Date: December 23, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NFL

COLTS' UPSET WIN IS UNPRECEDENTED

From Elias: The Colts' 19-16 upset of the Texans on Thursday night was unprecedented by one measure. It marked the first time in NFL history that a team with no more than one win to that point in the season defeated a team which entered that game with 10 or more wins. It was the 19th game of that type in NFL history - that is, one matching a team with at least 10 wins against another with no more than one victory.

Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans

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Manning

COLTS' 1ST-HALF TD DROUGHT IS LONGEST SINCE START OF MANNING ERA

From Elias: The Colts managed only two field goals through the first two quarters and trailed the Texans at intermission, 10-6. It was the fourth consecutive game in which Indianapolis did not score a touchdown in the first half. That's the franchise's longest such streak since 1998, in the first four games of the Peyton Manning era.

Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans

NHL

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Erat

NASHVILLE'S THREE-GOAL COMEBACK VICTORY

From Elias: The Predators overcame 4-1 and 5-2 deficits to beat the Blue Jackets, 6-5, with Martin Erat scoring the game-winning goal for Nashville with 8.4 seconds remaining in the third period. It was the second time this season that an NHL team won a game in regulation time after trailing by three goals. The Panthers did that in their 4-3 win over the Devils on November 21. Nashville's last such win before Thursday's comeback against Columbus was a 5-3 victory over the Penguins on Jan. 8, 2009.

Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets

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Carter

JEFF CARTER'S HAT TRICK IS NHL'S FASTEST SINCE 2009

From Elias: Jeff Carter recorded a hat trick in a 3:18 span during the first period of the Blue Jackets' game at Nashville on Thursday. It was the quickest three goals by an NHL player since Jan. 8, 2009, when the Ducks' Bobby Ryan tallied three times in 2:21 against the Kings. Carter shattered the previous record for the fastest hat trick by a Columbus player by more than six minutes. The old Blue Jackets' record was 9:43 by Geoff Sanderson on March 29, 2003 at Calgary.

Columbus Blue Jackets, Nashville Predators, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings

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Gaborik

THIRD STRAIGHT 20-GOAL SEASON AS A RANGER FOR GABORIK

From Elias: Marian Gaborik reached the 20-goal plateau for the third time in his three seasons with the Rangers when he scored the second-period goal that put the Rangers ahead to stay in their win over the Islanders on Thursday. Gaborik, who scored 42 goals for the Blueshirts in 2009-10 and 22 goals last season, is the first player to record 20 or more goals in each of his first three seasons with the Rangers since Mark Messier, Adam Graves and Sergei Nemchinov all did that from 1991-92 through 1993-94.

New York Rangers, New York Islanders

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Reimer

REIMER MAKES 40 SAVES IN WIN OVER BUFFALO

From Elias: Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer, who faced 42 shots on goal in his 3-2 shootout loss to the Kings on Monday, had the same number of shots sent his way in a 3-2 win over the Sabres on Thursday. In his two seasons in the NHL, Reimer has earned points for Toronto in all eight games in which his workload was at least 40 shots on goal, with four wins, one overtime loss and three shootout losses.

Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres

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Kessel

PHIL KESSEL FIRES TEN SHOTS ON GOAL

From Elias: Phil Kessel scored on one of his ten shots on goal against the Sabres on Thursday. Kessel's ten shots were the most in one game by a Maple Leafs player since Jan. 15, 2010, when Niklas Hagman put ten shots on target versus the Capitals. It was the third time in Kessel's six seasons in the NHL that he reached double-figures in shots in a game. He had ten shots on goal for the Leafs against Tampa Bay on Nov. 3, 2009 and a career-high 12 shots versus the Islanders 20 days later.

Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres

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Alfredsson

ALFREDSSON NOTCHES ANOTHER THREE-POINT GAME

From Elias: Daniel Alfredsson scored one goal and assisted on two more for the Senators in their 4-3 overtime win against the Panthers. It was Alfredsson's 72nd career game with at least three points, fifth-most among active players, behind Jaromir Jagr (184), Teemu Selanne (122), Joe Thornton (90) and Jarome Iginla (86). Alfredsson's three points on Thursday night matched his high for one game this season, set last Friday versus Pittsburgh.

Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames

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Eberle

JORDAN (EBERLE) RULES IN OILERS' WIN

From Elias: Jordan Eberle scored a pair of goals in the Oilers' 4-1 win against the Wild on Thursday. Eberle tallied only three goals in his first 16 games this season but he's scored 12 goals in 18 games since then (Nov. 13 to date). The only NHL players with more goals over that span than Eberle are Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Matt Moulson, with 13 each.

Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders

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Pavelec

PAVELEC IS HAVING A DECEMBER HE'LL REMEMBER

From Elias: Ondrej Pavelec, who recorded his third shutout of the season with a 4-0 win over the Canadiens on Thursday, has a 5-2-1 record in eight games this month. Pavelec gave up seven goals in a loss at Detroit on December 10, but he's allowed a total of seven goals in his seven other games this month and no more than two goals in any of those games.

Winnipeg Jets, Montreal Canadiens

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Glencross

GLENCROSS CLIPS THE WINGS FOR TWO GOALS

From Elias: Curtis Glencross scored two goals to lead the Flames to a 3-2 win over the Red Wings. Glencross has recorded 27 multiple-point games in his four seasons with Calgary and six of them have been against Detroit. That's twice as many multi-point games as he's registered against any other team for the Flames. (He has three versus Anaheim, Chicago and Colorado.)

Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche


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