With teams around the league getting their feet wet with regular season play, Thursday was a big night around the NHL with 8 games continuing the action. For Former Islanders the return was fairly paltry with only 2 goals and an assist to hold them over until next time. Here is a recap from the FI perspective:
* Martin Straka tallied the final goal in the New York Rangers 5-2 whomping of the visiting Florida Panthers. On a night where new addition Chris Drury shone the brightest for the Blueshirts, mainstay FI Straka continued to flex his scoring muscle.
* For the second straight night Jason Blake scored an assist for the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Ottawa Senators. For the second straight nights the Leafs lost to the Sens, this time in regulation, 3-2. Blake now has 2 points in 2 games with his new club.
* Robert Nilsson, part of the trade bait that brought Ryan Smyth to the Island (albeit temporarily), netted an extremely important shootout goal in the Edmonton Oiler's 3-2 home win over the San Jose Sharks. Though not officially a point, Nilsson might be showing a preview of what he can do as a full-time forward for the Oil.
* Mike York, who signed a 1-year deal with the Phoenix Coyotes in the offseason, began paying off with a shorthanded goal. The Yotes beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 at home. York, who took a severe pay cut over the summer, is looking to bounce back to form after poor play between the Isles and Flyers last year.
Friday night is loaded with action as, among other things, the Islanders' season kicks off in Buffalo. Until next time.