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TITANS' OFFENSE ENDS TD DROUGHT
From Elias: Chris Johnson's one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter ended the Titans' streak of 34 consecutive offensive drives without a touchdown, the second-longest drought for any NFL team over the last two seasons. The Buccaneers failed to score a TD on 40 straight offensive possessions spanning Week 12 to Week 15 in 2009.
WAYNE TOPS 100 YARDS AGAINST TITANS
From Elias: Reggie Wayne caught four passes for 106 yards in the Colts' win over the Titans. Wayne had been held to fewer than 100 receiving yards in each of his last 11 games versus Tennessee. That's Wayne's longest streak of consecutive sub-100-yard games against a particular opponent.
CELTICS' SEVENTH STRAIGHT WIN AT PHILLY
From Elias: The Celtics posted a 102-101 win over the 76ers at Wells Fargo Center, extending their winning streak at the building formerly known as Wachovia Center to seven games. That matches the longest winning streak the Celtics have ever posted in 76ers home games. Boston won seven straight games there only once before, from 1971 to 1974.
It was the ninth straight victory at Wells Fargo Center for Paul Pierce, who missed Boston's last loss there. That's the longest personal winning streak ever recorded by a visiting player at the arena that the Sixers have called home since 1996.
MAVS CONTINUE THE MISERY FOR THEIR FORMER COACH
From Elias: The Mavericks extended the Nets' losing streak to six games with a 102-89 win over their former coach, Avery Johnson. During Johnson's three-plus seasons as head coach of the Mavs, Dallas never lost more than four straight games.
BAREA: 13 ASSISTS IN 27 MINUTES
From Elias: Jose Juan Barea came off the bench and was credited with 13 assists in 27 minutes in Dallas' victory over the Nets. Only three other Mavericks players ever recorded that many assists in one game with as little playing time as Barea: Brad Davis in 1986 (17 assists in 24 minutes), Derek Harper in 1987 (13 in 22) and Jason Kidd in 2009 (13 in 27).
Barea's 13 assists were the most in one game by a Mavericks substitute since Derek Harper's baker's dozen in 22 minutes on Feb. 27, 1987.
TOMAS VOKOUN: 20-PLUS SHUTOUTS FOR TWO TEAMS
From Elias: Tomas Vokoun's 3-0 win at Washington was the 41st shutout of his NHL career and his 20th for the Panthers. Vokoun's first 21 shutouts came during the eight seasons he played for Nashville. He's the eighth goaltender to record at least 20 shutouts for two different NHL teams and one of only two active netminders to do so. The other current goaltender with that distinction is Roberto Luongo, who had 26 shutouts for Florida and currently has 26 with the Canucks.
FIRST ISLANDER WITH TWO PENALTY-SHOT GOALS IN ONE SEASON
From Elias: Frans Nielsen became the first player in Islanders history to score two penalty-shot goals in one season when he went one-on-one with Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask on Thursday night and beat him with a backhander, the same move he used for his first penalty-shot goal, against the Flyers' Sergei Bobrovsky on October 30.
BRUINS ROOKIE SCORES HIS THIRD SHORTHANDED GOAL
From Elias: Rookie Brad Marchand scored his third shorthanded goal of the season in Boston's 5-2 win over the Islanders. Marchand's three shorthanded goals are the most in one season by a Bruins rookie since Bryan Smolinski notched three in 1993-94.
DANNY BRIERE RAKES THE LEAFS AGAIN
From Elias: Danny Briere, who scored two goals and assisted on one in the Flyers' 4-1 win at Toronto, has been a particular nemesis for the Maple Leafs in recent seasons. Briere has recorded points in 20 of his last 23 games against the Leafs (dating back to March 2006), amassing 14 goals and 17 assists versus Toronto over that span.
RARE THREE-POINT GAMES FOR A PAIR OF SABRES
From Elias: The Sabres got three-point games from two very unlikely sources in their 6-3 win over the Sharks: Paul Gaustad, who tallied two goals and one assist, and Cody McCormick, who had the reverse totals. Entering play on Thursday, Gaustad had scored as many as three points in only one of his 370 career games in the NHL (Nov. 20, 2006 vs. Tampa Bay), while McCormick had recorded more than one point only once in 217 NHL games (two points, both assists, for Colorado on Feb, 15, 2009).
RANGER ROOKIE'S FIRST GOAL IS A GAME-WINNER
From Elias: Rookie defenseman Michael Sauer's first NHL goal was the game-winner for the Rangers in their victory at Ottawa. That puts Michael one up on his older brother, Kurt, a defenseman who's played 357 games in the NHL (though only one over the last two seasons due to a concussion) but never tallied a game-winning goal.
FIRST PPG OF THE SEASON FOR THREE BLUES
From Elias: The Blues, who had not scored a power play goal in their last seven games, scored three PPG in their 4-1 win against Columbus. The power play goal scorers for St. Louis in Thursday's game were Alexander Steen, Jay McClement and Vladimir Sobotka, and in each case it was the player's first PPG of the season. The last NHL team to have three players get their first power play goals of a season in the same game in December or later was Vancouver in its 4-3 overtime win versus Carolina on Dec. 8, 2006. The first-time PPG men for the Canucks that day were Jan Bulis, Marc Chouinard and Yannick Tremblay.
BRUNETTE SCORES TWO IN WILD WIN
From Elias: Andrew Brunette scored twice for the Wild in their 3-2 win at Phoenix. Brunette is the second-highest scorer in Minnesota franchise history with 107 goals, but this was only his fourth multiple-goal game for the Wild, tying him for 10th-most in club annals.