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Islanders News: Lehner’s afternoon Shark steak

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On Lehner’s 35 saves, the team effort over the Sharks, and league-wide injuries

San Jose Sharks v New York Islanders
Take a bow, First Star.
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The headline was for Robin Lehner, who stopped 16 shots in the third period to finish a 35-save shutout, but it was a team-wide performance Monday afternoon to pull the Isles to 2-1 on the young season.

Absolutely, it’s very early (three games...just three games) and there are holes in this team, several anticipated. So we’ll enjoy it, and the Trotz Effect while we can.

Islanders Reading

  • “Talk about a team win.” (Trotz) “They were heavy. They were hard. They played a good hockey game. (De Boer) [LHH | Isles | NHL | Post | Fear The Fin]
  • From before the game: Why his first start such a big deal for Lehner, and some more on how he’s changing his approach under Islanders goaltending coaching. [Newsday]
  • Given what he’s been through, teammates were of course thrilled for Lehner. [NHL] Trotz, too. [MSG]
  • This was the Isles’ first shutout of San Jose since Garth Snow did it in 2003. [NYI Skinny]
  • Mark Herrmann column: Whatever their roster, Barry Trotz is sure to make the Isles better. [Newsday]
  • Forget thee not the penalty kill, which had another unblemished day. [Newsday]
  • {sings Octonauts tune} “Prospect report, PROSPECT REPORT! Bode Wilde is starting very strong (check, check, check), he likes to jump up in the play...” [Isles]

Probably a good thing, really:

Elsewhere

Last night’s NHL scores include a Patrice Bergeron hat trick and a Sabres defeat of the Golden Knights.

  • How is Peter DeBoer deploying his embarrassment of riches in San Jose? (Before yesterday, at least). [TSN]
  • Some good NHL player (and spouse) social media follows. [CBC]
  • Yesterday was what many in the U.S. now refer to as Indigenous People’s Day. Jordin Tootoo, an Inuit from Nunavut, Canada, looks forward to sharing his story as part of the Hockey is for Everyone initiative. [NHL]
  • Jim Bennett has been blind since he was three. He’s 79 now, and he followed the Oilers all the way to Sweden to hear the game live and meet more people in this big, crazy world. [NHL]

It’s Good to Be Healthy

  • Metro Injury news: Brandon Dubinsky is out 4-6 weeks (abdominal), and James van Riemsdyk is out 5-6 weeks (knee).
  • Also, Roberto Luongo is out 2-4 weeks with an MCL strain. Getting old sucks. [NHL]
  • And Jonathan Quick is on IR for an unknown period. [NHL]
  • Joe Thornton’s knee issue is just an infection though. (That was one of Rick DiPietro’s post-surgery issues but we’re not gonna go there.) [Sportsnet]