The New York Islanders lost their starting goalie after the second period of last night’s win over the Penguins. It appears he suffered a strain.
Yesterday’s win over the Pittsburgh Penguins was a confusing one for the New York Islanders. They only produced 25 shots yet somehow they were able to find the back of the net six times. Unfortunately, the offensive outburst wasn’t the only story.
After the second period, Robin Lehner did not return out for the third. At that point, he stopped 23 of 25 shots, for a very productive .920 save percentage.
Thomas Greiss entered and closed the game out, but there was confusion as to why Lehner didn’t return for the third period. MSG, who does a great job with the broadcast, was able to find a spot in the second period where Lehner reached to grab his lower back after a sequence.
After the game, Barry Trotz said that Lehner suffered a “strain” and that was all we got. It doesn’t sound like something that will keep him out for a long time, it seems like it could be a day to day thing like Cal Clutterbuck.
Regardless, both goalies have been very productive with the Islanders so far this year so we will see if this injury slows down Lehner or if he continues his hot start.
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