Date: November 16, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NHL

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Neal

JAMES NEAL'S HOME-ICE GOAL STREAK NOW AT EIGHT GAMES

From Elias: James Neal recorded one goal and two assists to help the Penguins overcome a 3-1 deficit and beat the Avalanche, 6-3, in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. Neal's goal in the third period kept alive his feat of scoring at least once in every Penguins home game this season. His run of eight consecutive games with at least one goal at CONSOL Energy Center is the second-longest home-ice goal-scoring streak at any juncture in one season by a Penguins player, behind Mario Lemieux's 11-game streak at Mellon Arena in 1995-96.

Pittsburgh Penguins

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Weber

NINTH STRAIGHT "PLUS" GAME FOR SHEA WEBER

From Elias: Shea Weber registered a goal and an assist in the Predators' 3-1 win over the Capitals on Tuesday and he posted a plus-3 rating, extending his streak of consecutive "plus" games to a Nashville record nine games. (His combined rating over that stretch is plus-14.) Weber is the first NHL player to finish with a "plus" rating in each of nine consecutive games since Washington's Mike Knuble and Alex Ovechkin had concurrent nine-game streaks in the 2009-10 season.

Nashville Predators

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Bergeron

BERGERON IS TOUGH TO BEAT ON THE DRAW

From Elias: Bruins center Patrice Bergeron won 24 of the 33 faceoffs he contested in Boston's 4-3 win over the Devils on Tuesday. It was the most faceoff wins in one game by a Bruins player since Jan. 10, 2003, when Jozef Stumpel won 25 draws (out of 41) in a Boston loss at Buffalo. Bergeron also matched the 2011-12 NHL season high for faceoff wins in one game, a standard set by the Blue Jackets' Jeff Carter on October 7 versus Nashville.

Boston Bruins

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Lundqvist

LUNDQVIST HAS A SECOND HOME ON LONG ISLAND

From Elias: Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 win over the Islanders in Uniondale. Lundqvist's win was his 13th in 21 games for the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum. That's not only the highest victory total on Long Island by any Rangers goaltender, it's equal to the regular-season win total at the Coliseum by the next two names on that list combined: Mike Richter (8) and John Vanbiesbrouck (5).

New York Rangers

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Backstrom

BACKSTROM MAKES 43 SAVES IN WIN AT COLUMBUS

From Elias: Minnesota goaltender Niklas Backstrom stopped 43 of the Blue Jackets' 45 shots on goal in his 4-2 win at Columbus. Backstrom lost all four games in which he faced 40 or more shots on goal last season but he's 2-0-1 in three such games this season.

Minnesota Wild

BIG EDGE IN SHOTS AGAIN FAILS TO PRODUCE RESULTS FOR BLUE JACKETS

From Elias: It's been a disastrous start to the season for the Blue Jackets and Tuesday's game against the Wild was another disheartening night for Columbus. The Blue Jackets dropped a 4-2 decision to Minnesota despite outshooting the Wild 45-24. Columbus has recorded 40 or more shots on goal in a game three times this season and in each of those games it had at least 17 more shots than its opponent, yet the Blue Jackets have lost them all in regulation time.

Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild

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Steen

STEEN'S FIRST CAREER GOAL VS. RED WINGS IS A GAME-WINNER

Alexander Steen scored in the middle of the second period to snap a 1-1 tie and the Blues preserved their one-goal lead the rest of the way for a 2-1 win over the Red Wings. It was Steen's first goal in 19 career games against Detroit. He's now scored goals against every NHL team except the Panthers, who happen to be the Blues' next opponent. Steen is goalless in 13 games versus Florida.

Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues

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Butler

TWO-GOAL THIRD PERIOD FOR OTTAWA'S BUTLER

From Elias: Bobby Butler's first two goals of the season, scored a little over six minutes apart in the third period, provided the winning margin for the Senators in their 3-1 victory at Calgary. It was the fourth time this season that an Ottawa player has scored two goals in one period and in all four instances it has been done in the third period of a Senators road game. Besides Butler, Milan Michalek has done it twice (Oct. 7 at Detroit and Oct. 29 at New York Rangers) and Daniel Alfredsson once (Oct. 8 at Toronto).

Ottawa Senators

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Doan

DOAN ENDS SIX-GAME POINT DROUGHT

From Elias: Shane Doan ended a six-game point drought when he scored a first-period goal that gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead against the Maple Leafs on Tuesday. It was Doan's second-longest pointless streak over the last nine seasons, behind his eight-game dry spell in December 2006.

Phoenix Coyotes


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