Date: March 31, 2010

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NBA

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Durant

033110 DURANT MOST POINTS IN MONTH

Kevin Durant, who plays in Boston tonight, has scored 437 points this month, seven behind Carmelo Anthony (who does not play tonight) for the league lead. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only one player in Sonics/Thunder history has ever led the NBA in points scored in a calendar month of one season. That was Rashard Lewis, who scored a league-high 75 points in October 2003. Most points scored this month: Carmelo Anthony (444), Kevin Durant (437).

Oklahoma City Thunder

WIZARDS LOSING STREAK KEEPS GOING

The Wizards lost to the Rockets on Tuesday, 98-94, extending Washington's losing streak to 16 games. Not only have the Wizards lost 16 straight, they've been held under 100 points in each game. They've tied the second-longest streak in NBA history of losses in which the team did not reach 100 points. The Grizzlies had a 17-game streak in the 1995-96 season and the Nuggets had a 16-game streak in the 1997-98 season.

Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets

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Granger Jr.

GRANGER FINISHES MARCH IN STYLE

Danny Granger, who scored 33 points in the Pacers' win over the Kings, averaged 27.5 points per game in March, fourth-highest in one month in the Pacers' NBA history (minimum: 10 games). Billy Knight had two months with higher averages in the 1976-77 season (32.5 in January and 28.8 in February) and Jermaine O'Neal averaged 29.7 points per game in January 2005.

Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings

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Durant

PRETTY STANDARD FOR DURANT

Kevin Durant had 26 points and 10 rebounds on Tuesday, his 22nd game with at least 25 points and 10 rebounds this season. That puts Durant one behind Chris Bosh for the most such games in the NBA this season. The only other player with more than 15 is Zach Randolph (17) .

Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder

PITIFUL MONTH AT HOME FOR CHICAGO

The Bulls ended March with a loss to the Suns, dropping their won-lost record at home this month to 2-7. That ties the second-worst won-lost record at home in any month of at least nine games in Bulls history. They went 1-8 at home in March 2002 and 2-7 at home in January 2002.

Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns

BUCKS END STREAK OF LOSING SEASONS

The Bucks improved to 41-32 with a win on Tuesday, assuring them of their first non-losing season since going 41-41 in the 2003-04 season. The only other NBA teams that had more losses than wins in each of the past five seasons (2004-05 through 2008-09) are the Knicks (who extended their streak this season) and Bobcats (who can also end their streak this season).

Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Charlotte Bobcats

NHL

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Ward

033110 WIN 1ST 6 DECISIONS AT MTL

Cam Ward has a 5򠮵 record in regular-season games at Bell Centre.燭he only other goaltender in NHL history who was undefeated in his first six decisions as a visitor at Montreal was Martin Biron. (Source: Elias Sports Bureau)

Carolina Hurricanes

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Ovechkin

OVECHKIN LOOKING FORWARD TO APRIL

The Capitals suffered a 5-4 overtime loss to Ottawa in which Alex Ovechkin's contribution to the scoring was limited to one assist. Ovechkin scored only four goals in 12 games in March, making this the lowest goal total of his career for any calendar month in which he played more than ten games.

Washington Capitals, Ottawa Senators

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Rask

RASK TIES THOMAS FOR TEAM LEAD

Boston rookie Tuukka Rask recorded his fifth shutout of the season, tying Tim Thomas for the team lead, with a 1-0 overtime win at New Jersey. This is the first season in Bruins history in which they had two different goaltenders each post at least five shutouts. The only other NHL team in the last 37 years to have two goaltenders with five or more shutouts was Nashville in 2006-07 (Chris Mason 5, Tomas Vokoun 5 ).

Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils

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Gaborik

GABORIK REACHES 40 GOALS IN FIRST SEASON IN NEW YORK

Marian Gaborik, who signed with the Rangers as a free-agent last summer, scored his 40th goal of the season in the Rangers' win over the Islanders. Gaborik is the third player to score 40 goals or more in his first season with the Rangers, joining Pierre Larouche (48 goals in 1983-84) and Walt Poddubny (40 in 1986-87).

New York Rangers, New York Islanders

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Lundqvist

KING HENRIK RULES AGAIN ON THE ISLAND

Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers trailed 2-0 at the end of the first period of their game on Long Island but Lundqvist held the Islanders to one goal the rest of the way and the Rangers came from behind to post a 4-3 victory. Lundqvist has a 6-4-4 career record versus the Islanders at Madison Square Garden but he's 11-4-1 against them at Nassau Coliseum, holding the Isles to three or fewer goals in each of those 16 games.

New York Rangers, New York Islanders

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Bernier

BERNIER LEADS KINGS TO VICTORY

Rookie Jonathan Bernier recorded the first shutout of his NHL career by making 34 saves in leading the Kings to a 2-0 win at Nashville. Bernier's 34 saves were the most by a Kings rookie goaltender in a road shutout since March 5, 1972, when Gary Edwards stopped all 38 shots on goal by the Bruins in a 2-0 win at Boston.

Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, Boston Bruins

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Steen

STEEN'S CAREER MONTH

Alexander Steen had two goals and one assist in the Blues' 4-2 win against the Blackhawks. Steen led St. Louis with 18 points in March (8 goals and 10 assists in 14 games). Steen's 18 points in March were a personal best for a calendar month during his four seasons in the NHL (his previous high was 12 points) and they represent the highest point total for a calendar month by a Blues player since March 2003 when Pavol Demitra tallied 18 points for St. Louis.

St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks

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Stuart

A RARE GAME-WINNER FOR STUART

Defenseman Brad Stuart scored with 1:07 remaining in the third period to break a 4-4 tie and his goal enabled the Red Wings to escape with a 5-4 home win over the Oilers, after Detroit had blown a 4-0 lead. It was only the second game-winning goal for Stuart since he was traded to the Red Wings in February 2008. His previous game-winner for Detroit came in Game 2 of the 2008 Stanley Cup Final against the Penguins.

Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins


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