Date: January 7, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Kidd

DOUBLE OR NOTHING FOR JASON KIDD

From Elias: Ten rebounds, no points. You might think we're talking about Ben Wallace, but it was Jason Kidd who pounded the boards while failing to score, shooting 0-for-7 from the field, in the Mavericks' 99-95 loss to the Thunder. Big Ben has grabbed at least 10 rebounds without scoring in 20 games in his NBA career, but Kidd was the first guard to do so since Mark Jackson had a 12-rebound, no-point performance for the Knicks in December 2001.

Dallas Mavericks

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Marion

MARION TURNS BACK THE CLOCK, BUT ONLY FOR A HALF

From Elias: Shawn Marion scored 21 points on 10-for-12 shooting in the first half of the Mavericks' loss, tying his career record for field goals in one half. (He scored only four points in the second half.) Marion scored 10 field goals in a half three times previously, but not since January 2003.

Dallas Mavericks

NHL

WILD NOW SIX FOR SIX IN BOSTON

From Elias: The Minnesota Wild made their sixth visit to Boston in the their 10 seasons in the NHL and for the sixth time they left town with a victory, beating the Bruins 3-1 on Thursday night. (They've outscored the Bruins 19-6 in those six games.) The Wild's six wins in Boston equal the number of victories there by the North Stars in the 26 seasons in which they represented Minnesota in the NHL (1967-68 through 1992-93). The North Stars had a 6-38-8 record in 52 regular-season games in the Hub of Hockey.

Boston Bruins, Minnesota Wild

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Briere

BRIERE'S EIGHTH 20-GOAL SEASON

From Elias: Danny Briere reached the 20-goal mark for the eighth time in his NHL career when he scored the second of his two third-period goals in the Flyers' win at New Jersey. Briere needed only 37 games this season to score 20 goals. The only other season in which Briere reached the 20-goal plateau that quickly was 2005-06, when he did so in 34 games with the Sabres.

Philadelphia Flyers

LEAFS AND BLUES WERE ALL EVEN (TEN TIMES)

From Elias: The Blues and Maple Leafs combined to score ten goals in their game at Toronto on Thursday and all ten came at even strength (five apiece; the Leafs won via a shootout). It was only the third NHL game this season with a double-digit goal total but no power play or shorthanded goals. The others were Florida's 7-4 win over Calgary on November 5 and the Rangers' 8-2 rout of Edmonton on November 14.

Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blues

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Pouliot

BENOIT POULIOT DOES IT ALL FOR MONTREAL

From Elias: Benoit Pouliot was the only player to score in the five-round shootout that gave the Canadiens a 2-1 win over the Penguins on Thursday. Pouliot also scored Montreal's goal in regulation time, snapping a wrist shot past Pittsburgh goaltender Brent Johnson in the second period to tie the score at 1-1. Pouliot is the second NHL player this season to score his team's only goal in a shootout after accounting for all of his club's goals in the real hockey portion of the game. The Blues' Andy McDonald did that in St. Louis' 2-1 shootout win at Nashville on November 24.

Montreal Canadiens

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LaBarbera

JASON LABARBERA'S ROAD STREAK

From Elias: Coyotes goaltender Jason LaBarbera recorded his second shutout of the season with a 2-0 win against the Avalanche in Denver on Thursday. LaBarbera has played 12 games this season (starting 11) and they've all been on the road. That's the longest such streak to begin a season by any goaltender in NHL history. The old record was 10 straight road appearances to begin the 1979-80 season by Chicago's Mike Veisor.

Phoenix Coyotes

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Dubnyk

DUBNYK DOESN'T WIN OFTEN BUT HE'S BUSY WHEN HE DOES

From Elias: Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves in his 2-1 win over the Islanders. Dubnyk has only seven wins in his two seasons in the NHL (he's 7-13-7) but in those victories he's faced an average of 36 shots on goal per game.

Edmonton Oilers


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