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A GAME THE OFFENSIVE COORDINATORS WOULD LIKE TO FORGET
From Elias: The Ravens and Jaguars combined to average 2.94 yards per-play on Monday night. The last NFL game in which the average play gained fewer than three yards was in December 2004, when the Browns and Bills averaged 2.92 yards per-play in a 37-7 Buffalo win. And the only other time this happened on Monday Night Football came way back in October 1970, in the sixth game in the history of the prime-time football series. The Rams and Vikings averaged 2.45 yards per-play in a 13-3 Minnesota win at Metropolitan Stadium.
GABBERT WINS FIRST ON MNF
From Elias: It might not have been pretty, but Blaine Gabbert earned his first win as a starting quarterback in the Jaguars' 12-7 victory over the Ravens. Gabbert, who lost his first four career starts, tied the record for the most career losses by a starting QB at the time of his first NFL win, coming on Monday Night Football. Anthony Wright was also 0-4 when his Cowboys beat the Redskins on MNF in 2001.
RAVENS GO NINE DRIVES BEFORE FIRST DOWN
From Elias: The Ravens did not gain a first down until their tenth drive Monday night. Their nine straight drives to start the game without moving the chains set a record for both the Baltimore offense and for the Jacksonville defense.
NAPOLI STARS FOR TEXAS
From Elias: Mike Napoli's two-run double in the eighth inning broke a 2-2 tie as the Rangers rallied to beat the Cardinals 4-2 in Game 5 of the World Series. Napoli is only the third American League catcher to drive in the game-winning run in the eighth inning or later of a World Series game. Bill Dickey's walk-off single for the Yankees won Game 1 of the 1939 World Series against the Reds. And Carlton Fisk's 12th-inning home run for the Red Sox ended Game 6 of the 1975 Series, also against Cincinnati.
CRAIG CAUGHT WITH ALBERT UP
From Elias: A lasting memory for St. Louis fans will be Allen Craig getting thrown out attempting to steal second base in the seventh inning with Albert Pujols batting and the score tied, 2-2. Only one other player had ever been caught stealing with Pujols batting in a tie game in the seventh inning or later, in the regular season or postseason. That was Jim Edmonds, way back on September 13, 2002, Pujols' second major-league season.
CARDS STRAND A SMALL VILLAGE
From Elias: The Cardinals left 12 runners on base in their Game 5 loss. That's the most left on base by the losing team in a nine-inning World Series game since the Indians stranded a dozen in a 7-4 loss at Florida in Game 1 of the 1997 Fall Classic.
MORELAND HOMERS FROM #9 SLOT
From Elias: Mitch Moreland's solo home run gave the Rangers their first run in Game 5 of the World Series. Moreland also homered in Game 3 of the 2010 Fall Classic against the Giants. Both of those home runs came from the ninth batting slot while Moreland was in the game as a first baseman. No other first sacker has ever hit a World Series home run from the #9 slot.
JAGR'S FIRST GOALS SINCE RETURN TO NHL
From Elias: Jaromir Jagr scored his first two goals for the Flyers in Philadelphia's 4-2 win over Toronto Monday night, ending the longest start-of-season goal drought of his NHL career (seven games). Jagr's longest previous goalless streak to begin a season was four games, in 1991-92 with the Penguins and 2007-08 with the Rangers.
WHEN HARTNELL SCORES TWICE, HIS TEAM WINS
From Elias: Scott Hartnell scored his first two goals of the season for the Flyers in their 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs. Hartnell has scored two or more goals in a regular-season game 22 times in his NHL career and his team won every one of those games (10-0-0 with Nashville, 12-0-0 with Philadelphia). But his only multiple-goal game in the playoffs came in Game 6 of the of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, in which the Blackhawks clinched their first Cup in 49 years with a 4-3 overtime victory despite Hartnell's pair of goals for the Flyers.
A RARE WIN BY A PANTHERS ROOKIE GOALTENDER
From Elias: Rookie Jacob Markstrom, who recorded the first win of his NHL career in the Panthers' victory over the Islanders on Saturday (in a relief appearance), notched his second win by making 40 saves in his start against the Canadiens in Montreal on Monday. The Panthers are in their 18th season in the NHL yet Markstrom is only the second rookie goaltender to win a game for Florida. Roberto Luongo registered 12 victories as a rookie for the Panthers in the 2000-01 season.
RANGERS FINALLY GET POWER PLAY GOING
From Elias: Ruslan Fedotenko and Ryan Callahan scored power play goals to help the Rangers finish their season-opening seven game road trip with a 2-1 victory at Winnipeg. It was the first time that the Rangers scored two power play goals in one game since their 5-2 win at Pittsburgh on March 20. They scored only one power play goal over their final nine games last season, one PPG in their five-game first-round series loss to the Capitals in the 2011 playoffs, and one in their first six games this season.