45 Save Shut out vs Carolina
On February 16, 2018, the Islanders traveled to Carolina after dispatching the New York Rangers at home by a score of 3-0. Playing the next night after a date with the Rangers is never a great proposition for the Islanders. They frequently suffer from a Rangers hangover. They typically give it their all against their cross-river rivals and have little left in the tank for the next game.
Leave it to Thomas Greiss who’s been solid against the Hurricanes with the Islanders to get the start the next night. Since 2015-16, Greiss holds a 7-4-3 record against the Hurricanes.
On this night, the Hurricanes showed up early, putting 16 shots on Greiss in the opening frame. The Isles managed just seven. And the deluge of shots didn’t stop. The Hurricanes added 12 in the second period and 17 in the third period for a total of 45 shots against Greiss.
He stopped every single one of them.
The Isles never mustered more than eight shots in a period and finished with 23 in total, nearly half of the shots Carolina tossed at Greiss. And the Islanders went to the box three times. Greiss stopped all ten shots he faced on the penalty kill, of course.
It was a prototypical Greiss performance. Even though he was under siege from the opening faceoff he stayed calm in the blue paint and was an absolute rock at the back for the Islanders who pick up a win when they had not to right too.