Lightning's Gudlevskis makes 36 saves to earn win in NHL debut

Apr 11, 10:02 PM

The Kristers Gudlevskis era has begun in Tampa Bay, albeit perhaps only temporarily.

The 21-year-old made 36 saves in a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, picking up a win in his NHL debut. He was also named the game's first star.

Depensing on when Ben Bishop can return to the lineup, Gudlevskis' stay with the big club may be short lived, but it has certainly been a season to remember for the Latvian netminder.

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Rob Foldy

Apr 11, 8:01 PM

VIDEO: Lightning's Gudlevskis makes a pair of incredible saves early in NHL debut

Apr 11, 8:01 PM

It did not take long for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis to give the home crowd a taste of what made him a household name at the Winter Olympic in Sochi.

Gudlevskis made his first two NHL saves in style after he was forced to scramble around courtesy of a Victor Hedman turnover.

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Apr 11, 7:10 PM

Lightning's Kristers Gudlevskis to make NHL debut Friday vs. Blue Jackets

Apr 11, 7:10 PM

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis will make his NHL debut Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, according to Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times.

The 21-year-old fifth-round pick in 2013 is best known for his 55-save performance for Latvia in a 2-1 loss to Canada in the Olympic quarterfinals back in February.

Gudlevskis was recalled by the team in light of an injury to Ben Bishop that forced him out of action for the remainder of the regular season.

In 34 games with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch, Gudlevskis posted a record of 18-11-4 with a .901 save percentage. With the start, he will become the first goalie to play in ECHL, AHL, NHL and Olympics in one season.