Nabokov started in goal for Russia at the 2006 Olympics and will be making his second Olympic appearance. In 2006, he helped lead Russia to a fourth-place finish, recording three shutouts and a 1.34 GAA in seven games. He finished second in the tournament among all goaltenders with a .940 save percentage.
At the 2008 World Championship, Nabokov led the tournament with a 1.78 goals-against average, recorded two shutouts in five games and was named the tournament’s Best Goalkeeper en route to a gold medal. He was also named Team Russia’s top player, he stopped 25 shots in the thrilling 5-4 overtime gold medal game.
Nabokov, a Russian citizen, was granted an exception by the IIHF to play for Russia after initially playing for Kazakhstan at the 1994 World Championships (C Pool).
This team has been a real treat to say you've been the head coach of them. I'm extremely proud of this group ... after the disappointment of (the Game 6 loss) is digested, it's always a lot easier as a coach when your team has emptied its tank, and that team emptied its tank for me for three months.
— Senators coach Dave Cameron after getting eliminated in the first round by the Canadiens