NHL Power Ranking: Bruins, Flames, Sharks all move in the Top 5.

So much movement with so little time left.

That’s the story of the latest NHL Power Rankings, which arrive just weeks ahead of the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and feature yet another significant shuffling of the top five — er, the top four behind this season’s longstanding front-runner, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

No one is catching Tampa (and no one’s been able to for a long, long time), but that doesn’t mean the contenders right behind the Lightning are done climbing the standings. As we sit in mid-March, in fact, you might be able to make the case for at least a half-dozen teams as the No. 2 to Tampa. No joke


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Sharks, Jets, Islanders drop two spots each; Wild enter power rankings

  • Tampa Bay Lightning (49-11-4)
  • Boston Bruins (37-17-9)
  • Calgary Flames (41-16-7)
  • San Jose Sharks (37-19-8)
  • Toronto Maple Leafs (39-20-4)
  • Winnipeg Jets (37-22-4)
  • Nashville Predators (37-24-5)
  • New York Islanders (36-19-7)

Malkin Reaches 1,000 NHL points

The 32-year-old center has 391 goals and 609 assists in 848 games with the Penguins, who selected him with the No. 2 pick in the 2004 NHL Draft. He is the 88th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points, the first since Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin on Nov. 30, 2017

Evengi Malkin new milestone 1,000 Points in NHL

“Like, finally. Last couple weeks I’m a little bit nervous,” Malkin said. “It’s like a little bit slow, but it’s finally over, 1,000. I breathe normally. Thanking my teammates. Special day for my family, my friends.”

Malkin assisted on a power-play goal by Sidney Crosby in the second period and on a power-play goal by Phil Kessel in the third.