Another milestone for Jagr, Julien ties a Bruins franchise coaching record and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Jaromir Jagr’s first-period assist during the Florida Panthers 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche was his 1,850th career NHL point, tying him for third on the all-time list with the great Gordie Howe. Jagr is now only 37 points behind Mark Messier for second on that list.
BOSTON HERALD: The Boston Bruins downed the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2, giving head coach Claude Julien his 387th victory behind the Bruins bench, tying Art Ross for the franchise record.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Last night’s game between the Anaheim Ducks and Arizona Coyotes was a story of two clubs going in different direction. The Ducks won the game 5-1 for their 10th straight win, while the Coyotes dropped their seventh straight.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It wasn’t that long ago the Ducks were near the bottom of the Western Conference standings while the Coyotes were holding a playoff berth. The roles have reversed in recent weeks.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: The Lighting matched a franchise record with their eighth straight win, dropping the Ottawa Senators 4-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Injuries and inconsistency plagued the Lightning through much of the first half of the season. With a healthier roster, they’re winning more often and no longer in danger of falling out of playoff contention.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist went into an uncharacteristic tantrum by knocking his net off its mooring and flipping it into the end boards during the second period of last night’s 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He apparently suffered a neck injury during a collision with teammates but was unable to signal the referee that he was hurt on the play.
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MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price believes he’s turned the corner in his lengthy recovery from a knee injury. While not setting a timelime, he hopes to return to action before the end of the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That return won’t save the Canadiens season, but it will provide Price with an opportunity to game test his right knee to ensure he feels no further discomfort.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild welcomes defenseman Jonas Brodin back to the lineup after he missed 13 games with a broken foot.
THE DETROIT NEWS: After playing through a red-hot performance in January, Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek has gone cold in recent games, sporting a 3-2-1 record in his last six games with a 3.53 GAA and .876 save percentage.