Busy, busy, busy around the NHL. Eleven games were in contention on Tuesday night. Teams are battling for those so important points as we reach the midseason. Former Islanders were again part of the picture on Tuesday night. Let us take a look at the FI happenings:
* We believe that without Martin Straka the New York Rangers will fail (and we hope so!). Straka was an offensive catalyst on Tuesday as the Rangers blanked the visiting Penguins 4-0. Straka assisted on the game winning goal 1:12 into the game and added an even strength goal in the 2nd period. Straka now has 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) on 18 games in what has been an injury-shortened first half of the season. Over the last 3 games, Straka has 4 points on 3 goals and an assist.
* Adrian Aucoin is a man revived after a couple of injury-plagued seasons in Chicago. Aucoin opened the scoring with a powerplay goal 3:37 into the 1st period as the Calgary Flames knocked off the host Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1. The goal was Aucoin's 6th of the season. Add to that 12 assists and Aucoin has 18 points on 34 games including 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) on the man advantage. Aucoin is currently entrenched in a 4 game point scoring streak in which he has notched 6 points on 2 goals and 4 assists.
* Randy Robitaille was credited with an assist on the opening goal of the game as the Ottawa Senators edged the host Boston Bruins 3-2. Robby has 9 points (4 goals, 5 assists) since leaving Russia to return to the NHL. Robitaille had points in consecutive games for this first time this season recording assists in the last 2 contests.
* Olli Jokinen assisted on the first goal of the game (a pattern tonight) as the Florida Panthers survived a late Montreal comeback to beat the host Canadiens 3-2. Jokinen has a balanced scoring approach this season with 17 goals and 17 assists for 34 points on 34 games. He has a current 3 game point scoring streak in which he has recorded a goal and 2 assists.
* Roberto Luongo returns from a rib injury and what does he do? Gets an shutout, that is what. Luongo stopped 32 shots to notch his 5th goose egg of the season equalling his output from last year in 48 less starts. The Vancouver Canucks blanked the visiting New Jersey Devils 5-0 in the process. Luongo improved to 14-10-3 and has a wonderful .928 percentage and a paltry 2.04 goals against average. Trevor Linden scored his 3rd goal of the season in the second to help pad the Vancouver offensive attack. Linden has 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) on 26 games.
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