Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Saturday February 16

It was a busy day around the league as 20 teams faced off in 10 tilts from coast to coast. Former Islanders are active almost everywhere and are trying to vault their teams into playoff position. Let us take a peek at the FI contributions:

* Martin Straka assisted on the game winner as the New York Rangers thumped the upstate rival Buffalo Sabres at the Garden 5-1. Straka has 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) on 43 games.

* Zdeno Chara scored the game tying goal with 50 seconds left in regulation but the Boston Bruins fell in OT as the host Toronto Maple Leafs eked out a 4-3 win. Chara added a powerplay helper earlier in the competition. He now has 39 points (10 goals, 29 assists) on 58 games.

* Arron Asham finally broke through for some goals as the New Jersey Devils survived a near Ottawa Senators comeback for a 3-2 road win. Asham scored the first 2 goals of the game for his first netters in 22 games. He also snapped a 13 game point-less streak with the goals. He now has 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists) on 55 games. It was the first 2 goal effort for Asham since January 27, 2007 while still with the Isles.

* Olli Jokinen assisted on Florida's first goal as the Panthers fell in a close one 5-4 to the host Carolina Hurricanes. Jokinen has 29 goals and 30 assists for 59 points on 61 games. He stopped a 2 game point-less skid with the helper.

* Viktor Kozlov assisted on the game winner with 3 minutes left in regulation as the Washington Capitals edged the host Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2. Kozzer is quite the force to reckon with now with 39 points (12 goals, 27 assists) on 60 games.

* Robert Nilsson assisted on Edmonton's first goal as the Oilers fell to the host Vancouver Canucks 4-2. Nilsson has 7 goals and 17 assists for 24 points on 49 games. Roberto Luongo recorded the win for the Canucks stopped 24 of 26 shots. Luongo is now 25-18-7 with a .921 save percentage and a 2.23 goals against average. For the 4th straight season Luongo has notched 25+ wins.

Keep in touch with FIW as we recap the events circulating around the Former Islander Nation.

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