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Sharks activate Nabokov, put Thornton on IR

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks activated goaltender
Evgeni Nabokov from injured reserve Tuesday, creating a logjam of
three talented goalies on their roster.

The Sharks also put left wing Scott Thornton on injured reserve.
He has missed San Jose's last three games with a groin injury.

Nabokov, the Sharks' starter since 2000, injured his shoulder in
a collision with teammate Christian Ehrhoff on Oct. 21, missing the
next seven games. Backup Vesa Toskala then injured his groin in a
game against Dallas on Oct. 26, returning just last weekend.

In their absence, rookie Nolan Schaefer made his NHL debut and
set a franchise record by winning his first five starts while
posting a 143:21 scoreless streak. He is 5-1-0 with one shutout, a
1.94 goals-against average and a 91.6 save percentage.

Nabokov is 3-2-1 with a 3.52 GAA and an 86.6 save percentage.