Fiery Lehner won’t apologize for being fiery
Robin Lehner’s trademark intensity was on display -- again -- two nights ago, when he responded quite angrily to getting hooked in a 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
He smashed his goalie mask, and stared daggers at head coach Dan Bylsma. Given the game was in Toronto, there were more than a few media outlets that made note of the outburst -- and quickly, the incident went viral.
On Thursday, Lehner addressed the situation. He took responsibility for the outburst -- “I’m not helping the team by showing my emotions and I’ve got to learn from it” -- but also said he wasn’t going to change who he is.
“It’s hypocritical to apologize for who you are,” Lehner said, per the Buffalo News. “I’m a competitive guy who doesn’t want to get out of the net. I don’t want to leave the net.
“I want to sink with the ship or be able to stand in there and come back.”
Essentially, it’s part of the package. If you like Lehner and want him as your goalie, you’re going to accept such intensity -- even if it boils over from time to time. That’s what Bylsma said in the aftermath, anyway.
“He should be upset with getting pulled,” Bylsma said on Tuesday, per the News. “That’s part of Robin’s game, that emotion. I have no problem with that.”