Date: March 23, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Rondo

FIFTH STRAIGHT 12-ASSIST GAME FOR RONDO

From Elias: Rajon Rondo registered 14 assists in the Celtics' 100-91 win at Milwaukee, marking the fifth straight game in which he's posted at least a dozen assists. Rondo is the first player in Celtics history to record 12 or more assists in each of five consecutive games in one season. No other Celtics player besides Rondo has had a streak of more than three straight games with 12 assists.

Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks

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Parsons

ROOKIE PARSONS LEADS ROCKETS TO VICTORY

From Elias: Rookie Chandler Parsons scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Rockets in their win over the Warriors. Parsons was the first Houston rookie with a 20-point, 10-rebound game since April 16, 2008, when Luis Scola tallied 22 points and 10 rebounds against the Clippers.

Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

WIZARDS DISAPPEAR AFTER THE FIRST QUARTER

From Elias: The Wizards dropped an 85-83 decision to the Pacers, despite leading 34-18 at the end of the first quarter. It was the first time that Washington lost a game after outscoring its opponent by at least 16 points in the first quarter since April 21, 1991, when the Bullets (as they were known then) led the Timberwolves by 18 points after one quarter, but lost 89-87.

In the last ten NBA seasons there have been only two other games in which a team scored at least 34 points in the first quarter but ended up with a total of 83 or fewer points, and those games also involved the Wizards. The Hawks scored 35 in the first period at Washington in December 2003 but posted only 83 for the game, and the Celtics did the same (35 in the first, 83 in the game) at Washington in January 2001.

Washington Wizards, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

NHL

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Neal

JAMES NEAL: BACK-TO-BACK FOUR-POINT GAMES

From Elias: James Neal set a single-game career high with four assists in the Penguins' 5-1 win over Nashville, only two days after he recorded three goals and one assist in Pittsburgh's 8-4 victory against Winnipeg. Over the last four seasons the only other NHL players to score four or more points in each of two consecutive team games are Carolina's Eric Staal (April 6 -8, 2010) and the Islanders' John Tavares (Oct. 13-15, 2011). Neal was the first Penguins player to do that since Sidney Crosby on Dec. 13-15, 2006.

Pittsburgh Penguins, Nashville Predators, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders

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Ovechkin

OVECHKIN SCORES IN THE FIRST MINUTE

From Elias: Alex Ovechkin extended his goal-scoring streak to three games (matching his season high) when he gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead only 26 seconds into their game at Philadelphia. It was Ovechkin's 334th career goal but only his third that came in the first minute of a game. Ovechkin scored his other first-minute goals just 12 days apart in 2010: Jan. 15 vs. Toronto (49 seconds) and Jan. 27 vs. Anaheim (36 seconds).

Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers

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Bryzgalov

BRYZGALOV SETS CAREER HIGH FOR WINS IN A MONTH

From Elias: Ilya Bryzgalov improved his record this month to 9-1-1 with a 2-1 shootout victory against the Capitals on Thursday night. Bryzgalov's nine wins in March are a career high for any calendar month in his NHL career. Bryzgalov has not allowed more than two goals in any of his last 10 games. It's the longest streak of its kind by a Flyers goaltender since Jeff Hackett's 10-game skein in 2003 (Nov. 8-Dec. 10).

Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals

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Roloson

ROLOSON HAS A RARE QUALITY START

From Elias: Dwayne Roloson made 34 saves in his 3-2 shootout win against the Oilers. It was the first time that Roloson allowed fewer than three goals in a game he started since November 17, when he beat the Penguins, 4-1. Roloson was 2-9-1 with a 4.39 goal-against average in 13 starts between that win in November and his victory on Thursday.

Tampa Bay Lightning, Edmonton Oilers

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Heatley

HEATLEY ENDS HIS LONGEST POINT DROUGHT

From Elias: Dany Heatley ended his career-high eight-game point drought when he scored the first goal for the Wild in their shootout win against the Flames on Thursday. Heatley's longest previous pointless streak was five games for Ottawa in December 2008.

Minnesota Wild, Calgary Flames

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Schneider

SCHNEIDER DOMINATES PACIFIC FOES

From Elias: Cory Schneider made 25 saves, including one on a penalty shot by Mike Ribeiro, in his 2-1 win at Dallas. Schneider is 4-0-1 with a 1.18 goals-against average in his five starts against Pacific Division teams this season. Schneider has allowed two or fewer goals in each of those starts, all of which have been road games.

Vancouver Canucks, Dallas Stars


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