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New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20), from Russia, watches the shot by Washington Capitals right wing Eric Fehr (16) bounce away, in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20), from Russia, watches the shot by Washington Capitals right wing Eric Fehr (16) bounce away, in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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