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Two 40+ point losses on same day hasn't happened in a while
FROM THE ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU
The Raptors and Hawks each lost by 40+ points on Friday.
The last time 2 teams lost by 40+ points on the same day was Friday, April 22, 1994
The Knicks beat the Bucks in Milwaukee by 40 (125-85) and the Pacers beat the 76ers at home by 45 (133-88)
NOT THE NICEST ROSE IN THE BUNCH, BUT GOOD ENOUGH FOR A BULLS WIN
From Elias: It wasn't pretty, but Derrick Rose led all players with 26 points despite shooting only 9-for-28 from the field in the Bulls' 82-77 win over the Mavericks. It was the third time this season that Rose missed as many as 19 field-goal attempts, something no other Bulls player has done even once over the last seven seasons. The only other players to miss 19 or more FGAs in a game this season are Kobe Bryant (four times) and LeBron James (once).
But what made Rose's performance most unusual was the fact that no teammate scored even 10 points. Over the last 10 seasons only two other teams won a game in which just one player scored in double-figures: the Cavaliers behind a 37-point night by LeBron James three years ago and the Lakers with a 62-point performance by Kobe Bryant in December 2005. The Bulls had only one other such victory in team history, behind Michael Jordan's 45 points against the Sonics in 1997.
SIXERS' SECOND TOUGH LOSS IN TWO DAYS
From Elias: Gerald Henderson hit three late field goals and D.J. Augustin was 4-for-4 from the line in the final 11 seconds to give the Bobcats a 100-97 win over the 76ers. After trailing for most of the contest, the Sixers poked a nose in front with just under two minutes to play. Combined with Wednesday's overtime loss at Orlando, this marked the first time since January 1998 that Philadelphia lost games on consecutive days after leading in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter in both games.
CAM WARD'S FOURTH 20-WIN SEASON
From Elias: Carolina goaltender Cam Ward recorded his 20th win of the season with a 4-1 victory against the Rangers on Thursday night. It's Ward fourth season with 20 or more wins for the Hurricanes, tying the Hartford/Carolina franchise record set by Arturs Irbe (1998-99 through 2001-02).
BACKSTROM ENDS HIS LONGEST GOAL DROUGHT
From Elias: Nicklas Backstrom ended a career-high 21-game goal drought when he scored the Capitals' second goal in their 2-1 win on Long Island. Backstrom's longest previous goalless streaks were a pair of 20-game dry spells in 2008.
OVECHKIN SETS UP BOTH GOALS FOR CAPS
From Elias: Alex Ovechkin assisted on both of the Capitals' goals in their win over the Islanders. It was Ovechkin's 13th multiple-point game this season, all of which have been Washington victories. The Caps won only 26 of Ovechkin's 35 multi-point games last season.
BRODEUR'S EIGHTH SHUTOUT VS. PENGUINS
From Elias: Martin Brodeur added to his NHL record for most career shutouts by a goaltender with a 2-0 win against the Penguins in New Jersey. Brodeur's 114th regular-season shutout was his eighth in 73 career games versus Pittsburgh. The only goaltender with more shutouts against the Penguins than Brodeur is Bernie Parent, who blanked Pittsburgh ten times in 36 games.
2011 CONTINUES TO BE A HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR THOMAS VANEK
From Elias: Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist for the Sabres in their 4-2 win at Boston. Vanek finished 2010 with a career-high seven-game point drought but he's been revitalized in the new year, recording 14 points in nine games (five goals, nine assists) while being held pointless only once.
CLARK MACARTHUR SCORES THREE POINTS IN LEAFS WIN
From Elias: Clarke MacArthur tallied one goal and two assists to lead the Maple Leafs to a 5-2 win over the Ducks. MacArthur, in his first season with Toronto, has scored points in all but two of the Leafs' 19 wins this season.
FOUR-POINT GAME FOR MIKE RICHARDS
From Elias: Mike Richards recorded his second four-point game of the season when he scored two goals and assisted on two more in the Flyers' 6-2 win against the Senators. Richards' other four-point game this season was against the Kings in Los Angeles on December 30 (two goals, two assists). Between his four-point games, Richards played nine games and scored a total of four points (two goals, two assists).
STAMKOS: 101 GOALS IN LAST 152 GAMES
From Elias: The Lightning repeated the script they used to beat Columbus on Tuesday in Thursday's game against Atlanta: playing to a 2-2 deadlock with Steven Stamkos scoring both of Tampa Bay's goals and then winning the shootout. Stamkos got off to a slow start in his NHL career after being selected #1 overall in the 2008 Entry Draft, scoring only 10 goals in his first 57 games, but he's scored a league-high 101 goals in 152 games since then (Feb. 24, 2009 to date).
RED WINGS GIVE UP THREE GOALS BUT WIN AGAIN
From Elias: The Red Wings won 4-3 in overtime at St. Louis, after squandering a 3-0 lead. It was the Wings' 10th non-shootout win in a game in which they allowed three goals or more this season, second-most in the NHL, behind the Avalanche with 11.
PEKKA RINNE'S EIGHTH WIN IN LAST NINE GAMES
From Elias: The Predators remained one of the hottest teams in the NHL by posting a 5-1 victory at Colorado. Pekka Rinne, who was in goal for Nashville on Thursday, has recorded as many wins over his last nine games (8-1-0 since Dec. 31) as he did in the 22 games he played this season up to that point (8-10-4).
ONE POINT STREAK REACHES TEN GAMES, ANOTHER ENDS AT TEN
From Elias: Mike Ribeiro extended his career-high point streak to ten games when he scored the second goal for the Stars in their 4-2 win at Edmonton, although Loui Eriksson's career-best ten-game point streak was snapped when the Oilers held him pointless on Thursday. The ten-game point streaks by Ribeiro and Eriksson are the longest by a Dallas player since Mike Modano had points in ten consecutive team games in November/December 2005.