Monday, April 30, 2007

Sunday April 29

On Sunday two games were battle, both with close finishes. In both Former Islanders played major roles. Let us take a look:
  • With the host New York Rangers facing the possibility of a 3 win deficit against the Buffalo Sabres the Blueshirts pulled out a 2-1 double OT win. But for FIs the story was the first goal of the game 33 seconds into the 2nd period when Martin Straka fed Jaromir Jagr for a goal as a Buffalo penalty expired. The point was Straka's fourth in as many games as he is on a 4 game scoring streak. In his 7 games thusfar this postseason Straka has 1 goal and 5 assists for 6 points.
  • Tim Connolly provided a little powerplay help with an assist on the Sabres' lone goal. In 8 postseason games Connolly has 5 points, all assists. Three of those assists have come with the man advantage. The point was his second in as many games.
  • The Anaheim Ducks do not want to lose to the offensively impotent Vancouver Canucks and they made that point clear, barely, on Sunday with a 3-2 road win to grab a 2 games to 1 series lead. Since Anaheim has no FIs we turn to Vancouver for some stories. Taylor Pyatt assisted on the Canucks' second goal of the night which evened the score for about 13 minutes. Pyatt is having a respectable postseason managing 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 10 games currently tying him for team lead with fellow FI Trevor Linden.
  • Roberto Luongo dropped back to .500 with the loss evening his playoff record at 5-5 despite managing a 1.70 goals against average and a .941 save percentage. On Sunday, he stopped 21 of 24 shots but it was the continued scoring ineptitude of his teammates that let him down yet again.

Two more games are on tap for Monday night. Come back soon for all your playoff highlights on FIW.

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