Islanders goalie proves he’s not going to be pushed round


PITTSBURGH — Assume you’re going to get underneath Robin Lehner’s pores and skin? Effectively, he has a solution for that.

After the goalie backstopped his Islanders to a 3-1 win over the Penguins in Sport Four of their first-round playoff sequence Tuesday night time, finishing the sweep, Lehner addressed a second-period kerfuffle he had with fellow Swede Patric Hornqvist.

As Hornqvist crashed the web, Lehner gave him just a little slash along with his stick. Hornqvist responded with a fast cross-check that was met with one other slash from Lehner. It then regarded like Hornqvist went to drop his gloves as if he had been making an attempt to combat a goalie, but it surely was damaged up earlier than issues might escalate.

“It wouldn’t have crossed the road. I’m not dropping the gloves in the course of the sport,” Lehner stated. “They’re pissed off. There’s solely a lot I can take too. I’m going to attempt to be just a little extra disciplined subsequent time.

“It simply fires me up and makes me higher. So no matter crew desires to do this to me, it simply wakes me up.”

Lehner was terrific all sequence, making 32 saves in Sport Four to complete with six objectives allowed on 136 pictures, good for a .956 save proportion.

Winger Cal Clutterbuck and defenseman Johnny Boychuk each left the sport late within the second interval and didn’t return. There was no fast replace on their standing, however the prolonged time earlier than the second spherical begins must be useful.

“Hopefully we’ll have one thing [Wednesday] or the subsequent day for you,” coach Barry Trotz stated.

Clutterbuck was seen leaving the sector, strolling very slowly however with none form of forged or crutch.

Second-year heart Mat Barzal collected another help, having 5 within the sequence and at the least one in every sport. The 21-year-old reigning Calder Trophy winner was the one common to take the ice with the extras on Tuesday morning, however there was a easy reason from Trotz.

“He’s younger,” Trotz stated. “He’s simply anxious.”

Defenseman Scott Mayfield missed follow Monday, however made one of many largest performs of the season when he blocked a shot along with his proper leg with 13:40 remaining in regulation to maintain his crew’s 2-1 lead.

The Penguins held the lead within the sequence for a complete of 4:51 of sport time. Their internet was empty for five:55.

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