With the 2008-09 NHL regular season down to its last day there were 4 games still up for grabs yet nothing of major importance (i.e. playoff spots). With the remaining games a formality Former Islander involvement was relative low with FIs aiding in only 2 contests. Here is a recap:
Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood stopped 20 of 23 shots but it was not enough as the host Chicago Blackhawks blanked the Red Wings 3-0. Osgood, who started 44 games, finishes the season with a 26-9-8 record and less then stellar stats. Ozzie had an .887 save percentage and a 3.09 goals against average to go along with 2 shutouts. As the Red Wings enter the playoffs their presumably #1 goalie, Ozzie, has lost 2 straight (0-1-1).
Philadelphia winger Arron Asham rounded out his season nicely with 2 assists as the Flyers were edged by the visiting New York Rangers 4-3. Ash ends the year with 20 points (8 goals, 12 assists) on 78 games. For the 5th time in his career Asham has reached the 20+ plateau and the first since the 2006-07 season, Asham's last with the Isles. Ash snapped a 4 game point-less streak with only his 3rd multi-point game of the season.
Check back soon as FIW prepares for Lord Stanley's playoffs and the dreams of hockey glory for more than just a few Former Islanders.