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ZACH RANDOLPH'S FIFTH 30/15 GAME THIS SEASON
Zach Randolph scored 31 points and pulled down 18 rebounds to lead Memphis to a 105-96 win in Chicago. It was Randolph's fifth game with at least 30 points and 15 rebounds this season. Though Randolph is in his first season with the Grizzlies, he's already tied the career record for most 30-point, 15-rebound games by a Vancouver/Memphis player, a mark he now shares with Pau Gasol.
ANOTHER HEAT-LAKERS NAIL-BITER
The Heat's 114-111 overtime win over the Lakers marked the fourth consecutive game between the two teams that was decided by a margin of no more than three points. That's the longest current streak of its kind for any matchup of two NBA clubs.
PENGUINS OUTSHOOT RANGERS 55-16
The Penguins outshot the Rangers, 55-16, but they had to overcome a two-goal deficit before winning in overtime, 5-4. Pittsburgh's 39-shot advantage was the second-largest in an NHL game this season. Toronto had 40 more shots than the Islanders on November 23 (61-21) but the Maple Leafs lost that game in overtime (4-3). The Penguins had not posted such a large edge in shots on goal in one game since their 12-1 win over Washington nearly 35 years ago (March 15, 1975), when they outshot the Capitals 65-24.
WOLSKI SCORES LATE GAME-WINNER IN HIS COYOTES DEBUT
Wojtek Wolski, who was traded to Phoenix by Colorado on Wednesday, made his Coyotes debut on Thursday in a game against the Avalanche and he scored at 19:37 of the third period to break a 1-1 tie and earn a victory for his new team. Since 1996-97, the only other NHL player to switch teams in midseason, face his old club in his first game with his new team and score the winning goal in that game was Steve Thomas on March 12, 2003, after he was traded to Anaheim by Chicago. Thomas scored two goals, including the game-winner, in the Ducks' 5-2 victory.
WALKER SCORES TWO GOALS IN FIRST GAME WITH CAPS
Scott Walker, who was acquired from Carolina on Wednesday just before the NHL trading deadline, scored two goals in his Capitals debut to help Washington beat Tampa Bay, 5-4. Walker was only the third player ever to score two goals in his first game for the Caps, joining Brian Bellows (March 1998) and Alex Ovechkin (October 2005).
THRASHERS' FOUR-GOAL FIRST PERIOD
Atlanta had a 4-1 lead at the end of the first period in its win over the Islanders. It was only the third time in the Thrashers' ten seasons in the NHL that they scored four goals or more in the first period of a home game, and it was their most productive opening period on home ice since Jan. 21, 2003, when they scored five goals in the first 20 minutes of an 8-4 win against St. Louis.
ANTROPOV MATCHES CAREER HIGH WITH THREE-POINT GAME
Nik Antropov matched his career high for points in one game with two goals and one assist for the Thrashers in their win over the Islanders at Philips Arena. It was the 14th time that Antropov scored three points in a game and it was his fourth such game in Atlanta: two for the Thrashers this season and two for the Maple Leafs during the nine seasons he played with Toronto.
LEGACE HAS FINALLY BEATEN ALL 30 NHL TEAMS
Manny Legace made 25 saves to lead the Hurricanes to a 4-1 win over the Senators. Before Thursday, Ottawa was the only one of the 30 teams in the league that Legace had never beaten during his 11 seasons and 354 games as an NHL goaltender. Remarkably, Legace's only previous career game versus the Senators was a 4-2 Carolina loss on December 12 this season. That's largely a function of Legace having spent the first ten seasons of his NHL career playing for Western Conference teams (the Kings, Red Wings and Blues).
SECOND STRAIGHT BIG ROAD WIN FOR THE BLUES
The Blues posted a 6-1 win in Dallas on Thursday, after beating the Coyotes 5-2 in Glendale on Tuesday. It's the first time that St. Louis has won consecutive games, both on the road, while scoring at least five goals in each game since Dec. 10-15, 2000, when they followed a 6-1 victory at Chicago with a 6-3 win in Atlanta.
TIM THOMAS POSTS SHOOTOUT VICTORY
Tim Thomas stopped all three shootout attempts by the Maple Leafs to pick up a victory that ended the Bruins' ten-game home winless streak. Thomas is 4-5 in shootouts this season and he's had to be perfect in each of his tiebreaker wins. Thomas has lost all five shootouts this season in which he's given up a goal.
ERAT ASSISTS NASHVILLE TO WIN AGAINST L.A.
Martin Erat assisted on two of the Predators' four goals in their win over the Kings. Erat has recorded eight assists in his last three games versus the Kings (4, 2, 2) and he's set up at least one goal in each of his last five games against L.A. (10 total assists).