This is a new quick-hitting feature I hope to publish each morning updating a good majority of former Blackhawks playing around the NHL with their performances the night before.
Why the name? Phil Esposito was traded to the Boston Bruins in 1967 in one of the most lopsided trades in league history. Seems fitting to honor one of the most famous former Blackhawks who had his best years while not playing for the franchise. Hope you enjoy.
Well, the meatballs would have a good case tonight. Three Stanley Cup-winning former Blackhawks combined for two goals and three assists. And there’s other stuff.
Hit the jump for udpates from the 11/30 games
Dustin Byfuglien, Atlanta
Byfuglien scored his 10th goal of the season and had a great assist on Anthony Stewart’s overtime goal in the Atlanta Thrashers’ 3-2 win against Colorado. Buff skated the puck into the zone, maintained to possession with his body, made a good feed to Stewart, who’s wrap-around beat Peter Budaj. Buff now leads Atlanta with 27 points.
Full stats: 23:05 TOI; Goal (10); Assist (17); 9 shots; plus-1; No. 3 Star
Andrew Ladd, Atlanta
17:35 TOI; Assist (17); 2 shots; 2 penalty minutes
Ben Eager, Atlanta
13:00 TOI, plus-1; 2 shots
Brent Sopel, Atlanta
19:51 TOI; 1 ugly face
Kris Versteeg, Toronto
16:58 TOI; Goal (7); Assist (7); minus-1; 1 shot; 2 penalty minutes in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ wild 4-3 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. I feel compelled to tell you Tampa scored on Martin St. Louis’ empty-net goal with with 8.7 seconds left in the third, then Simon Gagne converted a 2-on-1 in overtime. Wild.
Dan Cleary, Detroit
18:17 TOI; Goal (11); Assist (6); plus-1; 3 shots in the Detroit Red Wings’ 5-3 win against the San Jose Sharks.
Adrian Aucoin, Phoenix
20:33 TOI; 3 shots; 2 penalty minutes in the Phoenix Coyotes’ 3-0 loss to the Nashville Predators.
Radim Vrbata, Phoenix
16:23 TOI; 4 shots; 2 penalty minutes
J.P. Dumont, Nashville
Steve Sullivan, Nashville
16:17 TOI, 2 Assists (6,7); 1 shot