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Helene Elliott's NHL pluses and minuses
Helene Elliott's NHL pluses and minuses

Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the last week: + The Ottawa Senators moved into a playoff spot Monday for the first time since late November on the strength of their seventh straight win and ninth in their past 10, a 5-2 rout of San Jose. Goaltender Andrew Hammond improved to 14-0-1 in his first 15 NHL starts as the Senators moved a point ahead of the faltering Boston Bruins, who have won only five of their last 10 games. + Congratulations to Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, who reached the 40-goal level for the fourth time in seven seasons, and Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr, who scored his 718th goal to move into fifth on the all-time...

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