With the hockey returning after a Sunday off day things were picking up again. Saturday night was a madhouse with all 30 teams going at it in 15 games. Monday was full of charged tilts but was relatively quieter with only 6 games. Among those was the first Islanders-Rangers competition of the year with the Blueshirts downing the host Isles 4-2. However, Former Islanders only made contributions in 2 of those half dozen contests. Here is a look at the happenings:
Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara assisted on the team's lone goal as the Bruins edged the host Edmonton Oilers 1-0 in OT. Chara snapped a 5 game point-less drought with the helper and has a meager 3 assists on 9 games this year. He is currently riding a 10 game goal-less streak dating back to Game 5 (April 17) of last season's opening round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens. Chara is struggling all around, though, with a -3 rating though he does have a surprisingly low 8 penalty minutes. Things should ramp up for the Northeast captain soon.
Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood stopped only 16 of 19 shots but it was the 2 extra ones he saved in the SO that made the difference as the Red Wings skipped by the host Los Angeles Kings 4-3. With the win Ozzie improved to 4-1-1 on the season having won 4 of his last 5 as well as his last 3 starts since dropping the season opener. It is the 7th 3+ game winning streak for Osgood since the start of last season. Osgood's goals against average is a surprisingly high 3.13 and his save percentage is also unusually low at .884 yet the Detroit offense is sticking up for the goalie. Ozzie also recorded the secondary assist on the Wings' 2nd goal. Osgood has 3 assists on 43 appearances last season and is one of the most prolific goalie scorers in the league with 1 goal and 17 assists for 18 points on 670 games meaning he records a point roughly ever 37 games.
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