Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week:
+ Boston's Jarome Iginla had a big day Saturday. The classy veteran reached the 30-goal level for the 12th time in his career and tied Guy Lafleur for 24th on the career goal-scoring list with No. 560. It was a good day for the Bruins, who clinched the Atlantic Division title. On Sunday they extended their points streak to 15-0-1 and finished the month of March 15-1-1.
+ Montreal Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon, who was placed in a medically induced coma while being treated for meningitis, was released from a Saskatoon hospital last week. Bozon, the 20-year-old son of former NHL player Philippe Bozon, still faces rehabilitation before he can play again. Best wishes to him.
+ New York Islanders owner Charles Wang confirmed he has been listening to offers to buy the franchise. That can only be good news for fans of a once-proud club that has been run into the ground by poor management … as long as the next prospective owner isn't named John Spano.
- Colorado scoring leader Matt Duchene will be out about four weeks — including the first round of the playoffs — because of a left knee injury he suffered when he ran into teammate Jamie McGinn early in the Avalanche's playoff-clinching 3-2 victory over San Jose on Saturday. Last Tuesday, Washington defenseman Jack Hillen sustained an upper-body injury when he ran into Alexander Ovechkin. Hillen missed the Capitals' last two games.
- Sports hernia surgery ended a season that Ottawa winger Bobby Ryan probably would like to forget. He had nine goals and 19 points in his first 17 games with the Senators after being traded by the Ducks last summer. His play declined after the injury and he was left off the U.S. Olympic team. He finished with 23 goals, 48 points in 70 games.
- Winger Martin St. Louis, acquired by the New York Rangers to energize their offense, has been struggling. He has no goals and three assists in 14 games and hasn't clicked with anyone the Rangers have put him with. He has played alongside Derek Stepan and Rick Nash, and previously had Brad Richards and Derick Brassard as his centers.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times