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Islanders recall Christopher Gibson with Robin Lehner's status unclear

The goaltender suffered an apparent head injury in Tuesday night's win over the Senators; Thomas Greiss expected to start against Ottawa on Thursday night

Islanders goaltender Christopher Gibson makes a glove save

Islanders goaltender Christopher Gibson makes a glove save against the Penguins in the first period of a game at Barclays Center on March 20, 2018. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

OTTAWA, Ontario — The Islanders recalled goalie Christopher Gibson from Bridgeport  on an emergency basis on Wednesday in what is probably not a good sign for Robin Lehner’s status, at least in the short term.

The Islanders conclude a home-and-home series with the Senators on Thursday night at Canadian Tire Centre and Lehner left Tuesday night’s 5-4 shootout win at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum at 15:20 of the third period with what appeared to be a head issue.

Lehner was bowled over by Brady Tkachuk and was flat on his back in distress on Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s ensuing video-reviewed tying goal. Lehner was attended to by the medical staff,  tried to skate off what was bothering him, but ultimately had to leave the game.

The Islanders did not have an update on Lehner on Wednesday.

Gibson, 26, is 3-4-3 with a 3.56 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage in 13 career NHL games with the Islanders. He is 18-9-1 with a 3.00 GAA and .857 save percentage for Bridgeport this season.

Thomas Greiss, who made two saves in relief of Lehner then stopped both of the Senators’ shootout attempts to seal the win, is expected to start on Thursday night.

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