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BULLS ALLOW 100-PLUS POINTS FOR NINTH STRAIGHT GAME
The slumping Bulls lost their sixth consecutive game, a 111-82 drubbing in Orlando. Chicago has allowed at least 100 points in each of its last nine games. It's the team's longest single-season streak of that type in 20 years - since Michael, Scottie and company gave up 100 or more points in nine consecutive games in January/February 1990.
CRAWFORD SCORES 29 IN ANOTHER SUPER-SUB PERFORMANCE
Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score a team-high 29 points for the Hawks in their win at Washington. Howard is averaging 17.5 points per game even though he's been a substitute in every one of his 63 appearances this season. Over the last 40 years, the only NBA player to be used as a sub in every game he played and finish that season with a higher PPG average than Crawford has posted in 2009-10 was Ricky Pierce with the Bucks in 1989-90 (23.0) .
BLATCHE'S THIRD 30/10 GAME SINCE THE JAMISON TRADE
Andray Blatche scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Wizards in their loss to Atlanta. It was Blatche's third 30/10 game (points/rebounds) since Washington traded Antawn Jamison. That ties him with Amar'e Stoudemire for the most such games over that span (Feb. 17 to date) by any NBA player.
SHARKS: THREE STRAIGHT 3RD-PERIOD COMEBACK WINS IN REGULATION
The Sharks are the first team in NHL history to win three consecutive games, all in regulation time, despite trailing going into the third period in each game. San Jose's third-period comeback win against Nashville on Thursday followed similar victories over Montreal and Columbus.
PAVELSKI'S FOUR-POINT THIRD PERIOD
Joe Pavelski scored four points in the third period (two goals, two assists) to help the Sharks overcome a 4-2 deficit and beat Nashville, 8-5. Pavelski was the second NHL player to record four points in the third period of a game this season. Henrik Zetterberg had three goals and one assist for the Red Wings in the third period of their game against the Ducks on November 14.
CHRIS CHELIOS RETURNS TO THE NHL AT AGE 48
Chris Chelios made his 2009-10 NHL debut when he took the ice for the Atlanta Thrashers in their game at Columbus. This is the 48-year-old defenseman's 26th season in the NHL, tying him with Gordie Howe for the league record. Chelios is the oldest player in the league for the fifth consecutive season. He's the first NHL player to hold that distinction for at least five straight seasons since Maple Leafs goaltender Johnny Bower was the most senior player ten years running (1960-61 through 1969-70)!
ROOKIE FACES 40 SHOTS IN WIN OVER STANLEY CUP CHAMPS
Carolina's Justin Peters stopped 37 of 40 shots in his 4-3 overtime win against the Penguins. It was only the second time in the last four seasons that a rookie goaltender beat the defending Stanley Cup champion while facing at least 40 shots on goal in that game. Steve Mason posted an 8-2 win for the Blue Jackets over the Red Wings on March 7, 2009, stopping 44 of 46 shots.
POTHIER'S QUICK OT GOAL WINS GAME FOR CANES
Defenseman Brian Pothier scored the first overtime goal of his NHL career 23 seconds into the extra period to earn the Hurricanes a 4-3 win against the Penguins. It was the quickest overtime goal by a Carolina player since Feb. 22, 2007, when defenseman Glen Wesley tallied at the 16-second mark of OT in a game against the Flyers.
STAMKOS EXTENDS GOAL STREAK TO SEVEN GAMES
Steven Stamkos recorded a goal and an assist for the Lightning in their overtime loss at Toronto, extending his goal-scoring streak to seven games and his point streak to 18 games. Over the last four seasons, the only other NHL player to score goals in each of seven (or more) consecutive team games is Capitals defenseman Mike Green, who had an eight-game streak in 2008-09.
CRAIG ANDERSON'S SEVENTH SHUTOUT
Craig Anderson's 3-0 win over his former team, the Florida Panthers, was his seventh shutout of the season, tying him for the league high in that category with Martin Brodeur, Ilya Bryzgalov and Tomas Vokoun. The only other goaltender in Nordiques/Avalanche franchise history to record as many as seven shutouts in one season was Patrick Roy, who did so twice (nine in 2001-02, seven in 1996-97).
MATHIEU GARON IS 5-0-3 AT HOME
Mathieu Garon, who made 28 saves in his 2-1 win over the Thrashers in Columbus, is 5-0-3 with a 1.68 goals-against average in his eight starts on home ice this season, allowing two or fewer goals in seven of those eight games.
CHRIS MASON IS RESILIENT
Chris Mason posted a 2-1 shootout win against the Islanders on Thursday, after getting pulled from his last start (a loss at Colorado last Saturday) when he allowed four goals in the first 22 minutes. Mason has failed to go the distance in three starts this season but he's bounced back to win his next game all three times, allowing a total of only five goals in those redemption games.
BRUINS WIN BY FOUR IN PHILLY
The Bruins' 5-1 win in Philadelphia equaled their largest margin of victory over the Flyers in the last 16 seasons. Boston posted three other wins by a four-goal margin against the Flyers since 1993-94 (4-0 in February 1994, 5-1 in both March 1995 and October 2000).
CANADIENS' 15TH POST-REGULATION VICTORY
Andrei Kostitsyn scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Canadiens a 5-4 win over the Oilers. It was Montreal's league-high 15th win in games decided in overtime or a shootout this season (eight OT, seven SO). The Blackhawks are second with 14 post-regulation wins.
DETROIT SCORES THREE IN FIRST PERIOD
Detroit scored three first-period goals in its 5-1 win over Minnesota at Joe Louis Arena. It was the first time that the Red Wings scored more than two goals in any period of a home game since November 14, when they scored five third-period goals in a 7-4 victory against the Ducks.
KIPRUSOFF'S FIRST HOME SHUTOUT SINCE OCTOBER 2008
Miikka Kiprusoff's 2-0 win over the Senators in Calgary was his first shutout on home ice since Oct. 28, 2008 against the Avalanche. At that time, 22 of Kiprusoff's 27 career shutouts had come in home games. Kiprusoff, whose win on Thursday snapped his streak of 65 consecutive starts at the Saddledome without a shutout, had recorded six road shutouts since his last home whitewash.