With the last of 3 presidential debates taking center stage on Wednesday it is easy to overlook the 5 NHL games that were going on around the league but not for Former Islander Watch. We were keeping our eyes on the debate and the games to make sure you get your accurate and up to date FI news. Three FIs made offensive impacts in 2 games around the league. Let us look at their workloads:
Boston captain Zdeno Chara assisted on his team's 2nd goal, a powerplay tally, as the Bruins battled back from a 3-0 deficit to tie but eventually lose the game 4-3 in SO to the host Montreal Canadiens. It was the first matchup of these two Original Six squads since their heated 7 game first round playoff battle from last spring at it got feisty as times. Chara is off to a modest start with 2 assists in his first 3 games. Both of those helpers have come with the man advantage.
Highly ranked in preseason predictions, Chicago have been off to a slow start going winless in their first 2 games but the Blackhawks turned their luck around in game 3 knocking off the visiting Phoenix Coyotes 4-1. Conversely, the defeat was the first for the Coyotes in 3 tilts. Getting involved was Chicago defenseman Aaron Johnson who assisted on the 'Hawks' 4th goal. Playing in only his 2nd game with Chicago, Johnson has recorded his first assist for the team. The assist happened to come on fellow d-man Brian Campbell's first goal as a 'Hawk after he struggled through his first 2 games to make an impression. Also getting involved was Phoenix FI Olli Jokinen who had a powerplay assist on the lone Coyotes' goal. O-Jok's tenure with Phoenix has started off nicely with the center riding a 3 game point scoring streak to start the season. Jokinen now has 1 goal and 3 assists for 4 points on 3 games. All 4 of those points have come on the man advantage. Despite the loss, things are looking up for Phoenix as Jokinen has seemed to have taken the reins of this team providing them that much needed depth down the middle they have lacked for so long. Hmm... in fact this new version of the Coyotes seems a lot like the Florida Panthers team that Jokinen led for so long except with talented young players who actually contribute!
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