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CLOSE WIN FOR MAGIC
From Elias: The Magic's 100-99 victory in Washington was their second one-point win of this season; they defeated the Nets 91-90 at the Prudential Center on November 13. Orlando won only three regular-season games by the minimum margin over the previous five seasons (2005-06 through 2009-10), the lowest such total for any NBA team during that period.
GRIZZLIES FALTER AFTER STRONG FIRST QUARTER
From Elias: The Grizzlies led the Cavaliers 32-22 at the end of the first quarter, but Cleveland allowed 19, 16 and 19 points in each of the next three quarters, respectively, earning a 92-86 victory over Memphis. It was the first game in the Grizzlies' 16-season history in which they scored more than 30 points in the opening period and then fewer than 20 points in each of the subsequent three quarters.
76ERS FINISH STRONG
From Elias: The 76ers and Nets were tied at 66 at the end of the third period, but Philadelphia outscored New Jersey 36-20 over the final 12 minutes to win 102-86. That's the 76ers' largest margin of victory in a game that was tied entering the fourth quarter, since the franchise moved to Philadelphia in 1963.
ELLIS MIMICS CURRY IN MINNEAPOLIS
From Elias: Monta Ellis had 26 points, 10 assists and seven steals in Golden State's road win versus the Timberwolves. Last April 7, Stephen Curry recorded 27 points, 14 assists and seven steals in a victory at Minneapolis. Prior to Curry, no Warriors player had produced a 25-10-7 (points-assists-steals) game since Rick Barry in October 1974.
OFF NIGHT FOR KING JAMES
From Elias: LeBron James was only 5-for-19 (.263) from the field and he had five turnovers in the Heat's loss to the Mavericks. It was only the third regular-season game of LeBron's NBA career in which he had that low a field-goal percentage (minimum: 15 FGA), while also committing at least five turnovers.
KNICKS WINNING STREAK ENDS WITH THUD
From Elias: The Knicks' five-game winning streak ended with a 99-90 loss to the Hawks at Madison Square Garden, a game in which Atlanta never trailed. It was only the second time in their last 43 home games that the Knicks did not hold a lead at any point in the game. Their other defeat of that type during that span was a 112-104 setback against the Raptors in January 2010.
LUNDQVIST THRIVES ON SHORT REST
From Elias: Henrik Lundqvist posted a 2-1 shootout win at Nashville on Saturday, after recording a 3-0 shutout victory at Florida on Friday. Lundqvist has started games on consecutive days four times this season and he's been a virtual brick wall in the second of those back-to-back starts, winning all four games and allowing only two goals while facing 127 shots.
CROSBY RECORDS HAT TRICK AFTER MISSING PENALTY SHOT
From Elias: It looked like it might not be Sidney Crosby's day when he failed to score on a penalty shot early in the first period against the Flames, but he made up for that miss by recording the sixth three-goal game of his NHL career to lead the Penguins to a 4-1 win over Calgary.
Crosby scored his first goal at even strength, the second on a power play and the third into an empty net while Pittsburgh was shorthanded. He was the first NHL player to record a hat trick with goals in all three manpower situations since Steve Ott did so for Dallas on March 31 last season against San Jose. Before Crosby, the last Penguins player to notch a hat trick with even-strength, power play and shorthanded goals was Alexei Kovalev against the Flyers on Nov. 8, 2000.
HEDBERG FOILS FLYERS
From Elias: Johan Hedberg, starting his fourth consecutive game in goal for the Devils, stopped 40 of 41 shots on goal by the Flyers to get to the shootout which he won by allowing only one of Philadelphia's four attempts to get past him. Hedberg, filling in for the injured Martin Brodeur, has posted a 3-1-0 record over his last four games while allowing a mere four goals over that span. Hedberg's win on Saturday means he's earned points for his team in each of the six games in which he's faced 40 or more shots on goal over the last three seasons (4-0-2).
FISHER LOVES FACING TORONTO
From Elias: Mike Fisher assisted on the first goal and scored the last two in the Senators' 3-0 win over the Maple Leafs. It was the 16th multiple-goal game of Fisher's NHL career and his fourth such game versus Toronto. The only other team against which Fisher has recorded more than one multi-goal game in his 11 seasons in the NHL is Phoenix (two).
PRICE ENJOYS NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER
From Elias: Montreal's Carey Price made 35 saves in his 3-1 win against the Sabres on Saturday night. Price posted an 8-4-0 record, 1.59 goals-against average, .952 save percentage and three shutouts in 12 games in November. Price's eight wins and three shutouts in November are personal highs for any calendar month in his four seasons in the NHL.
VOKOUN STONES LIGHTNING IN SHOOTOUT
From Elias: Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun stopped all four shootout attempts by the Lightning to earn a 4-3 victory in Tampa. It was the first shootout of the season for Vokoun, who led all NHL goaltenders with nine shootout losses in 2009-10.
ERIKSSON ENDS DROUGHT WITH GAME-WINNING GOAL
From Elias: Loui Eriksson ended his nine-game goal drought by scoring the winner for the Stars in their 2-1 victory at St. Louis. Eriksson's goal was his first since November 5. When his dry spell began Eriksson was tied for fourth in the NHL with nine goals. He entered play on Saturday tied for 23rd in the goal-scoring race.
RYAN'S HAT TRICK CLIPS COYOTES
From Elias: Bobby Ryan scored three goals for the Ducks in their 6-4 win at Phoenix. The New Jersey native is the third U.S.-born player to record a hat trick in an NHL game this season. The other American hat tricksters are the Rangers' Derek Stepan and the Coyotes' Lee Stempniak.