There were 7 games on the NHL tap for Sunday. Former Islanders continue to aide their teams at a good clip. FIs stepped up and helped out in 4 of those tilts. Here is a look:
New York Rangers' backup goaltender Stephen Valiquette picked up 32 minutes of relief coming in for a hammered Henrik Lundqvist as the Blueshirts fell to the visiting Philadelphia Flyers 5-2. Vali stopped 5 of 6 shots faced but received no decision for the effort. He is now 5-4-1 on the season with a .907 save percentage and a 2.83 goals against average.
Colorado winger Ryan Smyth had an assist on the game tying goal but missed on his attempt in the 4th round of a 5 round SO as the Avalanche slipped by the host Detroit Red Wings for a 6-5 win. Smyth now has 18 goals and 27 assists for 45 points on 57 games. This game was career #900 for Smyth who played exclusively for the Edmonton Oilers before fate brought him to the Isles and finally the Rocky Mountains. For the 9th time on his career Smyth has reached the 45+ point plateau. Taking the OT loss for the Wings was goalie Chris Osgood who stopped 23 of 28 shots between regulation and OT and 3 of 5 in the SO. Ozzie is now 18-5-7 on the season with an anorexic .879 save percentage and a bloated 3.29 goals against average.
Atlanta defenseman Mathieu Schneider assisted on the opening goal less than 4 minutes in to regulation as the Thrashers crushed the host Anaheim Ducks 8-4. Schneids has 4 assists over the last 5 games and now has 4 goals and 11 assists for 15 points on 44 games. For the 11th straight season and the 18th time on his career Schneider has reached 15+ helpers.
Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo stopped 25 of 27 shots faced to steer the Canucks to a 4-2 home win over the Montreal Canadiens. Luongo won for the 5th straight start and is now 16-7-5 on the season with .913 save percentage and a 2.60 goals against average. The 5 consecutive wins is the most for Luongo since February 10-22, 2007 when he pulled off an identical streak in his first year with the 'Nucks.
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