Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wednesday October 29

It was a slow hump day around the NHL as a half dozen squads faced off in a meager 3 games. Former Islanders made contributions in 2 of those competitions. Here is a quick look:

It looked to be a tough night for the Minnesota Stars when the host Dallas Stars scored only 13 seconds in to play and it was as the Stars doubled-up on the visitors for a 4-2 victory. A small gem was the goal from defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron exactly 6 minutes after that opening tally. MAB rocketed home a powerplay goal for his second of the season. Bergeron snapped a 4 game point-less streak and now has 2 goals and 1 assist for 3 points on 8 games this season. The goal was MAB's 50th of his career and 31st on the man advantage. Bergeron is a fairly prolific goal-scorer for a d-man with 50 goals on only 275 career games meaning he scores a goal roughly ever 5 and a half games. Compare that to perennial Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings who pops in a goal roughly ever 5.9 games or Boston Bruins' captain Zdeno Chara who averages 8.2 games per goal.

Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood is not off to the hottest start yet his record is reflecting a certain kindness that the starter can take solace in. Ozzie put up a good (not great) effort stopping 29 of 34 shots but only 1 of 2 in OT as the Red Wings fell to the host Anaheim Ducks 5-4. Osgood is now 4-1-2 on the season with a 3.38 goals against average and an .879 save percentage. Ozzie's 3 game winning streak came to an end but he is still unbeaten in regulation in his last 6 starts sporting a 4-0-2 record in the that span.

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