Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week:
+ Kudos to Vancouver Canucks goaltenders Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider for appearing in a four-minute video that spoofed their much-hyped rivalry for the No. 1 job. Produced by Canada's TSN, the skit is funny and clever as it portrays the two trying to top each other while pretending to be friends. They turned a controversy into a comedy and did it well.
+ The Pittsburgh Penguins extended their winning streak to nine Sunday with a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins, vaulting past Montreal for the East lead, though the Canadiens have two games in hand. The Penguins' success is impressive because they've been without defending scoring champion and most valuable player Evgeni Malkin (upper-body injury) for the last five games and have allowed only five goals in that span. But Sunday's triumph might have been costly: defenseman Kris Letang, who's having a Norris Trophy-caliber season, left the game with an apparent leg injury. His status is unclear.
+ The injury-depleted Columbus Blue Jackets have assembled a franchise-record points streak that hit 6-0-4 after their 1-0 shootout victory over Phoenix on Saturday. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who hasn't given up more than two goals in any of his eight March appearances, has been the key to the team's surge out of the West basement. He has stopped 239 of 245 shots in his last eight games (.976 save percentage), including two shutouts in his last five.