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Video: Nabokov hurt making save vs. Dallas, Poulin in for Isles (Updated)

Jan 6, 2014, 7:46 PM EDT

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The Islanders’ nightmarish goaltending season continues.

Halfway through the opening period of Monday’s game against Dallas, Evgeni Nabokov was hurt making a save and left the contest, forcing backup Kevin Poulin into action — and Poulin allowed a goal on his first shot faced, a snapper by Stars forward Erik Cole.

Dallas led 2-0 at the end of the first period.

Should Nabokov be lost for any length of time, it’ll be a major blow for the Isles. The veteran Russian netminder has struggled with health and consistency this season but was in the midst of his best stretch of the year — over his last five starts, Nabokov had a 23-save shutout over Detroit, stopped 23 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Devils, made 35 saves in a 5-3 win over Boston, stopped 37 of 39 shots in a 3-2 OT win over Chicago, then stopped 27 of 30 in a 3-2 loss to the ‘Canes.

It’s unclear what Nabokov hurt against the Stars, though early speculation suggests it’s a groin injury. If so, it wouldn’t come as a major surprise — Nabokov was placed on IR with a groin issue earlier this season, missing 11 games.

UPDATE: Here’s video of the incident…

UPDATE: According to NHL.com reporter Dan Rosen, Islanders head coach Jack Capuano wasn’t sure Nabokov would be traveling with the team to Toronto tonight.

  1. elvispocomo - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    I mean, at some point they’re going to have to get a goalie – aren’t they?

    • joey4id - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Nucks may release Rob Laurie very soon. Would that work?

    • lowenni - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      Caps will give you Neuvirth and a 3rd round pick for Nielsen

      • c9castine - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:00 PM

        i would take that in a heartbeat. and i also think its realistic. caps need a proper no. 2 center that plays both ways and obviously they aren into neuvirth much.

        if I’m Leonsis i say drop it to a 5th rounder, and you have a deal.

  2. arrooo - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    They should’ve got one in the off season. They don’t get it

  3. c9castine - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    nabokov gives them the best chance to win out of the group they have, but like you guys say come on now, gotta get a real goalie. theres tons all over the league right now. solid NHL goalies are ripe for the picking right now. got 3rd stringers coming in an posting 8 straight wins and 3 shutouts. eddie lack cam talbot ben scrivens martin jones frederik anderson and viktor fasth….and on and on…

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