Date: March 22, 2010

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NBA

null
Udrih

BENO STEPS UP IN EVANS' ABSENCE

With Tyreke Evans sidelined, Beno Udrih scored 20 points and recorded 17 assists to lead the Kings to a 102-89 win over the Clippers. That was the highest assist total by a 20-point scorer for Sacramento since Spud Webb posted 29 points and 17 helpers against the Clippers 17 years ago (March 23, 1993). Udrih has averaged 8.7 assists in the six games that Evans missed this season.

Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers

null
Lee

3 KNICKS SCORE BIG, BUT ROCKETS PREVAIL

The Rockets survived big games by David Lee (27 points), Toney Douglas (26), and Danilo Gallinari (26) to post a 116-112 win over the Knicks. It was the first time in 24 seasons that Houston won a 48-minute game in which three opposing players scored at least 25 points. The Rockets' last such win was on November 16, 1985 against the Mavericks, who were led by Jay Vincent (29), Sam Perkins (28), and Rolando Blackman (26) .

Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks

null
Durant

DURANT, WESTBROOK SHOOT BLANKS AGAINST PACERS

Kevin Durant (16 points) and Russell Westbrook (0 points, 5 assists) were both subpar in the Thunder's 121-101 loss at Indiana. It was the first time in the 142 games that Durant and Westbrook played together for Oklahoma City that they combined for less than 20 points. Their previous combined low was 21 points against the Trail Blazers last April (Durant 13, Westbrook 8).

Coming into Sunday's loss, Durant ranked second in the NBA in scoring this month (30.0 PPG); Westbrook ranked 29th in scoring (17.9 PPG) and fourth in assists (9.1 per game).

Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

null
Powe

POWE LEADS THE WAY FOR CAVS

Leon Powe came off the bench to lead all Cavaliers players with 16 points in 21 minutes in a 104-79 win over the Pistons. It was Powe's 200th NBA game, but only the sixth in which he outscored all of his teammates.

Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

NHL

null
Selanne

SELANNE ROLLS ON, REACHING ANOTHER MILESTONE

Teemu Selanne scored the 600th goal of his NHL career in the Ducks' 5-2 victory over the Avalanche, the same opponent that conceded Selanne's 500th goal in 2006. The Finnish Flash's goal-scoring has slowed in the interim, but not as much as you might think: Selanne ranks 28th in the NHL in goals since he tallied his 500th more than three years ago.

Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche

BRUINS VICTORIOUS IN ANOTHER TIGHT GAME VS. RANGERS

The Bruins defeated the Rangers, 2-1, in a typically low-scoring game between two of the NHL's old-guard teams. Boston and New York have averaged 3.0 goals per game in 12 meetings over the past three seasons. That's the lowest such mark in any intraconference matchup during that time.

Boston Bruins, New York Rangers

null
Kobasew

KOBASEW CONTINUES SURGE WITH 2 GOALS VS. HIS FORMER TEAM

Chuck Kobasew scored a pair of goals in the Wild's 4-3 win over the Flames. Kobasew has scored four goals in his last four games, marking only the second time in his career that he has averaged a goal a game over a span that long. Kobasew scored four goals in three games in January 2006.

Kobasew is the first extinguished Flame to score two goals in a game against his former team this season. In fact, the only other former Calgary player with a multiple-goal game against the Flames over the last six seasons is Martin St. Louis, who has done it three times.

Minnesota Wild, Calgary Flames

null
Clemmensen

DIFFERENT JERSEY, SAME RESULT

Scott Clemmensen made 29 saves in the Panthers' 5-2 victory over the Lightning. Clemmensen won all three of his career starts against Tampa Bay, playing for a different team in each game. He defeated the Lightning for the Devils last season and for the Maple Leafs two seasons ago.

Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs

SABRES' POWER PLAY COMES TO LIFE

The Sabres scored on two of their three power play chances in a 5-3 win at Carolina. It was the first time that Buffalo scored more than one power play goal in a game since February 1, when they scored twice with a man advantage at Pittsburgh. The Sabres were a league-worst 4-for-58 on the power play (6.9%) over 16 games in the interim.

Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins

null
Boyd

PREDS STRIKE LATE TO DEFEAT BLUES

Patric Hornqvist and Dustin Boyd both scored in the final four minutes of the third period to give the Predators a 3-2 victory at St. Louis. It was only the second time in Nashville's 11 seasons in the NHL that it won a game in regulation after trailing with less than four minutes to play. The Predators' first such win came at Detroit on November 8, 2003, on late goals by Scott Hartnell and Scott Walker.

Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues

null
Mason

MASON LOSES ANOTHER HOME GAME TO HIS FORMER TEAM

Chris Mason, who played 135 games for the Predators over six seasons, has faced his former team eight times since he was traded by Nashville to St. Louis in June 2008. He's 3-0-1 in four games against the Predators at Nashville but 0-3-1 in four games against them at St. Louis.

Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues

null
PAVELEC

ANOTHER BUSY NIGHT ENDS IN A WIN FOR PAVELEC

Ondrej Pavelec stopped 44 of 45 shots on goal to lead the Thrashers to a 3-1 win at Philadelphia. Pavelec has faced at least 40 shots in a game nine times this season, and he has a 5-1-3 record in those games. The only goaltenders who've faced 40 or more shots in a game this season as often as Pavelec are Tomas Vokoun (14 times) and Jonas Hiller (9) .

Atlanta Thrashers, Philadelphia Flyers

COYOTES POST 9TH STRAIGHT WIN, 3RD VIA SHOOTOUT

The Coyotes extended their winning streak to nine games with a shootout victory at Dallas. Five of Phoenix's last seven wins have come via shootouts, including each of its last three games. The Coyotes are the fourth team to win three straight games, all in shootouts, in the five seasons that the NHL has been using the tiebreaker. The other teams to do that were the Stars in January 2006, Oilers in December 2007, and Blackhawks last month (February 9-14).

Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks

NORTHERN IOWA-VS.-KANSAS, NHL-STYLE

The lowly Oilers spanked the division-leading Sharks, 5-1, in a game that was one for the ages. Edmonton trailed San Jose by 45 points coming into Sunday night's game (96-51). Over the past 25 years, there were only two other victories of four or more goals by a team that trailed its opponent by that wide a margin in the standings. The Caps defeated the Hurricanes, 5-1, in March 2006 (100-55 in points), and the Islanders topped the Penguins, 6-2, in April 1996 (100-50).

Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks, Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins


ESPN TOP HEADLINES