Date: February 26, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NHL

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Malkin

MALKIN'S HAT TRICK GROUNDS THE LIGHTNING

From Elias: Evgeni Malkin recorded his third hat trick of the season with three goals in the Penguins' 8-1 rout of the Lightning on Saturday afternoon. Since 2002-03, the only other Pittsburgh player to notch three hat tricks in one season was Sidney Crosby in 2009-10. The Lightning are likely glad that they won't have to face Malkin again this season. Malkin did not score a goal in the Penguins' first game versus Tampa Bay this season but he scored eight goals in Pittsburgh's last three games against the Bolts, including two hat tricks. Malkin's eight goals are the most ever in one season against the Lightning by a player on a team from outside Tampa Bay's own division.

Pittsburgh Penguins

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Brown

A VERY SPECIAL HAT TRICK BY DUSTIN BROWN

From Elias: Dustin Brown scored the first three goals and assisted on the last goal in the Kings' 4-0 win at Chicago. Brown's first two goals came on L.A. power plays and his third goal was scored while the Kings were shorthanded. He's the third player in Kings history to record a hat trick with at least one power play goal and one shorthanded goal but no even-strength tallies. The first two were Bernie Nicholls in April 1989 and Glen Murray in April 1998. Like Brown, they each scored two power play goals and one shorthanded goal.

Los Angeles Kings

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Halak

HALAK IS KEPT BUSY IN WIN AT WINNIPEG

From Elias: Jaroslav Halak stopped 39 of the 41 shots on goal by the Jets in his 3-2 shootout victory at Winnipeg. It was only the second time in Halak's two seasons with the Blues that he faced 40 or more shots in one game. Halak's goaltending was not a key factor in his only other such game for St. Louis: a 10-3 win at Detroit on March 30 last season in which the Red Wings had 44 shots. In 2009-10, Halak's final season with the Canadiens, he posted a near-perfect 7-0-1 record in games in which he faced at least 40 shots on goal.

St. Louis Blues

SHOOTING BLANKS IN OVERTIME

From Elias: The Jets outshot the Blues 41-16 in regulation time in their game on Saturday afternoon but neither team managed to put a shot on goal during the five-minute overtime period. It was only the third overtime game over the last eight NHL seasons with no shots on goal in extra time. The last two such games were Minnesota at San Jose on Feb. 2, 2006 and Nashville at Detroit on March 6, 2007.

St. Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets

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Doan

DOAN SCORES A SCORE OF GOALS FOR THE 11TH SEASON

From Elias: Shane Doan reached the 20-goal mark for the 11th time in a 16-year NHL career spent entirely with one team when he scored the final goal in the Coyotes' 3-1 win at Edmonton. Doan's 11th season of 20 or more goals extended his own Winnipeg/Phoenix franchise record. Only six other active NHL players have had at least 11 20-goal seasons for their current club: Calgary's Jarome Iginla (14), Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson (13), Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier (12), Anaheim's Teemu Selanne (11), Colorado's Milan Hejduk (11) and San Jose's Patrick Marleau (11).

Phoenix Coyotes

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Landeskog

AVS ROOKIE SCORES TWICE AGAINST DETROIT

From Elias: Rookie Gabriel Landeskog scored two goals for the Avalanche in the 4-3 win at Detroit on Saturday, which gave the Red Wings with their first regulation loss on home ice since November 3. Landeskog was only the fourth rookie in Quebec/Colorado franchise history to score two goals in one game against the Red Wings. The others were the Nordiques' Pierre Lacroix (Jan. 27, 1980) and Peter Stastny (March 17, 1981), and the Avs' Brandon Yip (Dec. 31, 2009).

Colorado Avalanche

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Fleischmann

TWO PANTHERS NEWCOMERS WITH 20-PLUS GOALS

From Elias: Tomas Fleischmann, who signed with Florida as a free agent last summer, scored his 20th goal of the season in the Panthers' shootout win at Carolina on Saturday. Fleischmann is the second Panthers player to reach the 20-goal mark this season, joining Kris Versteeg (22 goals), who was traded to Florida on the same day that Fleischmann signed as a free agent (July 1). It's the second time that the Panthers have had two players in their first season with the team each score at least 20 goals for them. It also happened in 1997-98 when the duo of Ray Whitney (32 goals) and Dave Gagner (20) did it.

Florida Panthers

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Callahan

CALLAHAN'S 100TH CAREER GOAL IS AN OVERTIME WINNER

From Elias: Ryan Callahan's 100th goal of his NHL career earned the Rangers a 3-2 overtime victory against the Sabres. Callahan, who was a fourth-round draft choice by the Rangers in 2004, is the sixth player from that draft class to reach the century mark in goals. The other 2004 draftees with at least 100 NHL goals are Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Johan Franzen, Andrew Ladd, and Drew Stafford.

New York Rangers

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Stafford

STAFFORD'S FIRST MULTI-GOAL GAME

From Elias: Drew Stafford scored both goals for the Sabres in their overtime loss to the Rangers. It was the first multiple-goal game of the season for Stafford, who led Buffalo with seven multi-goal games last season, including four three-goal-games, which tied him for the league high in hat tricks with Washington Alexander Semin.

Buffalo Sabres

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Weber

SHEA WEBER HITS THE 40-POINT MARK AGAIN

From Elias: Defenseman Shea Weber reached the 40-point mark for the fourth consecutive season and the fifth time in his seven seasons with the Predators when he scored the second of his two goals in Nashville's 6-2 win over the Sharks. Weber's five seasons with 40 or more points tie him with Kimmo Timonen for the Predators team record by a defenseman.

Nashville Predators

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Thomas

TIM THOMAS CONTINUES TO FILIBUSTER THE SENATORS

From Elias: Tim Thomas made 27 saves in his 5-3 win at Ottawa on Saturday night. Thomas has won all four games he's played against the Senators this season and he's 17-3-0 with a 1.73 goals-against average over his last 20 games versus Ottawa, allowing three or fewer goals in each game.

Boston Bruins

CAPS' SECOND STRAIGHT GAME WITH FOUR GOALS

From Elias: The Capitals followed their 4-1 home-ice win against the Canadiens on Friday with a 4-2 victory in Toronto on Saturday. It's the first time that the Capitals have scored at least four goals in each of two consecutive games since they had a three-game streak more than two months ago (December 5-9), a streak which consisted of a 5-4 loss at Florida, 5-3 win at Ottawa and 4-2 win at home against Toronto.

Washington Capitals


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