Date: October 12, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NHL

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Comeau

COMEAU SCORING IN BUNCHES LATELY

From Elias: Blake Comeau scored two goals, including the game-winner with 3:26 remaining in the third period, in the Islanders' 6-4 win over the Rangers. Comeau has scored two or more goals in five of his last 19 games, dating back to last Valentine's Day, after not scoring more than one goal in any of his 151 career games in the NHL before then. All five of Comeau's multiple-goal games in the NHL have come at Nassau Coliseum.

New York Islanders, New York Rangers

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Letestu

ROOKIE NETS GAME-WINNER FOR PENS

From Elias: Rookie Mark Letestu scored a power play goal early in the second period which turned out to be the game-winner for the Penguins in their 3-1 victory over the Devils. Letestu is the first Pittsburgh rookie to score a game-winning goal since Feb. 10, 2008, when defenseman Kris Letang scored the decider in a game against the Flyers.

Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils

BLUES TAKE AIM AT DUCKS

From Elias: The Blues outshot the Ducks, 53-14, in their 5-1 win on Monday afternoon. The Blues' 39-shot advantage set a team record for one game, breaking the old mark of 36, done three times, last in a 6-5 overtime victory against the Devils on March 10, 1984.

St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks

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Hossa

HOSSA BEATS BUFFALO

From Elias: Marian Hossa scored two goals for the Blackhawks in their come-from-behind win at Buffalo on Monday night. It was the 66th multiple-goal game of Hossa's NHL career and his fifth against the Sabres. The only active players with more multi-goal games versus Buffalo than Hossa are Daniel Alfredsson (8), Alex Kovalev (6) and Jason Spezza (6). Dany Heatley also has five.

Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks

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Ovechkin

O STANDS FOR OVECHKIN IN OVERTIME

From Elias: Alex Ovechkin's goal with 31.1 seconds left in overtime gave the Capitals a 3-2 win over the Senators. It was Ovechkin's eighth overtime goal in his six seasons in the NHL, tying him with Saku Koivu and Daniel Sedin for the league high in OT tallies over that span.

Ottawa Senators, Washington Capitals

MLB

BIGGEST LEAD WAS ONE RUN OVER LAST 22 INNINGS

From Elias: The score was tied or within one run over the last 22 innings of the Giants-Braves series. That is the longest such streak to end a postseason series in baseball history. The previous longest streak of that kind was 18 innings, done four times, the last being the 1978 ALCS between the Yankees and Royals. The last postseason series to have 22 straight innings at anytime in which no team had a lead larger than one run was the 1996 NLDS between the Dodgers and Braves. The score was that tight for the first 22 innings of that series before the Braves erupted for four runs in the fourth inning of Game 3 of the series.

Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants

SLIMMEST OF MARGINS IN GIANTS-BRAVES SERIES

From Elias: All four games of the Braves-Giants series were decided by a one-run margin. This is the second postseason series in which each of the first four games was decided by the slimmest of margins. The only other postseason series in major-league history to begin with four (or more) straight one-run games was the 1972 World Series, when the Athletics defeated the Reds in seven games with all but one game (Game 6) being decided by a single run.

Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants

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Bumgarner

ROOKIE COOL UNDER PRESSURE ON ROAD

From Elias: Madison Bumgarner is the first rookie starting pitcher to win a postseason series clincher on the road since 1981, when both Dave Righetti (Yankees at Oakland in Game 3 of the ALCS) and Fernando Valenzuela (Dodgers at Montreal in Game 5 the NLCS) pitched their teams to the World Series.

San Francisco Giants

BRAVES HAVE NO LUCK AT TURNER

From Elias: The Braves have played eight potential elimination games in the postseason at Turner Field and they've lost all of them: the 1997 NLCS Game 6 (Marlins), 1998 NLCS Game 6 (Padres), 2000 NLDS Game 3 (Cardinals), 2001 NLCS Game 5 (Diamondbacks), 2002 NLDS Game 5 (Giants), 2003 NLDS Game 5 (Cubs), 2004 NLDS Game 5 (Astros) and 2010 NLDS Game 4 (Giants). That's the longest home losing streak when facing elimination in postseason history. The next longest streaks belong to the Orioles and Astros; each team has lost its last five postseason home games when facing elimination.

Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants

ERRORS PILING UP IN THE DIVISION SERIES

From Elias: There were three errors committed in the Giants-Braves game Monday night. There have been 28 errors committed in 14 games in the 2010 postseason, an average of two per game. That's the highest such average in the first round of the playoffs in the Wild Card Era (since 1995). There were 29 errors in 15 Division Series games in 1995, an average of 1.93.

Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants

NFL

JETS PLAY TURNOVER FREE AGAIN - TIE NFL RECORD

From Elias: The Jets have not committed a turnover in their last four games, tying the NFL record last accomplished by the Panthers in the last four games of last season. (The Jets played four consecutive games without a turnover once previously in their history, early in the 2001 season.)

New York Jets

DEFENSE EXCELS EARLY

From Elias: The Jets haven't allowed a first-quarter point in any game this season. That's the longest streak they have ever had to start a season. The previous record of four games was held by the 1978 team, coached by Walt Michaels.

New York Jets

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Moss

MOSS CATCHES TD FROM BRETT

From Elias: Randy Moss caught a touchdown pass from Brett Favre on Monday night. Moss is the second player to catch a touchdown pass from Favre and Tom Brady. The other was Terry Glenn, who caught the first touchdown toss of Brady's pro career in 2001 and then after moving on to the Packers, caught two touchdown passes from Favre the following year.

Minnesota Vikings

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Favre

FAVRE TIED MARINO'S RECORD

From Elias: Brett Favre started on Monday Night Football for the 37th time, tying the record for quarterbacks set by Dan Marino.

Minnesota Vikings


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