Berube turned aside 40 of 43 shots Tuesday, coming away with his first NHL win by a 5-3 score over the Wild. It was only his second career start, with the first having come in early October. While Berube has been outstanding in limited AHL work this year -- 4-1 with a .960 save mark and 1.25 GAA in five games -- the 24-year-old has never put up numbers remotely resembling those at any stage of his career. The fact that he drew this start at all comes as a surprise, as the Isles already have two healthy goalies in Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss -- both of whom have been exceptional this year. Expect to see Berube return to the AHL soon and attempt to keep his momentum going.
Berube will start in net Tuesday night against the visiting Wild, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Berube getting the starting nod comes as a surprise. The Isles have healthy netminders in Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss ahead of Berube on the depth chart and they should be well rested following the seven-day layoff due to the All-Star Break. It's possible that the Isles are showcasing Berube with the trade deadline looming, but then again, Berube is one day removed from a conditioning stint in the AHL, so perhaps the Islanders are eager to see how he will hold up after dealing with a recent lower-body ailment.
Berube (lower body) was recalled from his conditioning stint Monday. Berube had maxed out the length of his conditioning assignment, forcing the Islanders to either recall or waive him. The team decided to go with the former, and he will now serve as the third netminder behind Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss. Berube probably won't see consistent playing time between the pipes with the two healthy netminders ahead of him, and he could be the first to go should the team need another skater.
Berube (lower body) has been activated from injured reserve and sent to AHL Bridgeport for a conditioning assignment, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. With Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss both healthy for the NHL squad, Berube will likely stay at AHL Bridgeport once he completes his conditioning assignment. He made his first NHL appearance earlier this season, giving up four goals in a loss to the Blackhawks on Oct. 10.
Berube (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday. Berube likely suffered the injury in Wednesday's game against AHL Albany, as he was replaced in net by Christopher Gibson at the start of the third period of the contest. He'll be eligible to return from injured reserve on Dec. 5, at which point he will likely once again be sent to AHL Bridgeport.
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