Former Islanders were a little more lively on a slower night in the NHL. Only 5 games were on the schedule. Let us look at the FI happenings:
* Tim Connolly notched a goal and 2 assists (all powerplay) in the first period of Buffalo's 6-0 domination of the visiting Atlanta Thrashers. Connolly, when healthy, is bound to be a force for this year's Sabres team.
* Jeff Hamilton notched a powerplay assist on the opening goal in Carolina's surprising 5-3 win over the host Ottawa Senators. Hamilton has yet to disappoint since signing with the Hurricanes in the offseason. He has 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points in the first 5 games.
* Recently diagnosed with a treatable form of leukemia, FI Jason Blake registered an assist on the third Maple Leafs goal in their 8-1 destruction of the Isles in Toronto. Star blueliner and FI Bryan McCabe also notched a powerplay assist, this time on the last goal of the game.
* Olli Jokinen scored his first, a powerplay goal in the second period, in Florida's 3-0 win over the visiting New Jersey Devils. The Panthers captain is looking to spark some offense with his teammates.
A total 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists) were notched by FIs on Thursday. Quite a feat in only 5 games. Check back soon with FIW.