Lehner allowed three goals on 11 shots before being replaced by Thomas Greiss in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 4. Lehner was simply not good enough for the Islanders with their season on the line, and he ends the postseason with a 2.00 GAA through eight games. The Islanders supported him with only five goals in four contests against the Hurricanes, which was too thin a margin for the Swedish goalie to work with.
Lehner will start between the pipes in Friday's Game 4 matchup with the Hurricanes in Carolina, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. So far in this series, Lehner is 0-3-0 despite having allowed just six goals while posting an impressive 1.99 GAA and .930 save percentage. The Swede has been solid for the Islanders, but their offense has been stagnant, scoring a meager three goals over the first three games of the series. New York is currently down three games to none to Carolina and in danger of getting swept Friday -- all this not long after the Islanders brought out the brooms themselves in the first round against Pittsburgh.
Lehner stopped 33 of 36 shots during Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinals. Carolina's final two goals were scored into an empty net. Lehner continues to play well for the Isles, but the team's offense has gone ice cold, leaving him no margin for error between the pipes. The netminder will take a 1.69 GAA and .946 save percentage through seven playoff starts into Game 4 on Friday as New York looks to avoid getting swept.
Lehner will guard the cage in Wednesday's Game 3 against the Hurricanes in Carolina, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. Lehner was rock solid in Games 1 and 2, posting an impressive 1.48 GAA and .940 save percentage, but he suffered his first two losses of this postseason due to a complete lack of goal support from his teammates. The Swedish netminder will look to stay dialed in and help his team claw back into the series by stealing a win on the road Wednesday.
Lehner stopped 16 of 18 shots during Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 2. He took a shutout into the third period and appeared to be heading for a win with Petr Mrazek (lower body) in the locker room for Carolina, but Lehner was beaten twice in less than a minute early in the final frame and the Isles never answered back. The netminder has allowed two goals or less in five straight games this postseason, but unless his teammates can give him more support -- starting Game 3 in Carolina on Wednesday -- Lehner's strong play will continue to be wasted.
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