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Vasilevskiy stars as Lightning beats Minnesota in shootout

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At this point, perhaps Andrej Vasilevsky should buy a lottery ticket.

The Tampa Bay Lighting’s kid goaltender had quite the week. He became a father for the first time, he was promoted to the major league team and, Saturday night against Minnesota, he took his first shootout victory as the the Bolts beat Minnesota 3-2.

Vasilevskiy forced Charlie Coyle to his left, and Coyle hit the goalpost to provide the Lightning with the victory.

Ryan Callahan had scored the Lightning goal going forehand-backhand-forehand to score on his shootout goal.

Tampa Bay played one of its crisper games, getting goals from Valtteri Filppula and Nikita Kucherov. But both times, the Wild tied the game. With 7:38 to play, Minnesota had a goal by Ryan Suter disallowed because of goaltender interference. But with 2:38 to play, Jason Spurgeon score tied the game and forced it to overtime.

Vasilevskiy stopped 30 shots, half of them in the third period. He stopped two in overtime and all three shootout goals.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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