Malkin regains scoring lead as Penguins down Bruins…Jaroslav Halak backstops Blues over Blue Jackets…Marian Gaborik nets OT winner for Rangers…Martin Brodeur reaches milestone in Devils victory…Jose Theodore stands tall for Panthers…Jonathan Quick and Mike Richards carry Kings to victory…Saku Koivu poised for milestone…Sharks deals haven’t worked…Jimmy Howard joins Red Wings on road trip…Avalanche’s Semyon Varlamov picks up his play…Mike Commodore hoping to revitalize career in Tampa Bay.
POST-GAZETTE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins victory streak moved to nine games with a 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins, spoiling Marty Turco’s NHL debut this season, as he spelled off Tim Thomas to start the second after Thomas gave up three goals in the first. Evgeni Malkin had three assists to regain the NHL points lead, while reaching his 500th career NHL point.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins have been surging since mid-January, and have been especially strong over the past month. They’re only four points behind the Rangers in the Eastern Conference standings.
BND.COM: Jaroslav Halak made 33 saves to carry a tired St. Louis Blues team to a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was the Blues fifth straight win.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It also widened the Blues lead in the Western Conference to five points, and their 97 points has them poised to be the first team this season to reach 100 points.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Marian Gaborik potted the OT winner as the Rangers edged the NY Islanders 4-3, snapping a three-game losing streak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers needed that win, as the Penguins are nipping at their heels in the race for first overall in the Conference.
NJ.COM: Martin Brodeur recorded his 650th career victory as the Devils downed the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1.
MIAMI HERALD: Jose Theodore made 34 saves as the Florida Panthers blanked the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The victory ensure a one-point lead over the Washington Capitals for first in the Southeast Division.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Jonathan Quick was strong in the shoot-out and Mike Richards potted the winner in the Kings 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Kings are tied with the Flames and Avalanche with 76 points, but the Flames get the tiebreak on the basis of more goals.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks forward Saku Koivu will play his 1,000th career NHL game tonight against the Colorado Avalanche.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A remarkable achievement for Koivu, who overcame early career injuries and a life-threatening battle with cancer ten years ago.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: Sharks GM Doug Wilson’s moves have not panned out as hoped for his struggling club.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Goaltender Jimmy Howard will travel with the Red Wings on their current road trip. Howard miss the last three games to a groin injury.
DENVER POST: Semyon Varlamov has been stellar of late, and his strong performance could give the Avalanche a chance to make the playoffs.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Mike Commodore hopes to revitalize his NHL career with the Lightning.