Date: January 24, 2014

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Bosh Scores 31 Points Without Going To The Line

From Elias: Chris Bosh scored 31 points for the Heat in its 109-102 win against the Lakers, and he did so by making 68 percent of his field-goal attempts (15 of 22) while not making a single trip to the free-throw line. Over the last three seasons there have been only three other instances of an NBA player scoring more than 30 points in a game while making more than two-thirds of his field-goal attempts and not sinking a single free-throw. Two of them were also by Miami players, Mario Chalmers (Jan. 12, 2013 at Sacramento) and Dwyane Wade (Feb. 26, 2013 vs. Sacramento), while the most recent such performance before Bosh's was by the Mavericks' Shawn Marion earlier this season (Dec. 30 at Minnesota).

Miami Heat



Crosby's 90th Career Game With 3 Or More Points

From Elias: Sidney Crosby scored one goal and set up two more to help lead the Penguins to a 6-4 win over the Islanders. It was Crosby's league-leading ninth game with three or more points this season and the 90th such regular-season game of his NHL career. Crosby has registered 14 games of three or more points against the Islanders, his highest total versus any team, by far. The only other teams he's done that against even half as many times are the Flyers (10) and Bruins (8).

Pittsburgh Penguins


Three Assists For Hedman

From Elias: Victor Hedman tied his career highs for points and assists in one game when he assisted on all three of the Lightning's goals in their shootout win against the Senators. Hedman tied the Tampa Bay franchise record for most assists by a defenseman in a game in which he assisted on every goal the team scored. The other Lightning backliners to do that were Roman Hamrlik (Oct. 7, 1995), Pavel Kubina (Dec. 26, 1999) and Dan Boyle (Nov. 29, 2002).

Tampa Bay Lightning


Nichushkin's First 2-Goal Game

Valeri Nichushkin became the fourth player in Stars franchise history to score two goals in a game as an 18-year-old when he scored twice in Dallas' 7-1 win against the Maple Leafs. The only other players with multiple-goal games at age 18 for the franchise did it before the North Stars relocated from Minnesota to Texas: Brian Bellows (four times in 1982-83), Brian Lawton (once in 1983-84) and Dave Archibald (twice in 1987-88).

Dallas Stars

Another Rookie Goaltender Beats The Cup-Holders

From Elias: Minnesota rookie Darcy Kuemper recorded his fifth win of the season with a 2-1 victory against the defending Stanley Cup champion, the Chicago Blackhawks. Rookie goaltenders have played four games against the Blackhawks this season and won three of them, while holding Chicago to only one or two goals in each game. The other rookies to face the Blackhawks were Nashville's Marek Mazanec (won 7-2), Vancouver's Eddie Lack (won 3-2 in a shootout) and the Kings' Martin Jones (lost 1-0).

Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks


Blues Defenseman Scores His 4th Game-Winning Goal

From Elias: Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk's power play goal snapped a 1-1 tie early in the third and proved to be the game-winning goal for the Blues in their 2-1 victory over the Rangers. Shattenkirk has scored eight goals this season and four of them have been game-winners. That's as many game-winning goals as Shattenkirk scored in his previous four seasons in the NHL combined. Only three other defensemen have scored four or more game-winning goals for the Blues in one season: Brian Benning in 1987-88 (five), Al MacInnis in both 1999-2000 (seven) and 2001-02 (four), and Alex Pietrangelo in 2011-12 (six).

St. Louis Blues


Dubinsky Dominates In The Division

From Elias: Brandon Dubinsky tallied one goal and one assist for the Blue Jackets when they extended their winning streak to a franchise-record eight games with a 5-2 victory over one of their division rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers. Dubinsky has excelled in intradivision games this season, having registered 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) and a plus-15 rating in 20 games versus Metropolitan Division foes. But he's been quite ordinary in the 24 games he's played against teams from outside Columbus' division, having recorded only 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) while posting a minus-7 rating.

Columbus Blue Jackets


Semin Scores 2 For Hurricanes

From Elias: Alexander Semin extended his goal-scoring streak to four games when he scored the first of his two goals for the Hurricanes in their 5-3 win at Buffalo. Semin has scored six goals over his last four games, matching his total from the 34 games he had played this season before the streak. This is the first time that Semin has scored goals in each of four consecutive games since he had a streak of an identical length for Washington in October/November 2010.

Carolina Hurricanes