ANAHEIM, Calif. — Thomas Greiss got the call in goal Tuesday night, his first start in three weeks after Jaroslav Halak had made the previous seven starts. And Greiss made the best of it, with 39 saves through overtime, plus many more in a shootout that went 14 rounds in the Islanders’ 3-2 victory over the Ducks.
J-F Berube got the call to back up, with Halak in street clothes and likely to get the call Wednesday night in Los Angeles to face the Kings.
With three games in four nights both this week and next, Greiss figures to get back in the rotation with more regularity.
“We’ve got three goalies, we all know, everybody’s talked about it,” Jack Capuano said. “There’s no question Greisser’s going to get in there and play.”
Alan Quine got back in the lineup, taking Shane Prince’s spot and bumping Anthony Beauvillier back to the wing — though Beauvillier moved up to play with John Tavares on the top line.
Ryan Pulock (broken foot) made the trip with the team though he is still not ready to return, still working on his conditioning after a month-long absence.
Dennis Seidenberg (broken jaw) did not join the Isles in California so he’s unlikely to be ready to return until well into next week.
Strome feels for younger brother
Ryan Strome knows what younger brother Dylan is feeling after Dylan was returned to his junior team by the Coyotes on Sunday. Ryan Strome stuck with the Isles as an 18-year-old in 2011, just a few months after he was drafted, but didn’t play a game before being sent back to the Ontario League.
Dylan played seven games for Arizona but was a healthy scratch for 10 before the Coyotes sent him to Erie of the OHL.
“Coming into next year, he knows what it takes, what the guys are like, what the travel’s like,” Ryan Strome said. “He was in the NHL for two months and it makes you hungrier to get back there, seeing how fun it is. It’s a big eye opener. But when you’re not even playing half the games, it’s tough.
“It’s the same with Barzy [Mathew Barzal] here, you’re a scorer and you need to play to have that confidence. Can’t wait to see those two lead Canada in the World Juniors next month.”