The torrid pace kept up on Tuesday as 14 more teams faced off in 7 NHL battles. Former Islanders are making strides in the early season and were factors in 3 of those games. Let us look at their (mis)accomplishments:
Capitals' forward Viktor Kozlov, in only his 2nd game back after suffering a leg injury, netted his first goal of the season as Washington eked by the visiting Nashville Predators 4-3 in SO. Kozzer also was stopped on his attempt in Round 1 of the 4 round SO. Kozlov has 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) on 5 games this season. The tally snapped a 14 game goal-less streak dating back to March 29 of last season. Kozlov was goal-less in the 7 game opening round series against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2008 playoffs.
Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo had one of his best efforts of the season but it was all in vain as the Canucks' lack of offense left him high-and-dry as the visiting Boston Bruins won 1-0. Luongo stopped 29 of 30 shots faced for only his second start surrending 1 or less goals in 8 starts. Luongo improved both his goals against average and save percentage dropping the former to 3.00 and raising the latter to .900. The Canucks' captain is now 4-4-0 on the season and has dropped 3 of his last 4 starts.
After going score-less in his first 7 games as a Penguin winger Ruslan Fedotenko has found the net in 2 of the last 3 games including last night's 2-1 Pittsburgh loss to the host San Jose Sharks. Tank's lone goal, the too-little-too-late tally, came with just over 5 and half minutes remaining in regulation as the Pens continue to struggle in their attempt to find offensive regularity. Fedotenko has 2 goals on 10 games this season and is sporting a +1 rating.
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