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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:
• Sean Burke posted his first shutout for the Kings as he blanked the Panthers in Florida 7-0 on Saturday night. Burke has recorded shutouts for a record seven NHL franchises (New Jersey, Hartford/Carolina, Philadelphia, Florida, Phoenix, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles), having previously shared the old mark of six teams with Lorne Chabot, who played in the 1920s and 1930s. By the way, the only team Burke has played for without getting at least one shutout is Vancouver, for whom he appeared in 16 games in 1997-98.
The Kings' 7-0 win matched the largest margin of victory in a road shutout in franchise history. Los Angeles won in Philadelphia by the same score on Oct. 21, 1971.
• Fourteen NHL games were played Saturday (only Columbus and Detroit did not lace up their skates). It was the 19th time in NHL history that 14 or more games were played on one day, the seventh time this season. The NHL record for most games played on one day is 15 on Oct. 5, 2005.
• There were five shutouts in the NHL on Saturday (Pittsburgh over Washington; Los Angeles over Florida; St. Louis over Dallas; Nashville over Anaheim; and Minnesota over Phoenix), the highest one-day total in almost exactly a year, since there were five on Feb. 4, 2006. The league record for shutouts on one day is six, set Feb. 28, 1929, and matched March 21, 2001.
• San Jose goaltender Vesa Toskala was credited with two assists in the Sharks' 4-2 win over the Blackhawks. Toskala is the first goaltender in Sharks history to notch two assists in one game and only the third NHL netminder to do so in the past five seasons. Johan Hedberg had two assists for Dallas on Dec. 26, 2005, and Ilya Bryzgalov had a pair for Anaheim on Feb. 1, 2006.
• The Penguins beat the Capitals 2-0 on Saturday in a game most notable for what did not happen. Sidney Crosby played 18:46 and had two shots on goal, but he was not involved in the scoring of either Pittsburgh goal. The Penguins' victory marked the first time in Crosby's two seasons in the NHL that they won a game in which Crosby played but failed to score a point. Pittsburgh had been 0-30-1 in such games before Saturday (0-21-1 last season, 0-9-0 this season).
Alex Ovechkin failed to score for the Capitals as well. It was the 34th time this season that Crosby and Ovechkin played on the same day, but only the second time both failed to score at least one point. It also happened Oct. 18.
• Miroslav Satan and Trent Hunter each scored two goals for the Islanders in their 4-2 win over the Canadiens in Montreal. It was the first multiple-goal game of the season for both players. Satan led the Islanders with six multiple-goal games in 2005-06, his first season with the club. Hunter had only five goals in his first 34 games this season, but he's scored nine goals in 13 games since then (Jan. 4 to date).
• Edmonton's Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist for the Oilers in their 3-2 win in Colorado. Smyth has scored at least one goal in each of his past five games against the Avalanche, with six goals in four games against them this season. Dwayne Roloson, who made 37 saves to earn the victory for Edmonton, is 4-1-0 with a 2.70 goals-against average in five games in Denver since he was traded to the Oilers last March, facing at least 34 shots on goal in each of the four wins.
• Chris Drury scored his 30th goal of the season in the Sabres' loss in New Jersey. Drury reached the 30-goal plateau in Buffalo's 54th game, the quickest that any Sabres player has done it since 1992-93, when Alexander Mogilny (game No. 36) and Pat LaFontaine (game No. 42) did it in fewer games.
• Vincent Lecavalier's third-period goal broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Lightning a 3-2 win over the Rangers. Lecavalier has scored 14 goals that have given his team a lead, the most in the league.
• Blues goaltender Manny Legace recorded his fourth shutout of the season as St. Louis beat Dallas 2-0 on Saturday night. Legace has allowed only six goals over his past six starts against the Stars while holding Dallas to no more than two goals in each game, though he's won only three times (3-0-3, 0.96 goals-against average, .963 save percentage, two shutouts).
• The Flyers had scored five or more goals in a game only twice through the end of January, but they've done so in each of their two games this month: a 6-5 home overtime loss to the Devils on Thursday and a 5-2 win in Atlanta on Saturday. Philadelphia's season total of four games with at least five goals ties it with Chicago for the league low.
The Flyers' victory was only their seventh in 29 games since Nov. 25 (7-18-4), and all seven wins have come on the road. Philadelphia is 7-9-1 on its travels over that span and 0-9-3 at home.
• Gilbert Arenas has scored 97 points in two games against the Lakers this season, including 37 on Saturday. Arenas' average of 48.5 points per game against the Lakers this season is the highest by one player against one team in a season since Karl Malone averaged 50.5 points in two games against Milwaukee in 1989-90 (minimum: two games played).
The NBA "record" for such a thing belongs to Wilt Chamberlain. Chamberlain averaged 54.5 points in 12 games (654 points!) against the Knicks in 1961-62.
• Mike Miller made six 3-pointers in the Grizzlies' loss to the Pacers. It was the eighth time that Miller made at least six 3-pointers in a game this season, the most for any NBA player. Miller is the seventh player to have eight such games in one season since the NBA added the 3-point field goal in 1979-80. George McCloud had an NBA-record 13 such games in 1995-96.
• Sacramento has won 20 straight home games against Denver. It's the longest current home winning streak for one NBA team against another. The last NBA team to win 20 straight home games against a particular opponent was the Lakers, who won 26 straight at home against Dallas from 1991-2003.
• Dwyane Wade had 32 points and 11 assists in Miami's win at Milwaukee. Wade has 16 career games with at least 30 points and 10 assists, fourth-most among active players, behind Allen Iverson (41), Stephon Marbury (29) and Gary Payton (23).
• Tyson Chandler had 12 rebounds in the Hornets' win at Houston. Chandler has had at least a dozen rebounds in each of his past six games, the longest such streak for a Hornets player since Anthony Mason set the franchise record with seven in a row in March 1997.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
• Michael Irvin and Thurman Thomas were two of six men elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. Irvin had 10,292 receiving yards from 1991-98, the most for any player over that span. Thomas had 9,881 rushing yards from 1989-96, third-most in the NFL over that span, behind Barry Sanders (11,725) and Emmitt Smith (10,160).
• Of the twelve returning FBR Open champions, only four continued into the third round -- Vijay Singh (T-20), Chris DiMarco (T-39), Lee Janzen (T-43) and Paul Azinger (T-51). Eight former champions is the highest number not to finish the tournament in the history of this event and the most since seven out of 13 missed weekend play in 1998.
Dating to 1933 (the second year of the Arizona Open), this ties the lowest percentage of former champions to not finish the tournament. In 1954, two-time defending champion Lloyd Mangrum finish tied for 21st while 1951 champion Lew Worsham and 1949-50 champion Jimmy Demaret played only two rounds. This marks the lowest percentage of former champions to make the cut on the PGA Tour -- with a minimum of twelve returning champions -- since the 2001 Masters, in which only six of the 24 past champions played past the second round.
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