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CARDINALS SET WORLD SERIES RECORDS IN 16-7 VICTORY
From Elias: The Cardinals became the first team ever to score runs in seven different innings in one World Series game in their 16-7 rout on Saturday night. They were also the first team in World Series history to score runs in each of six consecutive innings in one game (fourth through ninth, in this case), and the second team to score three or more runs in each of three straight innings in one game (fourth through sixth). Arizona did that against the Yankees in the second, third and fourth innings of Game 6 in 2001.
FOUR HITS FOR PUJOLS AND BELTRE IN GAME 3
From Elias: Albert Pujols went 5 for 6 for the Cardinals in their victory in Game 3 of the World Series and Adrian Beltre was 4 for 5 for the losing Rangers. It was only the second game in World Series history in which a player (or players) on each team recorded four or more hits. The only other such game also involved the Cardinals. Enos Slaughter, Whitey Kurowski and Joe Garagiola each had four hits for St. Louis in its 12-3 win over the Boston Braves in Game 4 of the 1946 Fall Classic, and Wally Moses banged out four hits for the losers that day.
SENATORS STUN BLUE JACKETS WITH TWO LAST-MINUTE GOALS
From Elias: Ottawa's Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek scored goals 31 seconds apart in the last minute of the third period to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 win for the Senators over the Blue Jackets. It was only the fourth time in the last 15 seasons that an NHL team won a game in regulation time after trailing in the final minute of the third period. Before Saturday, the last such comeback win by an NHL team was the Devils' 4-3 victory over the Maple Leafs on Feb. 5, 2010. Travis Zajac and Jay Pandolfo provided the last-minute goals in that New Jersey win.
THIRD STRAIGHT SHUTOUT FOR JONATHAN QUICK
From Elias: Jonathan Quick became the first goaltender in Kings history to record three consecutive shutouts when he beat the Stars, 1-0, on Saturday. In the NHL's post-lockout era (i.e., since 2005-06), the only other goaltenders to register three straight shutouts in one season are Roberto Luongo, who's done so twice (November 2007 and November 2008), and Steve Mason (December 2008).
RINNE DOUSES THE FLAMES FOR THE FIRST TIME
From Elias: Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne recorded his first shutout of the season and the 21st of his NHL career with a 2-0 victory in Calgary. It was his first-ever win against the Flames, who, entering play on Saturday, had been the only one of the Predators' Western Conference opponents that Rinne had not beaten at least three times. The victory came at the expense of his fellow Finn, Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff, who was the winning goaltender in each of Rinne's previous seven career games against the Flames.
SEVENTH CAREER OT GOAL FOR SAMI SALO
From Elias: Sami Salo blasted a shot past Minnesota goaltender Niklas Backstrom with 21 seconds remaining in overtime to earn the Canucks a 3-2 win over the Wild on Saturday. It was the seventh overtime goal of the veteran defenseman's NHL career and his third OT goal against Backstrom and the Wild. Salo's seven regular-season overtime goals tie him with Brian Leetch, Tomas Kaberle and Bryan McCabe for second-most by any defenseman since the NHL introduced the 5:00 OT format in 1983, though he's still far behind the all-time leader in overtime goals by a backliner, Scott Niedermayer (13).
GREEN LIGHTS RED LIGHT TWICE WITH PAIR OF PPGs
From Elias: Mike Green scored two goals, both on power plays, to help the Capitals beat the Red Wings in only the second game in NHL history matching two teams with at least five games played and a perfect record to date that season. It was the fifth time in the last six seasons that a Washington defenseman scored two power play goals in one game and in all five instances the multi-PPG backliner has been Green. Green's five multiple-PPG games since the start of the 2006-07 season are the most by any NHL defenseman over that span. Zdeno Chara is second with four two-PPG games over the last six seasons.
FIRST TWO-GOAL GAME FOR GABRIEL LANDESKOG
From Elias: Eighteen-year-old Colorado rookie Gabriel Landeskog recorded his first two-goal game in the NHL in the Avs' shootout win at Chicago. Landeskog is the third player in Nordques/Avalanche franchise history to score two goals in one game before his 19th birthday. Ryan O'Reilly, who assisted on both of Landeskog's goals on Saturday, had a pair of two-goal games as an 18-year-old two seasons ago, and Matt Duchene had three two-goal games at age 18 that same season.
GARON: SHUTOUTS FOR FIVE DIFFERENT TEAMS
From Elias: Mathieu Garon recorded the 20th shutout of his NHL career and his first shutout for the Lightning with a 3-0 win against the Sabres on Saturday. The well-traveled Garon has posted shutouts for five different NHL teams: Montreal (4), Los Angeles (6), Edmonton (4), Columbus (5) and Tampa Bay (1). The only other active goaltenders to have registered shutouts for five or more NHL clubs are Dwayne Roloson (6), Alex Auld (5) and Jose Theodore (5).
RARE TWO-GOAL GAME VS. DIVISION RIVAL FOR JORDAN STAAL
From Elias: Jordan Staal scored two goals in the Penguins' 4-1 win over the Devils on Saturday night. It was the ninth multiple-goal game of Staal's six-season NHL career with Pittsburgh but only his second multi-goal performance in 126 regular-season games against one of the Penguins' Atlantic Division rivals (the Devils, Islanders, Rangers and Flyers). Staal's other multiple-goal game versus a division foe was a two-goal night against Philadelphia on Dec. 15, 2009.
MARKSTROM EARNS HIS FIRST NHL WIN
From Elias: Jacob Markstrom recorded the first win of his NHL career in the Panthers' 4-2 victory over the Islanders. Markstrom came off the bench at the beginning of the third period to replace Florida's starting goaltender Jose Theodore (who left due to muscle cramps) with the score tied 2-2 and stopped all 18 shots he faced. Only three other active goaltenders recorded the first win of their NHL career in a game they did not start: Evgeni Nabokov, Miikka Kiprusoff and Niklas Backstrom.
FAST FIVE GOALS FOR THE JETS
From Elias: The Jets overcame a 2-0 deficit to post a 5-3 win against the Hurricanes on Saturday. All five Winnipeg goals were scored over a 14:58 span from the middle of the first period to the middle of the second period. It was the fastest five goals in one game for the Thrashers/Jets since Atlanta scored five times in a 12:36 span of the third period in a 6-4 win at Carolina on Nov. 27, 2009.
NIEMI POSTS SECOND WIN IN TWO DAYS
From Elias: Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi made 37 saves in his 4-2 win at Boston on Saturday, after recording his first win of the season with a shootout victory at New Jersey on Friday. Niemi posted wins on each of two consecutive days twice last season, his first season with San Jose: Feb. 8-9 (at Washington and Columbus) and Feb. 22-23 (at Detroit and Pittsburgh).
GRABOVSKI SCORES IN OT TO BEAT HIS FORMER TEAM
From Elias: Mikhail Grabovski's second goal of the game eanbled the Maple Leafs to post a 5-4 overtime win at Montreal on Saturday. Grabovski, who was traded to Toronto by the Canadiens in July 2008, is only the second former Montreal player to score a regular-season overtime goal against the Canadiens over the last seven seasons. He joins Mark Recchi, who did that for the Bruins in Boston on April 9, 2009.
BLUES SCORE FOUR IN PHILLY FOR FIRST TIME IN OVER 15 YEARS
From Elias: We don't expect that many people in St. Louis were watching, being preoccupied by another sporting event, but the Blues' 4-2 win over the Flyers on Saturday marked the first time that they scored as many as four goals in a game at Philadelphia since a 4-4 tie there on Jan. 11, 1996. Before Saturday, St. Louis had not scored more than three goals in a victory at Philly since March 21, 1991 (4-1).
OILERS BLANK THE RANGERS FOR THE FIRST TIME
From Elias: Edmonton goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin notched his first shutout of the season with a 2-0 win over the Rangers. It was the Oilers' 64th game versus the Rangers but their first shutout ever against them. Pittsburgh is now the only opposing team that Edmonton has never shut out.