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WADE EXCELS IN OT LOSS
Dwyane Wade scored 36 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the Heat's 108-102 overtime loss to the Magic. Only two other starting guards have had at least 35 points and 10 rebounds in one game this season: Kobe Bryant (35/10) on Christmas Day against the Cavaliers and Stephen Curry (36/10) on February 10 versus the Clippers.
NUGGETS WIN, THOUGH ONLY HALF AS PRODUCTIVE IN SECOND HALF
Denver beat New Orleans, 93-80, on Thursday night, scoring 62 points in the first half but only 31 points in the second half. It was the first time in the Nuggets' 34 seasons in the NBA that they won a game in which they scored at least twice as many points in the first half as the second half. The only other such win in the NBA this season was Oklahoma City's 102-89 victory in its season opener (October 28 vs. Sacramento: 68 first-half points, 34 second-half points).
PENGUINS NOTCH THEIR FIRST SHUTOUT
Pittsburgh became the last NHL team to record a shutout this season when Marc-Andre Fleury blanked the Bruins, 3-0, in Boston on Thursday night, in the Penguins' 71st game. Pittsburgh was only the second defending Stanley Cup champion to go through its first 70 games of a season without shutting out an opponent. The 1981-82 Islanders played their entire 80-game regular-season schedule without posting a shutout, though Billy Smith notched one in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Vancouver and the Isles went on to win the third of their four straight titles.
THREE-GOAL COMEBACK BY THE COYOTES
The Coyotes trailed, 3-0, at the end of the second period of their road game against the Panthers but they outscored Florida, 3-0, in the third period and went on to win via a shootout. It was the second time this season that Phoenix earned points from a game in which it trailed by three goals entering the third period. The Coyotes got a point from a shootout loss at home to the Islanders on January 9, after trailing, 4-1, through two periods. Before this season the Coyotes had not salvaged even a single point from such a game (i.e., down by three goals or more going into the third period) since November 1996.
PEKKA RINNE'S 12TH SHUTOUT IN LAST TWO SEASONS
Pekka Rinne's 5-0 victory against the Wild was his fifth shutout of the season. Rinne, who had seven shutouts as a rookie last season, is the first NHL goaltender to record at least five shutouts in both his freshman and sophomore seasons since Evgeni Nabokov did that in 2000-01 (six shutouts) and 2001-02 (seven).
PAUL KARIYA'S 400TH GOAL
Paul Kariya scored the 400th regular-season goal of his NHL career when he tipped in a shot to snap a 3-3 tie in the third period of the Blues' win at Madison Square Garden. Kariya, the fourth overall pick in the 1993 Entry Draft, is the first player from that draft class to reach the 400-goal plateau. Three other 1993 draftees have scored at least 300 goals in the NHL: Jason Arnott (381), Miroslav Satan (358) and Pavol Demitra (303).303
BLUES DEFENSEMAN ENDS LONG GOAL DROUGHT
Mike Weaver scored his first goal in nearly three years when his slap shot from behind his own blue line got past Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist early in the second period of the Blues' game in New York. It was the defenseman's first goal since March 23, 2007 at Chicago, when he played for the Kings. Weaver entered play on Thursday with the second-longest current goal drought among active NHL skaters (184 games). The longest current goalless streak, 213 games, is by Minnesota enforcer Derek Boogaard.
JASON POMINVILLE'S HAT TRICK
Jason Pominville recorded the first hat trick of the season by a Sabres player when he scored three goals against the Lightning on Thursday night. Three NHL teams are still "hatless" this season: Anaheim, Atlanta and Edmonton.
TYLER MYERS REACHES DOUBLE-FIGURES IN GOALS
Tyler Myers scored his 10th goal of the season in the Sabres' game in Tampa. Myers is only the third rookie defenseman to reach double-figures in goals in one season for Buffalo. The other rookie backliners to score ten or more goals in a season for the Sabres both did so in 1982-83: Phil Housley (19) and Hannu Virta (13).
MULTI-GOAL GAME BY CAPITALS D-MAN (NO, NOT THAT ONE)
Joe Corvo, who was traded to Washington by Carolina just over two weeks ago (March 3), scored his first two goals for the Capitals in their game against the Hurricanes on Thursday. It was the first multiple-goal game by a Washington defenseman other than Mike Green since March 6, 2006, when Bryan Muir scored twice against the Islanders. Green has registered 11 multi-goal games for the Caps since then.
RAY WHITNEY'S OT GOAL
Ray Whitney scored in the last minute of overtime to give the Hurricanes a 4-3 win over the Capitals. It was the sixth regular-season overtime goal of Whitney's NHL career and his fifth OT winner for the Canes. Whitney's fifth overtime goal for Carolina moved him into sole possession of second place in that category for the Whalers/Hurricanes franchise, behind Jeff O'Neill (six).
MAPLE LEAFS ARE PERFECT IN SHOOTOUT
The Maple Leafs beat the Devils by scoring on all three of their shootout attempts in Thursday's game in Toronto. It was the first time in the five seasons that the tiebreaker has used by the NHL that the Leafs took three shots in a shootout without a miss. There have been three other instances of a team going 3-for-3 in a shootout this season, by the Islanders, Senators and Flames.
COLBY ARMSTRONG'S THREE-POINT GAME
Colby Armstrong matched his career high for points in one game when he scored two goals and had one assist for the Thrashers in their victory over the Senators. Armstrong's three-point night was only his second multiple-point game this season. He had two points (one goal, one assist) against the Canadiens on December 12.
SIMON GAGNE'S MARCH MADNESS
Simon Gagne scored the first goal for the Flyers in their 3-2 win at Dallas. He's scored eight goals in 10 games this month, after scoring only seven goals in 36 games this season through the end of February. Gagne's eight goals in March are the most he's scored in any calendar month since February 2007 (12 goals).
RYAN KESLER IS AMONG USA'S BEST IN 2010
Ryan Kesler, who had a goal and an assist for the Canucks in their 3¿2 win over the Sharks, has recorded 32 points in 30 games since January 1 (11 goals, 21 assists). Kesler, a Michigan native, ranks third among U.S.-born players in points in this calendar year, behind co-leaders Tim Connolly (33) and Patrick Kane (33).33