Action picked up on Tuesday night as 22 teams faced off in 11 highly contested competitions around the league. Former Islanders are kicking their efforts into high gear, the ones that are still healthy that is. Let us take a look at the handful of FI accomplishments:
* Defenseman Brad Lukowich assisted on Tampa Bay's first goal as the Lightning mounted a 4 goal run to effectively finish the New York Rangers 5-3 from Madison Square Garden. It was only the 4th point (1 goal, 3 assists) of the season for Luko on 41 games. He snapped a 21 game point-less streak having received his last assist on November 10. The point was the 100th of Lukowich's career, one that has spanned 564 games. In that time Luko has scored 22 goals and added 78 assists as well as a gentlemanly 345 penalty minutes and a healthy +31 rating.
* Jim Dowd assisted on the final goal of the game, a shorthanded tally, as the Philadelphia Flyers owned the host Atlanta Thrashers 4-1. Dowd has had assists in back-to-back games since being put on waivers by the Flyers late last week. He has 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) on 32 games this season. It is the first time Dowd has had points in consecutive games since December 12-14, 2006 while with the New Jersey Devils. As well, it was Dowd's first shorthanded helper since March 10, 2007.
* D-man Roman Hamrlik assisted on Montreal's 2nd goal as the Canadiens edged the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in OT. The assist came on a powerplay opportunity with less than 3 minutes remaining in the 1st period. Hamrlik has 18 points (3 goals, 15 assists) on 42 games. He has notched 6 points (1 goal, 5 assists) on the man advantage.
* Taylor Pyatt assisted on the opening goal of the game as the Vancouver Canucks downed the visiting Islanders 3-2 in the SO. T-Py has 21 points (9 goals, 12 assists) on 42 games. With the helper, Pyatt snapped a 3 game cold streak. Trevor Linden scored in the 3rd round of the SO frame to give the Canucks a shortlived 1-0 advantage. Linden is 4-1 this season in 5 SO attempts scoring at an 80 percent clip. Getting the win in net was goaltender Roberto Luongo who, despite being outshone by Rick DiPietro, stopped 26 of 28 shots including 3 in OT and 5 of 6 in the SO to record his 20th win of the season. Luongo is 20-12-3 on the season with a .930 save percentage, a 1.96 goals against average and 6 shutouts. He is 7-2-0 in his last 9 starts with 2 shutouts and a .946 save percentage.
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