There were 7 games on the Thursday NHL schedule meaning 14 teams fought it out for early season points. Former Islanders are steadily making impacts on the scoresheet including contributions in 5 of those matches. Let us take a gander at those works:
It was the battle of top tier FI goaltenders last night in Detroit as captain Roberto Luongo and his Vancouver Canucks faced off against Chris Osgood and the Red Wings. To the winner went the spoils, to the loser... well in this case 1 point. The victor was in fact the superior of the two backstoppers as Luongo and Co. knocked off the hosts 4-3 in OT. Luongo stopped 32 of 35 shots faced to improve to 3-1-0 on the season. Luongo lowered his goals against average to 3.21 and raised his save percentage slightly to .895. Osgood stopped 25 of 29 shots but could not prevent shot number 1 of OT only 27 seconds in to the frame. Ozzie is fairing slightly worse this season with a 1-1-1 record, a 3.01 goals against average and a shockingly low .888 save percentage.
Defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron continues to make inroads with his new team having found his way on the scoresheet for the 2nd time in only 3 games. Bergeron had a powerplay assist on Minnesota's 5th goal as the Wild systematically tore down the host Florida Panthers 6-2. MAB now has 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) on 3 games with both those points coming with the man advantage. Surprisingly, Bergeron has 10 shots over those 3 games but no penalty minutes. How gentlemanly of you Marc-Andre!
Let people say what they will about Miroslav Satan being an inferior replacement for Marian Hossa on right wing for the Penguins, Satan is playing solid hockey and GASP has more points on the season than Hossa (4 to 3). Satan had a 2 point night Thursday as Pittsburgh blew a 3-0 home lead to the Washington Capitals losing 4-3. Satan notched a goal and an assist each on the powerplay for his first multipoint effort as a Pen. He now has 2 goals and 2 assists for 4 points on 5 games. Three of his 4 points have come on the man advantage including both of his tallies. While Sidney Crosby still seems to be working out his kinks (what is up with Sid and Alex Ovechkin?), Evgeni Malkin and Miro seem to be clicking. This is the first time Satan has had a goal and an assist in the same game since October 20, 2007!
St. Louis d-man Eric Brewer finally managed a point as his teammates around him have been off to a fast start. Brewer netted his first goal of the season, a powerplay tally, to cap the scoring as the Blues thumped the visiting Dallas Stars 6-1. With the goal, Brewer snapped a 75 game goal-less streak. The last time Brewer put one in the net was October 27, 2007 - 5 games in to the 2007-08 season. Brewer shaved a game off that scoring his first of the season in game 4.
Finally, Ryan Smyth may not be playing as well as he did in the preseason but he is still doing okay for himself to start the 2008-09 campaign. Smyth had a powerplay helper on Colorado's final goal as the host Avalanche finally won one against the equally winless Philadelphia Flyers by the final score of 5-2. Smyth has 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) on 4 games with all 3 points coming in the last 2 competitions. He has recorded all of those point on the man advantage.
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