Lightning, Andrei Vasilevskiy blank Stars again in win

TAMPA — The Lightning have become used to seeing a certain level of consistency from goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, but the run he’s on now is something special.

Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots — his night even busier than the total would indicate — to record his third straight shutout Tuesday in the Lightning’s 2-0 win over the Dallas Stars in a rematch of teams that met in last season’s Stanley Cup final.

Vasilevskiy has not allowed a goal in 200 minutes and 45 seconds of game time, the longest scoreless stretch of his seven-year NHL career. He has not permitted a goal in 10 straight periods.

“You talk about somebody that’s in a groove, he is most certainly in one,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “Being around him for quite some time now, you see that confidence that builds in him. Just to watch his growth, it’s been just awesome to see. We’ve got to take advantage when he’s in a groove like this, and we are.”

With their season-high fifth straight victory, the longest active streak in the NHL, the Lightning (15-4-1) moved into a tie with Carolina for first place in the Central Division.

Dallas has certainly seen enough of Vasilevskiy.

In their first two meetings with the Lightning since falling in the Cup final, the Stars have been outscored 7-0, and Vasilevskiy has stopped all 48 shots he’s faced. Dating back to Tampa Bay’s Cup-clinching win in Game…

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