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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:
• The Capitals scored four first-period goals in their 5-3 win in Philadelphia on Saturday night. It was the most first-period goals allowed by the Flyers in a home game since March 15, 1997, when Buffalo scored five times in the opening period of a 7-5 Flyers loss.
The Flyers have allowed four-or-more goals in the first period of a home game 12 times in franchise history. Their record in those 12 contests stands at 1-10-1.
With the victory, the Capitals ended their 16-game winless streak in Philadelphia. It had been the longest current road winless streak by one NHL team against another. That distinction is now held by the Flyers, who have not won in their last 15 games in Detroit.
• Former Canadiens coach and current Devils coach, Claude Julien, returned to Montreal Saturday night for the first time as the head coach of the visiting team. Julien was the 11th former Canadiens coach to return to Montreal as the head coach of an opposing team. Those 11 former coaches are 4-7-0 in their first game back in Montreal, but they've won four of the last five such games.
• Brian Rafalski scored a goal for the Devils Saturday night. It was the first goal of the season by a New Jersey defenseman. Tampa Bay is now the only NHL team without a goal from a backliner this season.
• Martin Brodeur has had a roller-coaster start to this season. In Brodeur's seven wins he has a 1.42 goals-against average and .952 save percentage. In Brodeur's five losses he has a 4.84 GAA and .841 save percentage.
Brodeur, a Montreal native, is now 13-10-1 with a 1.83 goals-against average, .934 save percentage and three shutouts in 24 career starts in his hometown. He has allowed more than three goals only once in those 24 starts. No other active goaltender has won as many games as a visiting player in Montreal as Brodeur.
• Glen Murray scored 17 seconds into overtime to give the Bruins a come-from-behind, 6-5 win over the Lightning. Murray's goal was the third-fastest overtime tally by a Bruins player since the NHL introduced the 5:00 overtime session in 1983-84. Bob Sweeney (8 seconds, vs. Philadelphia in Nov. 1988) and Joe Thornton (12 seconds, vs. Toronto in Oct. 2001) are the only Boston players to register a quicker OT goal than Murray.
• Ottawa went 0-for-4 on the power play in the third period of its 3-2 loss to Carolina. The Senators have not scored a goal in 23 third-period power-play opportunities this season. They are the only NHL team that has failed to score a PPG in the final period this season.
• Dominik Hasek had to make only 16 saves in the Red Wings win over Columbus Saturday night. Hasek has made 100 saves in his six wins this season, an average of 16.7 per game and has made fewer than 20 saves in five of those games. Coming into the season, Hasek averaged 27.1 saves in his 324 career wins.
• Phoenix's Georges Laraque had a goal, an assist and a fighting major in the Coyotes' game against the Kings. Laraque was the fourth NHL player to record a "Gordie Howe hat trick" in a game this season (i.e., at least one goal, assist and fighting major), joining Chicago's Martin Lapointe (Oct. 5 at Nashville), Anaheim's Shane O'Brien (Oct. 18 vs. Detroit) and Ottawa's Patrick Eaves (Oct. 24 at Toronto). He's the first Coyotes player to do it since Shane Doan on Feb. 16, 2004 (at St. Louis).
• You would think that when an NBA team shoots at least 50 percent from the field and outrebounds its opponent by at least 15 it would win the game. Two NBA teams have done that this season -- the Celtics on Saturday night against Washington and Orlando against Philadelphia on Friday night -- and both lost! There were 41 instances last season in which a team made at least half of its shots and had at least 15 more rebounds than its opponent. Those teams were a combined 40-1!
• The Pacers did not attempt a free throw until 6:29 was left in the third period of their win against the Knicks Saturday night. It was the latest into a game this season for a team's first free throw attempt. Last season, a team went that long without a shot from the free throw line only twice, and Phoenix was the club responsible both times: vs. New York on Dec. 9 (first free throw with 7:58 left in the fourth quarter) and Dec. 17 at Memphis (10:46 remaining in the fourth quarter).
• The Knicks have lost their home opener in each of the last five seasons, the second-longest current streak of its kind in the NBA. Only the Grizzlies, who have lost their last six home openers, have a longer current streak than the Knicks.
• Portland has won its last six season openers, tying them with Houston for the second-longest current streak of its kind in the NBA. The Timberwolves, who have won 12 consecutive season openers, are the only NBA team with a longer current streak than the Blazers and Rockets.
• Drew Gooden led the Cavaliers with 21 points in their loss to Charlotte. The Cavs are 93-83 (.528) in games in which LeBron James has led them in scoring since he joined the team in 2003-04. They're 30-35 (.462) in games in which James played but did not lead them in scoring over the same span.
• The Mavericks are now 0-2. They're the first team in four years to lose its first two games of a season following a trip to the NBA Finals. The last NBA team to do that was the Lakers in 2002-03.
• Adam Scott, who ranks sixth on the PGA Tour money list this season, sits atop the leaderboard after three rounds of play at the 2006 Tour Championship. In the previous 19 Tour Championships, nine players ranked sixth-or-higher on the money list held the lead heading into the final round. Of those nine players, three went on to victory: Tom Lehman (1996), Tiger Woods (1999) and Vijay Singh (2002).
• Joe Durant is tied for second place heading into the final round of the Tour Championship. Durant ranks 23rd on the PGA Tour money list this season. In the previous 19 Tour Championships, 13 players ranked at least that low on the money list were in the top two heading into the final round of play. Of those 13 players, two went on to victory: Tom Watson (1987) and Craig Stadler (1991).
• Only two eagles have been recorded through the first 54 holes of the 2006 Tour Championship. This matches the lowest number of eagles recorded after 54 holes of the Tour Championship. In 2002, also at East Lake, there were just two eagles through 54 holes of play.
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