Date: December 8, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NFL

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Driver

PACKERS ARE FIRST NFL TEAM TO HAVE 10 PLAYERS WITH 50+ TDS

Donald Driver caught an eight-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers in the second quarter of the Packers' win over the Ravens. It was the 50th touchdown of Driver's 11-year career with Green Bay. With that TD, the Packers became the first team in NFL history to have 10 players who scored at least 50 touchdowns. (They had been tied with the Colts, who've had nine players score 50-plus TDs.) The other Green Bay players with at least 50 touchdowns are Don Hutson, Jim Taylor, Ahman Green, Sterling Sharpe, Paul Hornung, Antonio Freeman, Verne Lewellen, Max McGee and James Lofton.

Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts

GREEN BAY AT HOME IN DECEMBER AND JANUARY

The Packers are 33-6 (.846) in regular-season home games played during December or January since 1992, when Mike Holmgren became Green Bay's head coach. That's the highest winning percentage for any NFL team over that span in regular-season home games in December or January, easily better than the second-best mark (New England: 28-8, .778). The Packers were 13-1 in such games for Holmgren, 1-1 for Ray Rhodes, 13-2 for Mike Sherman, and they're 6-2 for Mike McCarthy.

Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots

NBA

KNICKS HAVE A RARE GOOD NIGHT ON DEFENSE UNDER D'ANTONI

The Knicks' 93-84 win against Portland was only the second game in which they held an opponent to fewer than 85 points during Mike D'Antoni's two seasons in New York. The other time they did that was a 102-73 victory over the Nets in their final game last season. Over the last two seasons, the only NBA teams who've held opponents under 85 points fewer times than the Knicks are the Warriors (never), Kings (never) and Suns (once).

New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, New Jersey Nets, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns

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Iverson

IVERSON SETS 2 RECORDS SIMPLY BY RETURNING TO THE SIXERS

Allen Iverson scored 19,583 points and recorded 4,283 assists in 697 games for the Sixers from 1996 to 2006. Those are the highest point and assist totals recorded for any NBA team upon a player's return to that team. The previous highs were 16,120 points by Chris Mullin when he returned to the Warriors in 2000, and 4,790 assists by Derek Harper upon his return to the Mavericks in 1996.

Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

NHL

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Brodeur

BRODEUR TIES CAREER SHUTOUT RECORD

Martin Brodeur's 3-0 win at Buffalo was his 103rd regular-season shutout, tying Terry Sawchuk's NHL record. Sawchuk had held sole possession of the standard for more than 45 years, since Jan. 18, 1964, when he recorded his 95th shutout and broke a tie with the former record-holder, George Hainsworth.

New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres

CANES END ROAD WINLESS STREAK WITH WIN OVER CUP CHAMP

The Hurricanes, who were 0-10-3 on the road this season, registered the most surprising result in an NHL game this season with a 3-2 win in Pittsburgh on Monday night. Carolina was the first team to end a single-season road winless streak of at least 13 games with a win against the defending Stanley Cup champion since April 7, 1995, when the Islanders snapped a 13-game road victory drought with a win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers

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Cammalleri

CAMMALLERI: 16 GOALS IN FIRST 30 GAMES WITH MONTREAL

Michael Cammalleri scored the game-winning goal for the Canadiens in their 3-1 victory against the Flyers. Cammalleri, who signed with Montreal as a free agent on July 1, has scored 16 goals in 30 games this season. That's the most goals by a player in his first 30 games with the Canadiens since 1995, when Pierre Turgeon tallied 19 times in his first 30 games wearing the bleu, blanc et rouge.

Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers

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Ovechkin

OVECHKIN REACHES 20-GOAL MARK

Alex Ovechkin scored two goals, his 19th and 20th of the season, in the Capitals' 3-0 win at Tampa. Ovechkin needed only 22 games to reach the 20-goal plateau this season. That's at least five fewer games than he required to score 20 goals in any of his previous four seasons in the NHL (27 in 2007-08, 31 games in both 2006-07 and 2008-09, 33 games as a rookie in 2005-06).

Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning

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Ponikarovsky

ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY'S THREE-POINT NIGHT

Alexei Ponikarovsky recorded three points (two goals and one assist) in the Maple Leafs' 5-2 win over the Thrashers. It was Ponikarovsky's team-high sixth multiple-point game this season but his first on home ice. Ponikarovsky has one four-point game and four two-pointers in Leafs road games this season.

Toronto Maple Leafs, Atlanta Thrashers

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Deslauriers

DESLAURIERS AND OILERS WIN THIRD STRAIGHT ROAD GAME

Jeff Deslauriers and the Oilers made it three wins in a row on their current road trip with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Panthers. Deslauriers is the first Edmonton rookie goaltender in the team's 30 seasons in the NHL to win three consecutive games on one road trip.

Edmonton Oilers

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Budaj

BUDAJ: MOST SHUTOUTS BY AVS GOALIE SINCE PATRICK ROY RETIRED

Peter Budaj recorded the eighth shutout of his NHL career with a 4-0 win at St. Louis on Monday night. Budaj's eight shutouts are the most by any Colorado goaltender since Patrick Roy retired following the 2002-03 season. David Aebischer, now playing in Switzerland, is next with seven.

Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues

COYOTES EXTEND WINNING STREAK TO FIVE GAMES

The Coyotes, who beat the Wild 2-0 on Monday night, have won five consecutive games while allowing two or fewer goals in each game. It's the longest such winning streak for the Coyotes since they won five in a row in that manner in 2003-04.

Phoenix Coyotes, Minnesota Wild


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