There were 11 games on the NHL schedule meaning a busy night was had by all. Former Islanders stepped up big time on Tuesday notching 2 game winning goals and setting up another. Of those 11 matches FIs made differences in 5 of them scoring an impressive 6 goals and 2 assists. Here is a look:
Boston captain and defenseman Zdeno Chara scored 2 powerplay goals 10:01 apart in the 2nd period of the Bruins' 3-1 home win over the Montreal Canadiens. The 2nd of those goals was the game winner as Chara now has 9 goals and 16 assists for 25 points on 43 games. Chara has an impressive 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) from the powerplay this season. For the 6th straight season Chara has reached the 25+ point plateau. The game winner was the 2nd of the season and the 16th of his career.
Struggling Pittsburgh winger Miroslav Satan snapped a 5 game point-less streak after recently being relegated to 4th line duty. Satan recorded the primary assist on the game winner as the Penguins downed the host Philadelphia Flyers 4-2. He now has 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points on 44 games. Satan still has the nagging problem of not having scored a goal in his last 13, an especially problematic occurrence considering he led the Pens earlier in the season in goals scored.
Columbus center Michael Peca continued his recent good play scoring the game winning goal with less than 11 minutes remaining in play as the Blue Jackets skipped by the visiting Colorado Avalanche for a 4-3 victory. Peca now has 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) over the last 2 outings and 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) over the last 7. He has 4 goals and 8 assists for 12 points on 38 games. The winner was the 2nd of the season for Peca who has 33 career deciding tallies. Scoring the too-little-too-late goal for the Avs was winger Ryan Smyth who has been on fire. Smyth has 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points over the last 4 games. Despite snapping a 3 game assist-less run Smyth is riding a 3 game goal-scoring streak. Smyth had not scored goals in 3 or more consecutive games since December 31, 2006-January 4, 2007 while still a member of the Edmonton Oilers. He has 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points on 43 games this season. For the 10th time on his career Smyth has scored 15+ goals in a season and has already surpassed his 14 from last year, his first season with the Avs which had come in 55 injury-shortened games.
Edmonton d-man Denis Grebeshkov notched the primary assist on the opening goal as the Oilers dispensed of the host Washington Capitals 5-2. Grebeshkov now has 3 goals and 15 assists for 18 points on 39 games equaling stat-for-stat his offensive output from 71 games last season. The sky is the limit now as Greb will almost certainly set new single season highs with his next goal, assist and point. Greb is currently 4th in points among Oil d-men, a very talented blueline in terms of offensive abilities.
Minnesota d-man Marc-Andre Bergeron took barely any time to get back on the scoresheet after missing ever game since December 19 with a lower body injury. Bergeron scored the opening goal only 46 seconds in to regulation as the Wild doubled up the visiting Phoenix Coyotes for a 6-3 victory. MAB now has 4 goals and 13 assists for 17 points on 32 games. Despite missing a considerable chunk of games Bergeron is only 3 points behind the Wild's current defensive scoring leader and is still 2nd on the team in assists from defenseman. Trying to provide aide to the Coyotes was center Olli Jokinen who scored the 'Yotes' 2nd goal. O-Jok has 2 goals over the last 3 games and has compiled 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points on 38 games. For the 6th straight season Jokinen has reached 15+ goals and 30+ points.
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