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PATRIOTS GROUND JETS
From Elias: The Patriots defeated the previously 9-2 Jets on Monday, 45-3. That 42-point margin of victory tied the largest by any team over a team with at least eight wins and no more than two losses. On Nov. 24, 1986 the Dolphins defeated the formerly 10-1 Jets by an identical 45-3 score.
PATRIOTS SET AN NFL RECORD
From Elias: The Patriots have scored at least 30 points without committing a turnover in each of their last four games, making them the first NFL team ever to fashion a streak of that type.
BRADY: FUTURE MNF ANNOUNCER?
From Elias: Tom Brady has thrown at least two touchdown passes without throwing an interception in each of his last five games, tying the second-longest streak of that kind in NFL history. Don Meredith had a six-game streak of that kind spanning the 1965 and 1966 seasons and Joe Theismann had a five-game streak in 1983.
BRONCOS BUCK MCDANIELS
From Elias: The Broncos fired Josh McDaniels Monday after 28 games at the helm in Denver. The Broncos won their first six games under McDaniels, but since November 1, 2009 Denver was 5-17, the second-worst record in the NFL over that time, ahead of only the Lions (3-19).
STOUDEMIRE EXTENDS HOT STREAK
From Elias: Amar'e Stoudemire scored 34 points and made 15 of 23 shots in the Knicks' win on Monday. It's the fifth straight game in which Stoudemire has scored at least 30 points while making at least 50 percent of his field goals, tying a Knicks record. Bernard King had two five-game streaks in the 1984-85 season in which he scored at least 30 points and made at least half his shots from the floor.
BULLS HOLD THUNDER
From Elias: The Bulls held the Thunder to 29 field goals on 82 shots on Monday, 35.4 percent. That ties Oklahoma City's third-lowest field-goal percentage in any game over the last three seasons (since the start of the 2008-09 season).
HAWKS WIN A LOW-SCORING GAME IN ORLANDO
From Elias: The Hawks defeated the Magic in Orlando on Monday, 80-74. Orlando had won 66 of its previous 70 home games when allowing fewer than 90 points.
PACERS FRONTCOURT HANDS OUT ASSISTS
From Elias: Roy Hibbert and Josh McRoberts each had six assists and Danny Granger had five in the Pacers' win over the Raptors on Monday. It's the first time since Feb. 1, 2008 that a team had at least five assists from all three members of its starting frontcourt; the Lakers were the last team to do it, with a starting trio of Ronny Turiaf, Vladimir Radmanovic and Lamar Odom.
CROSBY PLAYS 400TH GAME
From Elias: Sidney Crosby, in his 400th regular-season NHL game, recorded a goal and an assist as the Penguins edged the Devils, 2-1. Crosby's 554 career points are the most by any active NHL player through his first 400 games. Alex Ovechkin (536) and Teemu Selanne (525) are the only other active players who had at least 500 points at the same juncture in their careers. The last NHL player to finish his 400th career game with as many points as Crosby was Eric Lindros (563) in January 1999.
A FIRST FOR TORONTO
From Elias: The Maple Leafs, who trailed 4-1 at the end of the second period and 4-2 with under three minutes to play in the third period, came back to tie the score at 4-4 in their game at Washington and then win via a shootout. Thanks to the tiebreaker, it was the first time in the 93-year history of the NHL's Toronto franchise that it won a game after trailing by two goals in the final three minutes of the third period. Before Monday's comeback win, the Leafs had not earned a point from such a game since Nov. 26, 1999, when they got a "consolation point" from a 3-2 overtime loss in Philadelphia.
COUTURE SCORES TWICE IN DETROIT
From Elias: Logan Couture, the NHL's rookie goal-scoring leader, scored two goals for the Sharks in their 5-2 win at Detroit. Couture was the second visiting rookie to score two goals in a game at Joe Louis Arena this season; Calgary's Mikael Backlund did that on October 21. Over the previous five NHL seasons (2005-06 through 2009-10) only two visiting rookies had a multiple-goal game at "the Joe": the Sharks' Devin Setoguchi in February 2008 and the Avs' Brandon Yip in December 2009.
ATLANTA D-MAN SCORES IN OVERTIME
From Elias: Defenseman Zach Bogosian scored the first overtime goal of his NHL career to give Atlanta a 3-2 win against Nashville. Only one of the Thrashers' 12 overtime goals in the past three seasons was scored by a defenseman (Alexei Zhitnik in February 2008) but three of their four OT goals this season have been tallied by D-men, including two by Dustin Byfugllen.
From Elias: Bill Guerin, who made his retirement official on Monday, is the only player in NHL history to score at least 20 goals for seven different teams (Devils, Oilers, Bruins, Stars, Blues, Islanders, Penguins). Guerin had at least one 20-goal season for each of those teams, but he's also the only player with 20 or more career goals for seven NHL clubs.