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BULLS LOSE BIG AT HOME
The Heat defeated the Bulls, 103-74, in Chicago on Thursday night. It was the second time this season that the Bulls lost a home game by as many as 29 points. (Toronto beat them by 32 points at United Center on December 5.) There was only one other season in which the Bulls lost more than one home game by at least 29 points. They suffered five such losses in 1998-99, the season after Michael Jordan's final season in Chicago.
CLIPPERS END ROAD LOSING STREAK WITH WIN AT HOUSTON
The Clippers snapped their 11-game road losing streak with a 99-93 win in Houston. It was the first time that the Rockets lost at home to a team on a double-digit road losing streak since Feb. 26, 2007, when the Celtics ended their 12-game road losing streak with a 77-72 win.
ERIC NYSTROM EXCELS IN FIRST GAME AT DAD'S OLD HOME ARENA
Eric Nystrom, playing in his first game at Nassau Coliseum, the arena where his father Bob's retired uniform #23 hangs from the rafters, had a goal and an assist for the Flames in their 3-2 loss to the Islanders. Bob Nystrom played 456 regular-season games at the Coliseum, third-most by any NHL player, behind Bryan Trottier (566) and Denis Potvin (539). Only Potvin (92), Trottier (88) and Clark Gillies (80) played more postseason games there than Eric's dad (77).
STAMKOS PASSES 20-GOAL MARK ON THE ROAD
Steven Stamkos scored a pair of goals for Tampa Bay in its 5-3 win at Boston. The goals were Stamkos' 20th and 21st road goals this season. The only other players to score more than 20 road goals in one season for the Lightning are Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis, who each scored 25 goals on Tampa Bay's travels in 2006-07.
BRUINS LOSE BUT FINALLY SCORE MORE THAN TWO GOALS AT HOME
The Bruins lost to the Lightning in Boston but they achieved a victory of sorts when they scored the last goal of the game that made the final score 5-3. That consolation goal ended the Bruins' streak of 14 consecutive home games in which they scored no more than two goals. It was the longest such stretch of home games within one season by an NHL team since 1928-29, when Chicago (22 straight home games with two or fewer goals) and the New York Americans (20) had longer streaks.
LUNDQVIST AND BRODEUR MATCH UP IN SHOOTOUT FOR EIGHTH TIME
Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers beat Martin Brodeur and the Devils in a shootout after the teams battled to a 3-3 deadlock for 65 minutes. It was the eighth shootout featuring Lundqvist and Brodeur over the five seasons in which the tiebreaker has been used by the NHL (with each goaltender winning four times). The eight shootouts are the most between any two NHL goaltenders. The only other goaltenders who've faced each other in a shootout more than five times are Mathieu Garon and Jean-Sebastien Giguere (six games).
LAST-MINUTE TYING GOAL ON THE ROAD FOR DRURY
Chris Drury tied the score at 3-3 for the Rangers in their game at New Jersey with a goal at 19:43 of the third period. It was the first time that the Rangers recorded a score-tying goal in the final minute of the third period in a road game since Jan. 5, 2008 at Edmonton, when Drury scored at the 19:53 mark.
JUSSI JOKINEN FAVORS CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
Jussi Jokinen assisted on both goals by the Hurricanes in their game against the Capitals. Jokinen is the second-leading scorer against Washington this season, with nine points in six games (two goals, seven assists), trailing only his teammate, Eric Staal, who was held pointless in Thursday's game.
LEAFS HAVE GOTTEN THE HANG OF WINNING AFTER THE 60-MINUTE MARK
Mikhail Grabovski scored 39 seconds into overtime to give the Maple Leafs a 2-1 victory in Atlanta. It was Toronto's sixth consecutive win in games decided in overtime or by a shootout, all since March 6 (three OT wins, three shootout wins). That may not seem so incredible, until you consider that the Maple Leafs were 1-12 in such games this season before March 6.
YANDLE'S THIRD THREE-POINT ROAD GAME
Defenseman Keith Yandle scored or assisted on all three goals by the Coyotes in their shootout loss at Nashville. (He had one goal and two assists.) It was Yandle's third three-point game this season and all three have come on the road. The only other NHL defenseman to score at least three points in three different road games this season is the Blackhawks' Duncan Keith.
A DOZEN BLUE JACKETS SCORE POINTS IN WIN OVER HAWKS
Twelve different players recorded points for the Blue Jackets in their 8-3 rout of the Blackhawks. That ties the Columbus team record for most players with points in one game, done seven times before, with the last instance being the Blue Jackets' 8-2 win at Detroit on March 7, 2009.
CANADIENS SCORE THREE UNASSISTED GOALS
The Canadiens scored three unassisted goals in their 4-1 win over the Panthers. The only other NHL team to record three solo tallies in one game this season was the Rangers in their 5-2 victory against the Lightning on February 14.
KARIYA'S BEST GOAL-SCORING MONTH IN MORE THAN THREE YEARS
Paul Kariya has scored six goals in 12 games for the Blues this month, including the final goal in St. Louis' win over the Kings on Thursday. Kariya's six goals in March are the most he's scored in one calendar month since December 2006, when he scored six goals in 15 games for Nashville.
WILD ALWAYS WIN WHEN BRODZIAK SCORES ONCE
Kyle Brodziak scored in overtime to earn the Wild a come-from-behind victory in Philadelphia. Minnesota has won all seven games in which Brodziak scored exactly one goal this season but the Wild lost the only game in which he scored two goals (Nov. 5 vs. Vancouver).