There were 3 games on the NHL schedule as the final week of the 2008-09 NHL season officially kicked off. Former Islanders helped out in 2 of those contests. Here is a quick look:
Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood was nearly perfect stopping 32 of 33 shots as the Red Wings thumped the host Buffalo Sabres 4-1. Ozzie has won his last 2 starts and is now 26-8-7 on the season. He has raised his save percentage slightly to .887 while dropping his goals against average to a slightly more respectable 3.10.
Ottawa defenseman Chris Campoli opened the scoring midway through the 2nd Period as the Senators edged the host Montreal Canadiens 3-2. With points in 4 straight games (2 goals, 2 assists) Campy now has 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points on 72 games. Since joining Ottawa Campoli has 5 goals and 8 assists for 13 points on 21 games. The goal was #25 of Campy's career as he continues to push his single season high in netters even higher. For only the 2nd time, and first since his 2005-06 rookie campaign with the Isles, Campoli has reached the 30+ plateau. Assisting on that powerplay tally was center Mike Comrie. He snapped a 6 game point-less streak and now has 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 points on 59 games. In 18 games with the Sens Comrie has 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) including 3 powerplay helpers. Assisting on Montreal's 2nd goal, a short-lived leading scored, was d-man Roman Hamrlik. He has 3 assists over the last 2 games and now has 5 goals and 26 assists for 31 points on 77 games.
Check in soon with FIW for more updates as we wind down the 2008-09 NHL regular season.