VIDEO: Evgeni Nabokov leaves game with injury after allowing goal
Evgeni Nabokov injured his groin while trying to make a save on the first shot he faced against the Red Wings Saturday.
The Detroit Red Wings didn’t get their first shot on goal until the 15:48 mark of the first period. It came off the stick of Darren Helm and beat Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov with relative ease, tying the score 1-1 at that point in the game.
There was more bad news for Nabokov beyond allowing a goal on the first shot he faced, however. After attempting to make the save, Nabokov looked to be in some serious discomfort, beckoning the Islanders' athletic trainer from the team’s bench. He received some attention on the ice, then was taken to the dressing room.
Nabokov will not return to the game according to the Islanders, who say the Russian netminder suffered a groin injury on the play. He was replaced by Kevin Poulin, who started the three previous games for New York.
The 38-year-old Nabokov hasn’t been great this year with an .894 save percentage and 3.24 goals-against average in 13 appearances so far, but losing a goaltender to an injury is difficult for any team as it can really cause headaches throughout the organization.
If this is serious, the Islanders could potentially ride Poulin who has arguably been more effective than Nabokov overall. However, Nabokov's injury may also increase the need to go outside of the organization for goaltending help.
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