Robin Lehner recorded 35 saves in his first start Monday afternoon with the New York Islanders, who cruised to a 4-0 victory over the visiting San Jose Sharks.
Lehner, who signed with the Islanders in July, recorded his ninth career shutout in his first start since undergoing alcohol rehab and being diagnosed with bipolar disorder following his final season with the Buffalo Sabres.
Anders Lee, Scott Mayfield, Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas all scored for the Islanders, who have opened the season with two wins in three games. New York recorded just two shutouts last season, when it allowed an NHL-high 293 goals.
Martin Jones made 26 saves for the Sharks, who have lost two of three.
The Islanders snapped a scoreless duel with a power-play goal with 5:26 left in the second, when Lee put back the rebound of Josh Bailey’s shot. It was the third straight game in which New York scored a power-play goal and the second consecutive contest in which Lee scored on the man-advantage.
The Sharks opened the third period with six unanswered shots, but the Islanders doubled their lead on their first opportunity, when Mayfield’s shot trickled past a gaggle of players in front of Jones and into the net at the 5:16 mark.
An untimely Sharks turnover led to Martin’s goal with 6:58 remaining. Valtteri Filppula swiped the puck from defenseman Erik Karlsson and passed to a wide-open Martin, who beat Jones from point-blank range. It was Martin’s first goal for the Islanders since Apr. 10, 2016. He spent the previous two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs after playing his first seven years with the Isles.
The Sharks pulled Jones with more than four minutes remaining but could not score on Lehner, who recorded his first shutout since Jan. 25. Cizikas scored a short-handed, empty-net goal with 56 seconds remaining.
—Field Level Media