After making a sprawling save on Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn midway through the first period on Monday night, Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov had to leave the game with some sort of lower body injury.
It was clear immediately that Nabokov was not right after the save.
At that point, the Islanders were already trailing, 1-0.
In 23 games this season, the 38-year-old Nabokov has a 9-8-5 record to go with a .905 save percentage. Goaltending was already a problem area for the Islanders this season and another injury to Nabokov, even with as much as he's struggled at times this season, wouldn't exactly do much to fix that problem. Poulin and Anders Nilsson performed even worse than Nabokov during his previous absence, when he missed a month due to a groin injury.
Fortunately for the Islanders on this night the offense, led by a five-point night (three goals, two assist) from John Tavares, was able to step up in what turned out to be a 7-3 win.