Even without captain Sidney Crosby -- who still struggles to return from ongoing concussion issues -- the Pittsburgh Penguins are creeping up the standings.
Following a six game losing streak -- the team's longest since 2006 -- the Penguins have won their last seven straight and now sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, just three points behind your Philadelphia Flyers.
Forward James Neal scored his 27th goal of the season in last night's shootout win over St. Louis and was just named to the All-Star Team to replace Alexander Ovechkin, while goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has started 16 of the team's last 17 games and isn't showing any signs of needing a rest.
With New Jersey's improved play of late (the Devils are holding down the eighth spot in the conference), four of the five teams in the Atlantic Division would qualify for the playoffs if they were to start today.
With the NHL's unofficial second half set to get underway after this weekend's All-Star extravaganza, the Flyers' Atlantic Division matchups only figure to grow tougher, and presumably nastier.
EASTON, Pa. -- Tanoh Kpassagnon returned a fumble 25 yards on the first offensive play of the game and Jeff Steeb returned an interception 45 yards to close the scoring and Villanova defeated Lafayette 31-14 on Saturday night.
Aaron Forbes, who ran for 111 yards on 11 carries, scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter to put the Wildcats (3-1) up 24-14 after the Leopards (1-3) had rallied after falling behind 17-0.
Javon White's 1-yard plunge made it 17-0 for Villanova but Lafayette's Drew Reed hit Yasir Thomas for a 14-yard score just before halftime. Reed connected with Tim Vangelas on a 19-yard score early in the third quarter.
Lafayette finished with four turnovers with Rob Rolle picking off two passes, including one he returned 100 yards for a touchdown that was nullified by a penalty.
Villanova had 378 yards of offense, 238 on the ground while Lafayette had 342, 272 through the air.
TORONTO -- Justin Morrow scored in the 70th minute and Toronto FC salvaged a point with a 1-1 draw with the Union on Saturday night.
Morrow made a run from his left back position, and midfielder Jonathan Osorio laid the ball off to Morrow for a tight-angle shot. Toronto (13-8-9) had its second straight home tie,
Alejandro Bedoya scored for Philadelphia (11-11-9) in the 25th minute. Bedoya took a pass from Fabian Herbers with his back to the Toronto goal, quickly spun past the Toronto back line and chipped a shot that looped over goalkeeper Clint Irwin.