14 April 2015, Tuesday, 10:42
UFA, 14 April 2015. /Bashinform News Agency, Dmitry Slezin/. The regular season ended in the National Hockey League. The 16 best teams in the league will compete for the Stanley Cup.
Tampa Bay Lightning — the team of Ufa native, goalkeeper Andrey Vasilevsky, Jr. took the third place in the Eastern Conference, gaining 108 points. This is the fifth place in the league.
The New York Rangers became the winner of the regular season — 113 points. In the first round of the playoffs, it will meet with the team of Evgeni Malkin — Pittsburgh Penguins.
Tampa is going to play against Detroit Red Wings where Pavel Datsyuk plays. Either he or Vasilevsky after the first round will be able to become "free agents" for the Russian national team. In addition to well-spent season goalkeeper Vasilevsky Tampa has in its ranks three young Russians — Nikita Nesterov, Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov.
Another contender for the call to the national team is Alexander Ovechkin who together with his Washington in the first round of the Stanley Cup will compete with another club from New York — Islanders.