes: The following players remain out of their respective lineups:
Brayden Point (Moose Jaw), with Team Canada for the World Junior Championships
Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia), with Team USA
Dominik Masin (Peterborough),with Team Czech Republic

IIHF U20 WJC: Day Six

Group A
Canada 5 vs. USA 3
Anthony DeAngelo, USA, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM

Brayden Point, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM

Anthony DeAngelo scored Team USA's first goal on the PP, but had a key turnover late in the game that led to an EN goal that turned out to be Canada's winner in their 5-3 victory in the last game of the round robin. Brayden Point watched the proceedings from the pine. Coyotes first rounder Max Domi led the way for Canada with 2 goals. Wings first rounder Dylan Larkin, obviously the revelation of the tournament, had 2 goals in defeat for the Americans.

Group B
Russia 1 vs. Czech Republic 4
Dominik Masin, Czech Republic, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM

Dominik Masin had a helper on Czech Republic's early Third Period insurance goal in their 4-1 spanking of Russia. Undrafted Patrik Zdrahal had the goal and finished the contest with 2 goals to lead the Czechs. Blues 2nd rounder Ivan Barbashev had Russia's lone goal in defeat.

ECHL Game Night: 12-31-14

Florida Everblades 2 at South Carolina Stingrays 0

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 6-7-13, +7, 10 PIM, 35 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, FLA, Recalled to Syracuse
Season totals: 17 GP, 13-3-0-1, 2.45 GAA, 0.905 SV%, 2 SO

F Jeff Costello, FLA: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 19 GP, 6-5-11, +3, 24 PIM, 40 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 20 GP, 5-7-12, E, 11 PIM, 38 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

A night after a 2nd Star effort, Blades goalie Andy Iles pitched a 28-shot shutout. Lightning camper Mike Aviani got the only assist on Florida's first goal, and Jeff Costello added the unassisted empty netter with under a minute remaining to seal the victory. The Everblades next stop on the road trip is Greenville on Friday night.

Wichita Thunder 4 at Missouri Mavericks 3

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals (ECHL): 30 GP, 14-15-29, +3, 37 PIM, 98 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 0-5-5, -11, 66 PIM, 31 SOG

The Thunder closed out 2014 by completing the home-and-home sweep of the Mavericks with a 4-3 victory Wednesday night. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier notched a couple of assists in the victory, earning Third Star honors. Fellow prospect Daniel Milan registered a game worst -3 and falls to a team worst -11 on the season. Wichita heads back home to take on Quad City on Saturday night.

NHL Game Night: 12-31-14 Lightning at Sabres

Lightning open a Third Period can of beat down.

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BUF-1

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 11 shots (not a typo) for the victory. He made a handful of key saves while the game was tight and the only goal he did allow was a point shot that deflected off of Hedman's stick and took a crazy bounce in on net.

First Period
7:48 TB Carle (4), (Palat)
12:33 BUF Ennis (9), (Zadorov, Moulson)(PP)

Second Period
19:02 TB Palat (9), (Johnson, Kucherov)(PP)

Third Period
5:20 TB Connolly (7), (Stralman, Palat)
8:40 TB Kucherov (16), (Johnson, Stralman)
18:05 TB Kucherov (17), (Palat, Johnson)

Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov, and Tyler Johnson were the game's three stars.

The Lightning, for about 30 minutes, didn't look like they wanted to be in Buffalo (well, yeah). In the Third Period, they outshot Buffalo 14-1 and absolutely dismantled the young Sabres. It was a clinic put on by the triplets line to put 2014 to bed the right way.

Now, here's the interesting part: the Lightning now have 11 points in this 10-game segment of the season with 1 more game to play. Despite all their struggles this month, they may still hit 12 points over this 10-game stretch, and at a minimum, they'll have 4 insurance points heading into the second half of the campaign. Nice.

Cedric Paquette had 3 hits and 1 blocked shot and was 40% on draws in 17:00 of ice time. He had the hit of the game smoking Josh Gorges after a failed breakaway by Steven Stamkos.

Jonathan Drouin had 1 shot in 14:08.

Nikita Nesterov was +1 in 15:02 in his NHL debut. He made a key play breaking up a 2-on-1 that nearly resulted in a goal at the other end when Stamkos hit a crossbar. In all, he wasn't noticeable, but that's a positive for a rookie d-man.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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