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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Red Auerbach, who died Saturday at age 89, led the Boston Celtics to nine NBA titles, the most championships any head coach or manager in the NBA, NFL, NFL or Major League Baseball has won with one team. Two others won nine championships -- Scotty Bowman and Phil Jackson -- but Bowman spread his over three franchises (Montreal, Pittsburgh and Detroit) and Jackson won with two teams (Chicago and the Lakers).
• Auerbach's eight consecutive championships with the Celtics (1958-59 through 1965-66) is a record across the NBA, NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball. Next best: Casey Stengel won five straight World Series with the Yankees, from 1949-53, and Toe Blake led Montreal to Stanley Cup victories five straight times, from 1956-60.
• Auerbach's legacy includes 13 players who went on to be inducted (as players) into the Hall of Fame, tying Red Holzman for the most for any NBA head coach. Additionally, four individuals who played for Auerbach went on to win titles themselves as NBA head coaches (Bill Russell, Bill Sharman, Tom Heinsohn and K.C. Jones). Only Alex Hannum, with six, coached more future NBA championship coaches.
• The Sabres fell short in their attempt to set the record for consecutive wins to start a season, losing 5-4 to Atlanta in a shootout. Buffalo had four score-tying goals in the game (knotting the score at 1-1, 2-2, 3-3 and 4-4) -- the most such goals for any NHL team in a game this season. Only two other teams had even three score-tying tallies in one game: the Rangers (Oct. 12 vs. Pittsburgh) and Maple Leafs (Oct. 22 vs. the Rangers).
Buffalo had at least four game-tying goals in a game only one other time in the last 10 years: Dec. 12, 2001, in a 6-5 loss to Chicago.
• The Sabres (10-0-0 before the loss) and the Thrashers (7-1-3 before the win) entered the game with the best combined record (17-1-3, .881) for any two teams in any game in NHL history (minimum: 10 games played by each team).
• Scott Mellanby scored his sixth goal (in 12 games) in Atlanta's victory. Mellanby, who has played 21 seasons in the NHL, scored as many as six goals in his first 12 games of a season only once before. He began the 1995-96 campaign with eight goals for Florida in his first 12 games, on the way to a career-high 32 goals.
• Martin Brodeur made 22 saves in posting his second consecutive shutout as the Devils edged the Blue Jackets 1-0. It was the 83rd regular-season shutout of Brodeur's NHL career and his 17th by a 1-0 score. Brodeur's 17 shutout wins by the minimum margin are the most by any goaltender in the NHL's "modern era" (since 1943-44, when the center-ice red line was introduced). Ed Belfour (15) and Terry Sawchuk (14) are the only other modern-era goaltenders with at least 10 1-0 shutouts.
• The Bruins trailed the Senators 1-0 in the third period but rallied to win 2-1 on goals by P.J. Axelsson and Zdeno Chara. It was the first time this season that Boston earned a point in a game in which it trailed (the Bruins had been 0-5-0 in those situations). That leaves Ottawa (now 0-5-0) as the only NHL team that has not gotten a point this season in a game in which it trailed.
• Chara played for Ottawa last season. It's the third time this season a player scored a game-winning goal against a team for which he played last season: Atlanta's Jon Sim did that in a 6-0 win against Florida, and the Kings' Brent Sopel did it in a 4-2 victory vs. the Islanders.
• Brendan Shanahan scored for the Rangers on Saturday night, giving him nine goals in 10 games. That matches his career high for his first 10 games of a season. He also began the 1993-94 season with nine goals in 10 games for St. Louis.
• Tomas Kaberle scored three goals in Toronto's 5-4 win in Montreal. Kaberle was the first Maple Leafs defenseman to record a hat trick since Borje Salming scored three times in Toronto's 9-8 win over Chicago at Maple Leaf Gardens on Oct. 10, 1981.
• Pittsburgh's 8-2 win over the Flyers was only the Penguins' 18th regular-season victory in Philadelphia, but it matched their largest margin of victory in that city. (The Penguins won 9-3 at The Spectrum on Nov. 29, 1991.)
Pittsburgh blanked the Flyers 4-0 when the teams met earlier this month. This is the first time the Penguins have beaten Philadelphia in consecutive games in nearly six years. They last did that in November 2000. Pittsburgh is 7-17-5 against the Flyers over that span.
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