With 4 games up for grabs on Thursday night, as we continue to plow through the first round of the 2009 NHL playoffs, Former Islanders stepped up in 2 of those outings. Here is a look at the FI happenings:
Tough Philadelphia winger Arron Asham scored the game winning goal only 6:32 into the 2nd Period as the Flyers shutdown for the host Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 to stay alive in their series. The Pens now hold a 3-2 series lead as the teams head back to Philly for Game 6. The goal was first career winner for Asham in the playoffs and only his 2nd in the postseason. The netter snapped a 13 game playoff goal-less streak dating back to April 12, 2007 while Ash was still a member of the Isles. The score also snapped a 10 game drought dating back to April 1.
Columbus finally cracked Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood. The problem? It was too little, too late. Ozzie surrendered 5 goals on 32 shots but the Red Wings scored with 47 seconds remaining in regulation to pull off a 6-5 win over the host Blue Jackets to seal up the series in only 4 games. The BJs scored 4 goals in the 2nd Period to entered the 3rd Period even at 5 but the Wings found a way to sneak away from Columbus with the sweep, a sad end to the Jacks' first playoff experience. Ozzie is 4-0 on the playoffs with a 1.75 goals against average and a .936 save percentage. Pocketing 2 assists for Columbus was winger Raffi Torres. He had 2 assists in the 4 games and snapped a 3 game playoff point-less drought dating back to June 19, 2006 while still a member of the Edmonton Oilers in Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final.
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