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Nabokov Wins 3 Stars of the Game Award

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks announced today that goaltender Evgeni Nabokov is the winner of the 2009-10 PlayStation® Three Stars of the Game award. Nabokov will be honored with an award from PlayStation, in a presentation that will follow tonight’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes at HP Pavilion at San Jose. On behalf of the winner, Sony Computer Entertainment America will present a check for $2,500 to the Sharks Foundation and Nabokov will receive a PlayStation®3 (PS3™) system with a VIP pack of games.

Entering play tonight, Nabokov is tied for the NHL lead in wins (43), 10th in goals-against average (2.44) and seventh in the league in save percentage (.921), along with three shutouts this season.

"We've been partnering with the Sharks for more than ten years and we're thrilled by the opportunity to support local youth and other local community activities through the Sharks Foundation," said Ginger Kraus, Senior Director of Promotions for Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC. “We're always looking for creative ways to interact directly with our consumers and to extend the PlayStation experience, and we couldn't be more pleased with the great relationship we've built with the Sharks' team and community."

This season, Nabokov became just the second goaltender in NHL history to record three consecutive 40-win seasons (Martin Brodeur). On March 25, 2010 at Dallas, Nabokov recorded his 50th career shutout, moving him into a tie for third all-time on the active goaltenders list. “Nabby” recorded his 250th career win on Oct. 3, 2009 and played in his 500th NHL game on Oct. 17, 2009. His 292 wins place him 27th on the NHL’s all-time wins list and his 562 games in net are 45th all-time.

No NHL goaltender has more wins (130) or a higher winning percentage (.622) over the last three seasons than Nabokov.

Nabokov was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week ending Nov. 1, 2009 when he went 3-0-0 with a 0.97 goals-against average and a .963 save percentage. On Feb. 11, 2010 at Detroit, he set an NHL record with his 11th consecutive road victory. Nabokov also posted a 2-1 record with Russia at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

At the end of each 2009-10 regular season game, players received five points for being chosen first star, three points for second star and one point for third star as listed on the official NHL game sheet distributed by the game’s official scorekeepers. Each star is chosen by members of the media based on the player’s performance each game.

Rank          Player                         First     Second     Third     Total                   Points
1                 Evgeni Nabokov       15         4                 3            22                       90
2                 Patrick Marleau         8          10               5             23                       75
3                 Joe Thornton             6           4                 8            18                       50
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