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WELL-ROUNDED SEASON DEBUT FOR ROSE
Derrick Rose had 13 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and only one turnover in the Bulls' season-opening win over the Spurs. Rose had at least 13, 7 and 7 (PTS, REB, AST) in only two games last season but he never had such a game with fewer than two turnovers.
GOD RESTS MORE OFTEN THAN BRODEUR
Martin Brodeur got his first night off this season when Yann Danis made his Devils debut in New Jersey's game at Boston on Thursday night. Since 1993-94, Brodeur's rookie season, only ten other goaltenders have started games for the Devils: Chris Terreri (79), Scott Clemmensen (56), Mike Dunham (28), Kevin Weekes (18), Corey Schwab (16), John Vanbiesbrouck (9), J.F. Damphousse (4), Jeff Reese (2), Rich Shulmistra (1) and Danis (1).
ZUBRUS MAKES HIS GOALS COUNT
Dainius Zubrus scored with 1:26 remaining in the third period to break a 1-1 tie and give the Devils a 2-1 victory in Boston. Zubrus has scored only four goals in 31 regular-season games since March 1 but all of them have been game-winners for New Jersey.
Alex Ovechkin scored the first two goals of the game and the Capitals held the lead for a 4-3 win at Atlanta. It's Ovechkin's sixth two-goal game of the young season. Ovechkin, who didn't get his sixth multiple-goal game last year until December 23, tied the NHL single-season record for multiple-goal games by a player in October, a mark set by Mario Lemieux in 1988. Ovechkin will get a chance to break the record on Friday night when the Capitals play their final game of the month, against the Islanders in Washington.
FOUR IN A ROW FOR STAMKOS
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay's second-year center, extended his goal-scoring streak to a career-high four games when he scored the first of his two goals in the Lightning's 5-2 victory over the Senators. The only other Lightning player to score goals in four consecutive team games over the last two seasons is Ryan Malone, who had a four-game streak last November.
LOW-SCORING SHUTOUTS FOR RINNE
Pekka Rinne made 22 saves to get his first shutout of the season, a 2-0 win over the Blackhawks in Nashville. Rinne had seven shutouts as a rookie with the Predators last season and he won six of them by either a 1-0 or 2-0 score.
THREE SHUTOUTS IN A MONTH
Ilya Bryzgalov posted his league-high third shutout of the season with a 2-0 win in St. Louis on Thursday night. Bryzgalov is only the third goaltender in Jets/Coyotes franchise history to record three or more shutouts in one calendar month. Nikolai Khabibulin had four shutouts for Phoenix in March 1997 and Brian Boucher had four in January 2004.
PENNER STAYS HOT
Dustin Penner scored one goal and assisted on three others for the Oilers in their shootout win over the Red Wings. Penner has 19 points (9 goals, 10 assists) in 13 games this season, matching the point total he accumulated in the 44 games he played from January 1 to the end of last season (8 goals, 11 assists).
RED WINGS EARN A POINT
The Red Wings overcame a 4-0 deficit in Edmonton to earn a point from a 6-5 shootout loss to the Oilers. It was the first time that Detroit got at least one point from a game in which it trailed by four goals since a 7-7 tie at Toronto in December 1989. The Red Wings trailed, 7-3, heading into the third period in that game.
RBI LEADERS GO HEAD TO HEAD
This is the tenth World Series in which the regular-season RBI leaders from both the AL (Mark Teixeira) and NL (Ryan Howard) have participated (since 1920, the first season that RBIs were officially counted), but it's only the second such Series over the last 68 seasons (1942-2009) and the first since 1967 (Carl Yastrzemski and Orlando Cepeda). Howard (Game 1) and Teixeira (Game 2) have already driven in runs in the Series, as did 17 of the 18 previous league leaders who went head-to-head in a Fall Classic. The Cubs' Hack Wilson was shut out in the RBI column in the 1929 World Series despite posting a .471 batting average.
IT SEEMS I HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE
Mariano Rivera saved a World Series game for the tenth time, more than 11 years after notching his first Series save in the 1998 opener against the Padres, the longest span of its kind. The only other pitcher to save a World Series game more than six years after doing it for the first time was Tug McGraw (1973-1980). A.J. Burnett was the ninth different pitcher to have a World Series victory saved by Rivera. Only Roger Clemens has more than one (1999 and 2001).
FAMILIARITY BREEDS CONTEMPT
Pedro Martinez has made 32 regular-season starts against the Yankees (one with Montreal, 27 with Boston and four with the Mets). Only five other pitchers started a World Series game versus a club against which they had started more than 30 regular-season games: Cy Young (1903 Red Sox vs. Pirates), Billy Pierce (1962 Giants vs. Yankees), Don Sutton (1982 Brewers vs. Cardinals), Orel Hershiser (1995 Indians vs. Braves) and Roger Clemens (2005 Astros vs. White Sox).
MATSUI HITS GO-AHEAD HOMER
Hideki Matsui's solo home run in the sixth inning gave the Yankees their first lead of the Series. It matched the latest inning of any World Series game that a DH hit a go-ahead home run. Ryan Klesko's sixth-inning homer gave the Braves a 1-0 lead in a 5-2 win at Cleveland in Game 4 of the 1995 Series.