HE SAID IT
“It’s unbelievable how fast it goes by. If there’s something I want to pass on to the younger guys, it’s enjoy every moment of it, because it really does fly by. I still got that same grumpiness as I did when I was 18. But I still enjoy coming to the rink, having fun with the game. There’s been a lot of ups and downs over the years, but they’re all worth it." - Panthers forward Chris Gratton, who is scheduled to play in his 1,000th NHL game tonight against the Senators.
From Elias: Gratton, who is 31 years, 260 days old, will be the fifth-youngest player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-game plateau, behind Dale Hawerchuk (30 years, 306 days), Vincent Damphousse (31-110), Brian Bellows (31-152) and Pierre Turgeon (31-206).
Just remember, Gratton was once supposed to be a very good player. Not that he doesn't play hard. But just remember that he was once dealt straight up for Daniel Briere. Who do you think won that deal?!?!?!?!?!
FROM THE STAT WIZARDS AT ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU
The Penguins and Islanders play each other for the final time this season tonight at Nassau Coliseum. Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby has 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) in the six games he’s played against the Islanders this season, with at least two points in each game. Only two players have ever scored more than 17 points against the Islanders in one season: Mario Lemieux in 1988-89 (18 in seven games) and Jaromir Jagr in 2005-06 (18 in eight games).
There's little doubt that if the Islanders are to snap their four-game skid, they'll need to shutdown Sid The Kid tonight. Any takers on that one?