Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Monday November 5

Eight games were up for grabs on Monday night in the NHL. Former Islanders were back in the swing of things (pardon the pun). FIs had 9 points on 5 goals and 4 assists and provided some brief backup support in net. Let us look at their work:

* Kevin Weekes replaced a battered Martin Brodeur 3:28 into the third period Monday night as the Devils dropped a home game 5-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Weekes stopped all 6 shots he faced in his 17 minutes of play. It was Weekes' first appearance since his second start on October 20. Despite coming into a losing scenario, Weekes helped raise his numbers a tweak upping his save percentage to .933 and lowering his goals against average to 2.33. He already had a 1-0-1 record.

* Olli Jokinen had a big night for the Panthers scoring three points in Florida's 4-3 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. The Panthers' center scored a powerplay goal and added 2 assists (1 powerplay and 1 on the game winner). O-Jok kept his hot streak going. In 5 straight games, Jokinen has 5 goals and 4 points for 9 points. On the season, Jokinen has 18 points (9 goals, 9 assists) in only 15 games. Tampa defenseman Brad Lukowich scored his first goal of the season. Luko snapped a 9 game scoreless streak. He now has 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) in 14 games this season.

* Bryan Smolinski scored only his second goal of the year on the empty net to insure a 2-0 win for the Montreal Canadiens over the visiting Buffalo Sabres. Smoke has 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 14 games for the Habs.

* Mark Parrish scored double powerplay goals on Monday night in Minnesota's 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers at the Xcel Center. The goals were the 5th and 6th for the Wild forward. Parrish snapped a 4 game pointless streak with the goals. In 15 games, Parrish only has 6 points, all goals. Four of his six tallies have been with the man advantage. Youngster center Robert Nilsson was credited with an assist on the final goal of the game, an even strength effort by the Oilers. The assist was only Nilsson's second in 7 games this season.

* Ryan Smyth had a powerplay assist for the Avalanche in Colorado's 4-1 victory over the visiting Calgary Flames. The assist was Smyth's 11th point of the season (5 goals, 6 assists) in 14 games. Surprisingly, only 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) have come with the man advantage for Smyth who is considered a premier powerplay forward.

That was it for Monday night. Check back for all the nightly action here on FIW.

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