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OKC's duo does it again
From Elias: Kevin Durant scored recorded 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Russell Westbrook posted 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the Thunder's 106-89 home win over the Grizzlies Thursday night. It was the third time this season that Durant and Westbrook each put up more than 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in a game. Before 2012-13, no teammates had put up that kind of line for the Oklahoma City franchise since Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis did it for Seattle on March 6, 2007 at New York.
Thunder make first nine shots
From Elias: The Thunder connected on their first nine field-goal attempts in their 106-89 home win over the Grizzlies. That was the longest start-of-game streak by any team since March 9, 2012. On that date, the Hawks made their first nine shots at Detroit and the Knicks converted their first 11 attempts at Milwaukee. And it was the longest such streak by the Oklahoma City franchise since the Seattle SuperSonics made their first 11 shots against the Heat on January 13, 2006.
Ibaka's block party
From Elias: Serge Ibaka blocked six shots in 26 minutes on the floor of the Thunder's win over the Grizzlies. Over the last two seasons, Ibaka has recorded more than five blocks in less than 30 minutes 11 times. All other NBA players have combined for just 10 such games over that span.
Lee's 20 boards key in Warriors' narrow win
From Elias: David Lee scored 15 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in the Warriors' 98-97 home win over the Mavericks. Lee is the first Golden State player to pull down at least 20 rebounds in a one-point victory since Nate Thurmond (18 points, 20 rebounds) in a 97-96 win over the Baltimore Bullets on October 16, 1972.
Warriors and Mavs exchange fourth-quarter scoring runs
From Elias: The Warriors scored the first 12 points of the fourth quarter, but the Mavericks immediately followed that with a 13-0 run of their own in Golden State's 98-97 home win. It was only the third game in the last six seasons in which both teams had 12+ point runs in the fourth quarter. The other two took place last season, between the Bucks and Magic on February 11, and between the Mavs and Knicks on March 6.
Vanek's second five-point game
From Elias: Thomas Vanek scored five points in the Sabres' season opener (two goals, three assists vs. Philadelphia on Jan. 20) and he did it again with three goals and two assists in Buffalo's seventh game, a 7-4 victory in Boston on Thursday night. Vanek is the first NHL player to score five or more points in a game twice in his team's first seven games of a season since Mario Lemieux did so in 1992-93. (Mario scored five points in the Penguins' second and fourth games that season.) Vanek is also the first Buffalo player with two games of at least five points in one season since 1992-93, when Pat LaFontaine had six such games and Alexander Mogilny had three.
Three Avs score twice
From Elias: John Mitchell, Paul Stastny and P.A. Parenteau each scored two goals for the Avalanche in its 6-3 win at Calgary. It was only the third time since the Quebec Nordiques relocated to Denver in 1995 that three Colorado players each scored at least two goals in the same game. The previous instances for the Avs were in a 12-2 win over San Jose on Dec. 5, 1995 (Valeri Kamensky 3, Joe Sakic 2, Scott Young 2) and a 9-5 victory against St. Louis on Dec. 9, 2007 (Milan Hejduk 3, Stastny 2, Wojtek Wolski 2).
Vokoun blanks Rangers for third different team
From Elias: Tomas Vokoun recorded his first shutout for the Penguins and the 49th shutout of his NHL career with a 3-0 win over the Rangers in New York. Vokoun has three career shutouts against the Rangers and they've all been for different teams. Before Thursday's clean sheet for Pittsburgh he blanked the Rangers with Nashville (October 2006) and Florida (January 2011). Vokoun is the sixth goaltender with shutouts against the Rangers for three different NHL teams. The others are Lorne Chabot, Harry Lumley, Terry Sawchuk, Rogie Vachon and Sean Burke.
Panthers score four in third
From Elias: The Panthers ended the five-game losing streak in which they were outscored, 23-5, with a 6-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets in which Florida scored four goals in the third period. It was the first time that the Panthers scored more than three third-period goals in one game since Dec. 14, 2009, when they tallied four times in the final period of a 7-1 win against the Islanders. Florida's outburst ended a franchise-record 218-game streak without a four-goal third period.
Isles win on strength of power play
From Elias: Brad Boyes scored the Islanders' third power play goal of the game to earn them a 5-4 overtime win over Martin Brodeur and the Devils. It was only the second time in the last 22 seasons that the Islanders scored three or more power play goals in a game against New Jersey. They scored four PPGs in a 6-4 win at the Meadowlands on Oct. 11, 2001: three versus Brodeur and one into an empty net. It's also worth noting that 12 of the last 13 times the Islanders have scored three or more power play goals in a game they've done it on the road (December 2006 to date).
Jackman records first two-game goal streak
From Elias: Defenseman Barret Jackman scored the first goal for the Blues in their 4-1 win at Columbus on Thursday, after scoring a goal in the Blues' last game, an overtime win against Minnesota on Sunday. It's the first time in Jackman's 11 seasons in the NHL that he's scored goals in each of two consecutive games. Before Sunday, Jackman had scored only one goal in his last 180 regular-season games.
Frattin scores his goals late
From Elias: Matt Frattin scored the game-winning goal in the third period for the Maple Leafs in their 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals, two days after he scored an overtime goal against the Buffalo Sabres. Frattin has scored only 12 goals in his 61-game NHL career but seven of those goals have come in the third period (six) or overtime (one).
Niemi continues shootout dominance
From Elias: Neither Sam Gagner nor Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was able to get the puck past Antti Niemi during the shootout of the Sharks' 3-2 home win over the Oilers. In his career, Niemi has allowed just 23 shootout goals in 105 attempts (22%), the lowest percentage against any of the 39 goaltenders who have been on the ice for at least 100 opponent attempts.
Predators record 14 SOG in overtime game
From Elias: The Predators managed just 14 shots on goal in four periods, but still pulled out a 2-1 shootout win in Los Angeles. That was the second-lowest shot total any team has posted against the Kings in an overtime game. The Sharks got just 10 shots on goal in a 2-2 tie on January 11, 1994.