It is becoming increasingly harder to report on Former Islander happenings when FIs do not even seem to be playing much anymore. Ron Wilson, coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, scratched Jason Blake last night for not playing up to his expectations. Washington FIs Viktor Kozlov and Tom Poti are both injured and the whole Michael Peca suspension debacle has just ended. Take in to consideration these factors and the sudden disappearance or non-appearance of many of FIs still playing and our reporting is cut to a razor thin amount. Last night was another example when FIs made impacts in only 2 of the 7 contests around the league. Here is a look:
Pittsburgh winger Ruslan Fedotenko came out of hibernation to notch his first goal and point as a Penguin. The goal, the game winner in the Pens' 4-1 win over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes, came in game 8 for the Tank snapping a 7 game point drought to start the season. Fedo scored at thhe 8:47 mark of the 3rd period only 32 seconds after Sidney Crosby had knotted the score at 1.
Phoenix center Olli Jokinen snapped his 1 game point-less "drought" registering an assist on the Coyotes' first goal as they edged the visiting Washington Capitals 2-1. Jokinen has registered at least a point in 5 of his first 6 games with the 'Yotes and now has 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) to lead the team's offense. However, O-Jok has not scored a goal since opening night.
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