Stat Line Of The Night — 2/28/12 — Robin Lehner
After goaltender Craig Anderson went down with a lacerated right pinky finger, the Ottawa Senators were quick to pick up third-string goalie Ben Bishop from the St. Louis Blues in order to help them get through the next couple of weeks without their starter between the pipes. Suddenly, it appears as though they may not need the services of either Bishop or Anderson, thanks to two consecutive stellar showings from 20-year-old prospect Robin Lehner.
After struggling when called up during last season (1-4 with a 3.52 GAA), Lehner has made the most of his latest opportunity. Last game he stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced to help lead the Sens to a win over the New York Islanders. Last night he was even better, as he turned away all 32 shots he faced from the Boston Bruins inside the not-so-friendly confines of the TD Gardens. The Sens would need every one of those saves, as they could only manage to put one shot past Bruins’ goalie Tim Thomas, but that was all they needed, as they emerged with the 1-0 victory and now find themselves only one point behind the Bruins for top spot in the Northeast Division, albeit with four more games played.
Last night’s shutout was the first of Lehner’s career. The Sens organization has always had high expectations of him after drafting him in the second round of the 2009 Draft, and it appears as though he may finally be ready to live up to those expectations. For now, he earns “The Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, February 28, 2012.