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JAMES'S FAB FIVE
LeBron James led the Cavaliers in points (28), rebounds (9), assists (11), steals (3) and blocks (3) in their win over the Raptors on Tuesday. It's only the second time this season that a player led his team outright in all five of those categories; Dwight Howard did it against the Clippers in December. James has had three other games like that in his NBA career.
What's the opposite of a silver lining? James went 0 for 7 on his three-point shots on Tuesday, matching the most threes he's taken in a game without making one (also Jan. 10, 2006 vs. the Knicks).
WADE BOLTS OUT OF THE GATE
Dwyane Wade scored 32 points on Tuesday, 18 of which came in the first quarter. That tied Wade's season high for first-quarter points (set against Boston on January 6) and it was one shy of his career high (done twice, in 2006 and 2009).
CROSBY HAS A HAND IN EACH PENGUINS GOAL
Sidney Crosby scored two goals and had four assists in the Penguins' 6-4 win over the Islanders on Tuesday. He's the third player in Pittsburgh history to have a goal or assist on each goal in a game in which Pittsburgh scored six times. Mario Lemieux had three such games (in a span of 71 days in the 1988-89 season) and Kevin LaVallee did it in 1986.
MALKIN'S 5TH CAREER HAT TRICK
Evgeni Malkin had his fifth career hat trick, all of which have come since New Year's Day 2008, in Pittsburgh's win on Tuesday. That ties Malkin with Thomas Vanek, Eric Staal and Alex Ovechkin for the most hat tricks over that time.
RANGERS SPREAD THE POINTS AROUND
Eight different Rangers scored goals and 16 different Blueshirts recorded points in New York's 8-2 win over the Lightning. The Rangers had not had that many players score goals in one game since a like number tallied in a 10-5 win versus Montreal on Dec. 13, 1992. Sixteen players with points ties the Rangers record for one game, done twice before: in an 11-2 win at New Jersey on Oct. 25, 1984 and a 9-3 win versus the Islanders on Feb. 17, 1985.
A HAT TRICK OF 3-GOAL PERIODS
The Rangers scored three goals in each of the last two periods in their 6-2 win over the Canadiens on Sunday and they scored three more goals in the first period on Tuesday. It was the first time that the Rangers scored at least three goals in each of three or more consecutive periods since Nov. 7-10, 1998, when they had a four-period streak which covered the third period in a 6-6 tie at Toronto and all three periods of a 10-2 win at Tampa Bay.
KOVALCHUK EXTENDS STREAK OF 30-GOAL SEASONS
Ilya Kovalchuk reached the 30-goal mark for the seventh consecutive season when he scored two goals for the Thrashers in their win over the Maple Leafs. The only other active NHL player who's had a streak of seven or more consecutive 30-goal seasons at any point in his career is Jarome Iginla, who scored at least 30 goals in each of the past eight seasons, and with 21 goals already in 2009-10 is on pace to extend his streak to nine years.
OTTAWA PENALTY KILLERS THROW ANOTHER SHUTOUT
The Senators killed off all five of Chicago's power plays on Tuesday, and over the last eight games Ottawa has allowed only one goal on 30 power-play opportunities.
THEODORE DEFEATS DETROIT
Jose Theodore stopped 44 of 46 shots on goal in his 3-2 win over the Red Wings on Tuesday night. Theodore has won all three games this season in which he faced at least 40 shots. It's the first time in Theodore's 14-year career that he's had three such wins in one season.
CARTER SHUNS THE HELP
Jeff Carter scored two goals, both unassisted, to help the Flyers earn a 5-3 win against Columbus. Carter was the first NHL player to record two unassisted goals in one game since the Blue Jackets' Rick Nash did that in Detroit on March 7 last season. He was the first Flyers player with a pair of solo tallies in one game since Sami Kapanen on Jan. 6, 2007 at Boston.
DUCKS ARE MIGHTY IN FIRST PERIOD
The Ducks scored four goals in the first period against the Sabres on Tuesday, tying their most first-period goals in any game over the last 10 years. The only other time Anaheim scored four in the first over that time was in 2005 against St. Louis.
BILLS HIRE GAILEY
The Bills announced the hiring of Chan Gailey as their new head coach Tuesday. Gailey's only experience as a head coach was with the Cowboys in 1998 and 1999. Only two men who debuted as a head coach since 1980 went at least 10 years between their first and second head coaching jobs: Joe Gibbs (Redskins 1981-92 and 2004-07) and Art Shell (Raiders 1989-94 and 2006).