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SECOND STRAIGHT 20/10 GAME FOR DERON WILLIAMS
Deron Williams scored 20 points and dished out 12 assists in Utah's 103-87 victory over the Wizards. It was the second straight night that Williams had a 20/10 game (points/assists) and it was his 18th such game this season. The only other player with more 20-point, 10-assist games this season than Williams is LeBron James (19). Williams is still ten shy of John Stockton's single-season franchise record of 28, set in 1988-89.
TRIPLE-DOUBLE TIMES THREE FOR THE JAZZ
We don't have a name for a double-double in which a player scores at least 20 points. But for the second straight night, Mehmet Okur, Deron Williams, and Carlos Boozer all did that in the same game for the Jazz-first in a loss at Indiana, and then in Saturday's 103-87 win at Washington. What makes it all the more remarkable is that no three teammates had done that in any NBA game since October 31, when Andre Iguodala, Lou Williams and Marreese Speights of the 76ers each recorded a 20-point double-double in an overtime win against the Knicks.
NETS CAN'T MAKE IT THREE STRAIGHT WINS
The Nets had their two-game winning streak snapped by a 106-83 loss in Chicago. New Jersey is one of three NBA teams this season without a three-game winning streak. (The others are Golden State and Washington.) The Nets have finished a season without a winning streak of at least three games twice since they entered the NBA in 1976: 1988-89 and 1996-97.
COLLISON'S PERFECT GAME
Darren Collison was 10-for-10 from the floor in the Hornets' loss to the Trail Blazers on Saturday. Collison was the second player to take at least 10 field-goal attempts and make them all in an NBA game this season, joining Dwight Howard, who was 11-for-11 at Houston on February 24. The only other players in Hornets franchise history to do that were Anthony Mason in February 1997 and Tyson Chandler in April 2008.
KOBE JUST MISSES OUT ON A TRIPLE-DOUBLE
Kobe Bryant fell one assist shy of his 17th career triple-double in the Lakers' 109-101 victory in Houston. Bryant had no triple-doubles in his first 302 career games but he then registered 14 in 319 games from 2001 to 2005. Since then, Kobe has had only two triple-doubles in 395 games, both of them coming in January 2009.
TIM THOMAS: SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON WITH FIVE SHUTOUTS
Tim Thomas recorded his fifth shutout of the season in the Bruins' 5-0 win over the Flames on Saturday afternoon. Thomas' five shutouts match his career high for one season, a mark he set last season when he won the Vezina Trophy. He's only the second goaltender in the last 55 years to post at least five shutouts for the Bruins in each of two consecutive seasons. Byron Dafoe did that with six shutouts in 1997-98 and ten in 1998-99.
GOALTENDER DEBUTS WITH START VS. DEFENDING CUP WINNER
The Flyers, with Ray Emery and Michael Leighton both injured, started a goaltender making his NHL debut in Saturday's game against the Stanley Cup champion Penguins. Johan Backlund, a 28-year-old veteran of the Swedish Elite League, played the first two periods and allowed two goals before he was forced to leave the game due to an injury. The only other active goaltender whose first NHL game was a start against the defending Cup winner is San Jose's Thomas Greiss (Jan. 13, 2008 at Anaheim). Backlund was the second goaltender to face such a daunting task in an NHL debut with the Flyers, joining Tommy Soderstrom, who lost in overtime to the Penguins in December 1992.
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY VS. THE FLYERS
Marc-Andre Fleury allowed a goal 62 seconds into his game against the Flyers on Saturday but he blanked Philadelphia the rest of the way to notch a 4-1 victory. Fleury is 18-3-0 (with two no-decisions) in 23 regular-season games versus the Flyers since March 2006 and he was 8-3 in 11 playoff games against them over the past two years.
LEAFS ROOKIE EXTENDS WINNING STREAK TO SEVEN GAMES
Rookie Jonas Gustavsson posted his seventh consecutive victory when the Maple Leafs beat the Rangers in overtime on Saturday night. Gustavsson's seven-game winning streak is the longest by a Toronto goaltender since Ed Belfour's seven-game streak in 2003 and it's the longest by a Maple Leafs rookie since 1975, when Gord McRae recorded seven wins in a row.
LEE STEMPNIAK IS MR. MARCH FOR THE COYOTES
Lee Stempniak scored two goals for the Coyotes in their 6-2 win against the Avalanche. Stempniak has scored 12 goals this month: none in one game with the Maple Leafs and 12 in 12 games since he was traded to Phoenix by Toronto on March 3. Stempniak's 12 goals this month are a single-season March high for a Coyotes player since the team moved to Arizona from Winnipeg in 1996. The franchise record for goals by one player in March is also the NHL record: 20 by the Jets' Teemu Selanne in March 1994.
SEDIN IS FIRST NHL PLAYER TO REACH 100 POINTS
Henrik Sedin became the first NHL player to score 100 points this season when he assisted on the first-period goal by Alex Burrows that opened the scoring in the Canucks' game at San Jose. Sedin is the second Vancouver player to earn the distinction of "first to 100" in a season. Markus Naslund did that in 2002-03, reaching the 100-point mark on the same date that Sedin did this season (March 27).
MARTIN BRODEUR WINS AGAIN IN MONTREAL
Martin Brodeur and the Devils clinched a playoff spot for the 13th consecutive season with their 4-2 win at Montreal on Saturday night. Brodeur, a Montreal native, is 15-8-1 with a 1.58 goals-against average in 24 regular-season games at Bell Centre and in only one of those games did he allow as many as four goals. He ranks seventh in career regular-season wins in that building despite having played there only as a visitor.
ANOTHER SABRES HAT TRICK AGAINST THE LIGHTNING
Derek Roy recorded his first hat trick of the season and the fourth of his NHL career when he scored three goals in the Sabres' 7-1 rout of the Lightning. Four of the last seven hat tricks by Buffalo players have come in games against the Lightning, including one earlier this month in Tampa by Jason Pominville (March 18) and two by Thomas Vanek in 2008. Tampa Bay was also the opponent for one of Roy's previous three hat tricks (March 9, 2006).
HEDBERG IS FINER WHEN HE PLAYS AT CAROLINA
Johan Hedberg notched his second shutout of the season and the 13th of his NHL career with a 4-0 win at Carolina. The victory improved Hedberg's record to 7-1-2 in 10 career games against the Hurricanes in Raleigh, despite facing more than 30 shots on goal in each game.
KARLSSON TIES ROOKIE RECORD FOR A SENATORS DEFENSEMAN
Rookie defenseman Erik Karlsson assisted on all three goals by the Senators in their win over the Panthers. Karlsson tied the Ottawa franchise record for points in one game by a rookie backliner, a mark that was set by Sami Salo (March 1999) then matched by Anton Volchenkov (December 2002) and Andrej Meszaros (March 2006).
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING IN RED WINGS-PREDATORS GAME
Detroit won at Nashville in an 11-round shootout after the Red Wings and Predators played to a 0-0 deadlock through 60 minutes of regulation time and a five-minute overtime period. It was the fifth goalless game in the NHL this season and in all five instances the visiting team won the shootout.
JOSH BAILEY'S SECOND ROAD OT GOAL THIS SEASON
Josh Bailey scored 2:58 into overtime to earn the Islanders a 4-3 win at Columbus. It was the second OT goal this season for Bailey, who scored in extra time at Toronto on November 23. Kyle Okposo has also scored two road overtime goals for the Isles this season. Before this year, no Islanders player had scored two road OT goals in one season since Pierre Turgeon did it in 1993-94.