It was a fistful of games on Monday night and Former Islanders made their way to the scoresheet in 3 of those tilts. FIs are still making impacts even if an inordinate amount of them are currently injured. Here is a look at the FI action:
Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara rocketed home a game winning powerplay goal as the Bruins sunk the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3. Chara has 5 goals and 8 assists for 13 points on 27 games. The game winner was Chara's 1st of the season and the 15th of his career. Chara did not record a single game winner last season so the winning tally was his first since March 27, 2007, a span of 116 games (7 playoff) without such an occurrence.
Pittsburgh forward Ruslan Fedotenko knocked home 2 goals as the Penguins fell to the visiting Buffalo Sabres 4-3. Fedo has 3 goals over the last 3 games and now has 7 goals and 4 assists for 11 points on 25 games. The 2nd goal was career point #250 for Fedotenko and came in his 557th game. Fedo is currently tied for 5th on the team in goals and 8th on the team in points. The 2 goal effort was the first for Fedotenko since February 14 while still with the Isles.
Toronto winger Jason Blake recorded his second 3 point night in the last 3 games. This time it was against his old team as Blake notched a goal and 2 assists to lead the Maple Leafs to a 4-2 home win over the Islanders. Blakey now has 5 goals and 11 assists for 16 points on 24 games. The 2nd assist was career #200 for Blake. The tally was the game winner for the Leafs and was Blake's 1st of the season. In his first season with the Leafs Blake notched 0 game winners so this was Blake's first winning tally since April 5, 2007 while still with the Isles. Ironically that last game winning goal was against none other than Toronto. With 6 points over the last 3 games Blake might have raise his stock a little bit with coach Ron Wilson who is reported to be disappointed with the high priced winger's play.
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