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Greiss replaces Lehner for Islanders in Game 4 against Hurricanes

New York trying to avoid sweep after goalie made eighth straight start

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Thomas Greiss replaced goalie Robin Lehner for the New York Islanders in the second period of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Friday.

The Islanders, who trail the best-of-7 series 3-0, had Lehner make his eighth consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff start, but they replaced him with Greiss after falling behind 3-1 at 3:17 of the second.

Lehner, a finalist for the Vezina Trophy in voting for the top goalie in the NHL, made eight saves on 11 shots Friday after making 33 saves on 36 shots in a 5-2 loss at Carolina in Game 3 on Wednesday. He was 4-3 with a 1.69 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage, and had not defeated the Hurricanes in seven combined regular-season and playoff starts.


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Islanders coach Barry Trotz hinted after practice Thursday he was considering lineup changes, including at goalie. Greiss won three of four regular-season games against the Hurricanes (3-1-0) and was 23-14-2 with a 2.28 GAA, a .927 save percentage and five shutouts in 43 games.

"We haven't gotten the results we wanted, so yeah, absolutely 100 percent," Trotz said before Lehner started Game 4.

Lehner accepted the blame after Game 3 when his attempted pass behind his net was intercepted by Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho and resulted in the game-winning goal by Justin Williams at 10:15 of the third period.

"We're always confident we can get the next one," Lehner said. "Unfortunately the last couple of games we haven't gotten it. But coming in 2-2 into the third period, I thought I was playing well. I had a bunch of saves. It comes down to that play. I [messed] up."

Four teams in NHL history have won a best-of-7 series after losing the first three games, including the Islanders, who came back to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1975 NHL Quarterfinals. The Islanders benched Billy Smith after Game 3 and Glenn Resch won the last four games of the series against the Penguins.

The most recent team to accomplish the feat was the Los Angeles Kings against the San Jose Sharks in the 2014 Western Conference First Round.

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