Date: November 23, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NFL

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Rivers

RIVERS KEEPS FIRING TDS

From Elias: Philip Rivers threw four touchdown passes on Monday, after throwing four TD passes in his previous game, against the Texans. He's the third-player in Chargers history to have consecutive games of four or more touchdown passes, joining Dan Fouts (1985) and Drew Brees (2004).2004

San Diego Chargers

HISTORICALLY BAD STRETCH FOR DENVER

From Elias: Denver's loss on Monday gave the Broncos 15 losses in their last 20 games. It's the first time the Broncos have lost 15 times in a 20-game span since 1971-72. Among the 26 teams that were playing in the NFL in the early 1970s, Denver was the only one that hadn't lost 15 games in a 20-game span since 1972... until now.

Denver Broncos

CHILDRESS FIRED BY MINNESOTA

From Elias: Brad Childress was one of 10 NFL head coaches hired to start the 2006 season but only three of the 10 remain in the same job - Sean Payton, Mike McCarthy and Gary Kubiak. Childress joins Dick Jauron (Bills), Eric Mangini (Jets), Herman Edwards (Chiefs), Scott Linehan (Rams), Rod Marinelli (Lions) and Art Shell (Raiders) as those who have moved on.

Minnesota Vikings

TWO DOWN FROM 2009 PLAYOFF COACHES

From Elias: With Brad Childress and Wade Phillips each being let go, this marks the second time over the last seven seasons that two head coaches who took their teams to the playoffs didn't make it through the following season. Neither Bill Parcells nor Marty Schottenheimer returned for the 2007 season after leading the Cowboys and Chargers to the playoffs in 2006. But nothing can compare to the 2000 season, when five coaches who led teams to the 1999 postseason did not make it through the season (Chan Gailey, Jimmy Johnson and Dick Vermeil didn't start the season; Bobby Ross and Norv Turner didn't complete it).

Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys

NBA

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Garnett

GARNETT AND O'NEAL CLEAN THE GLASS

From Elias: Kevin Garnett and Shaquille O'Neal each had 11 rebounds for the Celtics on Monday. It was the first time since 1999 that a pair of teammates, each with at least 12,000 career rebounds, had double-digit rebounds in the same game. The last to do it, before tonight, were Hakeem Olajuwon and Charles Barkley for the Rockets.

Boston Celtics

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Durant

THE TERRIFIC TRIO

From Elias: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green scored at least 20 points for the Thunder on Monday night. It's the ninth time that trio has scored at least 20 points in the same game - the highest total for any three teammates, all younger than 25 years old, since Alonzo Mourning, Larry Johnson and Kendall Gill did that 11 times for the Charlotte Hornets in the 1992-93 season.

Oklahoma City Thunder

CLIPPERS STING HORNETS

From Elias: The Hornets (11-1 entering the game) lost to the Clippers (1-13 coming in) on Monday night in Los Angeles. There have been 19 other games in NBA history in which a team with a winning percentage of .900 or higher faced a team with a winning percentage of .100 or lower at least five games into a season. Of those games, only one other one ended with the unlikely result: the Warriors (5-0) lost to the Timberwolves (0-6) on November 15, 1994.

Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans Hornets

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Parker

BIG GAME FROM SPURS BACKCOURT

From Elias: Tony Parker had 24 points and 10 assists and Manu Ginobili had 25 points and nine assists for the Spurs on Monday. Over the last 15 years there has been only one other non-overtime game in which a team's starting backcourt each had at least 24 points and nine assists. Robert Pack and Michael Finley did it for the Mavericks against the Suns in 1999.

San Antonio Spurs

MLB

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Votto

VOTTO WINS NL MVP AWARD

From Elias: Joey Votto is the tenth different Reds' player to win the National League's Most Valuable Player Award, tying them with the Athletics for the third-most players for any team. The teams with more different winners of that award since its inception in 1931 are the Cardinals (13) and Yankees (12).

Cincinnati Reds

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Pujols

PUJOLS FALLS SHORT OF MVP DESPITE STELLAR SEASON

From Elias: Despite pacing the National League in runs, home runs and runs batted in, Albert Pujols failed to capture his third consecutive MVP trophy. In the last 60 years, there have been four other seasons where one player led the National League (either tied or outright) in runs, home runs and RBIs. Only one of them did not come away with the MVP: Hank Aaron in 1963. Sandy Koufax, who led all three pitching Triple Crown categories that season, was the NL MVP that year.

St. Louis Cardinals

NHL

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Stamkos

STAMKOS REACHES 20 IN A HURRY

From Elias: Steven Stamkos became the first NHL player to record 20 goals this season when he scored to give the Lightning a 2-0 lead in their game against the Bruins on Monday. Stamkos reached the 20-goal mark in Tampa Bay's 21st game of the season. Since 1993-94, the only other NHL players to get 20 goals in a season no later than their team's 21st game were Teemu Selanne for Anaheim in 1997-98 (20th game) and Simon Gagne with the Flyers in 2005-06 (19th game).

Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins

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Crosby

20-POINT NOVEMBER FOR CROSBY

From Elias: Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist in the Penguins' 3-2 victory over the Panthers. Crosby did not record a point in his first game this month but he's tallied 20 points in nine games since then (9 goals, 11 assists), with at least one in each game. November 2010 marks the seventh time that Crosby has tallied 20 or more points in one calendar month in his NHL career: six times in the regular season and once in the playoffs (May 2009).

Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins

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Kovalev

KOVALEV REACHES 1000 POINTS

From Elias: Ottawa's Alex Kovalev reached the 1000-point mark in his NHL career when he scored the first goal in the Senators' game against the Kings on Monday night. Kovalev is the third player born in the former Soviet Union to score at least 1000 points in the NHL, joining Sergei Fedorov (1179) and Alexander Mogilny (1032).1032

Ottawa Senators, Los Angeles Kings

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Hedberg

HEDBERG BLANKS CAPITALS

From Elias: Johan Hedberg recorded the 15th shutout of his NHL career and his first for the Devils with a 5-0 win against the Capitals on Monday. It was only the 14th shutout by a Devils goaltender other than Martin Brodeur since Brodeur notched the first of his NHL-record 112 shutouts on Oct. 20, 1993 versus Anaheim. The other Brodeur fill-ins with shutouts are Scott Clemmensen (4), Mike Dunham (3), Chris Terreri (3), Corey Schwab (2) and John Vanbiesbrouck (1).1

New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals

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Tedenby

ROOKIE SCORES PENALTY-SHOT GOAL

From Elias: Rookie Mattias Tedenby scored a penalty-shot goal for the Devils in their 5-0 win over the Capitals. Tedenby was only the third rookie in Scouts/Rockies/Devils history to take a penalty shot. The first two were Rocky Trottier (Bryan's younger brother), who scored against Edmonton in December 1984, and John Madden, who was stopped at Nashville in February 2000.

New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals

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van Riemsdyk

VAN RIEMSDYK GETS OFF THE SCHNEID

From Elias: James van Riemsdyk's first goal of the season snapped a 2-2 deadlock in the third period and earned the Flyers a 3-2 win against the Canadiens. Entering play on Monday, Van Riemsdyk, who scored 15 goals as a rookie last season, was the only one of the nine players with a dozen or more goals as a rookie in 2009-10 who had not scored a goal this season.

Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers

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Biron

BIRON ON A ROLL

From Elias: Martin Biron, who made 31 saves to lead the Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Flames on Monday, has allowed two or fewer goals in each of his last five starts, positing a 4-1-0 record in those five games. It's Biron's longest such streak since he gave up no more than two goals in each of five straight starts for the Flyers in October 2007.

New York Rangers, Calgary Flames

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Mason

MASON PUTS UP WALL VS NASHVILLE

From Elias: Steve Mason stopped all 27 shots by the Predators to backstop the Blue Jackets to a 2-0 win against Nashville. It was the first shutout of the season for the three-year veteran, whose 15 shutouts over the past two seasons were the most by any NHL goaltender.

Columbus Blue Jackets, Nashville Predators

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Kulemin

KULEMIN SETS A PERSONAL BEST

From Elias: Nikolai Kulemin, who scored the first two goals in the Maple Leafs' 4-1 win against the Stars, leads Toronto with six goals in ten games this month. Kulemin's six goals in November are a personal high for any calendar month in his three seasons in the NHL.

Toronto Maple Leafs, Dallas Stars


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