There were half a dozen games up for grabs on Friday night from Washington, D.C. to Anaheim, California. Play is hot right now and Former Islanders are no exception. FIs are contributing at a torrid pace and made contributions in 4 of those games. Here is a look:
Washington forward Viktor Kozlov had the primary assist on the Capitals' game winning goal as they skittered past the visiting New Jersey Devils 3-1. Kozzer is off to a slow start with only 1 goal and 3 assists for 4 points on 11 games this season. An injury early on has still seem to have a little nagging effect on Kozlov's progress. The assist was the 500th point of Kozlov's career (187 goals, 313 assists) and came in game number 841.
Columbus center Michael Peca score the game winner only 7:13 in to play as the Blue Jackets crushed the host Buffalo Sabres 6-1. The goal was the first of the season for Peca who now has 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) on 12 games. The game winning tally was the 32nd of Peca's career and his first since January 3, a 50 game span without such a goal. Buffalo center Tim Connolly had a powerplay helper on the lone Sabres' goal. With the assist Connolly extended his point streak to 4 games (2 goals, 4 assists). TimCo is off to a quick start with 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists) on 6 games. Despite suffering a chest injury in their last game against the St. Louis Blues, Connolly suited up and played over 21 minutes in the Columbus game.
Florida winger Richard Zednik was involved with both Panthers' goals as they were edged by the visiting Detroit Red Wings 3-2. Zed netted the first Florida goal just over 6 minutes in to the 2nd period and then added an assist less than 6 minutes later to lead their offense. Zednik received second star of the game honor and has 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points on 16 games. He is 6th on the team in points and is only 3 behind the team leaders. Defenseman Bryan McCabe had the secondary assist on Zed's goal. McCabe has points in 3 straight games (1 goal, 2 assists) and now has 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) on 6 games.
St. Louis d-man and captain Eric Brewer had a helper on his team's 2nd goal as the Blues eked by the host Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in OT. The assist was his first of the season and he now has 1 goal and 1 assist for 2 points on 15 games. The point was the 175th of his career and snapped a 14 game assist-less stretch dating back to April 6, the last game of the 2007-08 season.
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