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ARENAS OFF TO A GOOD START
Gilbert Arenas scored 32 points in the Wizards' win over the Nets. Arenas has scored 84 points this season, the most he has ever scored over the first three games of a season in his NBA career. His previous high was 78 points in 2005-06.
BLATCHE BIG OFF THE BENCH
Andray Blatche came off the bench for the Wizards and scored 30 points and made 15 of 18 shots from the field (.833). Over the previous three NBA seasons only one player scored that many points and had that high a field-goal percentage in a game he did not start: Kevin Martin for the Kings on Jan. 14, 2008 (39 points, 14-for-16 from the field).
YOU NEED AN "O" TO SPELL BOBCATS
Charlotte scored 79 points in their loss to the Cavaliers Saturday night and has now scored only 240 points in three games this season. That's the fewest points for any NBA team in its first three games of a season in six years.
KNICKS GOOD AT DIGGING HOLES
The Knicks have trailed by at least 20 points in all three games this season, all losses. Over the previous 10 seasons only three teams trailed by 20-or-more points in each of their first three games: Memphis in 2002-03, Atlanta in 2004-05 and Sacramento in 2007-08 (first four games).
ROCKETS BACKCOURT COMES UP BIG
Trevor Ariza scored 33 points and fellow backcourt mate Aaron Brooks scored 28. It's the first time since March 26, 2002 that both starting guards for the Rockets scored 28-or-more points in a non-overtime game. Cuttino Mobley (28) and Steve Francis (32) did it then.
YANKEES LONG-LASTING TRIO
Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera played in the World Series as teammates again, 13 years after doing it for the first time, the longest span for any trio of teammates in Series history. Until this year, the trios with the longest spans between World Series as teammates bookended their appearances with different teams: Nippy Jones, Del Rice and Red Schoendienst (1946 Cardinals and 1957 Braves); Joe Morgan, Tony Perez and Pete Rose (1972 Reds and 1983 Phillies).
YANKEES HITLESS UNTIL A-ROD HOMERS
Alex Rodriguez's two-run home run in the fourth inning was the Yankees' first hit of Game 3. It was the first time in 10 years that a team's first hit of a World Series Game was a home run after being held hitless through the first three-or-more innings. It last happened in Game 1 of the 1999 series. The Braves were hitless until Chipper Jones hit a home run off Orlando Hernandez with one out in the fourth inning. The Yankees won that game, 4-1, and the series in a sweep.
PAY BACK IS A...
Alex Rodriguez hit a home run two innings after he was hit by a pitch. A-Rod was the seventh player in World Series history to hit a home run after being hit by a pitch earlier in that game. The last to do it was Jose Canseco for Oakland against the Dodgers in Game 1 of the 1988 series. Canseco's hit-by-pitch and home run both came against Tim Belcher.
MATSUI GOES THE OTHER WAY
Hideki Matsui hit an opposite-field home run in Game 3. Matsui hit 28 home runs during the regular season, none to left field. That was the most home runs by any player who did not hit one to the opposite field this season.
WERTH HIS WEIGHT IN GOLD
With two home runs tonight, Jayson Werth has eight extra-base hits this postseason (one triple and seven home runs), after collecting ten during the 2008 postseason (seven doubles, one triple, two homers). Werth's 18 extra-base hits in the postseason are the most for any player over two consecutive years. Two players had 17: Fred McGriff (1995-1996) and Hideki Matsui (2003-2004).
HAMELS GIVES UP THE LONG BALL
Cole Hamels has allowed seven home runs this postseason (at least one in each of his four starts), tying for the most allowed by any pitcher in one postseason: seven each for Eric Show (1984 Padres), Scott Garrelts (1989 Giants), Andy Pettitte (1996 Yankees) and Josh Beckett (2008 Red Sox).
PHILLIES SET WORLD SERIES RECORD FOR N.L. TEAM
Chase Utley hit two home runs in Game 1 of the World Series; Jayson Werth hit two home runs in Game 3. The Phillies are the first National League team to have two different players with a multi-home run game in a single World Series. Several A.L. teams did it, the last being the Angels in 2002 (Tim Salmon and Troy Glaus).
STAMKOS IN GOOD COMPANY
Steven Stamkos scored the only goal for the Lightning in their 2-1 shootout loss to Martin Brodeur and the Devils in Tampa on Saturday. Stamkos has played three games against Brodeur and he's scored goals versus the NHL's all-time wins leader in each of them. He had one goal against Brodeur on April 3 last season and two when the Devils played in Tampa earlier this season (October 8). Stamkos is only the sixth player to score goals in each of his first three regular-season games against Brodeur. The others were Michal Pivonka, Martin Gelinas, Brett Hull, Mario Lemieux and Evgeni Malkin. Pretty good company for Stamkos, we'd say.
BRUINS BLANK OILERS AGAIN
The Bruins posted their third consecutive shutout against the Oilers when Tuukka Rask blanked Edmonton, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon in Boston. The Bruins' last two games against the Oilers were shutouts by Tim Thomas: 3-0 on Feb. 13, 2007 in Boston and 1-0 in overtime on Oct. 27, 2008 in Edmonton. The only other team to shut out the Oilers in three straight games was the Minnesota Wild, with Niklas Backstrom keeping the clean sheet in each of those games (April-November 2007).
LALIBERTE MAKES SPLASH IN NHL DEBUT
David Laliberte, making his NHL debut, had a goal and an assist for the Flyers in their win over the Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon. Laliberte is the fourth player in Flyers history to record both a goal and an assist in his first NHL game. The others were Dick Sarrazin, Al Hill and Justin Williams.
COBURN NETS TWO
Braydon Coburn scored the last two goals in the Flyers' 6-1 rout of the Hurricanes. Coburn was the first Philadelphia defenseman with a multiple-goal game since Jan. 30, 2006, when Joni Pitkanen scored twice in New York against the Rangers.
ONDREJ STANDS TALL
Ondrej Pavelec stopped all but one of the 51 shots the Senators sent his way, including 24 of 25 in the third period, to lead Atlanta almost single-handedly to a 3-1 victory in Ottawa on Saturday afternoon. It was the fourth time in Thrashers history that they allowed 50 or more shots on goal in a game and, remarkably, Atlanta has won all four of those games, including once before in Ottawa. The previous instances were 3-2 overtime wins at Boston in December 2001 (55 shots vs. Milan Hnilicka) and at Ottawa in March 2002 (52 shots vs. Frederic Cassivi), and a 5-1 home win against Washington on March 16 last season (50 shots vs. Kari Lehtonen).
ISLANDERS FIND THE OFFENSE
The Islanders beat the Sabres 5-0 at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night, after winning 4-3 in overtime at Washington on Friday. That seems like a relatively modest accomplishment, but it's the first time that the Islanders have won consecutive games while scoring at least four goals in each game since they had a three-game streak more than 20 months ago (Feb. 12-16, 2008).
TAMBELLINI SCORES THREE
Jeff Tambellini recorded his first NHL hat trick when he scored three goals in the Islanders' 5-0 win against the Sabres. Before last Monday, when he scored both Islanders goals in their overtime loss at Montreal, Tambellini had played 148 games in the NHL without ever scoring more than one goal in a game. Jeff's father, Steve Tambellini, the Edmonton Oilers general manager who was in attendance at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night, had two hat tricks during his NHL playing career, both against the Hartford Whalers (one for New Jersey in December 1982 and the other for Calgary in October 1984).
KABERLE SCORING IN BUNCHES
Tomas Kaberle, who scored five points in the Maple Leafs' win at Anaheim on Monday (one goal, four assists), had four points in Toronto's shootout loss in Montreal on Saturday (one goal, three assists). Kaberle is the first Maple Leafs defenseman to have two games with four-or-more points in one season since 1979-80, when Ian Turnbull had a pair of four-point games. He's also the first NHL defenseman to have two such games within a six-day span since Nicklas Lidstrom had four-point games six days apart for the Red Wings in 2006 (March 4 and 9).
VOKOUN NOT SINGING THE BLUES
Tomas Vokoun made 34 saves to lead the Panthers to a 4-0 win at St. Louis on Saturday night. Vokoun has won all nine games he's played against the Blues since the NHL lockout ended in 2005, allowing a total of ten goals in those nine games. Before the NHL shut down for one season, Vokoun had a 4-10-3 record in 18 games versus St. Louis.
BRYZGALOV SHOOTS DUCKS
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout to earn a 3-2 victory over his former team, the Anaheim Ducks. Bryzgalov has been involved in 16 shootouts since he was acquired by the Coyotes on waivers from Anaheim in November 2007 and seven of them have been against the Ducks (five wins, two losses).