Date: December 11, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NFL

STEELERS LOSE 5TH CONSECUTIVE GAME

The Steelers lost their fifth consecutive game on Thursday, tying the longest losing streak by any defending NFL or AFL champion. The other teams to lose five straight were the 1987 Giants (including games in which "replacement players" were used) and the 1963 Dallas Texans of the AFL.

Not only have the Steelers lost five straight, but four of the losses were to the Bengals, Chiefs, Raiders and Browns. Since 1987 only two other teams have lost to those four teams in one season (Oilers and Seahawks, both in 1994).

Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

BROWNS END LOSING STREAK VS. THE CHAMPS

The Browns were the third team to end a losing streak of seven or more games against a defending NFL or AFL champion. The 0-10 Colts defeated the Packers in 1997 and the Cowboys snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Redskins in 1988.

Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

BROWNS RUN WILD

The Browns ran for 171 yards on Thursday, their most in one game versus Pittsburgh since a 217-yard performance on November 19, 1972.

Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers

NBA

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Allen

ALLEN REACHES 20,000 POINTS

Ray Allen reached the 20,000-point milestone on Thursday. He's the sixth player to reach that plateau while playing for the Celtics, joining Kevin Garnett, Gary Payton, Robert Parish, Larry Bird and John Havlicek. No other team has had six players reach the 20K-point milestone while wearing its colors.

Allen has made 89.4 percent of his career free throws, the highest among the 33 players with at least 20,000 points.

Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards

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Villanueva

VILLANUEVA CHANNELS THE MICROWAVE

Charlie Villanueva had 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists as a substitute for the Pistons on Thursday. Vinnie "the Microwave" Johnson had three 25/5/5 (points/rebounds/assists) games off the bench for Detroit in the 1980s, but since he retired, the only other Pistons player to do it was Jerry Stackhouse in 1998.

Detroit Pistons, Denver Nuggets

NHL

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Sedin

BROTHERS IN ARMS

Daniel Sedin scored his third career hat trick and first of the season on Thursday; his brother, Henrik, had a hat trick earlier this season against Colorado. They're the first pair of brothers to have hat tricks for the same team in the same season since Peter and Marian Stastny did it for the Quebec Nordiques in 1982-83.

Vancouver Canucks, Atlanta Thrashers

BOSTON EXTENDS WINNING STREAK VS. TORONTO

The Bruins' 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs on Thursday night was their second victory against Toronto in six days and their seventh in a row versus the Leafs dating back to November 2008. Seven consecutive wins (including one by shootout) equals the longest previous winning streaks for either team in the Boston-Toronto all-time series, which began in 1924. The Maple Leafs posted seven straight wins against the Bruins in 1944 and Boston beat Toronto in seven consecutive games from 1987 to 1989.

Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs

COLUMBUS CAN'T WIN IN NASHVILLE

The Blue Jackets' winless streak in Nashville was extended to 13 games (0-9-4 since November 2006) with their shootout loss to the Predators on Thursday. It's the longest current road winless streak by one NHL team in a particular city other than Detroit. Two teams have longer current winless streaks against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena: the Flyers (16 games) and Hurricanes (14 games).

Columbus Blue Jackets, Nashville Predators

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Fleury

FLEURY'S 3RD WIN VS. MONTREAL

Quebec native Marc-Andre Fleury beat the Canadiens for the third time in three games against them this season with Thursday's 3-2 victory in Montreal. Fleury's three wins equal the single-season high versus the Canadiens by a Penguins goaltender. Tom Barrasso was 3-1-0 for Pittsburgh against Montreal in 1997-98.

Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens

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Foligno

FOLIGNO FLYING HIGH

Nick Foligno's goal broke a scoreless tie with 8:29 left in the third period and the Senators added an empty-net goal in the final minute to wrap up a 2-0 win at Philadelphia. Foligno has scored four goals in six games against the Flyers in his three seasons in the NHL and two of the goals have been game-winners. The four goals represent Foligno's highest total versus any NHL team. Nick's dad, Mike Foligno, scored 19 goals in 41 games against Philadelphia in his 15-season career.

Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers


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