Date: November 13, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NFL

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Cutler

JAY CUTLER: AN NFL FIRST HE'S NOT PROUD OF

Jay Cutler passed for 307 yards but threw five interceptions and the Bears were held without a touchdown in their 10-6 loss at San Francisco. Cutler became the first player in NFL history to pass for 300 yards in a game while being intercepted at least five times and seeing his team held without a touchdown.

Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers

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Cutler

FIVE INTS GIVE CUTLER SOMETHING IN COMMON WITH QB HE REPLACED

The only other Bears player in the last 40 years to throw five interceptions in one game was Kyle Orton, the man for whom Jay Cutler was traded. Orton was intercepted five times by Cincinnati in Week 3 in 2005.

Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers

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Cutler

CUTLER'S RED-ZONE INTS

Two of Jay Cutler's interceptions came in the red zone. Cutler leads the NFL with five red-zone INTs this season, after he led the league with four last season.

Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers

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Forte

120 RECEIVING YARDS FOR BEARS RB

Matt Forte, who had eight receptions for 120 yards on Thursday night, was the first Bears running back with 100 or more receiving yards in one game since Raymont Harris did that on Opening Day of the 1996 season against Dallas.

Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers

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Forte

FORTE MATCHES MARK SET BY SAYERS

Forte, playing his 25th NFL game, went over 2,500 career yards from scrimmage on Thursday. The only other player who had 2,500 scrimmage yards in his first 25 games with the Bears was Gale Sayers.

Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers

NBA

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Wade

LEBRON GRABS THE EDGE IN MATCHUP VS. WADE

The Cavaliers beat the Heat in Miami, 111-104, in the 19th game in which LeBron James and Dwyane Wade started against each other. Cleveland's win gives LeBron a 10-9 edge over Wade in their head-to-head battles. The Heat won eight of the first 11 James vs. Wade meetings but the Cavs have won seven of eight since then, dating back to February 2007.

Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers

NHL

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Stamkos

STAMKOS TIES LIGHTNING MARK

Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist in the Lightning's shootout win against the Wild in Tampa. Stamkos has scored goals in each of the Bolts' last six games at the St. Pete Times Forum. He's tied the franchise record for the longest home-ice goal-scoring streak, a mark set by Brian Bradley in 1992-93, Tampa Bay's first season in the NHL, and matched by Vinny Prospal in 2007-08.

Tampa Bay Lightning, Minnesota Wild

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Bergfors

THREE POINTS FOR DEVILS ROOKIE

Niclas Bergfors helped the Devils win their ninth consecutive road game with a goal and two assists in New Jersey's 4-1 victory in Pittsburgh. Bergfors is the first Devils rookie to score three points in one game since Nov. 17, 2006, when Travis Zajac assisted on all three New Jersey goals in a win versus Ottawa. He's the first Devils rookie to score three points in a road game since Brian Gionta notched four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in a game at Washington on April 13, 2002.

Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals, Ottawa Senators

FLYERS' FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN

The Flyers extended their winning streak to five games with a 5-1 victory against the Senators. Philadelphia has done it with solid defense, holding its opponent to one or two goals in each win. This is the first time that the Flyers have won five consecutive games while allowing no more than two goals in each game since October 2007.

Philadelphia Flyers, Ottawa Senators

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Vokoun

VOKOUN'S "DOUBLE" SHUTOUT

Tomas Vokoun notched his third shutout in his last four games with a 1-0 shootout win at Boston. Vokoun stopped all 40 shots the Bruins put on goal in regulation and overtime and he turned away all four shootout attempts by Boston. In the five seasons since the tiebreaker was introduced, only one other goaltender has posted a shutout with 40 or more saves in which he also blanked the opposition in a shootout. That was Chris Mason, who made 47 saves in regulation time and OT and then stopped both shootout attempts he faced to earn the Blues a 1-0 win at Nashville on Nov. 25, 2008.

Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues

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Kovalchuk

KOVALCHUK HITS DOUBLE-FIGURES IN GOALS

You would hardly know that Ilya Kovalchuk had missed the Thrashers' last six games due to a broken right foot when he returned to the lineup and contributed one goal and two assists to Atlanta's 5-3 win over the Rangers. The goal was Kovalchuk's 10th in nine games this season. The only season in which Kovalchuk needed fewer games to reach double figures in goals was 2003-04, when he scored goal #10 in his eighth game.

New York Rangers, Atlanta Thrashers

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Brashear

BRASHEAR MARKS 1000TH GAME WITH A BOUT

The Rangers' loss to the Thrashers was the 1000th regular-season game of Donald Brashear's NHL career. Brashear marked the occasion with a first-period fight versus Atlanta's Eric Boulton. It was the 207th fighting major for Brashear, the highest total among active players. In the last 30 years, two other NHL players got a fighting major in their 1000th career game: Geoff Courtnall (March 1998) and Shayne Corson (February 2001).

New York Rangers, Atlanta Thrashers

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Plekanec

PLEKANEC PREFERS LIFE ON THE ROAD

Tomas Plekanec had a career-high three assists for the Canadiens in their win at Phoenix. Plekanec has scored three points or more in a game 12 times in his NHL career and nine of those three-point games have come on the road.

Montreal Canadiens, Phoenix Coyotes

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Howard

FIRST CAREER HOME WIN FOR JIMMY HOWARD

Jimmy Howard made 31 saves to earn first-star honors and a 3-1 win against the Canucks in Detroit on Thursday, after he posted a 9-1 victory at Columbus on Wednesday. It's the first two-game winning streak for Howard, who had a 2-7-1 career record in 14 games for the Red Wings prior to his win over the Blue Jackets. Howard's win versus the Canucks was his first at Joe Louis Arena. His only other games in Detroit were a pair of starts in December 2005 (losses to Calgary and the Islanders) and a relief appearance against Columbus in February 2008.

Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings, Columbus Blue Jackets, Calgary Flames, New York Islanders

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Tootoo

TOOTOO ENDS 33-GAME GOAL DROUGHT

Nashville's Jordin Tootoo ended his career-high 33-game goal drought when he scored unassisted at 16:17 of the third period to break a 1-1 tie in St. Louis, in a game the Predators went on to win, 3-1. Tootoo's longest previous goalless streaks were 31 games in 2003-04, his rookie year, and another 31-game dry spell spanning the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.

Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues


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