Date: November 1, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NFL

CHIEFS MOVE INTO FIRST PLACE

From Elias: The Chiefs have won four in a row since an 0-3 start and they moved into a tie for first place in the AFC West with a win on Monday. They're the first team in NFL history to lose each of its first three games of a season and then earn at least a share of first place seven or fewer games into that season. (Four 0-3 teams were in first place by their eighth game of the season: the 1955 Bears, 1970 Steelers, 1979 Saints and 1998 Bills. But none of those teams finished the season in first place.)

Kansas City Chiefs

KANSAS CITY ENDS AN ODD STREAK

From Elias: Kansas City's overtime win on Monday ended an odd streak: before that, the last nine NFL regular-season overtime games had all been won by the visiting team.

Kansas City Chiefs

MLB

La RUSSA WALKS AWAY

From Elias: Tony La Russa is the only man in major-league history to win a World Series in his final season as a manager. But several coaches in other sports leagues won championships in their final seasons:

NBA: Red Auerbach (1965-66 Celtics)

NFL: Bill Walsh (1988 49ers), Buck Shaw (1960 Eagles) and Ray Flaherty (1942 Redskins)

NHL: Cooney Weiland (1940-41 Bruins), Toe Blake (1967-68 Canadiens), Bob Johnson (1990-91 Penguins) and Scotty Bowman (2001-02 Red Wings)

St. Louis Cardinals

La RUSSA'S CALLING CARD

From Elias: Besides success and longevity, for what will Tony La Russa best be remembered? Pitching changes, of course. La Russa went to his bullpen 12,236 times in his career, nearly 1,500 times more than the manager with the next-highest total (Bobby Cox: 10,767) and more than twice as often as Connie Mack (5,266).

St. Louis Cardinals

La RUSSA HAD TWO OF THE GREATEST SLUGGERS

From Elias: Tony La Russa had two of baseball's greatest sluggers on his team for years: Mark McGwire hit 497 home runs for La Russa, the highest total by any player for any manager in major-league history. And he managed Albert Pujols, who hit 445 homers for La Russa, the third-most. Second on that list is Babe Ruth, who hit 467 homers for Miller Huggins.

St. Louis Cardinals

NHL

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Hornqvist

HORNQVIST IN A HURRY

From Elias: Patric Hornqvist gave the Predators a 1-0 lead just 26 seconds into their game at Chicago on Monday, after scoring at the 14-second mark of the first period on Saturday against Anaheim. Hornqvist was the first NHL player to score goals in the first 30 seconds in each of two consecutive team games since Pavel Bure did that for the Canucks on March 26-28, 1998. Before Hornqvist the last player to score goals in the first minute in two straight team games was Buffalo's Ales Kotalik on Dec. 19-21, 2006.

Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators

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Callahan

CALLAHAN SCORES TWICE FOR RANGERS

From Elias: Ryan Callahan scored two goals for the Rangers in their 5-2 win over the Sharks on Monday night in New York. It was Callahan's first multiple-goal game of the season and the 11th of his NHL career. Only two of Callahan's 11 multi-goal games have come against a Western Conference team and in both instances it was versus San Jose at Madison Square Garden. He scored twice in a 3-1 Rangers win against the Sharks at MSG on Feb. 17, 2008.

New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks

SHARKS WINNING STREAK ENDS

From Elias: The Rangers' win on Monday ended the Sharks' streak of five straight wins, all of which were on the road. That tied the longest streak of that kind in San Jose's history. They had five straight wins, all on the road, in the 2007-08 season.

New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks

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Pavelec

PAVELEC TURNS ASIDE 39 SHOTS

From Elias: Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec turned aside 39 of 42 shots on goal by the Panthers in his shootout win at Florida on Monday. Pavelec has a 13-4-4 career record in games in which he faced 40 or more shots on goal and he's won his last eight such games dating back to November 28 last season.

Florida Panthers, Winnipeg Jets

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Campbell

CAMPBELL NOTCHES 11 ASSISTS IN OCTOBER

From Elias: Brian Campbell had two assists on Monday, giving him 11 in 11 games in October. That's the second-highest total in one month by a Florida defenseman. Bryan McCabe had 14 in March 2010 (the team record for a player of any position).

Florida Panthers


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