Six games were up for grabs on Thursday as 12 teams battled it out for mid-season points. Former Islanders were there, yet again, to try and help their teams. Let us take a look at the FI work from the night:
* Stephen Valiquette subbed in for recently lackluster Henrik Lundqvist for the third period as the New York Rangers droppped a 6-2 home decision against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Valiquette finished with no decision and only 4 saves on 6 shots. His record remains 1-0-1 on the season after 4 appearances.
* Roman Hamrlik had a powerplay assist on the opening goal as the Montreal Canadiens
downed the host Boston Bruins 4-2. Hamrlik continues to average about half a point per game and now has 14 (2 goals, 12 assists) on 28 games this season. Five of those points (1 goal, 4 assists) have come with the man advantage. Also tossing in a powerplay assist was Boston captain, FI Zdeno Chara. Chara added the helper on the first Boston goal and now has 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists) on 27 games. Eight points (2 goals, 6 assists) have come with the extra man.
* The Vancouver Canucks found offense on Thursday, the same night they gave Roberto Luongo a rare rest. Taylor Pyatt continued his recent surge scoring a powerplay goal that knotted the score at 2. The Canucks finished off the host Nashville Predators 5-2. Pyatt scored his 6th of the season on the powerplay and now has 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) on 28 games this season. The powerplay tally was his 3rd of the year. Also getting involved was prehistoric FI Trevor Linden who scored an empty net goal with 38 seconds remaining in regulation. It was Linden's 2nd goal of the season. He now has 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) on 20 games this season.
* Los Angeles' Derek Armstrong finally scored! Armstrong snapped a 28 game goal-less streak stretching to last year. He also posted his first multi-point game of the season, his first since February 8. Armstrong scored the 6th goal in a 7 consecutive tally onslaught as the Kings slaughtered the visiting Buffalo Sabres 8-2. He scored on the powerplay and added a powerplay assist on the final goal of the night. Armstrong now has 13 points (1 goal, 12 assists) on 28 games this season.
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