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KNICKS SCORE 70 POINTS IN FIRST HALF
From Elias: The Knicks outscored the Bulls, 70-52, in the first half en route to a 120-112 victory in Chicago. It was only the second time in the last 20 seasons that the Knicks scored 70 or more points in the first half of a road game. The other instance was at Orlando on Dec. 27, 2004, when they scored 71 first-half points in a 119-111 win over the Magic.
The 120 points scored by the Knicks in their win over the Bulls was New York's highest output in any regular-season or playoff game against their long-time rival in more than two decades. They last reached 120-plus points versus the Bulls in Game Five of the 1989 Eastern Conference Semis, a 121-114 victory for the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, in which Patrick Ewing had a team-high 32 points. New York also scored 120-or-more points against the Bulls three times during the 1988-89 regular season.
KNICKS' BIG NIGHT IN "DOWNTOWN" CHICAGO
From Elias: The Knicks made 16 of 24 three-point field-goal attempts against the Bulls on Thursday night. Entering the game, Chicago had held its opponents to the lowest three-point field-goal percentage in the NBA this season (9 of 50, 18 percent).
FLYERS ROOKIE WINS FIFTH STRAIGHT GAME
From Elias: The Flyers extended their winning streak to five games with a 4-1 victory against the Rangers. Rookie Sergei Bobrovsky was in goal for Philadelphia on Thursday, as he was in each of the previous four games. Bobrovsky is only the third rookie goaltender in the last 27 seasons to win five consecutive team games for the Flyers, joining Ron Hextall (November 1986) and Antero Niittymaki (December 2005).
CLAUDE GIROUX'S FIVE-GAME POINT STREAK
From Elias: Claude Giroux extended his point streak to a career-high five games with a pair of assists in the Flyers' win over the Rangers. Giroux has tallied four goals and five assists over his last five games, all Philadelphia wins. The only other Flyer with points in every game of the team's current winning streak is Mike Richards, who scored Philadelphia's first goal on Thursday night.
GARON POSTS HIS SECOND STRAIGHT SHUTOUT
From Elias: Columbus goaltender Mathieu Garon, who beat the Canadiens 3-0 on Tuesday, posted his second straight shutout with a 3-0 victory in Atlanta on Thursday. It's the second time that Garon has recorded consecutive shutouts in his ten-year NHL career; he had two in a row for the Kings in April 2006. The Blue Jackets have been in the NHL only ten seasons but they've had five different goaltenders post consecutive shutouts: Ron Tugnutt (March 2001), Fredrik Norrena (December 2006), Pascal Leclaire (October 2007), Steve Mason (three straight in December 2008, two in a row in February 2010) and Garon.
DERICK BRASSARD: FIVE GOALS IN LAST SIX GAMES
From Elias: Derick Brassard, who scored the first goal for the Blue Jackets in their win over the Thrashers, has tallied five goals in his last six games (and one in each of his last three games). The five goals are as many as Brassard scored over his previous 56 games, dating back to last December.
JASON SPEZZA'S FOUR-POINT NIGHT
From Elias: Jason Spezza had a hand in all four of the Senators' goals in their 4-1 victory over the Islanders, scoring one goal and assisting on three. It's the ninth time that Spezza has recorded four or more points in a regular-season game, and in five of the nine instances he's done so with points on every goal Ottawa scored in that game. That includes Spezza's career-high six-point game on Feb. 9, 2008, when he had three goals and three assists in a 6-1 Senators win over the Canadiens.
HALAK'S THIRD SHUTOUT FOR THE BLUES
From Elias: Jaroslav Halak, who was traded to the Blues by the Canadiens in June, notched his third shutout in nine games for St. Louis with a 2-0 win against the Sharks on Thursday. Halak has recorded three shutouts for the Blues quicker than any other goaltender in franchise history. He surpassed the standard set by Jacques Plante, who posted his third shutout for St. Louis in his 11th game with the team (November 1968).
DANIEL SEDIN'S ROAD POINT STREAK
From Elias: Daniel Sedin's season-opening five-game road goal-scoring streak came to an end in the Canucks' 3-1 win at Colorado on Thursday, but he did contribute two assists to aid the victory. (The only other Canucks player to score goals in each of the team's first five road games of a season was Tony Tanti in 1987-88.) Sedin's road goal streak is over but his road point streak is very much alive. Daniel has registered at least one point in each of his last 18 regular-season road games, dating back to February 12 (9 goals, 16 assists).