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Round 2
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Stanley Cup Final

Penguins vs. Islanders

Islanders have confidence in Nabokov

Saturday, 05.11.2013 / 1:49 PM

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist / Penguins-Islanders series blog

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Evgeni Nabokov's first appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2010 has had its ups and downs. Though he's been pulled by New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano in Games 1 and 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Nabokov will be back in goal for Game 6 on Saturday at Nassau Coliseum (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

Capuano left no doubts that Nabokov remains his man, even though he has a 4.69 goals-against average and .847 save percentage.

"He's gotten us here. He's played a lot of hockey for us down the stretch," Capuano said of Nabokov, who was 23-11-7 in the regular season, with a 2.50 GAA and .910 save percentage. "He's a veteran guy with experience. I think if you look at the last two months, I thought defensively we were pretty good, pretty solid, and he was a big reason why."

Center John Tavares said Nabokov's teammates still have faith in him.

"He's played fantastic for us all year," Tavares said. "He's been big for us in the series at key times, made some big saves and held the fort when we needed him to. We haven't been very good in front of him at times in our own end and on special teams, as well. We know he'll be ready [for Game 6]."

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game