The more-or-less official night to the NHL season opened on Wednesday night following 2 regular season games between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks "really" kicked things off in late September. After a wacky and wild offseason where big names flew the coup in surprising numbers, hockey fans were rewarded with a hard fought first night of hockey. For Former Islanders, they have already begun to make their impact. With 4 games on the schedule Wednesday, FIs accounted for a goal and 2 assists. Here is a quick look:
* In Anaheim's 3-2 SO loss to the host Detroit Redwings, Todd Bertuzzi notched his first points as a Duck with a goal and an assist. In the shootout, Bertuzzi was stuffed by Hasek on his attempt. Bertuzzi finally cracks out of the invisibility mode he seems to consistently find himself in to make his first impact with his newest team.
* One of the off-season's biggest signings, Jason Blake, did not disappoint in his debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Blake was credited with an assist on the Leafs first goal of the season. On the other hand, the Leafs almost always disappoint as they dropped a thriller, 4-3, in overtime to the Sens at home.
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P.S. On Wednesday, the Philadelphis Flyers signed FI Jim Dowd to a 1 year deal. The 38 year old veteran played most recently for the New Jersey Devils. No financial terms have been disclosed. In 656 career games the native of Brick, NJ has tallied 66 goals and 163 assists for 229 points. Dowd has previously played for the Devils, Canucks, Isles, Flames, Oilers, Wild, Canadiens, Blackhawks and Avalanche.