You have got to love NHL weekends. 1) You are pretty much guaranteed 20+ bone-crunching games, 2) Every team plays at least once and 3) It is the best damn sport in the world. December 12-14 was packed with action and Friday was a busy one with 7 games up for grabs. Former Islanders made contributions in a meager 2 of those outings. Let us take a quick look:
Washington defenseman Tom Poti recorded an assist for the third straight game as the Capitals thumped the visiting Ottawa Senators 5-1. Poti had the primary powerplay helper on the first of 3 Caps' insurance goals. Poti now has 3 goals and 6 assists for 9 points on 19 games. Poti has had assists in 3 consecutive games for the first time since February 26 to March 3 of last season when he recorded 6 helpers over 4 straight.
Boston captain and d-man Zdeno Chara blasted home the Bruins' 3rd goal as they pounced on the host Atlanta Thrashers for a 7-3 victory. Chara has 4 points in as many games and now sports 6 goals and 9 assists for 15 points on 29 games. Over the last 4 games Chara has 2 goals and 2 assists. Also getting involved was winger Petteri Nokelainen who had the primary assist on the B's 2nd goal. Nokelainen has played 21 games this season in a very limited capacity and the helper was his first point of the season. The assist snapped a 22 game point-less streak dating back to April 17 of last season, Game 5 of the Bruins' opening round series against the Montreal Canadiens.
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