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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:
• Jeff Hamilton's goal at 19:26 of the third period pulled the Blackhawks even with the Predators. His tally 59 seconds into overtime, his third score of the game, gave Chicago a 4-3 win. Since the NHL re-introduced overtime in 1983-84, only one other player has ever tied a game with less than a minute remaining in the third and won it less than a minute into overtime. Benoit Hogue of the Maple Leafs turned the trick against the Lightning on Nov. 16, 1995.
• Teemu Selanne had two goals and one assist as the Ducks beat the Kings in Los Angeles in the first game of home-and-home series this weekend. Selanne's three-point game on Saturday gives him 56 points (22 goals, 34 assists) in 37 games for Anaheim against the Kings and makes him the all-time leading scorer in the Southern California rivalry, breaking a tie with Paul Kariya (53 points). Four other players have scored at least 20 points in Kings-Ducks games: Steve Rucchin (35), Luc Robitaille (27), Wayne Gretzky (24) and Andy McDonald (24).
Selanne scored just one goal in October, but his 12 goals and 26 points since Nov. 1 are both the most in the NHL.
• The Sharks trailed the Red Wings 2-1 late in the third period at Joe Louis Arena, but Mark Bell tied the score with a goal at 16:29 and rookie Joe Pavelski scored at 19:54 to give San Jose a 3-2 win over Detroit. It was the second time this season that an NHL team won a game in regulation time after trailing with less than four minutes to play in the third period; the Stars edged the Blackhawks in such fashion 5-4 on Oct. 20. It was the first win of that kind for the Sharks since Oct. 13, 2001 against the Bruins (3-2). The last time the Red Wings failed to earn a point in a game they led in the final four minutes of the third period was on Nov. 8, 2003 vs. Nashville (led 3-2, lost 4-3).
• Fredrik Norrena stopped all 21 Edmonton shots on goal to record his first NHL shutout as the Blue Jackets beat the Oilers 4-0. Norrena, who turned 33 years old on Wednesday, was playing in only his eighth NHL game, having spent his entire pro career in Europe prior to this season. No goaltender in Norrena's lifetime has recorded his first shutout at age 33 (or older). The last to do so was the Bruins' Ross Brooks (35) on Feb. 11, 1973.
• The Stars' Jussi Jokinen had the deciding score in the shootout as Dallas beat Minnesota on Saturday night 4-3. Jokinen has been successful on 12 (of 15) shootout attempts over the last two seasons, the most of any NHL player. Viktor Kozlov and Jokinen's teammate Sergei Zubov are tied for second with nine each. (Zubov got No. 9 on Saturday.)
• The Thrashers, who beat the Panthers 3-1 on Saturday night, are 5-0-0 versus Florida this season and 10-2-1 against them over the last two seasons. The only other teams that have beaten an opponent 10 times since 2005-06 are the Ducks (10-0-1 vs. Phoenix) and the Senators (10-2-0 vs. Toronto).
• New Jersey defenseman Brad Lukowich's shorthanded goal at 17:48 of the third period tied the score 3-3 and the Devils went on to a shootout win over the Flyers in Philadelphia. The last defenseman to score-tying shorthanded goal in the last three minutes of the third period was Darren Van Impe of the Blue Jackets, against Vancouver on Feb. 5, 2003.
• Roberto Luongo stopped 40 of 41 Colorado shots on goal in the Canucks' 2-1 win over Colorado. For Luongo, who was traded to Vancouver in June, it was only the second time that he faced 40-or-more shots in a game this season. (He saw 40 shots in a win at Nashville on Oct. 21.) Over the past three seasons with Florida, Luongo faced 40-plus shots on goal in a game a league-high 45 times (12 in 2002-03, 19 in 2003-04, 14 in 2005-06).
• James Posey's 3-pointer with 0.7 left in the fourth gave the Heat a 98-97 win at Memphis. Posey's shot was the first game-winning 3-pointer this NBA season for a team trailing by two with less than a second remaining in the fourth quarter or overtime.
• Jason Kidd had 13 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in the Nets' 112-107 victory over the 76ers in New Jersey. Kidd narrowly missed tying Wilt Chamberlain (78) for third place on the all-time triple-double list. It was the 11th time Kidd had double figures in exactly one major statistical category (points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks) and exactly nine in two others. That moved him ahead of Larry Bird (10) and Magic Johnson (10) for the most such "near-miss" triple doubles in NBA history. Four of Kidd's near-misses have come since the start of the 2005-06 season. Boris Diaw (2) is the only player with more than one over that span.
• Gilbert Arenas scored 10 points in the Wizards' 112-94 loss at Chicago. Arenas has scored 141 points in eight road games (17.6 per game). In Washington, Arenas has scored 265 points in eight games (33.1 per game). The difference of 124 points is the second biggest in NBA history by a player in his first eight home versus his first eight road games of a season. Quintin Dailey of the 1988-89 Clippers scored 189 points (23.6 per game) in his first eight home games and 58 (7.3 per game) in his first eight road games.
• Bruce Bowen led the Spurs with 23 points in their 100-98 win over the Kings. Bowen has scored 20 or more points in just seven of his 488 career starts (1.4 percent). The only active player who has scored 20 in a lower percentage of his starts (minimum 400 GS) is Ben Wallace (3 of 599, 0.5 percent). Who's the player who has scored 20 in the highest percentage of his starts? Shaquille O'Neal (81.8 percent).
• The Cavaliers became the first NBA team this season to score 65 or fewer points in a game, losing 81-63 at Houston. The number of teams scoring 65 or less has been dwindling in recent seasons. There were 19 in 2003-04 (the most of any season in the shot clock era), six in 2004-05 and four last season.
• Wake Forest defeated Georgia Tech 9-6 to win their second ACC football championship (and their first since 1970). The Demon Deacons' nine points were by far the fewest ever scored by a winning team in a Division 1-A title game. The previous record was held by Marshall, which beat Western Michigan 19-14 in the 2000 MAC Championship Game. Nebraska held the record for a BCS conference, in a 22-6 victory over Texas in 1999.
• Dave Roberts signed a free agent contract with the Giants Saturday. Roberts has stolen 195 bases over the last five seasons, fourth most in the majors behind Juan Pierre (272), Carl Crawford (227) and Scott Podsednik (212). The entire Giants team has only 299 stolen bases over that span. Only the Athletics (233) have fewer.
Roberts will remain with Bruce Bochy, who managed him for 129 games for the Padres in 2006. Over the last 50 years, the only player to play 120 games on different teams for the same manager in consecutive seasons was Phil Garner, who played 159 games for Oakland in 1976 and 153 games for Pittsburgh in 1977 and was managed by Chuck Tanner both years.