Poulin, a 20-year-old rookie who was subbing for injured No. 1
netminder Rick DiPietro, appeared to catch his left skate in a rut
in the crease and fell awkwardly early in warmups. He seemed to be
in significant pain as he turned onto his stomach, and gingerly
skated off the ice. He was helped down the tunnel toward the
Islanders dressing room.
Poulin left Nassau Coliseum on crutches and will have an MRI on Wednesday.
Mikko Koskinen, a 6-foot-5 goalie from Finland who was brought
up from Bridgeport of the AHL because of injuries to DiPietro and
Nathan Lawson, got the emergency start and made his NHL debut. He
was the fifth goalie to play for the Islanders this season.
Poulin wasn't listed among the Islanders scratches on the
pregame lineup sheet. During the game, the team announced that Joel
Martin was recalled from Bridgeport. The 28-year-old Martin, who
began the season with Odessa of the Central Hockey League, signed a
two-way contract with the Islanders on Feb. 4 and has played in six
games with Bridgeport. He was dressed and on the bench for the
The game didn't begin well for the 22-year-old Koskinen as Colby Armstrong scored on Toronto's first shot, 1:29 in. Jay Rosehill
made it 2-0 just 5:02 later on the Maple Leafs' second shot. Koskinen ended up with 21 saves as the Isles went on to lose 5-3.
"There wasn't much time to do anything. I didn't even have time to be nervous," Koskinen said. "I can't be happy with the third period. I made a couple of mistakes that cost the win."
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.