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HORNETS +21 IN REBOUNDS VS. MAGIC
The Hornets outrebounded the Magic by 21 on Tuesday night (51-30), the largest margin against Orlando during Dwight Howard's four NBA seasons.
76ERS BACK OVER .500
The 76ers went back over .500 with their win over the Nets on Tuesday. Philadelphia, which 18-30 on February 4, is the sixth team in NBA history to go over .500 after being at least 12 games under .500 at some point earlier that season. The only other team to do it over the last 20 years was the 2004-05 Nets.
ROOKIE SCORES 27 FOR PISTONS
SPURS CONTINUE HOME WINNING STREAK VS. WARRIORS
The Spurs won their 20th consecutive home game against the Warriors on Tuesday, a streak that dates back to 1997. That's tied for the longest current home winning streak by one team against another; the Suns have won their last 20 home games against the Bucks, going back to 1988.
ANOTHER HIGH-SCORING GAME BETWEEN SUNS AND NUGGETS
The Suns and Nuggets played for the second consecutive night, and once again it was a high-scoring game. The Nuggets won Tuesday, 126120, after the Suns won on Monday, 132-117. The teams combined for 495 points, the most by teams that met on consecutive days since March 4-5, 1989, when the Warriors and Kings scored 504 points in a two-day span.
KIPRUSOFF ELIMINATES PROVINCIAL RIVAL
Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 win over the Oilers in Edmonton and eliminate their provincial rival from playoff contention. Kiprusoff is 16-7-3 in 26 games against the Oilers since he was traded to Calgary in November 2003. Kiprusoff's 16 wins versus Edmonton are the second-most by a Flames goaltender, but he has a long way to go to catch Mike Vernon, who was 30-21-6 in 61 regular-season games for Calgary against the Oilers.
LUONGO SETS A VANCOUVER RECORD
Roberto Luongo has started the Canucks' last 29 games, the longest streak for a goaltender in franchise history. Richard Brodeur started 28 consecutive games for the Canucks in 1984-85.
ISLANDERS ALLOW MANY SHOTS
The Islanders have allowed 101 shots on goal over their last two games: 54 against Wade Dubielewicz in a shootout loss to the Flyers on Saturday and 47 against Joey MacDonald in their overtime loss to the Flyers on Tuesday. It's the most shots the Isles have ever allowed over a two-game span. The Islanders' previous high was 97 shots allowed over two games, which they did twice in 1972-73, their first season in the league, when they finished with a 12-60-6 record.
ELIAS SCORES 20 FOR 7TH TIME
Patrik Elias scored his 20th goal of the season in the Devils' 2-1 overtime win over the Islanders. It's the seventh season of 20-or-more goals for Elias, who has spent his entire NHL career with New Jersey. The only player with as many 20-goal seasons for the Devils as Elias is current New Jersey assistant coach John MacLean, who had 10.
ELLIS HOT STREAK ENDS WITH A BANG
Nashville goaltender Dan Ellis was replaced by Chris Mason at the 6:46 mark of the first period after he allowed three goals on seven shots. The three goals in less than seven minutes were one more than Ellis allowed over his previous four games combined, when he stopped 151 of 153 shots, posted a 3-0-1 record, and had a shutout streak of 233:39 (fifth-longest by a goaltender in the NHL's "modern era").
PREDATORS HAVE ANOTHER BIG ROAD COMEBACK
The Predators overcame a three-goal deficit to win in St. Louis on Tuesday. It's the second time this season that Nashville has won on the road after trailing by three or more goals; they also won in a shootout in Montreal on Dec. 1. No other NHL team has more than one such win this year.
CAPITALS LONGEST WINNING STREAK SINCE 2001
The Capitals extended their winning streak to five games with a 4-1 victory over the Hurricanes on Tuesday night. It's Washington's longest winning streak since March 3-11, 2001, when the Capitals also won five in a row. Since then, every NHL team but Washington had won five (or more) consecutive games at least once before last night.
OVECHKIN TIES NHL RECORD
Alex Ovechkin scored his 63rd goal of the season on Tuesday, tying the NHL record for most goals in a season by a left-winger, set by Luc Robitaille for the Kings in 1992-93.
PRICE SHUTS OUT OTTAWA
Carey Price recorded his third shutout of the season on Tuesday, the most by a Canadiens' rookie goaltender since Ken Dryden had eight in 1971-72.
CANADIENS FIRST DIVISION TITLE SINCE 1991-92
The Canadiens clinched first place in the Northeast Division with a 4-0 win at Ottawa on Tuesday night. It's Montreal's first division title since 1991-92, when they finished atop the old Adams Division. The 14 seasons between those two first-place finishes was the longest drought of its kind in Canadiens history. Montreal's longest previous stretch without finishing in first place was eight seasons, which they did twice (1919-20 through 1926-27 and 1947-48 through 1954-55).
ANDINO'S FIRST CAREER HOME RUN IS A GAME-ENDER
Robert Andino's first career home run was a game-ender against the Mets on Tuesday. Last season only one player hit a walkoff homer for his first career home run: the Indians' Ben Francisco did it on June 29 against the Devil Rays. Among the famous players from major league history whose first career homer was a walkoff: Miguel Cabrera, Wade Boggs, Tim Raines, Lou Whitaker and Phil Rizzuto.
JAPANESE PITCHERS GET DECISIONS IN LOS ANGELES
In the Dodgers' win over the Giants, Takashi Saito got the win and Keiichi Yabu took the loss. It's the sixth time that two pitchers, each born in Japan, got the win and the loss in a major league game. The last time before Tuesday was last May 9, when Daisuke Matsuzaka bested Tomo Ohka.
MARINERS DO SOMETHING THEY DIDN'T DO LAST SEASON
The Mariners lost to the Rangers on Tuesday after J.J. Putz allowed a 9th-inning, go-ahead home run to Josh Hamilton. Last season the Mariners were one of three major league teams, along with the Angels and Cardinals, which did not lose a game in which they led in the 9th inning or later.
YANKEES CONTINUE STREAK OF WINNING FIRST HOME GAME OF SEASON
The Yankees' win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday was their 11th consecutive victory in their home opener, which is a new major league record. The Yankees had been tied with the Pirates, who won their first home game in 10 consecutive seasons, from 1945 to 1954 (a decade in which they had the worst record in the National League).
ANOTHER SEASON TOGETHER FOR YANKEES' TRIO
Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera each played Tuesday's season opener to become the first trio of teammates ever to play for the Yankees in each of 14 straight seasons (1995-2008). Two other Yankee threesomes played together in 13 straight seasons: Bill Dickey, Lefty Gomez and Red Ruffing (1930-1942); Whitey Ford, Elston Howard and Mickey Mantle (1955-1967).
Jeter, Posada and Rivera are the fist trio of MLB players to be teammates in 14 straight seasons since Jim Gantner, Paul Molitor and Robin Yount (15 years for the Brewers, 1978-1992).
YOUKILIS TIES LONGEST ERRORLESS STREAK BY 1B IN MLB HISTORY
Kevin Youkilis tied a long-standing major-league record Tuesday in Oakland, by playing his 193rd consecutive errorless games at first base (since July 5, 2006). That ties Steve Garvey's major-league record at that position (193 straight errorless games for the Padres, June 26, 1983 to April 14, 1985).
GARLAND DOMINANT IN ANGELS DEBUT
Jon Garland allowed one run in eight innings in his Angels debut on Tuesday. While it's fairly common for a pitcher to record those numbers in his debut with a team--Jesse Litsch did it last year, Ryan O'Malley in 2006, three pitchers in 2005--it's quite rare to do it without recording a strikeout. In fact, over the last 70 years, only one other pitcher in his first game with a team has thrown eight or more innings allowing no more than one run without striking out a batter: Dock Ellis had a one-run complete game without a strikeout in his first game for the Yankees, in 1976.
ASTROS HAVE SCORED 1 RUN IN 2 GAMES
The Astros scored only one run on Tuesday after being shut out by the Padres on Monday. The last team to be held to no more than one run in its first two games was the 2002 Padres, who were shut out twice to start the season. The Astros have scored one run over their first two games of a season twice previously, in 1992 and 1969. (They have never been shut out in each of their first two games.)