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FALCONS WIN AFTER BLOWING 13-POINT LEAD IN FOURTH QUARTER
From Elias: The Falcons squandered a 20-7 fourth-quarter lead, but Matt Ryan's touchdown pass to Roddy White with 20 seconds remaining gave Atlanta a 26-21 win over the Ravens. It was the first time in Falcons history that they relinquished a lead of 13 or more points in the fourth quarter and then came from behind to win in regulation.
RODDY WHITE GRABS A DOZEN
From Elias: Roddy White caught 12 passes in the Falcons' win on Thursday night. It was White's third game with 10 or more receptions this season and the sixth such game of his NFL career, which has been spent entirely with Atlanta. The only other player in Falcons history with as many 10-catch games as White is Andre Rison, who had seven.
DENG LEADS THE WAY IN BULLS' WIN OVER THE WARRIORS
From Elias: Luol Deng tallied 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in the Bulls' 120-90 rout of the Warriors. It was Deng's first career game with at least 25 points, ten rebounds and five assists. The only other Bulls player to record a 25/10/5 game in the last five seasons was Derrick Rose, who did so exactly two years to the day before Deng (Nov. 11, 2008 vs. the Hawks).
RONDO: SECOND STRAIGHT ROAD GAME WITH 15-PLUS ASSISTS
From Elias: Rajon Rondo dished out 16 assists in the Celtics' 112-107 win at Miami on Thursday, three nights after he had 15 assists against the Mavericks in Dallas. It's the first time that Rondo, or any Celtics player, has recorded consecutive 15-assist games with both of them coming on the road.
RAY ALLEN MAKES EIGHT STRAIGHT THREE-POINTERS
From Elias: Ray Allen made his first seven three-point field-goal attempts in the Celtics' game at Miami. That gave Allen a streak of eight consecutive three-pointers made (including his final shot from downtown in Boston's last game), the longest in the NBA this season. It was Allen's longest such streak since February 2006, when he made eight straight three-point shots for Seattle, and the longest by a Celtic since Raef LaFrentz made eight in a row, also in February 2006.
ALEXANDER SEMIN'S FIVE-POINT NIGHT
From Elias: Alexander Semin tallied three goals and two assists in the Capitals' 6-3 win over the Lightning. Semin's five points matched his career high for one game (set Nov. 12, 2008 at Carolina) and equaled the best one-game performance by an NHL player this season. Joe Thornton recorded five points against the Devils on October 27.
HATS OFF TO JEFF CARTER
From Elias: Jeff Carter scored three consecutive goals in the Flyers' 8-1 trouncing of the Hurricanes. Carter was the first NHL player to record a "natural" hat trick since January 31, when Marian Gaborik notched one for the Rangers.
PRICE IS USUALLY RIGHT AGAINST THE BRUINS
From Elias: Carey Price made 34 saves to lead the Canadiens to a 3-1 victory in Boston. Price has won his last four games against the Bruins, allowing only one goal in each game, and he has a 10-2-2 career record versus Boston. Since Price entered the NHL in the 2007-08 season he's won more games against the Bruins than any other goaltender.
RARE HOME OVERTIME WIN FOR THE RANGERS
From Elias: Artem Anisimov scored two goals, including the overtime winner, in the Rangers' 3-2 victory over the Sabres at Madison Square Garden. Overtime wins have been few and far between for the Rangers in recent years. Entering play on Thursday the Rangers had won only one of their last ten regular-season games decided by an overtime goal. Anisimov's second goal gave the Rangers their first overtime win at MSG since March 31, 2008 against Pittsburgh. They gave up seven overtime goals in regular-season play at the Garden since then.
DANIEL CLEARY'S FOUR-GAME GOAL STREAK
From Elias: Former Oiler Daniel Cleary scored two goals for the Red Wings in their 6-2 win over Edmonton. Cleary's first tally on Thursday night extended his goal-scoring streak to a career-high four games and his point streak to six games, one shy of his personal best (seven games, done three times, last in December 2006). Cleary has five points in two games against the Oilers this season (three goals, two assists) and six points in 12 games versus other opponents.
CANUCKS' PERFECT RECORD WHEN KESLER SCORES
From Elias: Ryan Kesler scored two goals for the Canucks in their 6-2 win at Ottawa. Vancouver has won all six games in which Kesler has scored goals this season, including three by a four-goal margin.
PEKKA RINNE DOESN'T GET THE BLUES WHEN HE VISITS ST. LOUIS
From Elias: Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne ended his four-game losing streak with a shootout win at St. Louis on Thursday. Rinne lost his first game at Scottrade Center (Dec. 8, 2008) but he's won all five times he's played in St. Louis since then, allowing only eight goals in those five games.