There were 7 games on the NHL schedule on Sunday with Former Islanders helping out in 4 of those collisions. FIs are helping to push their respective teams deeper and deeper into playoff contention. Here is a quick summation of the day's exclamations:
Boston defenseman and captain Zdeno Chara netted an assisted and added a goal as the Bruins edged the host New York Rangers 4-3. Chara snapped a mini-2 game point slide and now has 16 goals and 24 assists for 40 points on 67 games. He has reached the 40+ goal mark for the 5th straight season and is only 1 goal shy of tying his single season high from last year.
Penguins winger Bill Guerin was the 2nd star after scoring a goal and adding 2 assists as Pittsburgh eked out a 4-3 SO win over the hated host Washington Capitals. The goal was Guerin's first with the Pens and he now has 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) on 2 games with Pittsburgh. On the season he has 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points on 63 games. For the 10th straight season and 13th time on his career Billy G has reached 40+ points. It is too early to tell but Guerin's presence is seemingly helping to lift the Penguins back into playoff contention. Caps' center Viktor Kozlov was stopped by Pens' goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury on his attempt in the 2nd Round of the SO.
Ryan Smyth had yet another multi-point night scoring an inconsequential goal and adding an assist as the Avalanche thumped the host Chicago Blackhawks 5-1. The Colorado winger has been on a torrid pace as of late and now has points in 4 straight. Over that span he has 6 points on 4 goals and 2 assists. On the season he has 24 goals and 32 assists for 56 points on 66 games. For only the 6th time (and first since the 2005-06 season) Smyth has reached 55+ points on a season.
Montreal d-man Roman Hamrlik had the primary assist on the game winning goal as the Canadiens downed the host Dallas Stars 3-1. Hamr now has 4 goals and 23 assists for 27 points on 65 games. He is second only to offensively potent Andrei Markov for the Habs' point scoring lead among team blueliners.
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