Thomas Greiss may have been off in relief of J-F Berube on Monday night, but he was eager to redeem himself on Tuesday against the Hurricanes.
"Every time you get lit up or you don't have the best game, you want to get back out there right away," Greiss said of his bounce back performance, which saw the Isles netminder stop 30 of Carolina's 32 shots.
Greiss, who gave up two goals including one on a breakway by Elias Lindholm, held Carolina at bay after they went up by two, as he made a big sprawling save on Derek Ryan and a highlight reel lounging arm save on Lucas Wallmark both midway through the second.
"He kept us in the game," Doug Weight told reporters after the game. "It works like that. Guys are behind them. They really like our goaltenders and we came back and tied the game at the end of the period."
The goaltending work Greiss did in the middle of the second period may have been some of his best of his Islanders career. There was no way I thought he'd make either the Ryan or Wallmark save, and I really couldn't have blamed him if he didn't. Those were two perfect set ups, but Greiss robbed the Canes both times. Then, with Carolina on the ensuing power play after the Wallmark chance, he made another brilliant save on a Lee Stempniak laser from the circle. Just outstanding stuff.
Despite a down game or two here and there, Greiss has been a revelation in net for New York since taking over the job. I know a lot of Islanders fans are already counting down the days to the Ilya Sorokin era, and while I can certainly understand the excitement for a stud goalie prospect, let's heap praise on Greiss for the yeoman's work he's been able to do between the pipes for this team the past two seasons, and hopefully what he'll be able to do in the bulk of his three-year extension.
Greiss helped carry this team against the Panthers last postseason, he was a massive factor in their 100-point 2015-16 campaign, and he may be the reason the Isles have been able to rescue their 2016-17 as well. Tuesday night was just another in a long line of brilliant performances by Greiss. Let's hope he has even more in him over these final 13 games.