Monday, March 10, 2008

Sunday March 9

There were another 8 games up for grabs on Sunday. Former Islanders are trying to aid their teams as the league makes the push towards the playoffs. Here is a quick recap of the FI efforts:

* Michael Peca had Columbus' 3rd goal as the Blue Jackets beat the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3. Peca snapped a 26 game goal-less streak with his netter. He now has 5 goals and 25 assists for 30 points on 53 games. It is the first time since before the lockout (2003-04) and the 9th time on his career that has reached the 30+ point plateau. Defenseman Dick Tarnstrom continued his excellent play since being acquired by the Jackets assisting on the game winner. Tarnstrom has 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists) on 13 games with Columbus, a considerable improvement over the 5 (1 goal, 4 assists) he had on 29 games with Edmonton earlier in the season.

* Robert Nilsson came up big again assisting on the second OT game winner in as many games while adding a goal earlier in the competition as the Edmonton Oilers edged the host Chicago Blackhawks 6-5. Nilsson continues his breakout season and now has 33 points (9 goals, 24 assists) on 58 games. He has a 7 game points streak (2nd only to his 8 game streak earlier this season) in which he has 8 points on 2 goals and 6 assists.

* Todd Bertuzzi assisted on the opening goal only 21 seconds into regulation as the Anaheim Ducks beat the visiting Montreal Canadiens 3-1. Bert has 13 goals and 21 assists for 34 points on 57 games.

FIW has all the most relevant and interesting Former Islander updates as we speed toward the postseason. Thank you for checking in with us.

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