Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Friday March 21

A dozen teams battled for points in 6 games around the NHL on Good Friday. Former Islanders are helping their teams secure playoff positioning. Let us take a quick look at the FI workload:

* Martin Straka assisted on the tying goal with 1:51 remaining in regulation as the New York Rangers eventually fell to the host Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in SO. Straka has 13 goals and 23 assists for 36 points on 58 games. He is currently riding a 3 game point streak in which he has notched 4 points on 1 goal and 3 assists.

* Kevin Weekes made a rare, albeit brief, appearance for the Devils subbing for Martin Brodeur for 2 minutes in the 2nd period a 3-1 New Jersey loss to the visiting Islanders. Brodeur went to have his blades re-sharpened getting Weekes in goal for the first time since January 5! Weekes made 1 save. It was only the 2nd subbing appearance for Weekes all season. His record remained stable at 2-2-1 coming from the 5 starts he has made this season.

* Jason Blake opened the scoring, then assisted on the capper, as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the host Buffalo Sabres 4-1. Blake has 47 points (14 goals, 33 assists) on 75 games. It was the 12th multi-point game of the season for Blake.

* Viktor Kozlov assisted on the opening goal of the game as the Washington Capitals turned a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 road win over the Atlanta Thrashers. Kozlov snapped a 3 game point-less streak and now has 15 goals and 32 assists for 47 points on 75 games. Defenseman Tom Poti assisted on the Caps' 2nd goal, the historic 60th of the season for Alexander Ovechkin, the first player to reach that plateau in 12 years. Poti snapped a 6 game point-less drought and now has 25 points (1 goal, 24 assists) on 65 games. It is the 2nd straight season, and 6th time on his career, that he has reached 25+ points.

* Sean Hill had a powerplay assist on Minnesota's first goal as the Wild edged the host Vancouver Canucks 2-1. Hill, playing in a limited capacity, has 4 assists on 28 games this season. He has notched 3 of those 4 helpers on the man advantage. Roberto Luongo stopped 19 of 21 shots but the enigmatic Vancouver offense was absent again in sending him to the loss. Luongo is 34-23-9 on the season with a 2.22 goals against average and .922 save percentage. The loss snapped a 3 game winning streak.

Check in soon with FIW for more recaps and updates.

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