Date: March 26, 2008

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Webber

CHRIS WEBBER EXPECTED TO RETIRE

Chris Webber, who is expected to retire on Wednesday, will end his NBA career with 17,182 points, 8,124 rebounds and 3,526 assists. Only seven players in NBA history matched or exceeded Webber's totals in all three of those categories: Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Elgin Baylor, Karl Malone and Kevin Garnett. Garnett is the only one of those seven who, like Webber, never played a game in the NBA Finals.

Golden State Warriors

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Howard

DWIGHT HOWARD GETS A 20/20 VS. DUNCAN AND THE SPURS

Dwight Howard had 24 points and 21 rebounds but it wasn't enough for the Magic in a home loss to San Antonio. It was only the sixth time in Tim Duncan's NBA career that he played in a regular season game in which an opposing player had 20/20 (points/rebounds). The other players to do that to Duncan and the Spurs were Marcus Camby, Dirk Nowitzki, Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Garnett and Amare Stoudemire.

Orlando Magic

ORLANDO'S STREAK WITH 10+ THREE-POINTERS ENDS AT 10 GAMES

Orlando was 7-for-16 from three-point range, ending its streak of 10 consecutive games with at least 10 three-point field goals. That streak is one shy of the NBA record. Dallas converted at least 10 shots from beyond the arc in 11 consecutive games during the 1995-96 season.

Orlando Magic

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Paul

31 POINTS AND 14 ASSISTS FOR CHRIS PAUL

Chris Paul had 31 points and 14 assists in New Orleans' win at Indiana on Tuesday night. Only one other NBA player had 30-or-more points and at least 14 assists in a non-OT game this season: Baron Davis (33 and 15 on November 23 at Washington).

New Orleans Hornets

A PERFECT NIGHT FROM THE FOUL LINE FOR THE BULLS

The Bulls were 16-for-16 from the foul line in their 103-94 win against the Hawks on Tuesday night. That's the most successful free throw attempts without a miss for Chicago in any game in 20 years - since Michael Jordan and company were also 16-for-16 against Atlanta on January 19, 1988.

Chicago Bulls

MLB

RED SOX RALLY TO WIN OPENER

The Red Sox rallied from a 4-3 deficit in the ninth inning for a 6-5 victory in 10 innings over the A's on Tuesday. Only three other defending champions started their season with a victory in which they trailed in the ninth inning or later: the 1961 Pirates, 1931 Athletics, and 1924 Yankees.

Boston Red Sox

MOSS IS SECOND ROOKIE TO HIT OPENING-GAME HR FOR DEFENDING CHAMPS

Brandon Moss, whose home run tied the game in the ninth inning, was only the second rookie to hit an opening-game home run for a defending World Series champion. The other was Carlos Delgado for the Blue Jays in 1994.

Boston Red Sox

MANNY DRIVES IN 4 RUNS

Manny Ramirez drove in four runs, including a game-winning double in the 10th inning, in Boston's win. Over his seven previous season openers with the Red Sox, Ramirez had only one RBI (5-for-26 and nine strikeouts).

Boston Red Sox

REED JOHNSON SIGNS WITH THE CUBS

Reed Johnson, who signed with the Cubs on Tuesday, batted .236 for the Blue Jays in 2007 (in 275 at-bats) after posting a .319 BA in 2006. Johnson's 83-point batting average decline was the largest in the Major Leagues from 2006 (qualifiers) to 2007 (min: 250 at-bats).

Chicago Cubs

NHL

OTTAWA SCORES FIVE GOALS IN THE FINAL EIGHT MINUTES

The Senators trailed the Sabres, 3-1, with under eight minutes to play in the third period but Ottawa scored five unanswered goals to beat Buffalo, 6-3. It was only the third time in NHL history that a team scored six-or-more goals in a game despite scoring no more than one goal through the first 52:00, but it was the second such game this season! On November 10 the Kings trailed the Stars, 4-0, with just over seven minutes left in the third period but rallied to beat Dallas in overtime, 6-5. The only other game of this kind in league history was the Bruins' 7-4 win over the Rangers on Jan. 4, 1958 (Boston trailed 4-1 with 8:00 to play).

Ottawa Senators

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Alfredsson

ALFREDSSON AGAIN SCORES THREE POINTS IN THE 3RD PERIOD

Daniel Alfredsson had three assists in the third period for the Senators in their 7-5 loss at Montreal on Monday, and he had two goals and one assist in the third period of Ottawa's come-from-behind 6-3 win at Buffalo on Tuesday. Alfredsson is the first NHL player to score at least three third-period points in each of two consecutive team games since Mario Lemieux did that for Pittsburgh on Nov. 21-25, 1987.

Ottawa Senators

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Franzen

ANOTHER GAME-WINNING GOAL FOR FRANZEN

Johan Franzen's third-period goal broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the Blues in St. Louis. It was Franzen's fifth game-winning goal in March, which ties the Detroit franchise record for game-winners by one player in any calendar month. Gordie Howe had five game-winning goals in February 1952 and again in January 1956, and Henrik Zetterberg had five in February 2007.

Detroit Red Wings

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Ovechkin

ELEVEN SHOTS ON GOAL FOR OVECHKIN

Alex Ovechkin had one goal and 11 shots on goal in the Capitals' 3-2 shootout win at Carolina. It was Ovechkin's league-high seventh game with 10-or-more shots on goal this season. No other NHL player has had as many as three double-digit shot games this season and only Jason Arnott, Olli Jokinen and Rick Nash have had two such games.

Washington Capitals

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Jagr

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: JAGR REACHES THE 20-GOAL MARK

Jaromir Jagr scored his 20th goal of the season but the Rangers lost to the Flyers in overtime, 2-1, on Tuesday night. Jagr has scored at least 20 goals in each of his 17 seasons in the NHL, but it took him far longer to reach the 20-goal plateau this season (76 games) than in any of his previous 16 seasons. The most games Jagr needed to score his first 20 goals in any season before this was 60 in 1990-91, his rookie year.

New York Rangers

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Ellis

ELLIS SHUTS OUT THE BLUE JACKETS

Nashville's Dan Ellis made 36 saves in his 3-0 shutout win over the Blue Jackets. Ellis is 9-1-0 with a 1.48 goals-against average, .958 save percentage and two shutouts in the last ten games in which he faced at least 30 shots on goal (Jan. 22 to date).

Nashville Predators

BRUINS EARN THEIR FIRST ROAD WIN THIS MONTH

The Bruins got their first road win this month by beating the Maple Leafs in Toronto, 6-2, on Tuesday night. Boston was outscored 17-6 in its previous five road games in March, which resulted in two regulation losses and three shootout losses.

Boston Bruins

THE DEVILS SCORING SLUMP CONTINUES

The Devils scored only one goal in each of their last three games (a 2-1 shootout loss to the Rangers, 3-1 loss to the Islanders and 7-1 loss at Pittsburgh) and they didn't even manage to do that on Tuesday as they were shut out at home by the Penguins, 2-0. The four consecutive games in which they scored no more than one goal is the longest single-season streak of its kind for the Devils since the franchise moved to New Jersey in 1982. The Colorado Rockies did that twice (four games in 1976-77 and 1978-79).

New Jersey Devils

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Pandolfo

700 CAREER GAMES FOR PANDOLFO

Jay Pandolfo played his 700th regular-season game when the Devils hosted the Penguins on Tuesday. Pandolfo is the eighth player whose first 700 NHL games were all for the Devils, joining John MacLean, Bruce Driver, Ken Daneyko, Scott Niedermayer, Martin Brodeur, Sergei Brylin and Patrik Elias. Since 1982-83 (the Devils' first season in New Jersey), only two other NHL teams have had half as many players debut for them and remain with the club through their 700th game: the Stars, with five (Brian Bellows, Mike Modano, Derian Hatcher, Richard Matvichuk, Jere Lehtinen) and Red Wings, with four (Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov, Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom).

New Jersey Devils


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