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Monday, January 9, 2012
Poulin named AHL Player of the Week

By Katie Strang

Islanders goaltending prospect Kevin Poulin has been named the American Hockey League's Player of the Week.

Poulin was 4-0-0 with three straight shutouts during the seven-day period that ended January 8, 2012. He stopped 98 of 100 shots during that span to post a remarkable 0.48 goals against average and .980 save percentage.

The 21-year-old lost six of his seven previous starts heading into the banner week. He has since improved to 11-12-0 in 23 games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season.

Poulin, whose shutout streak ended at 221 minutes, 54 seconds, came within 27:57 minutes of matching the AHL's all-time record set by Johnny Bower with the Cleveland Barons in 1957.

Although Poulin is regarded as the organization's top player in the goaltending pipeline, he has made only one start for the Islanders this season. Fellow Sound Tigers netminder Anders Nilsson has made two starts with the big club, which has rotated among an injury-ravaged squad of Evgeni Nabokov, Rick DiPietro and Al Montoya.