Date: December 24, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NFL

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Orton

NFL - Kyle Orton 300 yds, 2 different teams, same season

From Elias: Kyle Orton had 300 passing yards today for the Chiefs. In Week 1 this season, he had 304 passing yards for the Broncos.

Kyle Orton is the second player in NFL history with 300 passing yards for two different teams in the same season. The other player was Kerry Collins, who did it with the Panthers and Saints in 1998.

SOURCE: ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU

Kansas City Chiefs

NHL

BRUINS HAVE NHL'S #1 POINTS PERCENTAGE AT THE CHRISTMAS BREAK

From Elias: The Bruins, who beat the Panthers 8-0 on Friday night, have the best record in the NHL (by points percentage) at the league's annual two-day Christmas break. It's the first time that Boston has had the best record at the holiday hiatus since 1973-74, the season in which the NHL began going dark on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Bruins finished that season with the league's best record and in the playoffs reached the Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the Flyers in six games.

Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers

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Marchand

BRAD MARCHAND'S FIVE-POINT GAME INCLUDES A HAT TRICK

From Elias: Brad Marchand registered five points with three goals and two assists in the Bruins' 8-0 rout of the Panthers. Marchand was the first Boston player to post a five-point game that included at least three goals since Jason Allison did so in the Bruins' 5-1 win against the Rangers on March 14, 1998. Marchand scored goals on his only three shots on goal in Friday's game. The only other Bruin to record a three-goal game this season, Tyler Seguin, also had a perfect shooting night for his hat trick (Nov. 5 at Toronto).

Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers

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Gaborik

GABORIK'S FOUR-GAME GOAL-SCORING STREAK

From Elias: Marian Gaborik extended his goal-scoring streak to four games with a third-period tally in the Rangers' 4-2 win over the Flyers. It's the second time that Gaborik has scored goals in each of four consecutive team games since he joined the Rangers as a free agent three summers ago. His previous four-game goal streak for the Blueshirts was in November 2009.

Philadelphia Flyers

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Kovalchuk

ILYA KOVALCHUK'S SHOOTOUT PROFICIENCY

From Elias: Ilya Kovalchuk recorded a goal and an assist against the Capitals on Friday, and he scored the deciding goal in the shootout that earned the Devils a 4-3 win after they squandered a 3-0 lead in the third period. Kovalchuk has scored on six of his seven shootout attempts this season (an 86 percent success rate), after entering this season having converted only 26 percent of his chances in tiebreakers (11 of 42).

New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals

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Crabb

JOEY CRABB DOES ALL HIS SCORING ON THE ROAD

From Elias: The Maple Leafs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in their game on Long Island and then held on for a 5-3 victory over the Islanders. Joey Crabb, whose shorthanded goal in the middle of the second period turned out to be the game-winner for Toronto, has scored six goals this season and all of them have come on the road (in a total of 13 road games). Crabb had scored only two goals in 40 career road games in the NHL entering the 2011-12 season.

Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders

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Ward

WARD EXCELS WHEN FACING SENATORS ON A JUNKET

From Elias: Cam Ward made 22 saves in backstopping the Hurricanes to a 2-1 win over the Senators in Raleigh. Ward is 6-0-1 in his last seven home games against Ottawa, dating back to March 2008. He held the Senators to only one goal in five of those seven games.

Carolina Hurricanes, Ottawa Senators

STARS SCORE THREE TIMES IN FIRST PERIOD

From Elias: Dallas outscored Nashville 3-0 in the first period and went on to post a 6-3 win against the Predators on Friday night. The Stars' three goals in the opening 20 minutes ended their streak of 19 consecutive games in which they failed to score more than one first-period goal. It was the longest single-season streak of its kind for Dallas since the Stars scored no more than one first-period goal in any of their last 25 games in 2008-09.

Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators

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Kunitz

ANOTHER MULTI-POINT GAME FOR CHRIS KUNITZ

From Elias: Chris Kunitz recorded two points in the Penguins' 4-1 win at Winnipeg on a pair of third-period assists. Kunitz has scored two points in four of his last six games, after registering only one multiple-point performance in his previous 29 games this season.

Pittsburgh Penguins, Winnipeg Jets

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Duchene

AVS' HOME WINNING STREAK IS A SHARP TURNAROUND

From Elias: Matt Duchene's overtime goal earned the Avalanche a 2-1 victory against the Lightning on Friday and extended Colorado's home winning streak to eight games. Six of the Avs' wins during the streak have been by a one-goal margin, including each of the last five. What makes this streak so surprising is that when it began on November 30 (with a 6-1 victory over the Devils), the Avalanche had the worst home record in the NHL this season (4-9-0).

Colorado Avalanche, Tampa Bay Lightning

BLUES WIN ANOTHER LOW-SCORING GAME

From Elias: The Blues' 3-2 victory at Phoenix was their 13th non-shootout win in games in which they scored three or fewer goals this season. That's the most such wins by any NHL team this season. Ten of those 13 wins have come since Ken Hitchock replaced Davis Payne as the team's head coach on November 6.

Phoenix Coyotes, St. Louis Blues

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Irving

FIRST NHL WIN FOR CALGARY ROOKIE

From Elias: Calgary's Leland Irving notched the first win of his NHL career with a 3-1 victory against the Canucks in Vancouver. Irving is the third goaltender in the last four seasons to pick up his first NHL win while playing for the Flames. Curtis McElhinney did so in April 2009 and Henrik Karlsson in October 2010. Before McElhinney, the last goaltender to record his first NHL win in Flames colors was Tyler Moss in October 1997.

Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks


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