Date: October 29, 2011

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Craig

CRAIG HITS HOME RUN AND CATCHES FINAL OUT

From Elias: Allen Craig is only the second player in the last 25 years to hit a home run and catch the final out for the winning team in the clinching game of the World Series. Bernie Williams did that for the Yankees in 2000, in Game Five against the Mets at Shea Stadium.

St. Louis Cardinals

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Carpenter

CARPENTER NAILS ANOTHER WINNER-TAKE-ALL GAME

From Elias: Chris Carpenter, who won Game Five of the NLDS versus the Phillies, is the first pitcher to ever win two winner-take-all games in one postseason.

St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers

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Freese

FREESE AND MOLINA MAKE HISTORY

From Elias: David Freese had a game-tying two-run double in the first inning on Friday night, after he had a home run and three RBI in his historic performance the night before; Yadier Molina had two RBI in each of those games as well. They are the first pair of teammates to register multiple RBI in wins in both Game Six and Game Seven of one World Series.

Before this year, the only players who had multiple RBI in a victory by their team in both Game Six and Seven of a single World Series were Keith Hernandez (1982 Cardinals), Reggie Jackson (1973 Athletics), Jim Northrup (1968 Tigers) and Bucky Harris (1924 Senators).

St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers

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Pujols

WAS THAT PUJOLS' LAST GAME FOR THE CARDINALS?

From Elias: Albert Pujols has played 1,705 regular-season games for the Cardinals. The only player in major-league history who played at least 1,500 games for one team and whose final game played for that franchise was in Game Seven of a World Series is Rogers Hornsby. Hornsby played 1,534 games for the Cardinals, and his final game for the team was in Game Seven of the 1926 World Series, a win versus the Yankees in New York.

St. Louis Cardinals

LARUSSA JOINS McGRAW AND MACK

From Elias: Tony LaRussa, who took over the Cardinals in 1996, is the third manager in major-league history -- and the first in 81 years -- to win a World Series in his 16th season or later with a particular team. The others were John McGraw, who did so in his 20th and 21st seasons with the Giants (1921 and 1922) and Connie Mack, in his 29th and 30th seasons with the Athletics (1929 and 1930).

St. Louis Cardinals

CARDINALS ARE CHAMPS AND RAMS ARE WINLESS

From Elias: The Cardinals are only the second team since 1964 to win a World Series while the NFL team from its city or region was winless to that point in the season. (The 0-6 Rams host the Saints in St. Louis this Sunday.) The other team to do so over that span was the 1996 Yankees, who won the Fall Classic when Rich Kotite's Jets were 0-8.

St. Louis Cardinals

SO CLOSE...

From Elias: The Rangers are only the second team to lose the World Series after it was one out away from clinching the title at some point in that series. The other was the 1986 Red Sox, who came within one out of winning Game Six and lost in seven games to the Mets.

Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals

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Kinsler

ANOTHER MULTI-HIT GAME FOR KINSLER

From Elias: Ian Kinsler, who was 2-for-3 with a walk in Game Seven, had two hits in each of the four games played in St. Louis. The only other players in major-league history with four multi-hit road games in one World Series were both Yankees: Bill Skowron in 1960 and Bobby Richardson in 1964.

Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals

Most World Series Championships

From Elias: The St. Louis Cardinals won their 11th World Series title Friday night, 2nd-most in history behind only the New York Yankees.

St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

NHL

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Niemi

NIEMI STAYS PERFECT AT JOE LOUIS ARENA

From Elias: The Sharks made it four wins in four games on their current road trip with a 4-2 victory at Detroit. Antti Niemi, who has been in goal for all four San Jose victories on the road swing, maintained his perfect regular-season record at Joe Louis Arena. He's played five regular-season games in Detroit and won them all (two with the Blackhawks in 2009-10 and three since he joined the Sharks as a free agent in September 2010), limiting the Red Wings to a total of ten goals. Niemi ranks third in regular-season wins at Joe Louis Arena over the last three seasons, behind the goaltender he beat on Friday night, Detroit's Jimmy Howard (41), and recently retired Red Wings netminder Chris Osgood (6).

San Jose Sharks, Detroit Red Wings

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Ward

WARD BLANKS BLACKHAWKS

From Elias: Carolina's Cam Ward posted his first shutout of the season with a 30-save 3-0 win over the Blackhawks on Friday night. Ward struggled against Western Conference teams in his first five NHL seasons (18-21-4 through 2009-10) but he's 11-4-3 in interconference games over the last two seasons. He has the most wins of any goaltender for Eastern Conference clubs versus Western teams since the start of last season. Marc-Andre Fleury and Ryan Miller are next with ten wins each.

Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres

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Dubnyk

DUBNYK ACES AVALANCHE

From Elias: Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk stopped all but one of the 41 shots on goal by the Avalanche in his 3-1 win in Denver on Friday. Over the last two seasons Dubnyk is 4-0-2 with a 1.63 goals-against average and .960 save percentage in the six road games in which he's faced 40 or more shots on goal.

Edmonton Oilers, Colorado Avalanche

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Kiprusoff

KIPRUSOFF STYMIES ST. LOUIS

From Elias: Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves as he backstopped the Flames to a 3-1 win against the Blues on Friday. Kiprusoff lost both of the games in which he faced St. Louis when he played for San Jose but since he joined Calgary in November 2003 he's 19-2-2 with a 1.72 goals-against average in 23 games versus the Blues.

Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues


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