New York Islanders Christopher Gibson Emergency Recalled

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Christopher Gibson
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Christopher Gibson /

After Robin Lehner left with an injury on Tuesday night, the New York Islanders were forced to emergency recall Christopher Gibson.

The New York Islanders 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators was an ugly one. It was a game the Islanders should’ve won handily and then to make matters worse Robin Lehner left the game with an injury.

He was steamrolled by Brady Tkachuk which left JG Pageau wide open to tap home an easy goal. It looked like it would be goalie interference but instead, after review, it was ruled a good goal.

Obviously, Lehner was shaken up on the play because now the Isles have called up Christopher Gibson. Gibson has played 13 career games with the New York Islanders and has a .901 save percentage to go along with it.

He was their emergency goalie last year and the same applies to this year, he’s only played in one game so far and he has a .857 save percentage. Gibson has also regressed at the AHL level this year compared to years gone by.

The 26-year-old has a .900 save percentage and a 2.89 goals against average in 33 games. The Isles will likely ride Thomas Greiss for the time being until Lehner is ready to return. Hopefully, for the Islanders sake, it’s sooner rather than later.

According to Bob McKenzie, it’s no need for major concern. That infers it isn’t a long-term issue for Lehner.

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