The Daily Phil Esposito


"Am I on Waivers yet?"

There were 14 former featherheads which took the ice last night and of the 10 skaters there was only one point which was an assist. It came from a guy some people call Big Buff who is having a career season. The three goalies in action tonight all picked up W’s including the first of the year in the return game for the goalie we beat in the Stanley Cup finals last year. Oh and David Koci is still gaining on Duncan Keith in Ice Time per game. Just a couple more seconds and he might be within 26 minutes. Enjoy

Click the jump for highlights from the 12/30/10 games

Michael Leighton – Philadelphia
Win (1), 32 saves on 36 shots, .889 SV%
Returned for his first the game of the season, and despite giving up four goals go the win. That’s because his team scored 7 goals for him. Marty Turco wished he could get 3 goals consistently…

James Wisniewski – Montreal
21:48 TOI, plus one, one shot

Shawn Thornton – Boston
5:36 TOI

Kris Versteeg – Toronto
19:11 TOI, one shot

Tim Brent – Toronto
9:12 TOI, 3 of 7 in face-offs

Dustin Byfuglien – Atlanta
24:28 TOI, one assist (25), minus two, 2 PIM, seven shots
39 points in 40 games for Big Buff. 14 of those are goals along with his career high of 25 assists.

Andrew Ladd – Atlanta
23:24 TOI, minus two, one shot

Brent Sopel – Atlanta
18:25 TOI, one shot

Ethan Moreau – Columbus
13:38 TOI, one shot

Sammy Pahlsson – Columbus
14:37 TOI, four shots, 5 of 13 on face-offs

Craig Anders(s)on – Colorado
Win (11), 32 saves on 35 shots, .914 SV%

David Koci – Colorado
2:29 TOI

Colin Fraser – Edmonton
12:40 TOI, one shot, 6 of 12 in face-offs

Antti Niemi – San Jose
Win (8), 26 saves on 29 shots, .897 SV%

P.S.  Happy New Year, it has been a good one for the Hawks. Hopefully 2011 can be the same for them.

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