Date: March 12, 2008

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NBA

SUNS OFFENSE CLICKS VS. GRIZZLIES AGAIN

The Suns scored 132 points against the Grizzlies Tuesday, giving them 617 points in their last five games against Memphis (an average of 123.4 points per game). That's the most points by one team against another over a five-game span since the Suns had 618 over five games against the Washington Bullets from 1993 to 1995.

Phoenix Suns

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O'Neal

SHAQ TAKES ONLY ONE SHOT

Shaquille O'Neal took only one shot in 16:36 of playing time on Tuesday. It's the first time in his career that Shaq has played more than two minutes without taking at least two shots.

Phoenix Suns

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Bryant

KOBE HAS ANOTHER BIG NIGHT VS. TORONTO

Kobe Bryant scored 34 points against the Raptors on Tuesday, increasing his career scoring average against Toronto to 28.3 points per game, his highest against any team he has faced at least 10 times.

Los Angeles Lakers

NHL

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Cogliano

OILERS ROOKIE SETS NHL RECORD

Oilers rookie Andrew Cogliano scored in overtime for the third consecutive game on Tuesday, making him the first player to score an OT goal in each of three consecutive team games. (Five-minute overtime was introduced for the 1983-84 season.)

Cogliano already has more career overtime goals than such veterans as Trevor Linden (none), Daniel Alfredsson (2) and Bryan Smolinski (2).2

Edmonton Oilers

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Jones

JONES SCORES FIRST NHL GOAL, SET UP BY SAKIC

Colorado rookie David Jones scored his first NHL goal, with an assist by Joe Sakic, in the Avs' 5-2 win in Atlanta on Tuesday night. It was the 16th time in Sakic's 19 seasons in the NHL that he assisted on a player's first career goal but it was the first time since April 7, 2000, when he set up Serge Aubin's first tally. The only players in NHL history who have assisted on as many first goals as Sakic are Wayne Gretzky (18) and Mark Recchi (16).

Among the 15 other first goals Sakic aided were those by Mats Sundin, Adam Foote, Chris Simon, Milan Hejduk and Alex Tanguay.

Colorado Avalanche

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Price

ROOKIE GOALTENDER BEATS BRODEUR

Carey Price, the Canadiens' rookie goaltender, turned away 38 shots in securing a 4-0 shutout win over the Devils on Tuesday night. It's the most saves in a shutout by a Montreal rookie since Ken Dryden stopped 38 shots against the Detroit Red Wings on October 30, 1971.

It was only the second time in 27 career regular-season games in Montreal that Martin Brodeur allowed more than three goals. The only other time he did that was a 5-1 loss at the Montreal Forum on Jan. 28, 1995. Before Tuesday, Brodeur had allowed no more than three goals in any of his last 23 regular-season games in his hometown.

Montreal Canadiens

FLYERS LOSE AFTER HAVING 3-GOAL LEAD IN THIRD PERIOD

The Flyers had a 3-0 lead in the third period but could not hold it, losing to the Maple Leafs in Toronto in overtime, 4-3. Before Tuesday, the Flyers had won the last 149 regular-season games in which they had a three-goal (or bigger) lead in the third period. The last time Philadelphia did not win a game in which it led by three goals in the third period was on Dec. 31, 1995 in Vancouver, when the Flyers squandered a 5-2 lead with less than ten minutes to play and ended up in a 5-5 tie.

Philadelphia's 149-game winning streak when leading by at least three in the third period was tied for the third-longest in the NHL entering Tuesday's games.

Philadelphia Flyers

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Heatley

HAT TRICK FOR HEATLEY

Dany Heatley scored three goals for the Senators in their 4-1 win over the Bruins. It was Heatley's fifth hat trick in his three seasons with Ottawa. The only NHL players with as many hat tricks over the last three seasons as Heatley are Jonathan Cheechoo (9), Ilya Kovalchuk (6) and Alex Ovechkin (5).

Ottawa Senators

RED WINGS FIRE AWAY AGAINST CHICAGO

The Red Wings took 47 shots in their win over the Blackhawks on Tuesday. It was the NHL-leading 14th time this season that Detroit took at least 40 shots in a game. The Red Wings also led the NHL with 18 such games last season.

Detroit Red Wings

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DiPietro

DIPIETRO ALLOWS 8 GOALS TO LIGHTNING

Rick DiPietro allowed a career-high eight goals as the Islanders were routed by the Lightning in Tampa on Tuesday night, 8-4. DiPietro's previous high for goals allowed in one game was six, which he's done ten times. It was the second time that an Islanders goaltender allowed eight goals in a game this season; Wade Dubielewicz gave up eight goals in Toronto on October 11. Before this season, no Islanders goaltender had allowed that many goals in one game since March 24, 2000, when Kevin Weekes allowed eight goals to the Devils.

New York Islanders


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