Evgeni Nabokov is known as a very unorthodox goalie in this day and age. He has a very narrow stance and likes to play the stand-up style like the goalies did way back in the old days.
Nabokov is currently locked in a heated goaltending battle for the starting job on Long Island with Al Montoya and Rick Dipietro that could go any way at the moment.
Nabby is the most accomplished of the three goaltenders by a long shot. He is the greatest goalie in the history of the San Jose Sharks and has quite a great resume thus far at age 36.
At 293 career wins, he is seven short of the 300 mark. A milestone he will most likely achieve during this season.
In this article, we are going to be counting down the top ten accomplishments in Evgeni's career.
So lets begin!
January 19th, 2000
Evgeni Nabokov was given his first start with the San Jose Sharks that night and was up against none other than hall of famer Patrick Roy and the Colorado Avalanche.
In one of the most impressive debuts of any goalie in NHL history. Nabokov stopped all 39 shots he faced for the shutout in a 0-0 tie.
Evgeni`s stellar play in the regular season has led him to be chosen to participate in two NHL All Star Games (2001, 2008).
In his second All Star Game in 2008, Nabokov stopped all eight shots he faced in his period of action, including two highlight-reel stops on Ilya Kovalchuk.
It was the first time since 2002 that a goaltender did not allow a single goal in their period of play in the All Star Game.
On February 11th 2010, Nabokov set an NHL record for the most consecutive road victories when he recorded his 11th straight victory.
The steak began on November 21st, 2009.
March 10th, 2002.
Evgeni Nabokov become the first and only goalie in NHL history to score a power play goal.
This was also the last time a goalie shot and scored on the opposition's net. The two goalies who scored since Nabokov were credited with own goals.
Nabokov is also the only European netminder to ever shoot and score.
The 2006 Olympics in Italy were the first time Evgeni represented Russia internationally and he did his nation proud.
He posted a minuscule 1.34 GAA and a .940 SV% in eight games, making him the second-best goaltender in the tournament.
Nabby also had three shutouts. His biggest one however was in the quarterfinals when he out-dueled Martin Brodeur and team Canada by making 27 saves for the 2-0 shutout win, sending the Canadians home early.
March 27th, 2010.
Evgeni became the second goalie in NHL history to record three consecutive 40-win seasons.
2007-08 (46 Wins)
2008-09 (41 Wins)
2009-10 (44 Wins)
In the 2007-08 season, Nabokov was flat-out robbed of the Vezina Trophy in favor of Martin Brodeur.
Nabby had his best NHL season to date, winning a career-high and league-leading 46 wins, carrying the Sharks to the second seed in the Western Conference.
But because Evgeni is not a household name like Mr. Brodeur, he gets shunned for the award.
In 2000-01, Nabby won the Calder Memorial Trophy for being the NHL's rookie of the year.
Nabokov won 32 games that year for the Sharks and posted a .915 SV%, leading them to the postseason.
Only one other goalie (Raycroft) won the Calder Memorial Trophy that decade.
At the 2008 IIHF World Championships, Nabokov stole the show and played some incredible hockey while leading the Russian contingent to the gold medal.
In the gold medal game, Russia overcame a two goal deficit to defeat team Canada 5-4 in overtime. Evgeni won the tournament's Best Goaltender award for his efforts.
This is Nabby's first and only medal when competing internationally thus far.
When you search up Evgeni Nabokov on Youtube, the first video you get is this glove save.
This wasn't just any glove save, however.
This glove save is arguably the greatest save ever in the history of the sport.
The way Nabby reached and caught the puck in his glove right as it was on the goal line is beyond incredible, and that it happened in a quadruple-overtime Game 6 playoff game is beyond words.
This was playoff magic at it's finest, and only Nabby could pull that off.