Date: December 27, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NFL

PACKERS DON'T LET UP IN WIN OVER SEAHAWKS

For only the second time in team history, the Packers scored at least twice in all four quarters (extra points excluded), routing the Seahawks, 48-10. The only other game in which Green Bay did so was a 40-28 victory over the Bears at Soldier Field in December 1989.

Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears

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Hasselbeck

HASSELBECK'S INTERCEPTIONS KEEP ON COMIN'

Matt Hasselbeck became the first player in more than two decades to throw at least four interceptions in two straight games. Hasselbeck was picked off four times by the Packers on Sunday and four times by the Bucs last week. The last player with four or more INTs in consecutive games was Jay Schroeder of the Raiders in 1988.

Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

RAVENS WIN GROUND BATTLE, STEELERS WIN THE WAR

The Ravens outrushed the Steelers, 175-48, but the Steelers posted a 23-20 victory. The last time that Pittsburgh won a game in which its opponent had at least a 100-yard edge in rushing was a 20-14 win at Philadelphia on October 24, 1965 at Philadelphia.

Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles

NBA

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Lee

LEE & DUHON SHINE, BUT SPURS WIN AT MSG

The Knicks got some noteworthy performances but they weren't enough to avoid a loss to the Spurs, who posted a 95-88 win at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. It had been 15 years since a Knicks center scored as many points against the Spurs as David Lee did (28), the last one being Patrick Ewing in 1994. And it was 21 years since any Knicks player recorded as many assists against San Antonio as Chris Duhon did (13).

New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs

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Jones

TWO GUARDS, A HALF-HOUR, ZERO POINTS

Neither of the Pacers starting guards Earl Watson and Dahntay Jones (each played 16 minutes) scored in Indiana's 114-80 loss at Miami. It had been nearly 11 years since two starting guards played at least 15 minutes and failed to score for the same team in the one game. The last teammates to do so were Doug Christie and Alvin Williams of the Raptors (Feb. 9, 1999 against the Bucks).

Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks

ONE BAD QUARTER SINKS THE SUNS

The Suns scored 35 points in the first quarter, 36 in the next 12 minutes and 37 in the third period, but were held to 19 points in the final stanza and lost to the Warriors, 132-127. It's the first time in 19 years that an NBA team lost a game in which it scored at least 35 points in each of the first three quarters. Paul Westhead's Nuggets had three losses of that type within a span of five weeks in November-December 1990.

Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets

MEMPHIS SQUANDERS A DOUBLE-DIGIT LEAD

Memphis had a 46-36 lead in Dallas, but the Mavericks rallied to win the game 106-101. It's the seventh time this season that the Grizzlies have lost a game in which they held a lead of at least 10 points. That ties Indiana for the most such defeats for any NBA team this season.

Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers

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Horford

HORFORD SCORES, REBOUNDS AND BLOCKS

Al Horford had 25 points, 19 rebounds and five blocked shots in Atlanta's win against Indiana on Saturday night. In the last five seasons, only one other NBA player reached each of those statistical levels in one game. That was Dwight Howard, who has done it twice (30/19/10 against the Thunder in November 2008 and 45/19/8 in an overtime game versus the Bobcats in February 2009).

Atlanta Hawks, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Charlotte Bobcats

NETS ARE SIXTH TEAM TO START 2-28

The Nets' loss to the Rockets on Saturday night dropped their record to 2-28, making them only the sixth team in NBA history to lose 28 of its first 30 games in a season. The first team to do that was the expansion Cavaliers in 1970-71, and the most recent had been the 2004-05 Hornets.

New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Hornets

MINNESOTA WINS WITH LOW FG PERCENTAGE

Minnesota made only 34 of its 91 field-goal attempts (37.4%), but still defeated Washington 101-89 on Saturday night. It was only the third game in the NBA this season in which a team made fewer than 40 percent of its field-goal attempts and won by at least a dozen points.

Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards

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Durant

DURANT LEADS THUNDER WITH 30 POINTS

Kevin Durant scored 30 points in Oklahoma City's 98-91 win against Charlotte on Saturday night. It's the sixth time this season that Durant has scored at least 30 points in a game in which his team failed to reach 100 points. The only player who has done that more often this season is Carmelo Anthony (seven times).

Oklahoma City Thunder, Charlotte Bobcats, Denver Nuggets

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Duncan

DUNCAN ON TARGET IN WIN AT MILWAUKEE

Tim Duncan made 11 of his 16 field-goal attempts (68.8 percent) in San Antonio's win at Milwaukee on Saturday night. It was Duncan's highest field-goal percentage in any game over the last two seasons in which he took more than 15 shots.

San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks

NHL

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Carter

CARTER LOOKS LIKE HIS OLD SELF WITH A PAIR OF WEEKEND GOALS

Jeff Carter scored the winning goal in the Flyers' 2-1 win over the Islanders on Sunday, after scoring a goal in Philadelphia's victory at Carolina on Saturday. Carter finished second in the NHL with 46 goals in 2008-2009, and he scored goals in each of the Flyers' first two games this season, but this weekend marked the first time since then that he scored goals in consecutive games.

Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders

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Sturm

WHO ELSE BUT STURM, THE SOUTHEAST DESTROYER

Marco Sturm's goal in the third period was the game-winner for the Bruins in their 2-1 victory over the Panthers. Sturm has scored five goals in seven games against Southeast Division teams this season, but only six goals in 30 games against the rest of the NHL.

Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers

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Connolly

CONNOLLY SCORES ANOTHER PAIR IN SABRES' VICTORY

Tim Connolly scored a power play goal to break a 3-3 tie in the third period and later added a shorthanded insurance goal to ice the Sabres' 5-3 victory at St. Louis. Connolly has seven two-goal games in calendar year 2009, after recording two goals in a game only twice from the time of his NHL debut in October 1999 through the end of 2008.

Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues

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Madden

MADDEN SCORES BACK-TO-BACK GOALS IN 3RD PERIOD

John Madden scored a game-tying goal early in the third period and added a go-ahead goal 6 minutes later in the Blackhawks' 5-4 victory over the Predators. (Note that Madden's second goal was not the game-winner.) It was the third time in Madden's 750 NHL games that he scored back-to-back goals to tie the score and give his team a lead, but the first time that he did so in the third period.

Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators

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White

WHITE DELIVERS ANOTHER CLUTCH GOAL FOR THE LEAFS

Ian White's goal with 82 seconds to play gave the Maple Leafs a 4-3 victory at Pittsburgh. It was only the Maple Leafs' second go-ahead goal in the last 2 minutes of the third period this season. White, a defenseman, also scored the first (although Toronto ultimately lost that game at Carolina in a shootout).

Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Hurricanes

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Ovechkin

NOBODY SHUTS OUT OVECHKIN IN 10 STRAIGHT GAMES

Alex Ovechkin scored the first goal in the Capitals' 4-1 win over Martin Brodeur and the Devils. It was Ovechkin's first goal against Brodeur since Dec. 28, 2005, ending his nine-game goal drought versus the future Hall of Famer. Ovechkin's nine-game goalless streak against Brodeur was his longest dry spell versus any goaltender in his five seasons in the NHL.

Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils

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Halak

HALAK STOPS 47 SHOTS IN OT WIN

Jaroslav Halak stopped 47 shots in his 3-2 overtime win against the Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Halak has won his last four games while making at least 40 saves in each game, and he had another 40-save victory earlier this month. Halak's five wins with 40 or more saves this season (all in December) are the most by any goaltender. The only other NHL goaltender with more than two such wins this season is Atlanta's Ondrej Pavelec with three.

Toronto Maple Leafs, Atlanta Thrashers

BLACKHAWKS REMAIN STINGY ON THE ROAD

The Blackhawks, who won 4-1 at Nashville on Saturday night, have not allowed more than three goals in any of their 16 road games this season. That's the second-longest streak of its kind to begin a season in the NHL's expansion era (i.e., since 1967-68). The Bruins allowed no more than three goals in any of their first 17 road games in 2001-02.

Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, Boston Bruins

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Bertuzzi

BERTUZZI CARRIES THE SCORING LOAD FOR DETROIT

Todd Bertuzzi scored both goals for the Red Wings in their 2-1 win against the Blue Jackets. Detroit has scored only 17 goals over its last nine games and Bertuzzi has tallied eight of them, including three two-goal games. No other Red Wings player has scored more than one goal over the team's last nine games.

Detroit Red Wings, Columbus Blue Jackets

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Okposo

OKPOSO SCORES ANOTHER OT GOAL

Kyle Okposo's second overtime goal of the season enabled the Islanders to leave Madison Square Garden with a 3-2 win over the Rangers. It's the 10th time in Islanders history that a player has scored two overtime goals in one season but the first since Jason Blake did it in 2002-03.

New York Islanders, New York Rangers

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Kovalev

KOVALEV SCORES DECIDING GOAL IN SHOOTOUT

Alex Kovalev scored the shootout decider for the Senators in their 3-2 win at Buffalo. Kovalev has scored as many shootout goals over his last 24 games (three) as he has during the course of play (three). All of Kovalev's non-shootout goals since October 31 came in one game, when he recorded a hat trick against Carolina on December 12.

Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes

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Leighton

LEIGHTON BEATS HIS OLD MATES

Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton, who played seven games for Carolina earlier this season, posted a shootout win against the Hurricanes on Saturday in Raleigh. It's only the second time since the team moved to Carolina in 1997 that a goaltender beat the Hurricanes after playing for them in that same season. The previous instance also involved a Flyers goaltender, Sean Burke, who won at Greensboro on March 29, 1998, after playing his first 25 games that season with the Hurricanes.

Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes

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Durno

DURNO SCORES FIRST CAREER GOAL

Colorado's Chris Durno scored the first goal of his NHL career in the Avalanche's win against the Stars. The Avs have had a league-high six players score their first career goal this season (the Rangers and Sharks are tied for second with five). The other Colorado players to open their NHL goal-scoring accounts this season are Matt Hendricks, Ryan O'Reilly, Matt Duchene, Ryan Wilson and Brandon Yip.

Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars

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Latendresse

LATENDRESSE SCORES TWICE IN WILD VICTORY

Guillaume Latendresse scored twice for Minnesota in its win against St. Louis on Saturday. Latendresse has recorded a team-high six goals (in 13 games) since November 27, when he made his Wild debut after being acquired in a trade with the Canadiens, for whom he scored only two goals in 23 games this season.

Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens


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