TAMPA, Florida – Andrei Vasilevskiy had an outstanding performance with his parents watching him live for the first time in an NHL game.
Vasilevskiy made 30 saves, Steven Stamkos scored his 21st goal and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 on Wednesday night.
“I showed them I can play in the NHL,” Vasilevskiy said with a smile. “That’s an amazing feeling.”
Tampa Bay entered the All-Star break by winning eight of its last nine.
“We’re getting back on track,” Stamkos said.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 28 shots for the Maple Leafs, who have lost nine of 10 (1-7-2). Toronto has been outscored 31-11 during that stretch.
Stamkos put the Lightning up 1-0 at 4:38 of the first with a shot from the left circle during a power play. The Tampa Bay captain can become a free agent July 1 and there has been ongoing speculation about the possibility of the Toronto area native joining the Maple Leafs next season.
“I don’t think we can sit here and necessarily say we deserved the two points,” Stamkos said. “I don’t think we played very well. Vasie stepped up and had a fantastic game, and gave us a chance to win.”
Flyers 4, Capitals 3 (OT)
In Washington, Jakub Voracek scored 38 seconds into overtime and Philadelphia defeated the NHL-leading Capitals in the teams’ final game before the All-Star break.
Predators 2, Flames 1
In Calgary, Shea Weber’s power-play goal in the second period stood up as the winner, helping Nashville complete a perfect road trip with a victory over the Flames.
Avalanche 4, Kings 3
In Los Angeles, Nathan MacKinnon scored the tiebreaking goal with 9:25 to play, and Colorado rallied for its fifth win in six games.
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin will miss the NHL All-Star Game because of a lingering lower-body injury.
Coach Barry Trotz said Ovechkin has been dealing with the injury since mid-November. After Wednesday’s loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, Trotz called pulling Ovechkin a “long-term” organizational decision with the Stanley Cup in mind.
By rule, Ovechkin must miss the Caps’ first game after the All-Star break, Tuesday against the Florida Panthers.
Miller awaits surgery
Los Angeles AP
Los Angeles Kings television broadcaster Bob Miller is taking a medical leave of absence to undergo heart bypass surgery.
The Kings made the announcement Wednesday before their home game against Colorado.
The 77-year-old Miller has been the Kings’ play-by-play voice since 1973. He received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000, and the hockey press box at Staples Center is named in his honor.