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Nabokov placed on injured reserve after leaving Monday’s game

Jan 6, 2014, 11:18 PM EDT

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The New York Islanders have put goaltender Evgeni Nabokov on injured reserve and recalled Anders Nilsson from Bridgeport, the club announced Monday evening.

Nabokov left Monday’s game against the Dallas Stars after making a save in the opening period. As per the Islanders, he sustained a lower-body injury.

It hasn’t been disclosed whether that injury is a groin ailment, which forced Nabokov onto IR earlier in the season, forcing him to miss 11 games as a result. Before the Islanders made the roster announcement, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reported that the team’s head coach, Jack Capuano, did not know if Nabokov would be traveling with the team to Toronto.

The Islanders, despite goalie Kevin Poulin coming off the bench cold and falling behind Dallas by two goals, fought back for a 7-3 victory, thanks in large to the hat trick of John Tavares, who finished with a five-point night.

  1. canada2014gold - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:52 AM

    I always liked this guy, canuck killer.

  2. tuberippin - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:58 AM

    So now we have no goaltending to speak of. Fantastic.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      What are Poulin and Nilsson, chopped liver? Wait, don’t answer that…

      • tuberippin - Jan 7, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        To be honest, I liked Kevin Poulin a lot when he first came up a couple years ago and did well as a young dude. But he seems to have stagnated since then. I don’t trust Nilsson too much; reminds me a little of Nathan Lawson in terms of his development.

        Poulin makes for, as of this point, a good backup. If we want to get anywhere though, we’re going to need an established goaltender. I like Nabby (despite his initial attempts to not play here) but he’s not going to be able to give us many more years between the pipes.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        I’d agree with all of that and wonder why they haven’t made a more serious move for a goaltender. It’s not like there aren’t teams interested in trading one the last couple years…

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