Monday, December 1, 2008

Friday November 28

With leftover turkey sandwiches to fuel them NHL players faced off in 11 games on Friday. Former Islanders made waves in 5 of those tilts tapping in their support. Here is a look at the FI noteworthies:

Boston captain Zdeno Chara notched an assist on his team's 4th goal as the host Bruins thumped the visiting Islanders 7-2. Chara now has 4 goals and 6 assists for 10 points on 23 games. With the helper he snapped a 3 game point-less stretch. On his career Chara has done well against his original squad recording 20 points (7 goals, 13 assists) on 29 games (5 playoff) against the Isles.

Minnesota defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron has 2 even strength assists, including 1 on the game winner, as the Wild doubled up on the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning for a 4-2 victory. Bergeron has had 5 assists over the last 3 games and now has 2 goals and 10 assists for 12 points on 21 games. MAB currently leads all Wild defenseman in helpers and points. The multi-point effort was the 3rd of the season for Bergeron with all 3 of those games in his last 8 overall.

Colorado winger Ryan Smyth notched his 2nd goal in as many games but it was not enough as the Avalanche were edged by the host Phoenix Coyotes 2-1. Smyth now has 7 goals and 5 assists for 12 points on 22 games but has largely been a non-factor for the Avs this season in terms of getting the job done but then again the team has struggled too.

To be honest it is fairly easy to be Chris Osgood when the team in front of you is just so good. What is infuriating for Ozzie, therefore, is how bad his play has been despite what the record reflects. Osgood surrendered 3 goals on only 16 shots but his offense buoyed him as the Red Wings waltzed away with a 5-3 home win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Ozzie improved to 9-1-4 on the season (unbeaten in 13, 9-0-4) but still sports a save percentage below .880 and a goals against average over 3.20. As Ozzie inches closer to career win #400 it is a case of success in spite of obvious deficits, one that has created a little battle for start time with backup Ty Conklin. Getting involved for the Jacks were a pair of FIs. Center Michael Peca was credited with the primary assist on Columbus' 2nd goal. Peca snapped a 4 game point-less stretch and now has 1 goal and 5 assists for 6 points on 17 games. Receiving the secondary assist on that same goal was winger Raffi Torres. Torres has 3 points, all assists, on 12 games this season. He snapped an insufferably long 8 game point-less run.

While winger Mark Parrish is by no means a healing tonic for what is clearly a disparate Dallas squad lack of morals, cohesiveness and, surprisingly, talent he has been a shot in the arm to the anemic offense. Parrish notched an assist on the Stars' 2nd goal as the host Texans were thumped by the mighty San Jose Sharks 6-2. Parrish has 4 goals and 3 assists for 7 points on 10 games.

Check back soon for more updates at FIW.

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