There were 4 games in the league as teams continue to climb and descend the standings in this late season struggle for points. With less than a third of the season remaining it is crunch time. With the trade deadline looming (February 26) it is crunch time. With so much at stake including the most beautiful trophy in all of sport, the Stanley Cup, it is crunch time. Let us look at the crunch time efforts from Monday's active Former Islanders:
* Jeff Hamilton scored the lone, unassisted goal for the Carolina Hurricanes as the were trounced upon by the host New Jersey Devils 5-1. With the goal Hamilton snapped an improbably long 32 game goal drought. He now has 2 points (1 goal, 1 assists) over the last 2 games, his first back-to-back points November 17-21, 2007. Hammy has 6 goals and 13 assists for 19 points on 52 games. Following a strong start, Hamilton has had a major cool-off managing only 1 goal and 3 assists for 4 points over the last 33 games.
* Chris Osgood snapped a 4 game losing streak and gained a relatively easy shutout in the process. Osgood stopped all 18 shots he faced as the Detroit Red Wings to record his fourth goose egg of the season. He improved to 23-7-2 with the win. Once the league leader in goals against average and save percentage he has slipped a little. He currently has a 2.11 gaa, good enough for 2nd behind teammate Dominik Hasek, and a .915 save % which is tied for 13th with 2 other goalies. The 4 shutouts are the most he has had in a season since the 2001-02 season while he was the starter for the Isles.
We will keep you posted on news as it happens here at FIW.