With the trade deadline over at 3 pm Eastern time the NHL had 2 games on schedule that night. The moves that day barely affected the rosters for the night with a couple of minor exceptions. Former Islanders were active in both of those contests. Here is a quick look:
Buffalo winger Tim Connolly, who earlier in the day signed a 2 year, $9 million contract extension, assisted on the opening goal with just over 2 minutes remaining in the 1st Period as the Sabres thumped the visiting Montreal Canadiens 5-1. TimCo snapped a 3 game point-less streak and now has 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points on 30 games. The powerplay helper was the 10th of the season for Connolly. It was the 5th time Connolly has notched 10 or more assists on a season. Assisting on the lone Montreal goal with only 66 seconds remaining in play was defenseman Roman Hamrlik. He now has 4 goals and 22 assists for 26 points on 63 games equaling his total point output from his 73 games with Montreal last season.
Colorado winger Ryan Smyth assisted on the Avs' too-little-too-late goal with less than 2 minutes remaining in play as the Avalanche were edged by the visiting Detroit Red Wings 3-2. Smyth has either scored or assisted on 4 of the last 5 Colorado goals and he has 4 points (3 goals, 1 assist) in the last 3 games. He now has 23 goals and 31 assists for 54 points on 65 games. Smyth is 2nd on the Avs in goals and leads the team in helpers and points.
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