The NHL returned from the Christmas break with 9 exciting games of high energy hockey action. As 18 teams battled for midseason points, Long Island experienced the highly anticipated return of Jason Blake. It looked like Former Islanders were trying to crack off some post-holiday rust. Let us take a look at the handful of FI contributions from Wednesday night:
* Tim Connolly continues to be a consistent offensive force for the Buffalo Sabres even as his team struggles to keep pace in the high-powered Northeast Division. Connolly had 2 assists as the Sabres dropped a 5-3 home decision against the rival Ottawa Senators. Connolly received 3rd star of the game honors and now has 27 points (5 goals, 22 assists) on 28 games. He has 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists) on his last 11 games including 3 game winning goals.
* Jason Blake had a fairly uneventful night in his return to Long Island. Despite having a chance to notch the game winner in OT, he managed only 1 shot and was a -1 in 16:24 of ice time. The Toronto Maple Leafs lost 4-3 to the host Islanders on a last second Mike Comrie goal in the OT frame.
* Chris Osgood stopped 20 shots to post his second shutout of the season as the Detroit Red Wings blanked the host St. Louis Blues 5-0. Ozzie continues to dominate and improved to 16-2-1 with the win. The SO was Osgood's 45th of his career. Osgood is among the best with a .929 save percentage and leads the league with a paltry 1.73 goals against average.
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