Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
- Bertuzzi's ice time was slashed for a consecutive night as he clocked only 13:00 in total ice time. He managed 2 shots on goal and finished -1 on the game. In sum he finished the playoffs with a modest 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points in 16 games. He logged 15 penalty minutes, 1 powerplay goal and assist apiece, 24 shots and finished -2 overall.
- With the exit of the Redwings there are officially no Former Islanders left in the chase for the Cup.
- Despite the best efforts of Dominik Hasek is a disappointment that the Redwing coaching staff decided never to start or even let Chris Osgood play. Osgood was unbeatable in regulation since the beginning of January. But then again, Hasek is the goalie of the future, right? With one of the oldest goaltending tandems in the league it seems the wheels were eventually going to fall off of this final line of defense. All we have to say is: poor Ozzie.
- A rare moment in hockey history will occur when the Ottawa Senators or Anaheim Ducks hoist the Stanley Cup in the ensuing week or so. The league will crown its 3rd first time winning franchise in a row (Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes and Ducks/Sens). There haven't been this many first time winners in a row since 1914-1918 when the Toronto Blueshirts, Vancouver Millionaires, Montreal Canadiens, Seattle Metropolitans and Toronto Arenas all won in a row. Those winners spanned 3 different hockey championship formats! The Blueshirts won in the waning days of the Champions Cup, while the middle three won in the age of the shortlived NHA-PCHA championship and the Arenas were the first winner in the equally shortlived NHL-PCHA era.
Check back soon as the Stanley Cup Final kicks off on Monday night.
- Bertuzzi clocked only 12:01 of ice time while going +1 with 1 shot on goal.
- More surprising than that, for us here at FIW, is the complete lack of playing time for Chris Osgood, a tender who hasn't lost in regulation since early January. But, whatever.
Check back soon as we near the Stanley Cup Finals. Thank you, from FIW.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
- In 19:57 of ice time Connolly managed 2 shots on goal, nothing more, nothing less. Despite that, Connolly had a good playoff run scoring 9 points (all assists) in 16 contests. Connolly was vital in helping to score a couple of huge goals in these 3 rounds, including an assist on the game winner in Buffalo's only victory of the series.
- With the teams remaining there are only 2 FIs left with a chance for Stanley Cup glory. Those players are Todd Bertuzzi and Chris Osgood of the Detroit Redwings. As mentioned in prior posts, Bertuzzi has 7 points in 14 games this postseason and Chris Osgood has yet to clock a minute of ice time as Dominik Hasek is expectedly dominating the net.
Check back soon as the Redwings and Ducks face off on Sunday afternoon. As always, thanks for checking in with FIW for all your playoff/Former Islander updates.
- Bertuzzi cut the Duck lead to 3-2 with a powerplay tally 7:48 into the second period. The goal, his 3rd of the playoffs, was his first with the man advantage in the postseason since April 21, 2002 against none other than the Redwings in a first round matchup with his former Vancouver Canucks. Bertuzzi then added an assist on a powerplay goal less than 8 minutes later to temporarily tie the game at 3. The powerplay assist was his first since April 29, 2003 when the Canucks were in a second round set with the Minnesota wild. With 3 points in his last 2 games Bertuzzi's play has really kicked into high gear. In 14 games this postseason Bertuzzi now has 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points.
Play is off on Friday and resumes Saturday afternoon as the Ottawa Senators look to eliminate the Buffalo Sabres in a surprisingly low 5 games. Check back for all your updates on FIW.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
- Connolly was credited with the primary assist on Buffalo's game winner at the 8:06 mark of the second period. The point, his second of the series, is his 9th of the playoffs (all assists) in 15 games. On the night, Connolly had 19:21 of ice time with a +2 rating and 2 shots on goal.
Check back soon as Detroit seeks to grab a commanding lead in the Western Conference series on Thursday night, while Anaheim looks to make the series interesting again. As always, Former Islander Watch.
- Bertuzzi ended a 6 game pointless streak with an even-strength goal 3:17 into the second period of Tuesday night's match. The goal, which caromed off his skate and then off the skate of Duck tender J.-S. Giguere was by no means a beaut but count it. In 16:51 of ice time Bertuzzi managed 2 shots with a +1 rating and no penalty minutes. In his 13 games this offseason, Bertuzzi now has 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points. His play has increased steadily since its rapid decline towards the end of the San Jose series.
On Wednesday night the Sabres look to stave off elimination against the red hot Senators. Check back for all your updates here at Former Islander Watch.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
- Tim Connolly is not to blame for his team's lack of presence. Yet he has done little to deserve any accolades. Monday was no exception as he only managed 2 shots on goal in 16:23 of ice time. No +/- rating, no penalties, and of course, no points. Only time will tell if Connolly and the rest of the Sabres can turn it around, a miraculous proposition at best.
On Tuesday night the Redwings' and Ducks' focus shifts to Anaheim where they will play Game 3 to determine who takes the series lead. Detroit looks to inch one win closer to another dance with Lord Stanley's Cup while the Ducks look to return to the big series for the first time since they almost won it in 2003. Check back soon for all your FI/playoff highlights.
Monday, May 14, 2007
- Bertuzzi cracked the 10 minute mark logging 13:51 of ice time on Sunday night. After that where was he? He had no points, no shots on goal, no penalty minutes, no +/-, nada. Zilch. Zip. Zero. Much like the seeming residue of his star career. Oh well, there's always Game 3.
Check back soon as we recap Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Will the Senators continue to gore the Bison to death or will the Sabres make it a point to make it a series?
Sunday, May 13, 2007
- Tim Connolly assisted on the game-tying goal with 6 seconds remaining in regulation. With the point, Connolly snapped a 2 game scoreless streak and now has 8 points, all assists, in 13 postseason games. On the game, Connolly clocked 21:53 of ice time going +1 with 1 shot on goal.
Detroit and Anaheim face off on Sunday night. Check back with FIW soon for all your Stanley Cup highlights.
- Todd Bertuzzi played less than 10 minutes for the second straight game clocking 9 minutes and 49 seconds of ice time. He managed no shots and finished the game with a -1 rating.
Check back soon for more playoff highlights including Saturday's tilt between the Sens and Sabres.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
- FI Tim Connolly had a poor night logging 17:45 of ice time with a -2 rating, only 1 shot on goal and a minor penalty that led to an Ottawa 5 on 3 powerplay goal. The lack of offense extended Connolly's postseason scoreless streak to 2 games.
Tomorrow night the Redwings take on the Ducks in Anaheim. Check back soon for more FI playoff highlights.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
With the chase for the Stanley Cup down to the final 4 teams the remaining FIs are sparse. Here is a look at those few:
- Tim Connolly, Center, Buffalo Sabres - 11 games, 0 goals, 7 assists
- Todd Bertuzzi, Right Wing, Detroit Redwings - 10 games, 1 goal, 3 assists
- Chris Osgood, Goalie, Detroit Redwings - 0 games started (thank you Hasek!)
Play resumes on Thursday as the Eastern Conference Final kicks off in Buffalo.
Sunday, May 6, 2007
- One FI stood out above all others in this game and it had to be Martin Straka and his 3 assist performance. Despite being heretofore eliminated from Cup contention, Straka finished his 10 playoff games with 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) including 8 points in his last 6 contests. The effort was his first multi-point postseason game since he had 2 assists May 10, 2001, ironically in a game where the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminated the Buffalo Sabres in the second round (that time in 7 games). Also, oddly enough, in that series Straka has 8 points against Buffalo.
- Brad Isbister was scratched from the lineup for some bum with 8 NHL games under his belt. The swap was unnoticed by everyone watching, listening or checking the updates wherever they were.
Check back as tomorrow night could decide the fourth and final conference finalist in the ever solidifying race for the Stanley Cup.
- Though no Former Islanders were on the scoresheet in the Detroit Redwing's 4-1 home win over the San Jose Sharks, they did make news. While the Redwings were celebrating a 3-2 series lead, d-man Mathieu Schneider was lamenting the check that broke his wrist knocking him out of the rest of the playoffs. Schneider didn't even get to clock 3 full shifts before San Jose captain Patrick Marleau rubbed him into the wall unfortunately breaking the wrist in the process. In 10 postseason games, Schneider had 4 points including 3 powerplay assists and the game winner on the man advantage in Game 4 of this series.
Check back soon as we are nearing the end of the second round. Thank you.
- Martin Straka scored with 3:19 left in regulation to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. His second of the playoffs, Straka now has 7 points in 9 games.
- Tim Connolly assisted on the game-tying goal with 7.7 seconds left in the third. Since returning from his season long injury Connolly has been huge for the Sabres. He has 7 points (all assists) in 10 games while putting a 4 game scoring streak in these last 4 contests against the Rangers. The assist was his first on a game-winning goal this postseason.
Check back soon for more playoff highlights on FIW.
- A great performer until the very end, Roberto Luongo stopped 56 of 58 shots, but it was the one that slipped by him 4:30 into the second overtime frame that cost Vancouver a shot at the Stanley Cup. After missing the first few minutes of the first OT owing to an equipment problem, Luongo returned and looked to be in top form stopping 10 consecutive extra frame shots. Despite a wonderful playoff debut Luongo finished with a losing record going 5-7 in his 12 games. His other stats were fabulous as he finished with a 1.77 goals against average, a .941 save percentage on 402 saves against 427 shots. He averaged 33.5 saves per night while playing the equivalent of over 14 actually games in minutes. We at FIW are hoping this is just the start of great things for Luongo and the playoffs.
- A name we do not see often popped up in this game. Josh Green received the primary assist on the Vancouver goal that knotted the game at 1. It was Green's first point of the playoffs in 9 games. The point, his first in the postseason, snapped an 11 game scoreless streak dating back to the 2001 playoff.
Check back soon for other series highlights.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
- After following 2-0, the Detroit Redwings stormed back for a 3-2 OT over the San Jose Sharks in Northern California on Wednesday night. The win knotted the series up at 2 games a piece. The comeback was made possible largely on the heals of FI Mathieu Schneider who assisted on Detroit's first goal, a powerplay tally, and then scored the game winning goal with the extra man 16:04 into the OT frame. After going scoreless in his last 4 games, Schneider made it back to the boxscore with his first multiple point night of the postseason since Game 1 against Calgary in the first round. In 10 games, Schneider has 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points. 4 of those points have come with the man advantage. The game winner was his first in the playoffs since April 10, 2004, Detroit's second game of their first round matchup with the Predators, snapping a 25-game streak without scoring the deciding goal.
Only 1 game is on tap for Thursday night. Check back soon for all your playoff/Former Islander action on FIW.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
- The New York Rangers stormed back into their series against the Buffalo Sabres with a 2-1 win to even the competition up at a 2 wins a side. It was the second consecutive game the Rangers won by that score and comes as the Sabres continue to struggle in the offensive zone. Tim Connolly assisted on Buffalo's lone goal, a even strength tally 33 seconds after the Rangers made it 2-0 in the third period. Connolly now has 3 assist in the last 3 games and overall has 6 points in 9 games this postseason. For his playoff career, Connolly is averaging a point a game with 5 goals and 12 assists for 17 points in 17 games.
- Out West, the Anaheim Ducks grabbed the stranglehold 3-1 series lead over the Vancouver Canucks with a 3-2 come-from-behind OT win north of the border. Trevor Linden assisted on the opening goal of the game for Vancouver 12:55 into the first period. Linden, tied for team lead in playoff points, has 2 goals and 5 assists for 7 points in 11 games. Linden has 4 points in his last 5 games overall.
- Roberto Luongo dropped below .500 in his pursuit of playoff excellence. He is now 5-6 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. He stopped 27 of 30 shots in regulation and OT surrendering the game winner only 2:07 into the overtime frame. His goals against average has climbed to 1.80 while his save percentage has dropped to a "plebian" .938.
Two more games are up for grabs on Wednesday night. Keep posted for all your playoff and Former Islander action on FIW.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
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