Rinkside Roundup starts in New Jersey where Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur posted his 114th regular season shutout in a 2-0 blanking of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Devils scoring on the night came from Brian Rolston and Nick Palmieri.
Early in the first Rolston blasted a drop pass from former fellow Albany River Rat and New Jersey Devils All-Star Patrik Elias for his fourth of the year to make it a 1-0 lead. For Elias the assist was his 23rd. Then mid-way through the opening period it was the one-time Albany Devil Palmieri picking up a loose puck behind the net and skating in to put a backhanded tally into the cage for his third on the rookie campaign.
Another former Albany Devil, Tim Sestito got into his first NHL fight. He also had these comments about the fight and referencing his brother Tom who skates for the Springfield Falcons, “My brother went with P.L. when they played Albany the other day,” Sestito said. “I have the new belt in the family.”
Former Albany River Rats forward Brandon Sutter notched his eighth goal of the year, flipping a shot over Henrik Lundqvist in a 4-1 Carolina Hurricanes rout of the New York Rangers. After the Sutter tally, one could see multiple fans wearing Albany River Rats jerseys down by the glass in Raleigh.
More local action in Boston saw the Buffalo Sabres double up the Bruins 4-2. One-time River Rats forward Cody McCormick got Buffalo on the board with his seventh of the year.
Former Albany River Rat Niclas Bergfors got the Atlanta Thrashers going with his tenth goal of the year in the first but it wasn’t enough as the Tampa Bay Lightning squeaked by in a shootout 3-2.
The New York Islanders were downed by the Washington Capitals 2-1.
Around the “A” the Lake Erie Monsters won their fifth in a row in a 2-1 OT victory over the Rochester Americans, former Rats and Adirondack Phantoms goalie John Grahame made 20 saves for Lake Erie.