Date: November 14, 2010

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NBA

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Mohammed

NAZR MOHAMMED'S 20/20

From Elias: Nazr Mohammed scored 22 points and pulled down 20 rebounds in the Bobcats' loss to the Jazz. Eight of the 10 times that an NBA player has recorded at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in one game over the last eight months have come in games that player's team lost.

Charlotte Bobcats, Utah Jazz

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Harris

THREE NETS SCORE 20 IN LOSS

From Elias: The Nets lost on Saturday despite 26 points from Devin Harris, 23 from Brook Lopez and 20 from Travis Outlaw. Before Saturday, NBA teams were 14-3 this season in games in which they had three players score 20 or more points. But the Nets have lost five of the last six games when they had three 20-point scorers.

New Jersey Nets

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Wade

WADE SCORES 31 WITHOUT A TREY

From Elias: Dwyane Wade scored 31 points on Saturday via 11 field goals and nine free throws. It was the 77th time since Wade entered the NBA in 2003 that he scored 30 or more points without the benefit of a three-point field goal, the second-most such games for any player over that time. Amar'e Stoudemire has done it 80 times. Next-most: Carmelo Anthony (59).59

Miami Heat

NHL

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Kesler

RYAN KESLER'S SECOND STRAIGHT TWO-GOAL GAME

From Elias: Ryan Kesler scored two goals for the Canucks in their 5-3 victory at Toronto, two nights after he tallied twice in a 6-2 Vancouver win at Ottawa. Kesler is the first Canucks player with consecutive multiple-goal games, both on the road, since Peter Schaefer did that in October 1999 (against the Rangers and Flyers).

Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks

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Whitney

HAT TRICKS ON BACK-TO-BACK NIGHTS FOR PHOENIX

From Elias: Each of the last two nights a Coyotes player has scored his first three goals of the season to help Phoenix earn a home-ice win: Vern Fiddler against Calgary on Friday and Ray Whitney versus St. Louis on Saturday. It's the first time that the Coyotes have had players notch hat tricks in consecutive games since Nov. 25-26, 1999, when Jeremy Roenick did it single-handedly, with three-goal games against New Jersey and Colorado.

Phoenix Coyotes, St. Louis Blues

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Cleary

CLEARY'S FIVE-GAME GOAL STREAK

From Elias: Daniel Cleary became the first NHL player with goals in five consecutive team games this season when he scored to give the Red Wings a 3-0 lead early in the second period of their game against the Avalanche. (Sidney Crosby extended his goal-scoring streak to five games a little later on Saturday night.) Cleary's career-high goal streak is the longest by a Red Wing since February 2009, when Marian Hossa scored in five straight games for Detroit.

Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche

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Malkin

EVGENI MALKIN'S HAT TRICK

From Elias: Evgeni Malkin recorded three goals and an assist to lead the Penguins to a 4-2 victory in Atlanta. Malkin did not have a three-goal game in his rookie year (2006-07) but he's notched six hat tricks since then, tying him with Thomas Vanek for third-most in the NHL over the last four seasons, behind co-leaders Alex Ovechkin and Eric Staal (seven each).

Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins

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O'Brien

3-D GOAL NIGHT FOR THE PREDATORS

From Elias: The Predators scored three goals in their shootout win over the Blackhawks and all of them were by defensemen: Shane O'Brien, Shea Weber and Cody Franson. Washington is the only other NHL team to have three defensemen score goals in the same game this season (Nov. 5 vs. Boston: John Carlson, Tyler Sloan and Mike Green).

Nashville Predators, Chicago Blackhawks

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Elliott

BRIAN ELLIOTT: FIVE FOR FIVE IN NOVEMBER

From Elias: Brian Elliott posted his first shutout of the season with a 2-0 win at Boston on Saturday night. Elliott struggled in October, with a 4-4-0 record and 3.39 goals-against average in eight games, but he's 5-0-0 with a 1.40 GAA in five games in November, allowing two or fewer goals in each game.

Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators

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Vanek

THOMAS VANEK SCORES OT WINNER FOR BUFFALO

From Elias: Buffalo's Thomas Vanek scored two goals against the Capitals on Saturday, including the game-winner in overtime. Vanek has scored four overtime goals in his NHL career, all against Southeast Division teams: two versus Tampa Bay, and one each against Florida and Washington.

Buffalo Sabres, Washington Capitals

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Giroux

CLAUDE GIROUX IS A HOMEBODY

From Elias: The Flyers won 5-2 on home ice against the Panthers, with Mike Richards and Claude Giroux each scoring two goals for Philadelphia. Giroux scored points in eight of his last nine home games in the 2010 playoffs and he's registered points in nine of the Flyers' ten home games this season, including each of their last seven games at Wells Fargo Center.

Florida Panthers, Philadelphia Flyers

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Plekanec

TOMAS PLEKANEC'S FOUR-POINT GAME

From Elias: Tomas Plekanec scored one goal and assisted on three in the Canadiens' 7-2 win over the Hurricanes in Montreal. It was Plekanec's 17th career game with three points or more but only his fifth such game on home ice. Plekanec has had more three-plus point games against Carolina (four) than any other NHL club.

Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens


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