Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/21/11

New York Islanders goaltender Anders Nilsson will make his first NHL career start on Monday when he faces the returning Sidney Crosby and the Atlantic Division rival Pittsburgh Penguins.

Nilsson stopped 14 of 17 shots in relief of Rick DiPietro on Saturday in a 6-0 loss to the Boston Bruins.

The 21-year-old Swede was called up from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on Friday as the Islanders continue to deal with goaltending issues.

Evgeni Nabokov is out indefinitely with a groin injury and Al Montoya is day-to-day as he nurses a hamstring ailment.

Crosby, who was the 2007 NHL MVP, has been sidelined since Jan. 5 due to a concussion.

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