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Evgeni Nabokov's injury not as serious as originally thought

An Islanders trainer watches goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20)

An Islanders trainer watches goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) put his helmet back on after he fell to the ice defending against the Dallas Stars in the first period. (Jan. 6, 2014) Credit: AP

TORONTO - Evgeni Nabokov went on injured reserve immediately after Monday night's game, leading to some dire thoughts about the injury he suffered in the first period of the Islanders' 7-3 win over the Stars.

But the news is apparently not so dire. Nabokov's lower-body injury, believed to be a quad strain, is likely to keep the goaltender out for two weeks, according to a source. Nabokov had previously missed a month with a groin injury, suffered Nov. 16, and there was major concern that Monday's injury could cost him more extended time.

Nabokov had been playing well upon his return from the groin injury, going 4-3-2 while allowing 21 goals in 10 starts.

Kevin Poulin, who got the win in relief of Nabokov on Monday, started Tuesday night's game. Jack Capuano said Poulin and Anders Nilsson, called up Monday, would both get chances to start.

Those two young goaltenders combined to win just once in 12 games while Nabokov was out earlier this season.

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