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Robin Lehner of Islanders named first star of the week by NHL

Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner protects the net against

Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner protects the net against the Blues in the first period of a game at Barclays Center on Jan. 15, 2019. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner and Rangers center Mika Zibanejad were named as the first and second stars in the NHL’s Three Stars of the Week for the week ending Jan. 20. Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane was named the third star.

Lehner, who was in goal in the Islanders’ 3-0 win Sunday over the Ducks, went 3-0-0 in the week, allowing just two goals and stopping 65 of 67 shots he faced for a .970 save percentage and 0.67 goals-against average.

“It’s nice when you get recognized sometimes,” Lehner said after practice at Northwell Health Ice Center on Monday. “But when the team plays good, there’s going to be personal success for people, too. We’re playing a hell of a team game, and it’s rewarding everyone.”

The 27-year-old made 30 saves in a 2-1 overtime win over the Blues on Jan. 15 and 16 saves in a 4-1 win over the Devils on Jan. 17. He is 15-7-3, with three shutouts, a 2.02 GAA and a .930 save percentage this season. He has won 11 of his past 12 games, dating to Dec. 18, posting a 1.30 GAA, a .953 save percentage, and two shutouts in that span.

“I think Robin’s been real solid,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “Obviously, he’s giving up very few goals, making big saves. This week, both our goaltenders were outstanding. So well-earned by Robin and his teammates.”  

Zibanejad, 25, scored the game-winning goal in each of the Rangers’ three games in the week, and had a total of five goals and two assists (seven points) in the games. He became the second Rangers player to have the game-winning goal in three straight games. Zibanejad, the Rangers’ leading scorer with 17 goals and 27 assists this season, had two goals in the Rangers’ 3-2 win over the Bruins on Saturday, one goal in the 4-3 win over the Blackhawks on Jan. 17 and two goals and two assists in a 6-2 win over the Hurricanes on Jan. 15.

Kane, the Blackhawks' top scorer, had a league-high 10 points in three games in the week (four goals, six assists), including a four-point game (two goals, two assists) in an 8-5 loss to the Devils on Jan. 14 and a five-point game (two goals, three assists) in an 8-5 win over the Capitals on Jan. 20.

With Brian Heyman

New York Sports