Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/18/11

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 09: Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the San Jose Sharks walks through the tunnel on his way to the ice for their game against the Detroit Red Wings at HP Pavilion on January 9, 2010 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

New York Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov will be sidelined indefinitely due to a groin injury.

Nabokov was injured in the first period of Thursday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Newsday reported that the 36-year-old Nabokov is expected to be out for three to four weeks.

Nabokov had gone 1-5 with a 2.83 goals-against average with the Islanders this season.

He didn't play in the NHL last season, opting instead to sign with Russia's Kontinental Hockey League before returning in December due to family circumstances.

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