Date: March 30, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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James

LEBRON REGISTERS TRIPLE DOUBLE AGAINST FORMER TEAM

From Elias: LeBron James registered a triple-double against the Cavaliers, his former team, in Miami's loss in Cleveland on Tuesday night. James is only the second player in NBA history to post a triple-double against a team for whom he won a Most Valuable Player Award. The only other player to do that was Wilt Chamberlain, who registered four triple-doubles (two in 1966-67 and two in 1967-68) against San Francisco after winning the MVP Award for the then Philadelphia Warriors in 1959-60.

Cleveland spoiled LeBron's night by beating the Heat by 12 points. It is only the second time over the last 14 seasons that a team won a game by more than 10 points against an opponent that entered the game with at least 35 more wins in the standings. The only other time that happened since the start of the 1997-98 season was on April 20, 2005, when Charlotte (17 wins) defeated Detroit (54 wins) by 11 points.

Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers

ROCKETS WIN EIGHTH STRAIGHT IN NEW JERSEY

From Elias: The Rockets defeated the Nets in New Jersey on Tuesday night. It marks the eighth consecutive time that the Rockets have won on the road against the Nets. That is tied for the second longest current streak of consecutive road wins by a team against a particular opponent behind Dallas' nine straight wins at Minnesota Three other teams currently have eight-game road winning streaks against an opponent, all against Minnesota: Denver, Portland and San Antonio.

Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets

THUNDER WIN IN OT FOR EIGHTH TIME

From Elias: Oklahoma City topped Golden State by one point in overtime on Tuesday night. It marked the eighth time this season that the Thunder won a game in overtime, which is one win shy of the single-season record in that category. Sacramento registered nine overtime wins during the 2000-01 season, and three other teams won eight such games in a season: Milwaukee (1977-78), Philadelphia (1990-91) and Detroit (2002-03).

Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers

NHL

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Leino

LEINO LIFTS FLYERS

From Elias: Ville Leino recorded two goals and one assist in the Flyers' 5-2 win at Pittsburgh. Leino has scored goals in only four of his last 30 games but he's scored at least twice in three of the four games in which he did tally. In addition to this two-goal game on Tuesday, Leino scored twice against Nashville on February 3rd and three times versus Atlanta on March 12th. Those are his only three multiple-goal games this season.

Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers, Nashville Predators

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Bobrovsky

BOBROVSKY IS PERFECT IN PITTSBURGH

From Elias: The Flyers defeated the Penguins by a score of 5-2 behind goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on Tuesday night. The Flyers won all three of their games in Pittsburgh this season, with Bobrovsky getting the victory and limiting the Penguins to only two goals in each game. Bobrovsky is the first Flyers netminder to post three wins at Pittsburgh in one season since 1985-86, when another "Bob", Froese, that is, beat the Pens three times at the old Civic Arena.

Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins

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Ward

WARD BEATS CAPS AGAIN

From Elias: The Hurricanes posted a 3-2 shootout win in Washington on Tuesday night, with goaltender Cam Ward earning the victory by making 38 saves in the "real hockey" portion of the game and turning aside both of the Capitals' shots in the tiebreaker. Ward is 14-8-4 against the Caps in his six seasons in the NHL. His 14 wins versus Washington are the most over that span by any NHL goaltender.

Carolina Hurricanes, Washington Capitals

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Mason

MASON WINS FOR ONLY THE SECOND TIME THIS MONTH

From Elias: Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason doubled his win total for the month of March with his 3-2 shootout victory over the Panthers on Tuesday night. Mason had a 7-2-0 record and a 2.20 goals-against-average in February, but he was 1-5-4 with a 3.02 GAA in ten games in March entering play on Tuesday.

Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers

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Thomas

THOMAS BLANKS BLACKHAWKS

From Elias: Boston's Tim Thomas registered his ninth shutout of the season with a 3-0 win over the Blackhawks. Tuesday's game marked only the second time in the last 32 seasons that the Bruins shut out Chicago. The only other shutout by a Boston goaltender against the Blackhawks over that span was Jon Casey's 4-0 win on February 27, 1994, in the Bruins' last game at Chicago Stadium.

Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks

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Hamrlik

CANADIENS STRIKE TWICE IN ELEVEN SECONDS

From Elias: The Canadiens took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals 11 seconds apart by Roman Hamrlik and Mathieu Darche and then held on for a 3-1 win against the Thrashers on Tuesday night. The goals by Hamrlik and Darche were Montreal's fastest two goals since February 19, 2008, when Alexei Kovalev and Mark Streit scored in a nine-second span during the third period to help the Canadiens overcome a 5-0 deficit and beat the Rangers, 6-5, in a shootout.

Montreal Canadiens, Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders, New York Rangers

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Burrows

BURROWS COMES THROUGH IN THE THIRD PERIOD

From Elias: The Canucks trailed, 1-0, heading into the third period of their game in Nashville but used a pair of goals from Alex Burrows and an empty-net clincher by Aaron Rome to beat the Predators, 3-1, on Tuesday night. Burrows has scored 24 goals for Vancouver this season, with a team-high 14 of them coming in third periods. He's scored nine first-period goals but only one in the second period.

Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators

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St. Louis

ST. LOUIS REGISTERS 750TH POINT WITH THE LIGHTNING

From Elias: Martin St. Louis and Dominic Moore each scored two goals for the Lightning in their 5-2 win over Ottawa on Tuesday night. St. Louis' two goals enabled him to reach the 750 point mark in the ten seasons since he left the Calgary Flames and signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent. He's one of nine active players who have scored at least 750 points for their current team. St. Louis and the Ducks' Teemu Selanne are the only players on that list who aren't with their original NHL club.

Tampa Bay Lightning, Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks


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