Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tuesday February 24

There were an impressive 11 games on the NHL schedule on Tuesday night as teams battle for points in the standings. Former Islanders helped out in 5 of those contests. Here is a quick look:

Philadelphia winger Arron Asham scored the insurance goal with 7 and a half remains remaining as the Flyers doubled up on the Washington Capitals for a 4-2 road win. Asham has played well as of late with 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) over the last 5 games. Asham now has 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points on 54 games. For the 7th straight season Asham has scored 5 or more goals. His 11 points surpassed his 10 point, 77 game effort from the 2007-08 campaign while still with the New Jersey Devils.

Colorado winger Ryan Smyth assisted on his team's first goal as the Avalanche were edged by the host Atlanta Thrashers 4-3. Smyth now has 20 goals and 30 assists for 50 points on 61 becoming the first FI this season to reach the 50 point mark. For the 7th time on his career Smyth has 30+ helpers and is only 9 assists short of tying his single season high from the 2000-01 while with the Edmonton Oilers.

Recently added FIs Mike Comrie and Chris Campoli helped the Ottawa Senators out as they beat the visiting Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. Center Comrie scored the game winning goal with only 11 seconds remaining in the 1st Period to help lead the Avs to victory. In only his second game since returning to the Sens Comrie has notched his first goal and point. On the season he has 8 goals and 13 assists for 21 points on 43 games. The game winner was the 25th of Comrie's career. Defenseman Chris Campoli had a powerplay assist on the insurance goal. He has 3 assists in first 2 games with Ottawa. Campy now has 6 goals and 14 assists for 20 points on 53 games. This is only the 2nd time Campoli has 20 or more points on a season and the first since his rookie campaign during the 2005-06 season with the Isles.

Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo saw his career best 8 game win streak come to a screeching halt as the Canucks were blanked by the host Montreal Canadiens 3-0. Lu stopped 14 of a meager 16 shots faced. With the loss Luongo is now 19-8-5 on the season with a 2.55 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. He also has 5 shutouts on the season but has not posted one since November 8 at the tail end of a string of 3 straight goose eggs. Assisting on the empty net goal was Montreal d-man Roman Hamrlik. He has 4 goals and 21 assists for 25 points on 60 games. Hamr has now has 13 straight seasons notching 25+ points.

Edmonton winger/defenseman/whoseewhatsit Jason Strudwick scored his team's 2nd goal as the Oilers surpassed the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3. With the goal Strud snapped a 16 goal-less streak and now has 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists) on 50 games. Strudwick has notched 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) over the last 2 contests marking the first time he has had points in back-to-back games October 24-26, 2002 while still a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. Strud is only 1 goal shy of tying his single season high from the 2005-06 while with the Rangers and with the goal set a new single season high in points.

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