Seven games were battled on Friday night. Fourteen teams were playing for a continued march toward mid-season analyses of who has brought game this year and who continues to lag behind. Former Islanders will be, as always, on both sides of the table. But as long as FIs keep contributing the cream of the FI crop will eventually rise. Let us take a look at their mostly paltry efforts (2 goals, 2 assists, 1 win)from Friday night:
* In one of those rare circumstances, Eric Brewer was able to assist on the game winning empty net goal on Friday night as the St. Louis Blues downed the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2! The assist came with 55 seconds left in regulation to give the Blues a 3-1 lead but the Blue Jackets responded too late with a goal at the 19:54 mark of regulation. What would have been a game tying tally turned out to be too little too late. Brewer improved to 1 goal and 2 assists for 3 points on 12 games this season.
* The FI involvement in Friday night's 6-2 Vancouver victory over the visiting Minnesota Wild was almost too much to be real. Where to start? Taylor Pyatt opened scoring for the Canucks with his 5th goal of the season. Pyatt now has 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists) on 18 games this year. Notching the primary assist on that goal was FI forward Brad Isbister who now has 4 assists on 14 games. Scoring the fifth Vancouver goal was local hero Trevor Linden who tallied his first of the season completely unassisted. It has been a slow start for Linden who has only 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) on 13 games this year. And finally, Roberto Luongo stopped 20 of 22 shots to return to .500. He is now 8-8-1 with a .911 save percentage and a 2.50 goals against average. On 17 starts, Luongo has a surprisingly paltry 1 shutout this year.
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