Evgeni Nabokov relieves Kevin Poulin, could start Stadium game

Loui Eriksson of the Boston Bruins celebrates his Loui Eriksson of the Boston Bruins celebrates his first period goal against Kevin Poulin of the Islanders. (Jan. 27, 2014) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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Evgeni Nabokov came off the injured reserve list on Monday, but it was not so he could start against the Bruins. He did get some work, relieving Kevin Poulin with 11:48 left and the Islanders down 6-3. Nabokov had one save.

The fact that he played might make the decision to start Nabokov on Wednesday in the single-digit temperature at Yankee Stadium a bit easier. Before Monday night's game, Nabokov said he had no qualms about the Stadium game being his first start since his Jan. 6 quadriceps injury.

"I'm Russian, you know," Nabokov joked. "But really, it's the coach's call. I'm ready to play, that's the bottom line. I'm 100 percent."

Jack Capuano said before the game he wouldn't hesitate to put Nabokov in net for the Stadium Series.

"If he's ready to go," the coach said, "we'll play him."

Anders Nilsson was sent to Bridgeport to make room for Nabokov. Matt Donovan also went to the AHL with Lubomir Visnovsky making his return.

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Hamonic has contactTravis Hamonic (concussion) took his first full skate with his teammates on Monday, getting to bump and be bumped during the team's morning skate. If he gets through practice at the Stadium on Tuesday, he could return for the outdoor game.

 

Isles filesThe Islanders will practice at Yankee Stadium late Tuesday afternoon . . . NHL VP of hockey operations Colin Campbell was at the Coliseum Monday night. He noted that reviews by Campbell's situation room in Toronto, such as Saturday's on Thomas Vanek's overturned game-winner, do not have to have irrefutable evidence to reverse a call, a standard that differs from the NFL's system.

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