The NHL schedule was loaded with games on Thursday with 20 teams facing off in 10 highly contentious competitions. Former Islanders gave their help as much as they could. Let us take a look at the FI happenings from the night:
* Zdeno Chara helped Boston record their lone goal of the night as the visiting New Jersey Devils downed the Bruins 3-1. Chara had a powerplay assist on the singular offensive effort from the Bruins', 1:31 into the third period. Chara has 19 points (4 goals, 15 assists) on 31 games this season with 9 of those points (2 goals, 7 assists) coming on the man advantage. Chara is currently on pace for 48 points (11 goals, 37 assists) which would be a new single season best.
* Robert Nilsson kept his hot streak going with 2 even strength assists as the Edmonton Oilers edged the host Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in the SO. Nilsson's career best streak continued with his first multi-point of this 8 game run. He has 9 points on 2 goals and 7 assists in that time. He now has 14 points (3 goals, 11 assists) on 25 games this year. He is rapidly becoming an offense force for the Oilers. He is currently tied for 6th on the team in points.
* To say that the 15 goal effort between the Calgary Flames and host Tampa Bay Lightning was a slow affair would be a fallacy. The Flames pulled off 2 hat tricks, only 2 nights after the Philadelphia Flyers managed the same accomplishment. For FIs, Adrian Aucoin got his share of the scoring sugar tapping in a powerplay goal and managing an assist in the 7 goal first period between the two teams. The extra man tally was Aucoin's 5th of the season. Aucoin has 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists) on 31 games. Aucoin snapped a 4 game point-less streak and is having moderate success on the powerplay with 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points.
* The Avalanche's Ryan Smyth notched his 10th goal of the season to open the scoring in Colorado's 2-1 win over the host Nashville Predators. Smyth has finally hit his offensive stride and now has 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) on 31 games this year. Over the last 4 games, Smyth has 2 goals and 6 assists for 8 points.
* Vancouver Canucks' fossil Trevor Linden lent a hand to the team's flacid offense as they dropped a 5-2 decision to the host San Jose Sharks. Already missing injured goaltender Roberto Luongo, the Canucks fell in to their typical trap: lack of goals. Linden netted his 3rd of the season to notch his second goal in the last 5 games. He now has 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) on 24 games this year.
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