Sixteen teams battled it out in 8 games around the league on Saturday. Former Islanders are determined to push many of their teams into the playoff bunch. Let us look at the FI accomplishments:
* Viktor Kozlov had the game winner and 2 assists as the resurgent Washington Capitals blanked the host Florida Panthers 3-0. Kozlov received 2nd star of the game honor and now has 16 goals and 35 assists for 51 points on 78 games equalling his points total from last season. It was the 3rd 3 point game of the season for Kozzer. Kozlov has reached the 50+ point plateau for the 2nd straight season and the 5th time on his career. It is the first time he has notched 35+ assists since the 1999-2000 season and only the 3rd time he has reached that mark. Additionally, it was the 2nd game winner of the year for Kozlov and his first since January 24. Defenseman Tom Poti had 2 assists on the game and now has 1 goal and 27 assists for 28 points on 68 games. He has 3 assists in the last 2 contests.
* Chicago d-man Brent Sopel had an assist on the game winning shorthanded goal as the Blackhawks slipped by the host St. Louis Blues for a 4-3 win. Sopel has 20 points (1 goal, 19 assists) on 56 games. Sopel has reached the 20+ point mark for the 6th consecutive season. The shorthanded helper was his 4th of the season, currently good enough for 4th best in the league.
* Denis Grebeshkov scored the shortlived tying goal as the Edmonton Oilers edged the host Calgary Flames for a 2-1 win. The defenseman now has 3 goals and 15 assists for 18 points on 69 games.
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