NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 28, 2012.

Blues tie NHL record in shutout win over Predators, Bruins celebrate Chara’s big night with win over Lightning, Rangers down Wild to widen lead in the East, Devils close in on playoff berth with close win over Blackhawks, Sabres take possession of eighth overall with win over Capitals, Islanders beat Penguins, and Bryzgalov day-to-day with foot injury.

STLTODAY.COM: The Blues tied a post-expansion NHL record for most shutouts in one season by one team (15) in their 3-0 win over the Nashville Predators, leaving Predators head coach Barry Trotz still seeking his 500th career win. Blues forward Jamie Langenbrunner played his 1,100th career NHL game.

Chara honored for 1,000th career game.

BOSTON HERALD:  Steven Stamkos’ two goals weren’t enough to prevent the Bruins celebrating their commemoration of Zdeno Chara’s 1,000th career NHL game with a 5-2 victory. The Bruins also received some bad news yesterday, as a source suggests injured forward Nathan Horton (concussion) may be out for the rest of the season.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers increased their lead in the Eastern Conference to three points with a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

NJ.COM: The Devils moved closer to clinching a playoff berth with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres seized sole possession of eighth overall in the East with a convincing 5-1 win over the Washington Capitals.  The Capitals did get some good news, as center Nicklas Backstrom (concussion) has passed the baseline neuropsychological test, another step forward in his recovery.

NEWSDAY: The NY Islanders hampered the Pittsburgh Penguins attempt to close the gap on the NY Rangers for first in the Eastern Conference, downing the Pens 5-3.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is day-to-day with a chip fracture in his right foot and won’t play Thursday against the Maple Leafs.