NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 5, 2012.

Rangers edge Bruins…Flyers blank Capitals…Patrick Kane gets the winner as Blackhawks down Red Wings…Islanders shut out Devils…Jamie McGinn scores twice as Avalanche beat the Wild…Panthers overcome early deficit to defeat Senators…Sabres back in playoff chase…Brooks Orpik older, wiser, better…Teddy Purcell finding consistency….

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers shook off fatigue to edge the Boston Bruins 4-3, opening a 12 point lead over the Bruins atop the Eastern Conference.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That game felt like a playoff tilt. The last time these two clubs face each other in the playoffs was 1973, so perhaps yesterday’s game was a taste of what we might see later this spring.

Bryzgalov playing better of late.

PHILLY.COM: Ilya Brzygalov continues to improve, backstopping the Flyers to a 1-0 win over the Washington Capitals.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The game saw a bit of controversy, as Alexander Ovechkin’s mistake led to the Flyers goal, and the perception he was benched by coach Dale Hunter for it. Hunter denies it, but Ovechkin was on the bench for a suspiciously long period of time.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Patrick Kane netted the winner as the Blackhawks downed the Detroit Red Wings 2-1, a loss made more costly for the Wings when goalie Jimmy Howard and defenseman Jakub Kindl were sidelined by injuries.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Islanders rookie goalie Anders Nilsson, in only his second NHL game, made 24 saves on route to a 1-0 shutout of the New Jersey Devils.

DENVER POST: New Avalanche forward Jamie McGinn scored both goals in his club’s 2-0 win over the fading Minnesota Wild.

MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat the Ottawa Senators 4-2.

BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres have a chance tonight to jump into an eighth place tie with the Winnipeg Jets when they square off tonight against the Jets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Very impressive when, nearly 3 weeks ago, the Sabres were last in the Eastern Conference and written off as a playoff contender.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik is older and wiser, which is making him a better player.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning forward Teddy Purcell has found more consistency to his game over the second half of this season.