Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Monday March 24

There were 4 games on tap on Monday around the NHL. Former Islanders are helping their teams as the playoff hunt winds down. There was some FI action including a momentous night for one player. Let us take a quick peek:

* A couple of Habs got involved in the score-a-thon action as the Montreal Canadiens beat the visiting Ottawa Senators 7-5. Roman Hamrlik assisted on the opening goal of the game 1:40 in to play. Hamrlik now has 25 points (5 goals, 20 assists) on 72 games. For the 12th consecutive season Hamrlik has reached the 25+ point mark and for the 11th time in those last 12 he has recorded 20+ assists. Bryan Smolinski assisted on Montreal's 4th goal. Smoke has 22 points (6 goals, 16 assists) on 59 games. With the helper he snapped a 5 game point-less run. Sens' center Randy Robitaille had 2 even strength assists. Robby has 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) on 64 games. He has recorded 3 assists over the last 2 contests.

* Edmonton continued to keep their playoff hopes alive on Monday night. The Oilers beat the visiting Minnesota Wild 5-3 to remain 3 points out of the 8th spot in the Western Conference following Colorado's win later that evening. Winger Robert Nilsson had 2 assists for the Oil snapping a mini 2 game drought. Nilsson has 10 goals and 29 assists for 39 points on 66 games. His 29 helpers are currently tied for 3rd best on Edmonton. Sean Hill had a goal and an assist for the Wild. Hill notched his 1st goal of the season and along with 5 assists has 6 points on 30 games. Over the last 3 games he has 3 points on 1 goal and 2 assists. The netter snapped a 93 game goal-less streak (including 4 playoff games) dating back to November 24, 2006. Winger Mark Parrish assisted on Minnesota's first goal. Parrish snapped an 8 game point-less skid and now has 29 points (15 goals, 14 assists) on 63 games. Parrish has come under attack recently by Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire who has questioned his conditioning and enery level.

* Ryan Smyth's assist on the insurance in the Colorado Avalanche's 2-0 win over the visiting Calgary Flames was the 600th point of his career. Smyth has 14 goals and 22 assists for 36 points on 50 games. It was that 22nd assist that helped Smyth join the 600 point club. Smyth has 284 goals and 316 assists on 838 career games in a long haul stay with Edmonton, a pitstop with the Isles and a new lease, yet oft-injured, stay with the Avs. Congratulations Mr. Smyth.

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