Claimed off waivers by the Islanders from the Detroit Red Wings on January 22, 2011. Agreed to a one-year contract extension with the Islanders on Mar. 21, 2012. Agreed to a one-year contract with the Islanders on July 5, 2013.
Selected by the San Jose Sharks in the ninth round, 219th overall, of the 1994 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Signed as a free agent by Magnitogorsk (Russia) on December 2, 2004. Signed as a free agent by St. Petersburg (Russia-KHL) on July 7, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Detroit on January 20, 2011.
Started 41-of-48 Islanders games during his second season with the team, posting a 23-11-7 record with three shutouts, a 2.50 goals against average and .910 save percentage...His 23 wins were one shy of the league lead...Climbed into 18th place on the NHL’s all- time wins list (Finished season with 335)...Led all NHL goaltenders with four points (0g/4a)...Ranked seventh in the league with 1,036 saves...Earned points in five straight starts from Jan. 21-31 (4-0-1)...Earned his first shutout of the season and 53rd of his career on Feb. 23 at Buffalo (35 saves)...Started 10 straight games from Feb. 26 - March 19 (5-3-2) and 25-of-27 from Feb. 26 - Apr. 23 (15-5-5)...Recorded an 18-save shutout on March 14 at Tampa Bay, the 54th of his career...Recorded a 26-save shutout on March 24 vs. Florida, passing Ed Giacomin and Bernie Parent for 19th place on the all-time shutout list with his 55th...Unbeaten in 10-straight starts from Apr. 1-23 (7-0-3).
2011-12: Posted a 19-18-3 record in 42 games during his first season with the Islanders...Led Islanders goalies in games played, wins, shutouts (2), goals-against average (2.55) and save percentage (.914)...Missed 24 games due to injury...Suffered a lower-body injury on Oct. 27 at Pittsburgh and missed three games...Missed 12 games with a groin injury suffered on Nov. 17 vs. Montreal... Started a team season-high 11-consecutive games from Dec. 22 - Jan. 14...Recorded his 300th career win on Jan. 14 vs. Buffalo... Named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for the period ending on Jan. 22 (3-0-0 record, stopped 89-of-91 shots)...Won a team season- high four-straight games from Jan. 14-21...Missed three games with the flu from Feb. 18-24...Appeared in his 600th NHL game on Mar. 11 at NY Rangers...Suffered a lower body injury on Mar. 27 at Pittsburgh and missed the final six games of the season.
2010-11: Appeared in 22 games with St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League, posting an 8-8-5 record with a 3.02 goals against aver- age and a .888 save percentage...Recorded two shutouts...Signed an NHL contract with Detroit on Jan. 20...Claimed off waivers by the Islanders on Jan. 22...Suspended by the Islanders for failing to report.
2009-10: Ranked second in the NHL with 44 wins during his 10th and final season with the San Jose Sharks...Finished second in the league in saves with 1,998, sixth in save percentage with a career-best mark of .922, and 10th in goals-against average at 2.43...Appeared in 71 games, ranking fifth in the league...Became the 38th goaltender in NHL history to reach 250 wins on Oct. 3 at Anaheim.
2008-09: Ranked second in the NHL with 41 wins, tied for fourth with seven shutouts and tied for 12th with a 2.44 GAA...Tied a career high with a 10-game winning streak from Oct. 28-Dec. 4, posting a .920 save percentage and a 2.08 GAA...Played in his 450th game on Dec. 13 vs. St. Louis...Set a Sharks franchise record for individual shutout streak spanning 170:58 from Jan. 20-31...Missed seven games (two - flu, five - lower body injury) Feb. 26 - Mar. 12...Earned his 30th victory on Feb. 19 vs. Los Angeles...Reached 40 wins for the second consecutive season with a 2-1 victory at Edmonton on Apr. 2.
2007-08: Named to the NHL First All-Star Team...Finished second in the voting for the Vezina Trophy (top goaltender) and seventh for the Hart Memorial Trophy (most valuable player)...His 46 wins led the league and were the fourth-most in a single season in NHL history (48 - Martin Brodeur, NJ - 2006-07; 47 - Bernie Parent, PHI - 1973-74; 47 - Roberto Luongo, VAN - 2006-07)... His 77 appearances tied for the league lead and tied for third-most in NHL history...Finished second in the NHL in minutes played (4,560:56), tied for third in shutouts (6) and tied for third in GAA (2.14)...Ranked second in the league in one-goal wins (25)...Named Sharks Player of the Month for October...Named the NHL’s Number Two Star of the Week from Nov. 12-18...Posted a shutout streak of 271:20 against Phoenix, marking the second longest stretch in the NHL since 1989, with only Dominik Hasek’s 281:57 against NY Rangers from Nov. 28, 1997-Nov. 25, 1998 surpassing it...Named NHL’s Third Star for week ending Dec. 30...Named NHL’s Third Star of the Month for December...His 43 consecutive starts to start the season was the NHL’s second-longest streak since 1989-90. Martin Brodeur (44 starts from Jan. 3-April 13, 1996) is the only goalie to have a longer streak...Started 50 consecutive games from March 24, 2007 at Carolina through Jan. 12, 2008 vs. Toronto. In that time, had a record of 30-12-7, a .916 save percentage, a 2.08 GAA and five shutouts...Recorded his 40th career shutout at Edmonton on Jan. 29, making 13 saves...Named a Western Conference All-Star. Became the first All-Star goaltender to not allow a goal in a period since Nikolai Khabibulin in 2002. Also did not allow a goal in the Skills Competition...Earned his 200th win in his 418th game on Mar. 7 at Chicago (200-149-29)...Tied his single-season high with his 67th appearance (2001-02) on Mar. 11 at Nashville, reaching the 40-win plateau for the first time with a 2-1 victory.
2006-07: Tied for second in the NHL in shutouts (7), tied for sixth in GAA (2.29) and ranked 12th in save percentage (.914) during his sixth full season with San Jose...Posted a 25-16-4 record in 50 appearances...Named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for Mar. 5-11...Set a franchise record for individual shutout streak (166:07) Mar. 2 at Dallas through Mar. 9 vs. Vancouver.
2005-06: Went 16-19-7 in 45 games during his fourth full year with San Jose...Signed a four-year contract extension on Feb. 7.
2004-05: Played part of the season with Metallurg Magnitogorsk (Russia), posting a 2.00 GAA and three shutouts in 14 games.
2003-04: Posted his third 30-win season (31-19-8) and established a career high with nine shutouts (T-3rd in the NHL)...In 59 appearances, recorded a 2.20 GAA and a .921 save percentage...Named NHL Defensive Player of the Month for February.
2002-03: Went 19-28-8 in his third full season with San Jose...Became franchise’s all-time leader in minutes played (10,287) and goaltender games played (184), passing Artus Irbe in each category, in a 6-2 win Feb. 5 vs. Carolina...Ranked fourth among all NHL goaltenders in wins (33) during the 2002 calendar year.
2001-02: Tied for second in the NHL in shutouts (7) and third in wins (37)...Finished fourth in Vezina Trophy voting...Played in 100th NHL game Dec. 6 at Calgary...Became San Jose’s all-time shutout leader with 11 (38 saves) on Dec. 14 at Colorado, also the site of his first career shutout (Jan. 19, 2000)...Posted a seven-game win streak from Jan. 30-Feb. 28...Named NHL Player of the Month for February...Became seventh goaltender in NHL history to score a goal and first netminder to score a power-play goal on Mar. 10 at Vancouver.
2000-01: Captured the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie, garnering a total of 565 points and 50-of- 62 first place votes...Finished fourth overall in voting for the Vezina Trophy...Selected to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team...Named The Sporting News NHL Rookie of the Year in a vote among NHL players... Led NHL in road GAA (1.94, only netminder to have sub-2.00 road GAA)...Named PlayStation “Rookie of the Year”...Had a 32-21-7 record with a 2.19 GAA and a .915 save percentage in 66 games... Posted four consecutive road victories (Oct. 20-25)...Posted 11-game unbeaten streak (9-0-2-0) from Oct. 20-Nov. 14...Named NHL Rookie of the Month for November...Posted 20th win in 28th game, becoming the second-fastest rookie goaltender since 1990-91 to reach the 20-win mark (P. Lalime, 27 games, 1996-97...Named NHL Rookie of the Month for December (second consecutive month) after posting a 7-2-2 record, 2.11 GAA, .924 save percentage and two shutouts. Became the first rookie since Pittsburgh’s Patrick Lalime (Dec. and Jan. 1996-97) to win the award in consecutive months...Named NHL Player of the Week for Jan. 22-28...Selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game and stopped 11-of-16 shots in 20 minutes of action for the World Team All-Stars.
1999-00: Made his NHL debut on Jan. 1 at Nashville, stopping all four shots faced in relief...Picked up his first NHL victory on Mar. 2 vs. Nashville, facing two shots in 35-plus minutes of relief...Shutout Colorado for a 0-0 tie in his first NHL start, stopping 39 shots on Jan. 19...Spent most of the season with the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League, going 12-4-3 in 20 appearances... Also appeared in two AHL games with Kentucky, going 1-1-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average.
1998-99: Tied Kentucky’s franchise record for wins in a season with 26 during his second professional season in North America...Ranked second in AHL in shutouts, tied for second in wins and finished eighth in GAA (2.62)...Named the Itech AHL Goaltender of the Month for November...Posted his first career shutout on Nov. 8 at Cincinnati.
1997-98: Played his first season in North America with Kentucky of the AHL...Earned his first professional victory on Oct. 4 at Cincinnati, stopping 23-of-29 shots.
1996-97: Signed first North American contract in summer of 1997.
2013: Made his 10th Stanley Cup Playoff appearance and his first with the Islanders, going 2-4 during the Islanders’ Eastern Quarterfinals against Pittsburgh.
2010: Made his ninth playoff appearance with San Jose, going 8-7 with a 2.56 GAA and a .907 save percentage in 15 games...Defeated Colorado and Detroit in the first and second rounds, respectively, before being swept by the eventual champion Chicago Blackhawks.
2009: Appeared in six first-round games against Anaheim, going 2-4 with a 2.82 GAA.
2008: Posted a 2.18 GAA in 13 playoff games, advancing past Calgary in the first round before falling to Dallas in six games...Appeared in his 50th postseason game in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Calgary on April 15...Recorded his sixth postseason shutout in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Calgary on Apr. 10.
2007: Posted a 2.23 GAA with a .923 save percentage in 11 games as the Sharks advanced past Nashville in the opening round before falling to Detroit...Posted his fifth postseason shutout in 2-0 victory on Apr. 26 at Detroit in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals, stopping 34 shots.
2006: Made his lone postseason appearance in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Edmonton on May 12 in relief of Vesa Toskala.
2004: Tied for second in the NHL in GAA (1.71), fourth in wins (10) and third in save percentage (.935) in 17 games as the Sharks advanced to the Western Conference Finals.
2002: Posted a 2.61 GAA with a .904 save percentage in 12 games as the Sharks advanced to the second round...Picked up his second career post-season assist on May 1 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Colorado...Clinched his first career playoff series win in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 26 vs. Phoenix.
2001: Made first playoff start in game one of Western Conference Quarterfinals at St. Louis on Apr. 12...Posted his first playoff win and shutout (28 saves) in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at St. Louis on April 14, becoming one of seven goalies since 1943-44 to record a shutout in his first playoff win...Combined with Miikka Kiprusoff to become the first goaltend- ing duo since 1995 (Washington’s Jim Carey and Olaf Kolzig) to capture their first career playoff wins in the same series.
2000: Made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, stopping all 10 shots faced in 20 minutes of action in Game 6 of the first-round series with St. Louis.
Represented Russia at two Winter Olympic Games (2010 - Vancouver; 2006 - Torino) and two World Championships (2011 - Slovakia; 2008 - Halifax & Quebec City). In 2008, helped Russia win it’s first World Championship gold medal Since 1993. Earned five wins and was named a Media All-Star and Russia’s best player as voted on by coaches. Was also voted the “Best Goalkeeper” by the Directorate in 2008...Represented Kazakhstan at the 1994 World Championship (C Division).