A surprisingly heavy schedule on Monday, 6 games were up for grabs. Mid-season battles rage on as the NHL action is reaching a boiling point. Some continue to rise while others are currently struggling to maintain ground. Former Islanders are active players for every kind of team out there right now. Let us take a look at their efforts from Monday:
* Not a major boxscore accomplishment, Michael Peca missed his SO attempt in the first of 5 sudden deaths frames as the Columbus Blue Jackets lost to the visiting Dallas Stars 2-1.
* FI prospect Petteri Nokelainen broke through to score the game winner against his old team as the Boston Bruins downed the host Islanders 3-1. Playing in his 13th game with Boston, Nokelainen scored his 1st of the season and 2nd of his short career. A one-time 15-game player with the Isles during the 2005-06 season, Nokelainen has since found his way to the Bruins. Recently promoted to the 3rd line, Boston is hoping to find his offensive potential. The goal was also his first point of the season. Oddly enough, both of Nokelainen's career goals have been game winners.
* Yet again Raffi Torres and Robert Nilsson shared space on the same boxscore. For the third straight game, the two Oilers' FIs notched points for Edmonton. This time the Oil edged the host Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in the SO. Torres assisted on the first Edmonton goal 1:34 into the second period. Finally topping double digits, Torres has 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) on 28 games this season. Over the last 4 games, Torres has 4 points on 2 goals and 2 assists. Nilsson assisted on the third Edmonton goal late in the second period. Nilsson is in the midst of a 3 game streak in which he has notched 3 assists. He has 8 points (1 goal, 7 assists) on 20 games this year. Nilsson also missed his attempt in the sudden death frame. Getting involved for the Kings was Derek Armstrong who assisted on the tying goal with 1:18 remaining in regulation. Yet to tickle the twine, Armstrong has 11 assists on 26 games this season.
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