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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:
• Ryan Malone scored in the first minute of the first, second and third periods against the Islanders on Monday afternoon, making him the first player to score in the first minute of all three periods in an NHL game.
The last time an NHL team scored in the first minute of all three periods was more than 22 years ago, when the Kings did it in a 12-1 win over the Canucks on Nov. 29, 1984.
• Mark Recchi scored two goals and assisted on all three of Malone's goals. It was the sixth five-point game of Recchi's career, but his first since Nov. 24, 1993. His span of 13 years, 87 days between five-point games is third-longest in NHL history, behind Mats Sundin (14 years, 37 days from 1992-2006) and Kenny Wharram (13 years, 336 days from 1954-1968).
At age 39, Recchi is the second-oldest player in NHL history to have a five-point game. Mario Lemieux was 40 when he had a five-pointer against the Thrashers on Oct. 27, 2005.
• Sidney Crosby had four assists in the Penguins' loss to the Islanders and he has become the first player ever to register seven consecutive multiple-point games against the Islanders. Mark Recchi recorded a six-game streak in 1992.
• The Bruins have been playing in Philadelphia since the Flyers entered the league for the 1967-68 season, but Boston's 6-3 win on Monday marks the second-most goals the Bruins have scored in the City of Brotherly Love. The Bruins won 7-1 at the Spectrum on Dec. 6, 1992.
• Philadelphia's Antero Niittymaki is 0-9-3 in his last 12 home-ice decisions following a 6-3 loss to the Bruins on Monday night. Niittymaki's 12-decision winless streak at Wachovia Center is the longest single-season home winless streak by an NHL goaltender since 1989-90, when the Nordiques' Ron Tugnutt went 0-10-2 over his final 12 decisions of the season at Le Colisee.
• Scottie Upshall, who was acquired by Philadelphia from Nashville in the Peter Forsberg trade, scored a goal in his Flyers debut on Saturday afternoon in New York and he scored again in his second game as a Flyer on Monday night against the Bruins. Upshall is the first player to score a goal in each of his first two games as a Flyer since Keith Jones did the same in November 1998. Like Upshall, Jones was a midseason acquisition, joining Philadelphia via a trade with Colorado.
• Nashville's J.P. Dumont opened the scoring with a penalty-shot goal in first period of the Predators' 4-1 home win over the Coyotes. Twelve of Dumont's 14 goals this season have been scored on home ice. Dumont is goalless in his last 20 road games but he's scored 10 times in 25 games in Nashville since his last road tally (Nov. 15 at Columbus).
• Norv Turner is getting a third chance despite posting a 58-82-1 (.415) record in his first two head-coaching jobs, in Washington and Oakland. Only three coaches in NFL history had lower winning percentages than Turner at the time of their third hiring: Marion Campbell (.326 when he returned to Atlanta in 1987), Mike McCormack (.345 when he replaced Jack Patera in Seattle in 1982) and Roy Andrews (.406 when he joined the Cleveland Bulldogs as a player-coach in 1927).
• Turner is the third head coach in the Super Bowl era to inherit a team that had the best record in its league in the prior season.
Barry Switzer took over the Cowboys in 1994, after Dallas (under Jimmy Johnson) went 12-4 in 1993 (tied for the best record in the NFL) and won the Super Bowl; John Madden debuted as Raiders' head coach in 1969 after Oakland went 12-2 (under John Rauch) in 1968 (tied for the AFL's best record that year) and lost the AFL Championship Game to the Jets.
Prior to the Chargers, the last team with the outright best record in its league to change head coaches for the next season was the 1960 Eagles. Buck Shaw led that team to a 10-2 record and an NFL Championship Game victory over the Packers (the only postseason loss of Vince Lombardi's career). Shaw then retired and was replaced by Nick Skorich for the 1961 season.