+ When will the Blackhawks lose in regulation? Their 2-1 shootout victory Sunday in a classic game at Detroit extended their point streak to 19-0-3 from the season's start. Patrick Kane tied it late in regulation and won it in the shootout on a clever, slow-down move. Their depth fuels them but Corey Crawford's surprisingly clutch goaltending has been crucial. Their only losses came in shootouts, against Minnesota on Jan. 30, Vancouver on Feb. 1, and the Ducks on Feb. 12.
+ So much attention has been focused on the Blackhawks — and rightfully so — that the Boston Bruins' excellent start has been overshadowed. They were 14-2-2 through Saturday had won six in a row. But the schedule will soon become a hurdle: After playing only 10 games in February, they began a stretch Saturday of 31 games in the season's final 57 days. They'll have two days off in a row only once more, March 28-29.
+ Winger Simon Gagne wasn't going to play a lot for Kings Coach Darryl Sutter so the team did him a favor by trading him to the Flyers for a conditional draft pick (third if the Flyers make the playoffs, fourth if they miss). He still has skill, though he wasn't finishing for the Kings. Nice of Philadelphia fans to give him a loud ovation when he scored a goal in his first game, last Wednesday.