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Isles fall to Penguins & thoughts on Nabokov | January

The Islanders fell to the Penguins last night 1-0 at the Consol Energy center.  The Islanders were killed again by lack of goal scoring. The lone goal in the game came from Pittsburgh’s Craig Adams midway through the third period.

That was the only goal rookie net minder, Kevin Poulin, would surrender through the whole game. Poulin had one of his best performances stopping 30 of 31 shots he faced from the Crosby-less Penguins.  Poulin, one of the main reasons the Isles only lost by one goal, was also forced to make several acrobatic saves through the course of the game.

So while Kevin Poulin was great for the Islanders, Marc-Andre Fleury was outstanding.  Any scoring opportunity the Islanders got was put to an end by Fleury and the Islanders had several good chances including one from Blake Comeau , who was on the door step. Fleury stopped all 29 shots he faced from the Islanders.

Islanders will play the Hurricanes tonight at the Coliseum. Hope to have a pregame up some time today.

Thoughts on Nabokov Suspension

Garth Snow and the Islanders finally did what needed to be done yesterday, when they finally suspended Evgeni Nabokov. The 35 year old Russian goaltender was claimed off waivers on Saturday, but decided to not report because he felt “why bother”

The Isles GM spent the next four days giving him several chances to report to the Islanders, but blew them off as well forcing Snow to make the decision to suspend him, toll his contract or put him back on waivers. 

Obviously he chose the first of the three options. Snow made the right decision in suspending Nabokov and showing him that when a team (the Islanders) claims you it is your obligation to report and not act like a spoiled three year old who hasn’t gotten their way.  Especially when your agent made a public statement that you would play for any team should you be claimed.

Now the Islanders have another decision ahead. Now that the Islanders organization has suspended Nabokov they now have to decide if they want to “toll” his contract. Tolling his contract essentially means that his contract would be “pushed back” until next year.  Even simpler saying, he’d owe the Islanders an entire year of duty next season.

If I were Evgeni Nabokov id try and make up with the Islanders organization very quickly because at the present time they are the ones that hold the keys to Nabokov’s future and whether or not he play in the NHL.