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ROBINSON SPARKS CELTICS WITH INSTANT OFFENSE
Nate Robinson provided the Celtics with instant offense, scoring 14 points in 15 minutes, to help lead Boston to a win at Detroit on Tuesday night. That ties the most points Robinson has ever scored in an NBA game in which he played fewer than 20 minutes. He scored 14 points in 18 minutes in the Knicks' opening-night triple-overtime win at Memphis on November 1, 2006.
DURANT AND WESTBROOK MAKE NBA HISTORY
Kevin Durant scored 39 points and pulled down 10 rebounds while Russell Westbrook had 30 points and 13 assists in Oklahoma City's win against Sacramento on Tuesday night. It's the first game in NBA history in which teammates - each age 21 or younger - each had a 30/10 game.
WADE SHOWS HIS VERSATILITY
Dwyane Wade filled the box score with 35 points, 12 assists, six rebounds and four steals in Miami's win against Golden State on Tuesday night. It was only the third time in the past 15 seasons that an NBA player reached all four of those statistical levels in one game. Gilbert Arenas (35 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and four steals) did it in a win against the Clippers in January 2007 and Wade (48 points, 12 assists, six rebounds and four steals) did it in a double-overtime victory versus Chicago in March 2009.
RONDO TIES FRANCHISE RECORD
Rajon Rondo handed out 11 assists in Boston's win against Detroit on Tuesday night, his seventh straight game with at least 10 assists, tying the longest streak in Celtics history. Bob Cousy had double-digit assists in each of seven consecutive games in 1959-60, as did Nate Archibald in 1981-82.
GONCHAR SCORES 200TH GOAL
Sergei Gonchar scored the 200th regular-season goal of his NHL career with a power play tally that gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead in their game against the Sabres on Tuesday night. Gonchar, a Russian native, is the 19th defenseman in NHL history to reach the 200-goal plateau but he's only the second European-born backliner to do so, joining Sweden's Nicklas Lidstrom, who's scored 235 goals.
FLYERS TURN TIE INTO ROUT
The Flyers beat the Lightning, 7-2, in Tampa in a game which was tied 2-2 heading into the third period. Philadelphia's five-goal margin of victory was the largest by any NHL team in a game in which it did not lead at the end of the second period since Feb. 12, 2007, when the Flyers won 6-1 at home against the Red Wings after outscoring Detroit 5-0 in the third period. It was the largest winning margin by a road team in such a circumstance since Feb. 23, 2000, when the Kings won 7-2 at Calgary (tied 2-2 going into the third period).
BOSTON'S HOME WINLESS STREAK CONTINUES
The Bruins' home winless streak reached ten games (0-7-3) as a result of their 4-1 loss to the Canadiens at TD Garden on Tuesday night. It's only the second time in the Bruins' 86 years in the NHL that they've had a single-season home winless streak reach double figures. The other instance was an 11-game streak in 1924-25, all losses, which began with the second home game in Boston franchise history, a 4-3 loss to the Canadiens on Dec. 8, 1924.
PETERS STAYS PERFECT
Carolina goaltender Justin Peters made it three wins in three career games in the NHL with his 5-1 victory at Toronto on Tuesday night. Peters has started each of his three games and allowed only four goals while facing a total of 93 shots. Only four other active goaltenders started and won each of their first three NHL games: Jaroslav Halak, Kari Lehtonen, Steve Mason and Antero Niittymaki.
COMEAU RECORDS FIRST HAT TRICK
Blake Comeau recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career on Tuesday night when the Islanders began the post-Olympics part of their schedule with a win over the Blackhawks. Comeau, who scored two goals in the Isles' last game before the Olympic break (Feb. 14 vs. Ottawa), is only the fourth player in the last five seasons to post consecutive multiple-goal games for the Islanders. The others are Viktor Kozlov (December 2006), Mike Comrie (October 2007) and John Tavares (December 2009).
EHRHOFF LOVES WORKING OVERTIME
Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff scored in overtime to give the Canucks a 4-3 victory in Columbus. It was the fifth overtime goal of Ehrhoff's NHL career and his second this season. (He scored in OT at St. Louis on New Year's Eve.) The only other defensemen in Canucks history to score more than one overtime goal in a single season were Mattias Ohlund in 2000-01 (two OT goals) and Sami Salo in 2006-07 (three).
ARNOTT'S AT HOME AGAINST THE OILERS
Jason Arnott scored just over five minutes into the third period to snap a 3-3 tie and the Predators preserved the one-goal lead the rest of the way for a 4-3 win over the Oilers in Nashville. Arnott, who broke in to the NHL with Edmonton in 1993, has scored goals in six of his seven home games against his original team during his four seasons with the Predators.