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Morning Coffee! Jacques Lemaire Gets MIlestone, New Jersey Devils Stay Hot

Good morning, New York sports fans! Here is your first look at the New York area sports scene on another frigid February Friday. Good luck saying that fast 10 times.

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  • Jacques Lemaire earned the 600th coaching victory of his illustrious career Thursday night as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1, in overtime. Don't look now, but the once-woeful Devils continue to march ever closer to playoff contention in the Eastern Conference. New Jersey is 8-1-1 in its last 10 games and is now within 13 points of eighth-place Carolina for the final playoff spot. That is still a long climb, but it is now at least within shouting distance for New Jersey.
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  • St. John's stunned UConn Thursday night behind Dwight Hardy's 33 points. All I can say is the Big East truly is an amazing basketball conference.
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  • The struggling New York Knicks host the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at Madison Square Garden. Almost certainly there will be chants of 'Me-lo' as Knicks fans voice their desire for the team to complete a trade for Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks would fall back to .500 with a loss tonight.
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  • In NFL labor negotiations, there are no negotiations right now. It seems highly unlikely a deal will be in place by March 3, when the current collective bargaining agreement expires.
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  • A couple of NBA notes worthy of mention. Congratulation to Ray Allen, who became the NBA's all-time leader in 3-point field goals Thursday night. Utah's Jerry Sloan, who resigned Thursday, deserves a 'kudos' for a tremendous 23-year run in Utah.
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