Monday, March 31, 2008

Sunday March 30

It seems as if everyday is a busy one as the NHL is trying to wrap up the regular season. There were another 8 games on Sunday as 16 teams battled for points. Some are trying to stave of eventual elimination while others battle for the right to play in the postseason. Former Islanders are trying to help their teams where they can. Let us look at the FI workload:

* Michael Peca scored Columbus' 2nd goal, a powerplay tally, as the Blue Jackets fell to host Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in SO. Peca now has 32 points (7 goals, 25 assists) on 62 games. He has 13 points (2 goals, 11 assists) this season on the man advantage.

* Ducks' defenseman Mathieu Schneider scored both regulation goals as the Anaheim Ducks beat the visiting Dallas Stars 3-2 in SO. Awarded first star of the game, Schneider has 12 goals and 27 assists for 39 points on 63 games. Over the last 2 games Schneids has 3 points on 2 goals and 1 assist.

* A trio of FIs got involved in the scoring as the Vancouver Canucks ran circles around the visiting Calgary Flames for a 6-2 win. Trevor Linden scored 2 goals, including the game winner, to lead the charge. For his effort he received the first star of the game honor. Linden has 7 goals and 4 assists for 11 points on 56 games. The game winner was his first of the season. The 2 goal effort was his first since February 25, 2003, a span of 352 games (including 33 playoff contests)! Taylor Pyatt had an assist on the Canucks' 5th goal. Pyatt has 16 goals and 21 assists for 37 points on 78 games. He has equalled his offensive output for last season tying his single season career high in points. Brad Isbister capped the scoring only 52 seconds in to the 3rd period. Isbister has 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) on 52 games. With the netter he snapped a 5 game goal-less and point-less drought. Goalie Roberto Luongo won for the first time in 5 starts. He stopped 27 of 29 shots to improve to 35-26-9 on the season with a .920 save percentage, a 2.33 goals against average and 6 shutouts.

Check here with FIW soon as we rapidly approach the playoffs, FI-style.

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