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Nabokov calls Isles’ win ‘a statement game’

May 3, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

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The eighth seed New York Islanders came into the 2013 playoffs as an underdog, yet they also made a lot of noise late in the season as one of the East’s hottest finishing teams. If the Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t take them seriously before, they should have after the Isles erased a 3-1 deficit to win Game 2 4-3 on Friday.

After some rough times, Evgeni Nabokov kept the Penguins off the scoreboard after they scored their third goal five minutes in* to the second period. The 37-year-old goalie believes this victory provides evidence that the Islanders should be taken seriously.

“It’s huge,” Nabokov said. “For us being in the playoffs & losing the 1st game the way we did, this game was a little bit of a statement game.”

The veteran netminder stopped 30 out of 33 shots.

Head coach Jack Capuano raved about his team’s overall effort.

“You saw a different team than you saw in Game 1,” Capuano said. “Our work ethic, physicality and battle level was there tonight. Everyone contributed.”

* – Technically 4:58.

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 3, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Crosby’s playoff beard is made of clear plastic ahahahahahahahhahahaha FLYLANDERS !

  2. helladonks - May 3, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Here comes the hate train

  3. hockeywithdrawal - May 3, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Great game, Isles

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 3, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      your a dbag with your hollow praise

      • pens5829 - May 3, 2013 at 11:07 PM

        Coming from a Flyer troll. Find a new hobby loser.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 3, 2013 at 11:25 PM


      • fbothharbaughs - May 4, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        Hey eiggles…., shouldn’t you be getting to bed so you can wake up in time to caddy for Ginger & “The Perm” at the local putt-putt?

        Douchebag, indeed…


      • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 4, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        Yeah then we are going to McGuillians Ol Ale House for some Guinness and karaoke ! VIVA LOS 1975 thats what the players did back in 1975 party wit da peps at a local spot called REX’s As soon as the pens season ends which will be soon they get out pitt ASAP !

      • fbothharbaughs - May 4, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        wow… excellent command of the english language

      • hockeywithdrawal - May 5, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        You’re a dbag without hollow praise. Actually you’re a dbag without much of anything.

  4. heyzeus143 - May 3, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Statement game, guess what ya gotta play that perfect again…’fraid not

  5. bcisleman - May 3, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    As I have noted elsewhere, Wednesday night was the first NHL playoff experience for Coach Capuano and most of his players. They deserve a mulligan.

    This should now become the goalie duel I expected at first. And no one should be down on MAF. He kept the Pens in the game. They wouldn’t have had a shot without him.

    • friedberg7 - May 3, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      Fleury should know the bounces off the boards by now. Not his best game but nowhere near as bad as Philly series last year.

    • jpelle82 - May 4, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      i dont think he had a bad game, he saw all the shots coming at him from the front and stopped all of them, he just didnt see the 3 that came from behind the net, and martin scored on him too, not much he could do on that one. you could tell the islanders were doing it on purpose, gotta give them credit for making adjustments. nabakov kept them in it to win it.

      • jpelle82 - May 4, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        paul martin i mean – own goal.

  6. friedberg7 - May 3, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Isles played a good game. Pens took their foot off the pedal. Still calling Pens in 6. Sucks to lose but couldn’t see anyone in the East getting swept.

  7. pens5829 - May 3, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Kudos the the Islanders on their win. Wakeup call for the Pens. Can we now please stop with all the f@&king sympathy penalties?

    • dmfc1112 - May 3, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      what sympathy penalties???

      • pens5829 - May 3, 2013 at 11:12 PM

        You turn the tv off the 3rd period of the first game and miss the first of game 2????

    • jl9830 - May 4, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      Aw. Crybaby just like Sidney and Mario.

      It was great seeing how much a fairly called game threw off the Penguins.

  8. ludacrish05 - May 3, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Looks like the isles watched some of that flyer video from last year for some pointers on getting to Fluerys head

  9. bobhpine - May 3, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    It was a statement game. The Pens will respond and hopefully get Orpik back for Sunday.

    Do you have friends/anything to do eigglesnolife? It is really remarkable how much time you spend typing nonsense about a team that’s not even your own. The empathic side of me really does feel sorry for you. How little must you have going on to be devoting so much time to hating the Pittsburgh Penguins?

    So pathetic man.

  10. northstarnic - May 3, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Nice game islanders! Keep it going.

  11. ironman721 - May 3, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Out played… Period.

  12. handsofsweed - May 3, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Only if the statement is “We’re gonna play really hard and pray to God that Pittsburgh scores multiple own-goals while we escape with a 1-goal win.”

    It worked like a charm tonight and we have no-one to blame but ourselves. You score twice on your own goalie and you deserve what you get, which is tied at 1-1. Kudos to the Isles for taking advantage. They did what they had to do.

  13. deezenucks - May 3, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Eiggles your a joke same as your team, are you laughing at how Giroux swings a 9 iron? If you think the pens are gonna lose in the first your living in fantasy land. Pens in 6.

  14. hockeyflow33 - May 4, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Quick, everyone overreact to one game

  15. President Charles Logan - May 4, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    can you imagine how much this is killing the flyers fans to not be in the playoffs? lol… then again, they are the poster children for playoff failures for the past 38 years , so maybe a break from it now and then does them some good

  16. LampyB - May 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    I’m looking forward to a gritty series. Hopefully the underdogs send ’em home dazed and confused!

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