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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:
• Daniel Alfredsson has scored a game-winning goal in each of the last four games for the Senators. The only other player in NHL history to score the game-winning goal in four consecutive team games was Newsy Lalonde, who did it in five straight games for the Canadiens in February 1921.
• Martin Brodeur made 26 saves Tuesday against the Rangers for the 88th regular-season shutout of his career and his 18th by a 1-0 score. In the NHL's "modern era" (since 1943-44, when the center-ice red line was introduced), the only goaltenders with even 10 shutouts by a 1-0 score are Ed Belfour (15) and Terry Sawchuk (14).
On top of the shutout, New Jersey was not called for a single penalty in the game. The last team not to allow a goal or take a penalty in the same game was the Bruins in a 3-0 win in Toronto on March 28, 2001.
• If Sidney Crosby isn't familiar with the cliché "familiarity breeds contempt," he soon will be. Crosby had two goals Tuesday against the Islanders, giving him 13 points (three goals and 10 assists) in five games against them this season. That's the second-most points by any player against any team this season; Crosby himself has 16 points (in six games) against the Flyers.
Crosby has 38 points in 18 division games. No player has averaged at least two points per game in division games since the 1995-96 season when Penguins teammates Jaromir Jagr had 58 points in 28 games, and Mario Lemieux had 52 points in 26 games against the Northeast Division.
• The Canucks shut out the Canadiens in Montreal for only the second time in their history on Tuesday 4-0. Vancouver's only other shutout in Montreal was a 3-0 blanking on Dec. 4, 1991, behind a hat trick from Greg Adams and 45 saves by Kirk McLean.
The Canadiens have lost at home to another Canadian team by a score of at least 4-0 only four other times: twice to the Maple Leafs in a two-month span early in 1966 and to the Senators in 1996 and 2004.
Vancouver has won its last five road games and held its opponent to no more than two goals in each game. That matches the longest streak of its kind in Canucks history. Vancouver also won five consecutive road games while allowing two or fewer goals in each game in March 2002.
• The Kings' Yutaka Fukufuji, the first player in NHL history born in Japan, was pulled 21:53 into his first career start on Tuesday after allowing three goals to the Thrashers. The last goaltender to get pulled so quickly in his first start was future All-Star Tomas Vokoun. Vokoun made one start for the Canadiens, as a 20-year old on Feb. 6, 1997 and was pulled after one period and four goals.
• The Kings opened the scoring 1:31 into the first period, but the Thrashers tied it 19 seconds later. There's been only one other game this season in which both teams got on the scoreboard within two minutes of the first period; the Kings and Penguins did it on Nov. 1.
• Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis extended his assist streak to 10 games, but the Lightning lost to the Maple Leafs 4-2. St. Louis' streak of 10 consecutive team games with at least one assist is the longest in the NHL this season. (Buffalo's Daniel Briere and Detroit's Mathieu Schneider had nine-game streaks.) The only NHL player with a 10-game assist streak over the past two seasons was St. Louis' Lightning teammate, Brad Richards (March 17-April 6, 2006).
• The Blackhawks had a 3-1 lead over the Blue Jackets on Tuesday but lost in overtime 5-4. It's the sixth time that Chicago has failed to win a game it led by at least two goals, the most in the NHL this season.
• Dikembe Mutombo has had at least 10 rebounds in each of his last 11 games. That's by far the longest streak by a player older than 40. The only other 40-year-old with a streak of even five games is Robert Parish, who did it in six straight games for the Celtics in January 1994.
The only other player with at least 10 rebounds in 10 straight games this season is Kevin Garnett, who has had two separate streaks of that length. For Mutombo, it's the fourth-longest streak of 10-rebound games in his career and it's his longest since a 15-game streak in the spring of 1999.
• Tracy McGrady scored 45 points in the Rockets loss on Tuesday, tying his second-most for Houston. The only game in which he scored more points for the Rockets, they also lost in Dallas, on Dec. 2, 2004, when McGrady scored 48 in a 113-106 loss.
• The Magic took the Hornets to overtime but then managed to score only three points in the extra period, all coming on Keyon Dooling's 3-pointer with seven seconds left in OT. Only seven teams in NBA history have been held scoreless in overtime; the last to do it was the Vancouver Grizzlies on Dec. 1, 2000.
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