This has been a special year for Islanders goalie Robin Lehner, and not just because he has helped lead the team back to the playoffs with a 25-13-5 record in net this season.
The 27-year-old goalie, who was awarded the William M. Jennings Trophy for fewest goals allowed this season, marked the end of a career-best year for him on Sunday by also celebrating the one-year anniversary of his sobriety.
The Islanders goalie reflected on his journey in a tweet, preceded with the caption, "anything is possible with this group."
"Home ice! What a season. Don't know what to say. The best is a head of us now and it's gonna be a great opportunity for this group," he wrote. "Wanna thank this great team and my family. Especially my wife donya for being by my side the whole way. Also my good friend frank who has been a rock for me. Now 1 year sober going in to the playoffs with this group is something that I could only have dreamed of 1 year ago. One day at the time. Let's do this."
Anything is possible with this group. pic.twitter.com/cyo8gtlFvc- Robin Lehner (@RobinLehner) April 7, 2019
The Islanders signed Lehner as a free agent this summer after spending the last three seasons with the Buffalo Sabres.
Lehner split time with Thomas Greiss in net for the Islanders, and the two led a dramatic transformation for the team, leading the league with the fewest goals allowed -- 191 -- just one year after the team had allowed the most goals in the league with 293.
The Islanders finished second in the Metropolitan Division and clinched home ice for the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where they will begin a best-of-seven series against the Penguins on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Nassau Coliseum.