Date: December 17, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NFL

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Romo

NFL - Tony Romo and Craig Morton

FROM ELIAS...

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) in the first half tonight vs the Buccaneers. Romo is the first player to account for four touchdowns in the first half of a game since Eagles quarterback Michael Vick had five touchdowns in the first half at Washington in Week 10 of the 2010 season.

Romo is the second Cowboys player ever to account for four touchdowns in the first half of a game. The only other Cowboy to do so was former quarterback Craig Morton, who totaled five touchdowns (all passing) in the first half of a game against the Eagles on October 19, 1969.

Dallas Cowboys

NHL

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Lidstrom

NIEDERMAYER'S NUMBER RAISED TO THE RAFTERS AT THE ROCK

From Elias: The Devils retired Scott Niedermayer's #27 Friday night. Niedermayer played 12 full seasons with the Devils, from 1992-93 through 2003-04. (He made his NHL debut by playing four games for New Jersey in 1991-92.) Niedermayer played in 479 regular-season wins over that 12-year span, third-most by any NHL player, behind Nicklas Lidstrom (549) and Brendan Shanahan (489).

New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars

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Clarkson

DOUBLE-DIGIT DEVILS

From Elias: David Clarkson and Ilya Kovalchuk each scored their 10th goal of the season in the Devils' win over the Stars Friday night. New Jersey has four players with double-digit goals (Patrik Elias and Zach Parise are the others), only 31 games into the season. Only once in the last 10 seasons have the Devils had four players with 10+ goals this early in a season. In 2006-07, four Devils had at least 10 goals 30 games into the season: Elias, Parise, Jamie Langenbrunner and Brian Gionta.

New Jersey Devils

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Parise

FOUR POINTS FOR PARISE

From Elias: Zach Parise scored a goal and had three assists in the Devils' win. It was the seventh time in his career that Parise recorded four points in a game, all seven of those games were played at home.

New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars

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Karlsson

THREE HELPERS IN THE SECOND PERIOD FOR KARLSSON

From Elias: Erik Karlsson assisted on three goals in the second period for the Senators. It's the second time this season that Karlsson recorded three assists in a period. He also did it in the third period on October 8 at Toronto. Only two other defensemen over the last 18 seasons recorded three assists in a period twice in one season: St. Louis' Erik Johnson in 2007-08 and Phoenix's Oleg Tverdovsky in 1996-97.

All other NHL defensemen have combined for only two three-assist periods this season: Edmonton's Jeff Petry and Boston's Andrew Ference did it once each.

Prior to this season, only one Ottawa defenseman recorded three assists in a period: Wade Redden on November 17, 2005

Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins

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Spezza

2+2 EQUALS SPEZZA

From Elias: Jason Spezza scored two goals and assisted on two other goals in the Senators' win over the Penguins. It was the seventh time in his career that Spezza had at least two goals and two assists in game, the Senators are 6-1-0 in those seven games.

Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins

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Vanek

VANEK RAKES LEAFS

From Elias: Thomas Vanek, who scored two goals for the Sabres in their 5-4 win over the Maple Leafs on Friday, has recorded 22 goals in 39 games versus Toronto in his seven-year NHL career. The only other players who've scored as many goals against the Leafs over the last seven seasons as Vanek are Alex Ovechkin (23) and Daniel Alfredsson (22).

Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Ottawa Senators

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Irving

IRVING SEES LOTS OF RUBBER

From Elias: Leland Irving faced 41 shots in his NHL debut as the Flames lost to the Panthers in a shootout Friday night. That's the most shots on goal faced by a goaltender in his NHL debut since Marc-Andre Fleury faced 48 shots in his first NHL game for the Penguins against the Kings on October 10, 2003.

Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins

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Sharp

SHARP AS A TACK

From Elias: Patrick Sharp scored only five goals in his first 18 games of the season and ranked tied for 66th in the NHL in goals scored through games of November 15. Sharp has scored 12 goals in his last 14 games, the most for any player since November 16.

Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks

DUCKS ARE QUACKS ON THE ROAD

From Elias: The Ducks are 0-7-3 in their last ten road games, the longest road winless streak in the NHL this season. The last NHL team to go winless for 10 consecutive road games within one season was the Devils last season (0-11-0). It's the second-longest road winless streak within one season in Ducks history. Anaheim went 13 straight road games without a win in 2003-04.

Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks


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