Detroit Red Wings' Johan Franzen (93) celebrates teammate Darren Helm's goal against New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) as Islanders' John Tavares (91) skates away in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Uniondale, N.Y. Nabokov left the game with an injury after the play. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - New York Islanders' Evgeni Nabokov sustained a groin injury on the first shot he faced Saturday night and left the game just 4:12 in and didn't return.
The 38-year-old Nabokov was playing for the first time in four games and the second in six. He did a split and fell forward as Detroit's Darren Helm scored a breakaway goal to tie it 1-1—nine seconds after New York took the lead.
Nabokov was assisted by a trainer in the crease before getting up on his skates and gingerly skating while hunched over to the tunnel leading to the dressing room.
Nabokov, who came into Saturday with a 5-5-3 record and 3.24 goals-against average, was replaced by Kevin Poulin. Poulin has received the bulk of playing time recently for the Islanders, and appears to be making a claim to be New York's No. 1 goalie.