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1 мая 2013 года.
Nabokov no stranger to playoffs //  AM New York

As interesting as it should be to see how so many young Islanders players perform in their first Stanley Cup playoff games, the true key to the team's first postseason series in six years quite likely is the 37-yearold who has been in so many playoffs that he can't quite place his debut.

"I don't remember past 25 years," Evgeni Nabokov, the goalie, said.

He was kidding. Nabokov is not so venerable as to be having memory lapses. And it has not been 25 years since his first playoff game. Or maybe he meant that his recollection doesn't proceed further back than his 25th birthday. In either case, he has 80 games of NHL playoff experience, and the Islanders see that as one of their finest assets as they enter Game 1 in Pittsburgh tonight.

"With age and experience comes a lot of wisdom. I'm sure he thinks so," teammate Matt Moulson said with a grin. "He's been through a lot, been through probably every different situation. He's very vocal during games and during practices. He leads us not only with his play but also with his words."

Stanley Cup history suggests that if a team is going to have one player with a long background, it should be the goalie. No matter what the disparity in talent levels might be, a hot goalie can be a tremendous equalizer, as much or more than any position in any sport.

Nabokov's experience both steadied and carried the Islanders down the stretch, leading them to their first playoff series since 2007. (newsday) 

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