A very Happy New Year to all readers of Pearl Street Pucks. As we move forward to 2011, a look back to last night’s action in your Rinkside Rewind.
From New Jersey where a bad first half ended on a positive note for the Devils. Former Albany Devils defenseman Mark Fayne got New Jersey on the board curving a shot from the point over the shoulder of Atlanta Thrashers goalie Chris Mason for his second on the year. The Devils also got goals from Jamie Langenbrunner and Ilya Kovalchuk to snap their losing skid at six with a 3-1 victory.
Down in Florida the Montreal Canadiens were able to skate by the Panthers 3-2 in OT. Former Albany River Rat Brian Gionta netted his 13th of the season on the power-play in the third to knot the game at 3-3. Then in OT James Wisniewski found the back of the net to win it for the Habs.
Continuing to play up to their competition (which is probably everyone when you’re the Isles) the New York Islanders coming off their shootout win against the Pittsburgh Penguins took their world beater show to Detroit. Shockingly the Isles are 4-0-1 in their last five against the Detroit Red Wings and they kept that “dominance” going Friday night. P.A. Parenteau’s ninth of the year on the power-play in OT was the difference maker as the Isles knocked off the Wings 4-3. In other book keeping matters former Adirondack Red Wing Tomas Holmstrom recorded his ninth assist in the loss for Detroit.
Former Adirondack Phantom Andreas Nodl picked up his ninth goal of the season but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Anaheim Ducks crushed the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2.
One time Albany River Rats defenseman Anton Babchuk registered his tenth helper on Calgary’s third goal in a three goal second which was enough for the Flames to stave off the Colorado Avalanche 3-2.
Around the “A” a huge four point night by Alexander Vasyunov paced the Albany Devils to a 5-4 win over the rival Binghamton Senators. Vasyunov’s first two goals in an A-Devs jersey served as bookends to Albany’s five goal output.
Michael Swift also had a nice evening, cracking double digits in goals with his tenth, while adding an assist. Captain Stephen Gionta posted his fourth goal of the year while Darcy Zajac like Vasyunov notched his first goal in an Albany uniform as well. Devils defenseman Mark Fraser on a conditioning assignment also added an assist on the night. Fraser becomes the fifth player to have skated for both the Albany Devils and Albany River Rats.
Goaltender Mike McKenna made the lead stand up for Albany making 28 saves as the Devils picked up their fourth point in the last three games. Albany ends 2010 on a positive note and now stands at 13-17-0-2 (28 points) sixth place in the East Division and 11 points behind the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
Shootout goals by former Albany River Rat Michael Ryan and Luke Pither sealed the win for the Adirondack Phantoms 3-2 over the Springfield Falcons.
Former RPI Captain and Albany River Rat Kirk MacDonald posted his sixth goal of the year for the Providence Bruins in a losing cause to the Manchester Monarchs 7-3.
Alexander Giroux found that scoring swagger that made him one of the elite scorers in the AHL with the Hershey Bears, as he found the back of the net three times for the hat-trick, guiding the Oklahoma City Barons to a 4-1 win over the San Antonio Rampage.