Monday, November 10, 2008

Sunday November 9

Wrapping up a volatile weekend the NHL had 5 games on the Sunday schedule. Former Islanders were still making noise contributing in 3 of those competitions. Here is a look at their efforts:

Chicago defenseman Aaron Johnson netted the game winner with 57 seconds remaining in the 1st period as the Blackhawks downed the visiting Calgary Flames 6-1. Johnson snapped a 4 game goal-less run and now has 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) on 11 games. The game winner was the 3rd of Johnson's career and his first since November 26, 2005 while in his second season with the Columbus Blue Jackets - a span of 125 games without a winning tally. Johnson also had a +3 rating on the game to improve to a team best +11 on the season. Johnson has been a pleasant pick up for the 'Hawks who signed the UFA in the offseason after the Isles cut ties with him.

Only 3 games back from a back injury suffered in the opening game Florida defenseman Bryan McCabe started making some offensive noise again. McCabe received the secondary assist on the game winning goal as the Panthers nixed the host Anaheim Ducks for a 3-1 victory on the heals of the hat trick but winger David Booth. McCabe now has 2 assists on 4 games this season and looks to turn around from the unexpected injury that sidelined him for nearly a month.

Phoenix center Olli Jokinen capped off an impressive offensive weekend with a 3 point effort as the Coyotes doubled up on the visiting San Jose Sharks for a 4-2 win. O-Jok had 2 goals and a powerplay helper to lead the offensive charge. Jokinen now has 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists) on 13 games this season and has managed 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) over the last 2 games. O-Jok is tied for the team lead in goals and paces the team in helpers and points. He has also notched 7 of his points (3 goals, 4 assists) with the extra man.

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