Friday, March 6, 2009

Thursday March 1

There were 9 games on tap Thursday night as the league was re-shuffled a little bit following Wednesday's trade deadline. A few players made splashes with their new squads including a new signing of Former Islander note. Here is a look at the FI night:

Forward Jeff Hamilton, who just signed early in the day with the Maple Leafs, assisted in his first game back at the NHL level kicking in a helper on the game winner as Toronto edged the host Washington Capitals 2-1. Hamilton had not played since April, 2008 while still a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. The last time Hammy had recorded a point was March 28 while his last helper was on March 19. This helper snapped a 5 game assist-less streak. Hamilton joins winger Jason Blake as Toronto's resident FIs.

Center Olli Jokinen made a huge entry for his new team the day after being traded from Phoenix to Calgary. Jokinen scored 2 goals, including the game winner, to lead the Flames to a 5-1 win over the host Philadelphia Flyers. O-Jok took no time to gel with wingers Michael Cammalleri and Jarome Iginla on the team's top line. Jokinen now has 23 goals and 21 assists for 44 points on 58 games. Over the last 5 games he has recorded 7 points on 6 goals and 1 assist. The game winner was Jokinen's 3rd of the season. Assisting on the capstone goal late in the 3rd Period was defenseman Adrian Aucoin. After going point-less in 4 games Aucoin now has 2 assists over the past 2 outings. He has 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points on 64 games.

Ottawa d-man Chris Campoli netted his first goal as a Senator, a powerplay game winner, as the Sens outpaced the visiting Edmonton Oilers 4-2. In 6 games with Ottawa Campy has 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists). He now has 7 goals and 15 assists for 22 points on 57 games. The powerplay tally was his first of the season but the game winner was his 3rd of the year setting a new single season high. Scoring the 2nd Ottawa goal was center Mike Comrie. He now has 9 goals and 16 assists for 25 points on 47 games. For the 4th straight season and 6th Comrie has recorded 25 or more points. Assisting on Edmonton's first goal, a powerplay tally, was recently returned d-man Denis Grebeshkov. Since returning from a minor injury, Greb has 2 assists in 3 games. He now has 4 goals and 23 assists for 27 points on 54 games. With each goal and assist Grebeshkov continues to push his single season high even higher. He has 8 points (1 goal, 7 assists) this season on the man advantage.

Playing in his first game with the Penguins since being trade on Wednesday winger Bill Guerin instantly made a difference assisting on Pittsburgh's first goal as they thumped the host Florida Panthers 4-1. Guerin now has 16 goals and 21 assists for 37 points on 62 games. The assist was a landmark one for Guerin who now has 800 career points (403 goals, 397 assists). Number 800 came in career game #1,169. Assisting on the final goal was winger Ruslan Fedotenko. With 3 assists in the last 4 games, Fedo now has 13 goals and 16 assists for 29 points on 49 games. Notable FIs not are the Pens' roster were winger Miroslav Satan who was sent down to the team's AHL affiliate Scranton-Wilkes Barre Penguins and healthy scratch winger Eric Godard.

Minnesota d-man Marc-Andre Bergeron had the primary assist on the Wild's first goal late in the 2nd Period as the Wild rallied from a 3-0 deficit to down the host San Jose Sharks 4-3 in OT. Bergeron has 8 goals and 17 assists for 25 points on 53 games. For the 4th time on a season MAB has recorded 25 or more points.

Dallas winger Mark Parrish assisted on his team's 2nd goal as the Stars were edged by the host Los Angeles Kings 5-4 in OT. Parrish snapped a 6 game point-less streak and an 8 game assist-less streak with the helper. He now has 7 goals and 5 assists for 12 points on 39 games. Albeit a minor accomplishment, Parrish has recorded 5+ assists for the 10th straight season.

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