Vasilevskiy sharp in shutting out Preds

by Gary Shelton on April 11, 2021

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Andrei Vasilevskiy has 25 career shutouts./STEVEN MUNCIE

Sunday, 3 a.m.

News flash: This cat they call the Big Cat is pretty darned good.

Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy was impressive in the net once again Saturday night, stopping 36 shots to continue his ownership of the Nashville Predators.

Vasilevskiy won his 25th game of the season, an NHL high, in the 3-0 win over Nashville. It was his fourth shutout of the season and his 25th of his career. Vasilevskiy is now 5-0 against Nashville this season.

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Half of Nashville's shots against Vasilevskiy came in the first period.

As a team, the Bolts are 6-1 against Nashville this year.

The win allowed the Lightning to tie Carolina for the NHL Central Division lead. Despite their recent slump, the Bolts have now won two straight.

Saturday night, they got goals from Ross Colton, his seventh, from Erik Cernak and an empty netter from Yanni Gourde.

"He (Vasilevskiy) was big for us in the first period when we needed him," said coach Jon Cooper.

The Lightning plays against Nashville again on Tuesday night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The puck is scheduled to drop at 8 p.m.

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