Islanders goalie Lawson injured

New York Islanders backup goalie Nathan Lawson was replaced

after injuring his left knee in the first period Friday night

against the Buffalo Sabres.

Lawson hurt himself when he steered toward a goal post while

reaching out to grab a jam-in attempt by Buffalo’s Jochen Hecht.

The play occurred with 3:01 left, and Lawson remained in the game

after a trainer attended to him. He was replaced by Kevin Poulin at

the beginning of the second period.

Lawson, appearing in his sixth career game after Rick DiPietro

stayed in New York with flu-like symptoms, did not return to the

bench and will be re-evaluated Saturday, the Islanders


Poulin also is making his sixth career appearance.