SAN JOSE, Calif. – The speculation surrounding Robin Lehner’s health turned out to be much ado about nothing.
The goalie started his second straight game and for the fourth time in five games as the Islanders concluded a four-game road trip against the Sharks at SAP Center on Saturday night. Lehner was excellent in making 28 saves over 52:42 in Thursday’s 7-2 win at Los Angeles but exited late in the third period after being hit with a high shot.
The Islanders offered no update after the game or on Friday.
“It was just precautionary,” said Lehner, adding he did not have to go through concussion protocol. “I took a shot to the head. Better safe than sorry. There was no issue.”
Lehner, 27, on a one-year, $1.5-million deal after spending the past three seasons with the Sabres, made his Islanders’ debut with 35 saves in a 4-0 win over the Sharks at Barclays Center on Oct. 8.
Struggling Anthony Beauvillier, 21, was out of the lineup for the first time this season but coach Barry Trotz said it was because the left wing was dealing with an illness, not because he has produced no points in six games. Beauvillier did not participate in the team’s morning skate but did go on ice later to work with the extras.
Tom Kuhnhackl, 26, went into the lineup for the second time this season after being a healthy scratch the past three games. He had made his Islanders’ debut with 11:42 of ice time in the Islanders’ win over the Sharks in Brooklyn.
“That’s part of the game and if you get so many healthy forwards, it’s healthy competition for us,” said the ex-Penguin, who signed a one-year, $700,000 deal with the Islanders. “I just have got to make sure I prove myself every chance I get to play.”
Defenseman Luca Sbisa and left wing Ross Johnston remained healthy scratches…The Islanders are off on Sunday as they return to New York. They next host the Panthers on Wednesday.
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