Thursday, April 24, 2008

Tuesday April 22

There were two Game 7 matchups on Tuesday night as we reached the final day of the Quarterfinal Round. A pair of dreams were dashed as a couple of teams vaulted in to the next round. Former Islanders were involved in both games. Let us look at the Game 7 action:

* Viktor Kozlov assisted on the tying goal with 4:31 remaining in the 2nd Period as the Washington Capitals fell short of the objective with a 3-2 OT home loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Kozlov made little impact for the Caps notching only 3 assists on 7 games with all 3 helpers coming in the last 3 contests. Considering he was among the leading point scorers for Washington in the regular season he was almost completely a non-factor as they Caps were edged by a Flyers team that seemed to gel even as they faced adversity in watching the Caps come back from a 3-1 series deficit.

* Defenseman Adrian Aucoin had 2 assists, including 1 on the powerplay, but the Calgary collapse in the 2nd Period was enough for San Jose as the Sharks knocked off the Flames with a 5-3 home win. Aucoin struggled to make an offensive appearance through much of the series managing only 3 assists on 7 games but then again the Flames' offense was few and far between throughout much of the series.

Keep checking with FIW as the 2008 NHL Playoffs move on to the Conference Semifinals. Former Islanders are still in the hunt for the Cup including the Rangers' Martin Straka, the Canadiens' Roman Hamrlik and Bryan Smolinski, Flyers' journeyman Jim Dowd, Colorado's Ryan Smyth and Detroit's Chris Osgood.

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