Elias Says ... Beltran owns Cards
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Carlos Beltran's home run in the Mets' 2-0 victory was his fifth against the Cardinals in postseason play. That broke a tie with Lou Gehrig, Al Simmons, Jeffrey Leonard and Lance Berkman for the second-most postseason homers vs. St. Louis. Only Babe Ruth hit more (seven).
• Tom Glavine pitched seven scoreless innings in the Mets' victory after tossing six innings without allowing a run to the Dodgers in his start during the NLDS. They may not have been complete-game shutouts, but Glavine is the first pitcher since Roger Clemens in 2000 to make consecutive postseason starts without allowing a run.
• Willie Randolph became the first manager in major league history to win a postseason game against an opposing manager for whom he had played in the postseason. Randolph was a member of the 1990 A's -- managed by Tony La Russa -- who were swept by the Reds in the World Series.
The only other postseason managers to face a manager for whom they had previously played in the postseason were Charlie Grimm and Gabby Hartnett. Both played for Joe McCarthy's Cubs in a 1929 World Series loss to the Philadelphia A's, and both later managed the Cubs in a World Series against McCarthy's Yankees -- Grimm in 1932, Hartnett in 1938. The Yankees swept the Cubs in both Series.
• Here's one you don't see every day. In fact, it hadn't been seen since 1919 -- opposing players scoring natural hat tricks (that is, three consecutive goals by the same player). Jonathan Cheechoo singlehandedly gave the Sharks a 3-1 lead over the Oilers early in the second period, but Ryan Smyth answered with three goals in the third period, leading Edmonton to a 6-4 victory.
The only other game in NHL history with natural hat tricks by opposing players was played Jan. 16, 1919, at the Laurier Avenue Arena in Ottawa. (Anyone save their stub?) The final score was Montreal Canadiens 10, Ottawa Senators 6, with hat tricks by Didier "Cannonball" Pitre and Jack Darragh, respectively.
Cheechoo was the first player to score three goals by the seven-minute mark of the second period since Erik Cole did it for the Hurricanes last January. But Smyth's hat trick was truly special. He was only the fifth player in the era of the center red line to score a natural hat trick within a span of three minutes in the third period. And what a group it is: Maurice Richard (1944), Bill Mosienko -- who scored his three goals within 21 seconds (1952) -- Wayne Gretzky (1981) and Tim Kerr (1984).
• The Penguins defeated the Rangers 6-5 at Madison Square Garden in a game that was noteworthy for several reasons. For starters, it was the 5,406th game in Rangers history, but the first in which both teams scored at least five goals after a scoreless first period.
Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal with four seconds to play in regulation. It was the first home game in Rangers history in which an opposing team scored the winning goal in the final five seconds of the third period.
Finally, Jaromir Jagr was in the penalty box for Crosby's game-winner, serving a hooking penalty. It was the first time in Jagr's career that he took a penalty in the final 10 minutes of a tie game that led to a game-winning power-play goal for the opposition.
• Brian Gionta scored three third-period goals to erase a 6-3 deficit in the Devils' 7-6 shootout victory over the Maple Leafs. It was the 10th hat trick in NHL history in which a player scored three times in the third period to tie a game. The last was by Alexei Kovalev for the Penguins in 2001.
• The Blues sure know how to throw a home opener. St. Louis scored twice in the final four minutes of the third period before defeating the Bruins 3-2 in a shootout. It was only the second time in NHL history that a team won its opening home game of the season after trailing by two or more goals with less than four minutes to play. The other was by the Red Wings in 1990.
• Eric Lindros recorded three assists in the Stars' 4-1 win at Los Angeles. It was the 23rd time that Lindros had three or more assists in one game. One more such game and he'll be within 200 of Wayne Gretzky's all-time NHL record.
• Miikka Kiprusoff made 33 saves in the Flames' 1-0 victory at Ottawa, seven days after the Senators were shut out at home by the Maple Leafs. It's the first time since 1997 that Ottawa suffered two shutouts at home within two weeks.
• Alex Ovechkin failed to score despite six shots on goal in the Capitals' 3-2 shootout loss in Minnesota. Ovechkin has a total of 21 SOGs in his last two games. Last season, Ovechkin had 21 shots on goal over two games in February, becoming the first player since Rob Blake in December 2001 to put 20 or more shots on goal over a two-game span.
• The Mavericks signed head coach Avery Johnson to a five-year contract. Johnson has coached only one full and one partial season in the NBA, but his record of 76-24 in regular-season games is almost unprecedented. The only coach to win as many games as Johnson over his first 100 in the NBA was Paul Westphal (77-23 with the Suns in 1992-1993). Bill Russell held the record for 26 years prior to Westphal (74-26).