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BRODEUR SETS NHL SHUTOUT RECORD
Martin Brodeur set the NHL record for most career shutouts by a goaltender (104) with his 35-save 4-0 win at Pittsburgh on Monday night. It was only the eighth shutout for Brodeur in which he faced at least 35 shots on goal. Though no other active goaltender has even half as many total shutouts as Brodeur (Chris Osgood is second with 50), there are three other current netminders who've recorded as many shutouts with 35 or more saves: Miikka Kiprusoff, Roberto Luongo and Tomas Vokoun (8 each).
RYAN MILLER: 9 WINS IN 9 GAMES IN '09 VS. LEAFS
Derek Roy scored in overtime to give the Sabres a 3-2 win at Toronto and enable Buffalo to finish the calendar year with a perfect record against the Maple Leafs. The Sabres won all nine games they played against the Leafs in 2009, outscoring them 35-12, with goaltender Ryan Miller getting the victory in each game. It¿s the third time in NHL history that a goaltender has had nine or more decisions against a particular team in one calendar year and won them all. The previous two instances were by the same man, Hall-of-Famer Frank Brimsek, who was 10-0-0 against Chicago in 1939 and 9-0-0 versus Montreal in 1941.
RYAN MALONE: 17 CAREER GOALS VS. THE ISLANDERS
Ryan Malone assisted on the Lightning's first two goals and then scored the last two in their 4-2 win over the Islanders. Malone has scored 17 goals against the Islanders in his six seasons in the NHL, his highest total versus any team. The only other player with as many goals against the Isles over the last six seasons as Malone is Jaromir Jagr (19).19
GABORIK IS SECOND RANGER EVER TO REACH 25 GOALS BEFORE XMAS
Marian Gaborik became the first NHL player to reach the 25-goal mark this season when he scored the Rangers' first goal in their 3-1 win at Carolina. Gaborik is only the seond player in Rangers history to reach the 25-goal plateau in one season before Christmas. Don Murdoch scored his 25th goal in 1976-77 on December 14 and he had 27 goals by the time Santa came down the chimneys.
CANADIENS' THIRD OT GOAL BY A DEFENSEMAN
Defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron scored the overtime winner for the Canadiens in Atlanta on Monday night. It was Montreal's fifth overtime win this season and the third in which the OT goal was scored by a defenseman. Josh Gorges scored in overtime to win the Canadiens' season opener in Toronto on October 1, and Roman Hamrlik scored in extra time against the Islanders on October 26. The only other NHL teams with more than one overtime goal from defensemen this season are Chicago (two, both by Brent Seabrook) and Phoenix (one each by Adrian Aucoin and Ed Jovanovski).
TIM THOMAS: 10 STRAIGHT WINS VS. OTTAWA
Tim Thomas posted the 16th shutout of his NHL career and his fourth against the Senators with a 2-0 win in Ottawa on Monday. Thomas has won his last ten games against the Senators, dating back to January 2008, holding Ottawa to a total of 15 goals. The only goaltender to post a longer winning streak versus the Senators than Thomas was Dominik Hasek (16 straight, 1992-1997).
WEISS SETS CAREER HIGH WITH FOUR-POINT GAME
Stephen Weiss had a hand in all four Panthers goals in their win at Philadelphia, scoring one and assisting on three. Weiss' four points were a single-game career high and they matched the season high by a Florida player. Two other Panthers notched four points in a game this season and like Weiss, they did it on the road: Steve Reinprecht at Dallas (Oct. 30) and Nathan Horton on Long Island (Dec. 14).
MATT DUCHENE: NINE OF TEN GOALS ON THE ROAD
Matt Duchene scored his 10th goal of the season for the Avalanche in their 4-3 win at Minnesota. The 18-year-old Duchene, who was the third overall pick in the 2009 draft, has scored nine of his ten goals on the road, including seven in his last eight away games. The only rookie with more road goals this season than Duchene is the Islanders' John Tavares (11).11
MARLEAU'S SIXTH MULTIPLE-GOAL GAME
Patrick Marleau scored two goals for the Sharks in their 4-2 win at Dallas. It was Marleau's sixth multiple-goal game this season, tying him with Sidney Crosby for second-most in the NHL, behind Alex Ovechkin's eight.
STEEN'S FOUR-POINT GAME IN EDMONTON
Alexander Steen scored four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in the Blues' 7-2 victory in Edmonton. It was Steen's second NHL game with four points or more; he had a five-point night for the Maple Leafs at Boston in January 2007. Alexander's father, Thomas, scored four or more points in a game 16 times in his NHL career. His last such game was against the Oilers in Edmonton in April 1993.
COYOTES EXTEND HOME WIN STREAK
The Coyotes extended their home winning streak to seven games with a 5-2 victory against Columbus. Not only have the Coyotes won their last seven games at Jobing.com Arena, but all seven wins have been in regulation time and they've held their opponent to two or fewer goals in each game. That equals the longest home winning streak of its kind in Winnipeg/Phoenix franchise history. The Coyotes won seven straight home game in that manner in February/March 2002.
GIANTS POST HIGHEST ROAD POINT TOTAL IN 55 YEARS
The Giants' 45-12 win at Washington marked their highest point total in a road game since they beat the Redskins 51-21 at Griffith Stadium in 1954. The Giants had not scored that many points in any game since they beat the Saints 45-29 at the Meadowlands in 1995, when New York's coach was Dan Reeves.
ELI'S SECOND STRAIGHT 3-TD, 0-INT GAME
Eli Manning threw three touchdowns passes and no interceptions in the Giants' win over the Redskins, after posting identical totals in a loss to the Eagles last week. Manning is the first Giants player with three or more TDs passes and no INTs in each of two consecutive games in one season since Phil Simms did it in the team¿s first two games in 1984. Eli's brother, Peyton, has had two such two-game streaks in his NFL career (both in 2006), but his father, Archie, never had even a single game with three or more touchdown passes and no interceptions in his 13 NFL seasons.