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ROSE SIGNS FOR FIVE MORE YEARS
From Elias: Derrick Rose and the Bulls agreed on a five-year contract extension Wednesday. Rose is one of six players to, in each of his first three NBA seasons, average at least 15 points per-game in the regular season, then post a higher scoring average in the playoffs. The previous five include four Hall of Famers (Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Jerry West), and one who will likely be enshrined in Springfield one day (Dwyane Wade).
SHARKS PUT UP 5 IN FIRST vs. LIGHTNING
From Elias: The Sharks tied a franchise record by scoring five first-period goals in their 7-2 home win over the Lightning. The only other time San Jose scored five times in the opening period was on October 27, 1996 at Chicago.
It was the 779th home game in Sharks history. Only two teams have longer active streaks of home games without scoring 5+ in the first period: the Stars (1073 games since their last 5-goal first period on home ice) and Coyotes (971 games).
It was the fourth time in the last two years that Tampa Bay has allowed five-or-more first-period goals. The other 29 NHL teams have combined for only seven such games over that period.
GIROUX RETURNS IN STYLE
From Elias: Claude Giroux returned from a four-game absence due to a concussion to score a goal and assist on three others in the Flyers' 4-1 victory at Dallas. Giroux is the third player this season to score 4+ points after missing his team's previous four games. Sidney Crosby scored four points against the Islanders in his season debut on November 21. And Brendan Morrison also scored four for the Flames against the Hurricanes on December 6. But it's not a common occurrence - no NHL player accomplished this feat last season.
FLYERS WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT OVER STARS
From Elias: The Flyers' 4-1 victory at Dallas on Tuesday was their sixth consecutive win against the Stars. That's the longest winning streak for either side in the all-time regular-season series between those clubs. Philadelphia posted five straight wins twice, both against the Minnesota North Stars: spanning the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons, and again from 1984-85 to 1985-86. The Stars, whether based in Minnesota or Texas, have never won more than two consecutive regular-season games against the Flyers.
TOEWS SCORES #20
From Elias: Jonathan Toews scored his 20th goal of the season into an empty net in the Blackhawks' 5-1 home win over the Canadiens, Chicago's 35th game of the season. That's the fastest any Hawks' player has reached 20 goals since Tony Amonte did it in team game #25 in 1998-99.
RARE LATE COMEBACK WIN BY COYOTES
From Elias: Rostislav Klesla and Lauri Korpikoski scored third-period goals to enable the Coyotes to overcome a 3-2 deficit and post a 4-3 win at Carolina. Entering play on Tuesday the Coyotes were 0-13-1 this season in games in which they trailed in the third period, with their lone third-period comeback point picked up in an overtime loss to the Canadiens on November 10. The win over the Hurricanes marked the first time that the Coyotes won a game in regulation time after trailing in the third period since they did so on consecutive days last season (Jan. 10 at St. Louis, Jan. 11 at Columbus).
FOR WINGS, NO PENALTIES = PROBLEM
From Elias: The Red Wings, despite not committing a single penalty, lost 4-2 at Vancouver. It was the fifth time in the last 30 years that no Detroit player was penalized, and the Wings are 0-5-0 in those games.
GIGUERE FACES 39 SHOTS
From Elias: Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 37 of 39 shots in the Avalanche's 3-2 home win over the Blues. It's the first time that Giguere has faced more than 35 shots on goal in his first season in Colorado. But for his career he's now 41-22-14 with a 2.48 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage in 78 career games when seeing that much rubber.