Robin Lehner re-claimed the thrown Tuesday night with a 32 save 1-0 shutout win against the Bruins.
On Sunday, Lehner impressed with a 28 save 5-2 win over the Islanders. However, the next day saw Bryan Murray flip a 2nd round pick to St. Louis for Ben Bishop and then promptly come to terms with Bishop on a 1 year, 1 way deal.
The trade for Bishop yesterday left a lot of people wondering what would be in store for Robin Lehner. The properly cocky Lehner isn’t about to fade away quietly.
The Bruins have had their way with the Senators this year, winning all four games before tonight AND scoring at least four goals in each victory.
In the potential playoff preview Lehner put up one of the best Senaotrs goaltending performances in years stopping all 32 saves and generally looking like a rock in goal. Given Bishop’s one way contract next year, these are the types of games Lehner’s going to have to play to play if he has any chance of starting the season in Ottawa.
That said, a couple more games and Craig Anderson’s going to start watching his back. Lehner didn’t look like a back up goalie tonight.
Lost in the Lensanity shuffle was that, ridiculously, Ottawa’s lone goal scorer was none other than Erik Karlsson, his 15th goal and 66th point of the season.
With the win the Senators jumped in 5th place in the East, admittedly the teams around them have 3 to 4 games in hand. Laughably, the Leafs lost again, thus widening Ottawa’s lead on to 11 points.
Sens are off until this Friday March 2nd when they play the Blackhawks at home, 7pm.
Note: Ben Bishop actually had a good night himself, making 41 saves in a 5-1 Binghamton win.