New York Islanders Anders Lee and Thomas Griess Shine
Thomas Greiss stopped 48 of the 50 shots Boston had on net last night. And it looked routine. Almost effortless. The Bruins were comfortably in the driver’s seat for most of the game, but Greiss met the test head on and absolutely stole a game for the Isles.
That’s two games now where the Islanders get a solid goaltending performance, neither involving Jaroslav Halak.
Jean-Francois Berube was responsible for a .916 SV% effort against Buffalo and last night’s masterful .960 SV% from Greiss. Two good performances from the Islanders goaltending depth chart results in three extra points on the board.
Halak can’t be pleased, and Garth Snow has to be smiling as wide as the Grinch after devising the plot to steal Christmas from the Who’s.
Fifty shots on net. Not to count the ones blocked (get #), or the ones that missed the net. Generally, it amounts to about double, meaning Greiss was faced with roughly 100 shots towards net. The Isles managed 29 on net, so roughly 58 shots towards the Bruins net.
That -21 shot on net differential from last night isn’t going to be sustainable for the Islanders. But if they hope to move up the standings, and maybe have a chance at the playoffs they’re goaltenders are going to have to steal some games for them.
Greiss gets the second star for stealing a game the Isles had no business winning if it wasn’t for two terrible mistakes from Tukka Rask.