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GIROUX MATCHES HIS TOTAL OF 3-POINT GAMES FROM LAST SEASON
From Elias: Claude Giroux scored two goals and assisted on one in the Flyers' 5-3 win against the Hurricanes in Raleigh. It was the third time that Giroux scored at least three points in a game this season, following a three-point game versus Vancouver on October 12 and a four-point night in the Flyers' 5-1 victory over Carolina on October 29 in Philadelphia. Giroux's three three-point games this season match his total for the entire 2010-11 season.
DWYER SCORES TWO SHORTIES
From Elias: Carolina's Patrick Dwyer scored his first two goals of the season, both shorthanded, with the second goal coming on a penalty shot, in the Hurricanes' loss to the Flyers. Dwyer is the fourth player in Hartford/Carolina franchise history to scored two shorthanded goals in one game. The first three were new Hockey Hall of Fame member Mark Howe (1980-81 Whalers), Dave Tippett (1986-87 Whalers) and Justin Williams (2005-06 Hurricanes).
CANADIENS FACE WRATH OF ENROTH
From Elias: Sabres rookie Jhonas Enroth improved his record to 6-0-0 this season with a 3-2 shootout win at Montreal on Monday. Enroth is the first rookie goaltender in Sabres history to win his first six decisions of a season and the first rookie on any NHL team to do that since Nashville's Pekka Rinne in 2008-09.
A TYPICAL LOW-SCORING GAME BETWEEN MONTREAL AND BUFFALO
From Elias: The Sabres beat the Canadiens in a shootout on Monday night after the teams played to a 2-2 standoff for 65 minutes. The low score should not have come as a surprise, since neither team has scored more than three goals in any of the last 11 Buffalo-Montreal games, with the Sabres winning seven times and the Canadiens four. Excluding shootout deciders, there have been only 37 goals scored over the last ten Sabres-Canadiens games (Montreal 19, Buffalo 18).
WINNIPEG'S CITIZEN KANE
From Elias: Winnipeg's Evander Kane scored the first goal in the Jets' 5-2 win against the Lightning on Monday. Kane has scored goals in five games this season and the Jets have won them all, but Winnipeg is 0-9-3 in the 12 games in which he's played but failed to score.
KIMBREL WINS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD IN NATIONAL LEAGUE
From Elias: Craig Kimbrel was named the National League Rookie of the Year on Monday and he took all 32 first place votes. He's the first pitcher in the history of the award to be a unanimous winner. Kimbrel had 127 strikeouts this season, the third-most ever for a rookie reliever. Toronto's Mark Eichhorn had 166 in 1986 and Boston's Dick Radatz had 144 in 1962. Kimbrel's rate of 14.8 strikeouts per nine innings was fifth-highest in major-league history, and the highest by a rookie, among pitchers with at least 100 strikeouts in a season.
Kimbrel appeared in 21 games in 2010, the most by any player prior to the season in which he won a Rookie of the Year Award.
BRAVES TEAMMATES 1-2 IN ROOKIE OF YEAR VOTING
From Elias: Freddie Freeman finished second in the voting for the National League Rookie of the Year. He and Craig Kimbrel are the first pair of teammates to finish one-two in their league in the Rookie of the Year balloting since Jerome Walton and Dwight Smith of the 1989 Cubs.
HELLICKSON WINS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD IN AMERICAN LEAGUE
From Elias: Jeremy Hellickson, who was named the American League Rookie of the Year on Monday, had a 2.95 ERA this season, eighth-lowest in the American League. Over the previous 20 years (1991-2010), the only other rookie pitcher to rank that high in the AL in ERA was Justin Verlander in 2006 (3.63 was seventh-lowest).
Opponents had a .287 on-base percentage against Hellickson this season, the second-lowest against any major-league rookie pitching qualifier, behind only Seattle's Michael Pineda (.279). Before this season, the last American League rookie pitching qualifier to hold opponents to an on-base percentage as low as Hellickson's, was Texas's Mike Mason in 1984 (.285).
RODGERS SETS RECORDS
From Elias: Aaron Rodgers extended his streak of regular-season home games with a touchdown pass to 26 on Monday. That's the longest streak of games with a touchdown pass in the history of Lambeau Field. He broke the record set by Brett Favre, who threw at least one TD pass in each of his first 25 games at Lambeau Field, from 1992 to 1996.
Rodgers had a 140.3 passer rating on Monday, marking the ninth consecutive game in which he's had a rating of 100 or higher. That ties the longest such streak in one season in NFL history; Peyton Manning had a nine-game streak in 2004. And Rodgers had a rating of 140 or higher for the third straight game, tying an NFL single-season record, set by Roger Staubach in 1971 and tied by Kurt Warner in 1999.
COBB SETS A PACKERS RECORD
From Elias: Randall Cobb scored on a punt return on Monday after scoring on a kickoff return in the Packers' first game this season. He's the first Packers rookie ever to score on runbacks of punts and kickoffs in one season.