I was just discussing this with my Devil buddy. On a reasonable March night when your team is honoring one of its Stanley Cup teams, how do they not sellout? I know the reasons behind why they draw what they do. But against a bitter rival who played a part in that particular team winning that championship, you would've figured they'd come a little closer than the 15+ they got. While I'm on the subject of attendance, how does any Fishstick fan explain the 12+ they drew in Ryan Smyth's Islander debut last night? That's inexcusable!
I didn't see the game. So I can't comment on Cam's hit and whether it was cheap. Let me ask you this. Was it anything like Ryan Hollweg's which I thought might get a suspension a few weeks ago?
One other question. Being that I didn't see this one and heard that the Devs let in three in rapid fashion, how does Marty Brodeur and Sergei Brylin get the top two stars? A little home cooking here?
I guess this should've been appropriately titled questions.
In other notable games, Sabres outlasted the Canadiens 8-5 in a wild one. They continue to win despite all their injuries and pickup a point on the Devils in the process. The Habs' defeat hurt because Carolina snapped out of it with a much needed 3-2 win over Pittsburgh to pull into a tie with the Islanders for seventh, leaving Montreal a point out. The Thrashers also got a huge win by doubling up on Ottawa 4-2 thanks to three helpers from Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis' first as a Thrasher.
Here's a quick look at the updated standings:
*1.Sabres 91 Pts 18 GR
*2.Devils 87 Pts 17 GR
*3.Tampa 78 Pts 16 GR
4.Ottawa 80 Pts 17 GR
5.Pens 77 Pts 18 GR
6.Atlanta 76 Pts 16 GR
7.Canes 73 Pts 15 GR
8.Isles 73 Pts 18 GR
9.Habs 72 Pts 15 GR
10.Leafs 71 Pts 17 GR
11.Rangers 67 Pts 18 GR
12.Bruins 65 Pts 19 GR
13.Florida 65 Pts 17 GR
Note: While it's true the Islanders have three games at hand on Carolina, they are eighth due to one less win. Wins are the number one tiebreaker.