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Lehner's Inspirational Season Continues With Vezina Nomination

Lehner thanks Isles for organizational support, looks to help end mental health stigma with Vezina nomination

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

Add another chapter to Robin Lehner's inspirational 2018-19 season. 

Lehner was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy on Saturday, a height that even the Islanders goalie said seemed far off during a tumultuous 2017-18 season in Buffalo. 

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Lehner Named Finalist For Vezina Trophy

Islanders goaltender posted a 25-13-5 record with a 2.13 GAA, .930 SV% and six shutouts this season

by New York Islanders PR NYIslanders / NewYorkIslanders.com

The National Hockey League announced that Robin Lehner is a finalist for the 2019 Vezina Trophy, given annually to the National Hockey League's best goaltender. The winner is selected by the 31 General Managers of the NHL. 

Lehner is one of three finalists for the award, alongside Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ben Bishop of the Dallas Stars. The winner will be announced at the 2019 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone at the Mandalay Bay Events Center sports and entertainment complex in Las Vegas on June 19, 2019.

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Islanders Prospect Report: Sorokin Wins KHL Title, Playoff MVP

Ilya Sorokin wins Gagarin Cup and KHL playoff MVP

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

Ilya Sorokin won the Gagarin Cup - the KHL championship - on Friday, as CSKA Moscow swept Avangard four games to none. Sorokin was also named the KHL playoff MVP in the process. 

Sorokin had a marvelous playoffs, going 16-4-0 with a 1.20 GAA, a .956 SV% and five shutouts for CSKA. The Islanders' 2014 third-round pick (78th overall) recorded a pair of shutouts in the Gagarin Cup Final, the first goalie in KHL history to do so. 

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Maven's Memories: Isles Beat Buffalo to Advance to 1980 Final

Stan Fischler looks back at how the Islanders beat the Buffalo Sabres to advance to their first Stanley Cup Final

by Stan Fischler StanFischler / NewYorkIslanders.com

In 1980, the Islanders trail to the Stanley Cup went through Buffalo.

Leading the Sabres two games to none in the semi-final round, coach Al Arbour's skaters sat just two wins away from entering the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.

Two springs ago, in 1978, the trail went through Toronto and the Maple Leafs proved an effective roadblock. In 1979, it was the Rangers who threw up the wall.

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Isles Taking Advantage of Rest Between Rounds

The Islanders are using their long stretch between playoff rounds to rest, recover and practice

by Sasha Kandrach KandrachSasha / NewYorkIslanders.com

The Islanders have earned themselves a rather rare position after cleanly sweeping the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs - they will wind up having a week off until the next puck is dropped for the second round. 

Rest in the playoffs is a luxury and the Isles are ensuring they take advantage of the time to prepare, get healthy and remain sharp.

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Isles Expecting Loud Crowds in Second Round at Barclays Center

The Isles are expecting rowdy playoff atmosphere to continue in second round games at Barclays Center

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

Matt Martin still remembers how loud Barclays Center was when the Islanders beat the Florida Panthers and advanced to the second round of the 2016 playoffs. 

That's precisely why he's not concerned about the Islanders returning to Brooklyn for the second round of the playoffs this year after playing the first round at NYCB Live. As far as he's concerned, as long as Islanders fans fill the building, it'll be rowdy atmosphere.  

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Isles Day to Day: Lehner Calls Masterton Nomination An 'Honor'

Robin Lehner said award nomination a team effort: "It wouldn't be possible without all of the pieces around me"

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

Robin Lehner was named as one of the three finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Friday morning, given annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. 

Lehner certainly embodies that, posting a career-year after disclosing his previous struggles with addiction and mental health issues in a story in The Athletic. Lehner went to rehab over the offseason - where he was also diagnosed as bi-polar - and is now one-year sober. The Isles goalie set personal bests in wins (25) and shutouts (6), while finishing second in the NHL with .930 SV% and third with a 2.13 GAA. 

Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno and San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton are the other two finalists.

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Isles Day to Day: Boychuk Out 3-4 Weeks

Johnny Boychuk will miss three-to-four weeks with a lower-body injury

by Sasha Kandrach KandrachSasha / NewYorkIslanders.com

Johnny Boychuk will be out three-to-four weeks with a lower-body injury, Islanders President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello announced on Friday morning. Boychuk sustained the injury after blocking a shot in the second period of Game 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night. 

Boychuk played in 74 games during the regular season and recorded 19 points (3G, 16A). Boychuk played in all four games of the Islanders first-round series against the Penguins alongside defensive partner Nick Leddy. Boychuk had one assist and was plus-one. 

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Lehner Named Finalist For Masterton Trophy

Award given to player who exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.

by New York Islanders PR NYIslanders / New York Islanders

The National Hockey League announced that Robin Lehner is a finalist for the 2019 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, given annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. The winner is selected from a poll among members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

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Audio: Trotz On ESPN 98.7FM

Islanders Head Coach Barry Trotz called into the Humpty and Canty Show to talk about the Isles sweep of the Penguins

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Listen to Trotz

New York Islanders Head Coach Barry Trotz called into the Humpty and Canty Show on Thursday to talk about the Isles sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the First Round of the playoffs and more. Topics include:

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