Despite all the other storylines that emerged -- top-seeded San Jose falling behind 2-1, Dan Boyle 's own goal and the unbelievable effort of Colorado's Craig Anderson in the first four games -- Nabokov's solid play is likely to be forgotten in years to come.
"Nabby had a great series," Boyle said. "He was off one night, maybe one period, but we played well that night for him, and he saved us."
Even with a night in which he allowed five goals, Nabokov finished this series with a 1.76 goals-against average, good for second best among playoff goaltenders. Remove that Game 2 -- a game in which he won, 6-5 -- from his stats, and Nabokov's goals-against average drops to 1.16.
After Game 2, Nabokov was close to flawless. He held the Avalanche to a goal or less in three of the next four games. He may have finished with two shutouts in the series had it not been for Boyle's own goal in Game 3.
"He got stronger as the series went on, which was good for the team," Joe Pavelski said. "When he struggled a bit, we were able to find some goals. We had his back, and he had our back throughout the series."
It remains to be seen whether Nabokov and the Sharks can keep up that agreement.