In this edition of Rinkside Roundup, it’s a milestone for Ozzie and a big night for Matt Gilroy and the Blueshirts at MSG.
Starting out in Colorado where former Adirondack Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood fittingly recorded his milestone 400th career victory for the Detroit Red Wings over the old time rival Avalanche 4-3 in OT. Osgood, who has been plagued by injury this season and has seen his playing time reduced in favor of Jimmy Howard, certainly earned this one.
One of the more underrated netminders of his time, Osgood stood on his head making 46 saves against the Avs to keep the Wings in it. Osgood, one of three Adirondack Red Wings still with Detroit, was able to post his 400th win after Niklas Kronwall notched his eighth tally of the season on the power-play for Detroit in the extra session. Only ten goalies have recorded 400 or more victories, a list that Osgood now joins with the opportunity to pass Grant Fuhr (403) Glenn Hall (407) and if he gets really hot or lots of playing time Tony Esposito (423) this season.
In New York the Islanders looked to extend their winning streak to three meeting the rival Rangers at MSG. Matt Gilroy got the scoring underway in the game’s first minute. Gilroy posted his first two goals of the season, including the eventual winner for the Blueshirts. Things looked promising for the Isles as they went up two on markers from Rob Schremp and former Ranger P.A. Parenteau. Yet a power-play one-timer from Marian Gaborik sent the game into the locker room knotted at 2-2.
It was the first of six unanswered goals as Gilroy put the Rangers out front for good in the second as they rocked the Isles 7-2.
Down in Florida, former Albany River Rats keeper Scott Clemmensen made 40 heroic stops for the Panthers but it wasn’t nearly enough to stymie the Boston Bruins in a 3-2 shootout loss.
In other local action the Buffalo Sabres were rocked by the Calgary Flames 5-2.
Out west former River Rat Brad Richardson recorded an assist and got into a scrap as the Los Angeles Kings blanked the San Jose Sharks 4-0.