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TITANS' THIRD STRAIGHT WIN, TIED GOING TO 4TH QUARTER IN ALL THREE
The Titans are the first team in NFL history to win three consecutive games, with each of those games having a tie score heading into the fourth quarter. Tennessee won in that manner at San Francisco in Week 9, versus Buffalo in Week 10 and at Houston on Monday night.
CHRIS JOHNSON'S STREAK TIES A JIM BROWN RECORD
Chris Johnson rushed 29 times for 151 yards in the Titans' 20-17 win in Houston. It was the fifth consecutive game in which Johnson gained at least 125 yards rushing while averaging at least five yards per carry. In NFL history, the only other player to do that in five straight games was Jim Brown for Cleveland in 1958.
GRIZZLIES GET ANOTHER WIRE-TO-WIRE WIN
The Grizzlies scored the first basket against the Kings and never looked back, cruising to a 116-105 win. It was the second wire-to-wire win (defined as no ties after 0-0) for Memphis in the last week. Before doing it last Wednesday against the Clippers, the Grizzlies had only one such win since January 2006.
MEMPHIS' FRONT THREE HAS ANOTHER HOT NIGHT
The Grizzlies' Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph each scored at least 15 points and shot better than 50 percent from the floor in Monday's game. It was the second time in less than a week that all three starters in Memphis' frontcourt did that, after not having done so in more than two years.
BONNER SCORES 20 WITHOUT PLAYING 30
Matt Bonner scored 23 points, two short of his career high, in 25 minutes in the Spurs' 112-98 win over the Bucks. It was only the second time in 377 NBA games that Bonner scored more than 20 points in less than 30 minutes of playing time. He also did it against the Nets last February (22 points in 26 minutes).
PARGO SCORES 15 IN UNDER 15
Jannero Pargo scored 15 points in just under 14 minutes in the Bulls' 122-98 loss at Portland. The last Chicago player to score at least 15 points in under 15 minutes of play was Michael Jordan, who scored 17 points in 14 minutes on St. Patrick's Day 1986 at Atlanta.
ISLANDERS ALLOW 61 SHOTS AND WIN
The Islanders were outshot, 61-21, in Toronto but they escaped with a 4-3 victory after blowing a 3-0 lead thanks to a heroic effort by goaltender Dwayne Roloson and an overtime goal by Josh Bailey. The Maple Leafs' failure to win despite their shot barrage isn't that suprising given recent history. Since 1981, there have been ten instances of an NHL team recording 60 or more shots on goal in a game, yet in only three of those ten games did the team with 60-plus shots end up a winner (3 regulation losses, 3 ties, 1 overtime loss).
ROLOSON: MOST SAVES BY A WINNING GOALTENDER SINCE 1981
Dwayne Roloson's 58 saves on Monday night were the most by a winning goaltender in a regular-season NHL game since March 24, 1981, when the Kings' Mario Lessard stopped 65 shots in a 4-3 win over the North Stars in Minnesota.
PREDATORS' 22 STRAIGHT WIN BY NO MORE THAN TWO GOALS
The Predators beat the Red Wings, 3-1, in Nashville on Monday night and set an NHL record in the process. Each of the Predators' last 22 wins have been by either a two-goal (8 times) or one-goal margin (14 times). That breaks the longest previous streak of its kind in league history, 21 wins by no more than two goals by the Rangers from January 1953 to January 1954, though the Predators' total needs an asterisk because five of their wins have come in shootouts. The last time Nashville won a game by more than a two-goal margin was the Red Wings' last visit to Music City, on February 28, when the Predators wiped them out, 8-0.
FIRST SHUTOUT EVER BY A ROOKIE GOALIE FOR THE OILERS
Edmonton's Jeff Deslauriers made 36 saves as he beat Phoenix 4-0 for his first NHL shutout. It was the 94th shutout for the Oilers in their 30 years in the NHL (82 in the regular season and 12 playoffs) but the first ever by a rookie.
VOKOUN VS. PENGUINS EQUALS A BUSY NIGHT
When Tomas Vokoun faces the Penguins he knows he's in for a heavy workload. He stopped 43 of 45 shots on goal Monday night but it wasn't enough to earn two points as Pittsburgh came from behind to beat the Panthers in overtime, 3-2. Vokoun has played five games versus the Penguins in calendar year 2009 and faced at least 43 shots on goal in each one. He's allowed only 14 goals on 228 total shots in those five games but won just once (one regulation loss, one overtime loss, two shootout losses).
GIGUERE'S NINTH STRAIGHT HOME WIN VS. FLAMES
Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 41 Flames' shots in regulation time and overtime and all three shootout attempts by Calgary to earn a 3-2 win in Anaheim. Giguere has won his last nine regular-season home games versus the Flames, a streak which began in April 2004, and in only one of those games did he allow as many as three goals.
MIKE FISHER WORKS OVERTIME FOR OTTAWA
Mike Fisher's overtime goal capped off a 4-3 come-from-behind win by the Senators against the Capitals in Ottawa. It was Fisher's second overtime goal of the season and the sixth of his career, which is twice as many as any other player has recorded for the Senators. (Marian Hossa and Chris Phillips have each scored three OT goals for Ottawa.) All six of Fisher's overtime goals have come on home ice.
KUBA'S SECOND STRAIGHT THREE-ASSIST GAME
Filip Kuba had three assists in the Senators' overtime victory against Washington, after notching one goal and three assists versus Buffalo on Saturday. Kuba is the first defenseman in Senators history to record at least three assists in each of two consecutive team games. The only other active NHL defensemen who've done that are Nicklas Lidstrom (twice for Detroit) and Scott Niedermayer (once for Anaheim).
GABORIK: SEVEN STRAIGHT GAMES WITH GOALS AT MSG
Marian Gaborik had a season-high four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the Rangers' 7-4 win over the Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden. Gaborik has scored ten goals in his last seven games at MSG, with at least one goal in each game. It's the longest home-ice goal-scoring streak by a Rangers player since 1987, when Walt Poddubny set the team record with goals in nine straight games at the Garden.
BERGERON SETS UP ALL FOUR BRUINS GOALS
Patrice Bergeron assisted on every goal by the Bruins in their 4-2 win at St. Louis. Bergeron is the first player with four or more assists in a game in which he helped set up every Boston goal since March 22, 2003, when Joe Thornton had four assists in a 4-3 overtime win by the Bruins in Los Angeles.
HURRICANES STILL WINLESS ON THE ROAD
The Hurricanes remain the only NHL team without a road win this season following their 2-0 loss in Dallas on Monday. (Every other club has at least two road victories.) The Canes are 0-8-3 in 11 road games, which equals the franchise record for the longest road winless streak to begin a season, a mark set by the 1981-82 Hartford Whalers (0-8-3).
STASTNY RUNS HOT AND COLD LATELY
Paul Stastny had one goal and two assists for the Avalanche in their 5-4 win against the Flyers. Stastny has a total of 10 points over his last nine games but it's been "feast or famine" for him during that stretch. He's had four multiple-point games (two threes and a pair of twos) but no points at all in the five other games.