When the Washington Capitals took the lead in the Southeast Division on Thursday and became the No. 3-ranked team in the East, it was the first time they held a playoff position this season. The Carolina Hurricanes and Winnipeg Jets have faded and the Capitals have taken advantage by winning seven of their last 10 games.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tanner Glass was generous to give up his number, 10, to new teammate Brenden Morrow. Glass, who switched to 15, followed that with an even classier move: He said via Twitter any fans who had his jersey with his old number on the back could get it changed to 15 at the team store, "and I'll pay for the switch. First 15 are on me!"
Beginners' luck? Left wing Ryane Clowe scored his first two goals of the season Wednesday after being traded from San Jose to the New York Rangers. On Thursday, winger Marian Gaborik scored the winner in his Columbus debut; Ben Bishop, traded by Ottawa to Tampa Bay, recorded a 45-save shutout against Carolina; Jaromir Jagr was credited with the only goal in Boston's 1-0 victory over New Jersey; and defenseman Robyn Regehr earned an assist and had six hits in the Kings' 3-0 victory over Minnesota. New Penguin Jussi Jokinen scored in regulation and the shootout Friday in a 2-1 victory over the Rangers.