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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.
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) .
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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) .
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).
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).