Nabokov named NHL's 3rd star of week

Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has been named the NHL's 3rd star of the week, the team announced.

Nabokov, claimed off waivers by the Islanders last season, has recorded four straight wins for the Islanders, including one shutout against Washington January 17. The 36-year-old Russian has surrendered only two goals in his last three starts.

Although mired at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings for most of the season, the 19-21-6 Islanders -- 6-4-0 over their last ten games -- have clawed themselves into 12th place, nine points removed from the 8th place Capitals.

Riding a three-game winning streak, the team faces a home-and-home set against the Maple Leafs Monday and Tuesday before heading into the All-Star Break.