Sunday, March 25, 2012
Morning jam: Overnight game facts
By Elias Sports Bureau
• Marian Gaborik scored two goals for the Rangers. The goals were the 100th and 101st for Gaborik in the three seasons since he signed with the Rangers as a free agent on July 1, 2009. Gaborik is only the fifth player to score 100 or more goals over his first three seasons with the Rangers, joining Adam Graves (114), Steve Vickers (105), Phil Esposito (101) and Mike Gartner (100) in that exclusive club.
• Daniel Alfredsson, 39, scored more points on Saturday night (four) than he did in his previous 12 games combined (three assists). Two other players age 39 or older have scored four points in an NHL game this season: Teemu Selanne (age 41, 2 goals and 2 assists on Nov. 1 at Washington) and Brian Rolston (age 39, 1 goal and 3 assists last Monday vs. Toronto).
Alfredsson, with one Saturday, now has three shorthanded goals this season. Only two other players have had three shorthanded goals in one season at age 38 or older: Gordie Howe had four in 1969–70 at ages 41 and 42 and Mark Messier had three in 2000–01 after turning 40 years old.
• The Red Wings scored four unanswered goals to overcome a 4–1 deficit and beat the Hurricanes, 5–4, on Saturday night. It was Detroit’s first win in regulation time in a game in which they trailed by three goals since Feb. 25, 2001, when they defeated the Coyotes, 6–3, at Joe Louis Arena.
• Chris Kelly's 19th goal of the season was the game-winner for the Bruins. Boston has won all 17 games this season in which Kelly has scored goals. Kelly is the only NHL player with a double-figure goal total this season who’s scored of all his goals in games his team won.
• Steven Stamkos scored two goals and one assist for the Lightning in their 4–3 win over the Islanders in Tampa. Stamkos entered play on Saturday with a four-game home-ice point drought, after being held pointless in only four of his previous 34 home games this season.