Date: October 25, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NHL

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Asham

ASHAM'S FIRST THREE-GAME GOAL STREAK

Arron Asham scored the game-winning goal for the Flyers in their 5-1 victory over Florida. Asham, who also scored in each of his previous two games, has a three-game goal-scoring streak for the first time in his 11-season NHL career.

Philadelphia Flyers, Florida Panthers

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Recchi

BRUINS' FIRST WIN EVER AFTER TRAILING BY TWO IN LAST 2:00

The Bruins trailed Ottawa, 3-1, with under two minutes to play in the third period but Boston tied the score on goals 66 seconds apart by Mark Recchi and David Krejci and won the game in a shootout. It was the first time in the Bruins' 85-year history that they won a game in which they trailed by two goals in the last two minutes of the third period.

Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins

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Brodeur

BRODEUR'S AT HOME AS A VISITOR IN THE IGLOO

Martin Brodeur made 32 saves in his 4-1 victory in Pittsburgh. Brodeur will be sorry to see the Penguins leave Mellon Arena, which is due to close next year. He has a 21-11-0 record in 33 regular-season games at "the Igloo," which has been the Penguins' home since they entered the NHL in 1967. Brodeur's 21 wins at Mellon Arena are by far the most by a visiting goaltender in that building. In fact, only two other goaltenders have even half as many wins there against the Penguins as Brodeur does: Rogie Vachon (12) and Ed Giacomin (11).

New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins

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Fraser

ROOKIE'S FIRST NHL GOAL IS FIRST BY A DEVILS D'MAN THIS SEASON

Devils rookie defenseman Mark Fraser, making his season debut, scored the first goal in New Jersey's game at Pittsburgh. It was the first goal of Fraser's career (his previous NHL experience consisted of seven games in the 2006-07 season) and the first goal by a Devils defenseman this season. Entering play on Saturday, New Jersey was the only team in the league without a goal from a defenseman this season.

New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins

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Cammalleri

CAMMALLERI FINISHES OFF HAT TRICK WITH AN OT GOAL

Mike Cammalleri completed his hat trick with an overtime goal that earned the Canadiens a 5-4 win over the Rangers. Cammalleri was the first Montreal player to record a hat trick that included an overtime goal since Dec. 18, 2003, when defenseman Sheldon Souray scored three times in the Canadiens' 5-4 home win against Nashville.

Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Nashville Predators

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Anderson

ANDERSON IS NEARLY UNBEATABLE WHEN FACING 40-PLUS SHOTS

We've said it before and we'll say it again: The more shots on goal that Craig Anderson faces the better he plays. Anderson stopped 48 of the 49 shots the Red Wings sent his way on Saturday night in leading the Avalanche to a 3-1 win over Detroit. Anderson's career record in the 21 games in which he's faced 40 or more shots on goal is 14-2-5, including a 2-0-0 mark this season. His career record when he faces fewer than 40 shots is only 30-42-10.

Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche

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Kopitar

KOPITAR'S FOURTH THREE-POINT GAME THIS SEASON

Anze Kopitar had three assists for the Kings in their win at Phoenix. It was the second straight three-point game for Kopitar, who scored three goals in L.A.'s win over Dallas on Thursday, and his league-high fourth game with three or more points this season. Kopitar played all 82 games for the Kings last season but he scored three or more points in a game only six times.

Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes

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Green

MIKE GREEN: EIGHT OVERTIME POINTS IN LAST THREE SEASONS

Mike Green scored Washington's first goal and assisted on Brooks Laich's overtime tally in the Capitals' come-from-behind win on Long Island. Green's eight overtime points (three goals, five assists) since the start of the 2007-08 season tie him with Patrik Elias (four goals, four assists) for the most in the NHL over that span.

New York Islanders, Washington Capitals

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Lecavalier

LECAVALIER ENDS 15-GAME GOAL DROUGHT

Vincent Lecavalier scored his first goal in more than seven months when he opened the scoring in the Lightning's game against the Sabres at the 19:59 mark of the first period. Lecavalier did not score a goal in his final seven games last season and he had no goals in eight games this season before Saturday. Lecavalier's 15-game goal drought was the second-longest of his 11-year NHL career. He went goalless in 17 consecutive games as a rookie in the 1998-99 season.

Tampa Bay Lightning, Buffalo Sabres

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Myers

ROOKIE DEFENSEMAN SCORES SHOOTOUT WINNER FOR SABRES

The Sabres and Lightning had not scored on any of the first 11 shots in their shootout until Buffalo's rookie defenseman, Tyler Myers, put the puck past Tampa Bay goaltender Mike Smith on the 12th shootout attempt to give the Sabres a 3-2 victory. Myers is the sixth rookie defenseman to score the deciding goal in a shootout in the five seasons in which the tiebreaker has been used. The others were Kris Letang (3 times in 2007-08), Alexander Edler (2 in 2007-08), Dennis Wideman (2005-06), Alex Goligoski (2008-09) and Drew Doughty (2008-09) .

Tampa Bay Lightning, Buffalo Sabres

MAPLE LEAFS' SEVENTH STRAIGHT GAME WITHOUT A LEAD

Toronto (0-7-1) remains the only winless team in the NHL after a 3-1 loss in Vancouver on Saturday night. It's even worse than that: The only time that the Maple Leafs have led in a game this season was at 3-2 for a 6:41 span of the third period in their season opener (Oct. 1 vs. Montreal), a game the Leafs lost in overtime. Toronto's current streak of seven consecutive games without holding a lead is the longest in the franchise's 92-year history.

Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Montreal Canadiens

FLAMES' THIRD WIN IN THREE GAMES VS. OILERS

The Flames made it three wins in three games in the "Battle of Alberta" this season with a 5-2 victory over the Oilers in Calgary on Saturday night. It's the first time that one team has swept the first three games of the Calgary-Edmonton season series since the Flames did that in 1992-93.

Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers

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Marleau

MARLEAU MATCHES CAREER HIGH FOR GOALS IN A MONTH

Patrick Marleau scored two goals for the Sharks in their 4-3 win in Atlanta, giving him nine goals in 11 games this season. Marleau's nine goals in October equal his career high for any calendar month. He scored nine goals for San Jose in November 2002 and December 2003.

Atlanta Thrashers, San Jose Sharks

BLACKHAWKS OWN THE SECOND PERIOD

The Blackhawks beat the Predators, 2-0, with both of Chicago's goals coming in the second period. That's par for the course for the Blackhawks this season, who've scored more than half of their goals (17 of 32) in the middle period, with at least one second-period tally in each of their ten games.

Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators


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