Islanders G Nabokov hurts groin on 1st shot faced

November 17, 2013
Islanders G Nabokov hurts groin on 1st shot faced
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New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) watches a shot by Columbus' Cam Atkinson go wide during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- 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.