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BULLS REACH 40 WINS
From Elias: The Bulls improved to 40-10 with an overtime win over the Raptors on Saturday. It's the fourth-most wins that Chicago has had through 50 games of a season in team history. The Bulls were 45-5 in their first 50 games in the 1995-96 season, 44-6 in 1996-97 and 41-9 in 1991-92.
CLIPPERS IN RARE AIR
From Elias: The Clippers moved back to six games over .500 (27-21) with a win over the Grizzlies on Saturday. It's only the third time that the Clippers have been more than five games over .500 this many games into a season since moving to Los Angeles in 1984: they finished the season eight games over .500 in 1991-92 and 12 games over .500 in 2005-06. (In fact, those are the only seasons in which the Clippers finished over .500 since moving to L.A.)
HAWKS STILL RULE D.C.
From Elias: The Hawks defeated the Wizards on Saturday to improve to 14-1 against Washington over the last four seasons. The only teams with better records against a conference foe over that time are the Lakers (15-0 against the Timberwolves) and Spurs (12-0 against the Warriors).
The Wizards led by 22 points on Thursday but lost to the Pacers, and they led by 16 points and lost on Saturday. They're the first team to lose consecutive games after leading by more than 15 points in each one since the Jazz did it in April 2007.
KNICKS BLOW OUT PISTONS FOR THIRD TIME THIS SEASON
From Elias: The Knicks defeated the Pistons on Saturday to sweep the season series, 3-0, with all three wins coming by at least 20 points and by an average of 24 points per game. That's the Knicks second-highest average margin of victory in a season sweep of three or more games in team history. The Knicks swept all four games from Toronto in the 1995-96 season (the Raptors' inaugural season) by an average of 24.5 points per game.
LOCAL MAN DELIGHTS FANS
From Elias: George Hill, who was born in Indianapolis and went to high school and college there, scored 24 points for the Pacers on Saturday. That's the most points in one game by a Pacers player who was born in Indianapolis since George McGinnis scored 24 on March 12, 1981.
NETS ARE +17 IN 3RD QUARTER
From Elias: The Nets outscored the Bobcats by 17 points (33-16) in the third quarter of New Jersey's win on Saturday night. That's the Nets' largest "quarter win" in any of the last three seasons.
DALLAS EXTENDS WINNING STREAK VS. HOUSTON
From Elias: The Mavericks' win over the Rockets on Saturday was Dallas's fifth consecutive win against Houston. That's the longest winning streak by one Texas team against another since Dallas won six straight against Houston in 2007.
BIG COMEBACK FOR RED WINGS
From Elias: The Red Wings scored four unanswered goals to overcome a 4-1 deficit and beat the Hurricanes, 5-4, on Saturday night. It was Detroit's first win in regulation time in a game in which they trailed by three goals since Feb. 25, 2001, when they defeated the Coyotes, 6-3, at Joe Louis Arena.
ZETTERBERG MORE THAN HALFWAY TO 500
From Elias: Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals, the 250th and 251st of his NHL career, in the Red Wings' comeback win against Carolina. Zetterberg is the second-leading Swedish-born goal-scorer in the NHL during his nine seasons in the league. Zetterberg is two goals behind Daniel Alfredsson (253), who scored a pair of goals in Ottawa's win against Pittsburgh on Saturday, and one ahead of Daniel Sedin (250), who is sidelined with a concussion after being elbowed by Chicago's Duncan Keith on Wednesday.
GABORIK REACHES, PASSES 100 GOALS FOR RANGERS
From Elias: Marian Gaborik scored two goals for the Rangers in their shootout win at Toronto. The goals were the 100th and 101st for Gaborik in the three seasons since he signed with the Rangers as a free agent on July 1, 2009. Gaborik is only the fifth player to score 100 or more goals over his first three seasons with the Rangers, joining Adam Graves (114), Steve Vickers (105), Phil Esposito (101) and Mike Gartner (100) in that exclusive club.
ALFREDSSON BREAKS OUT OF SLUMP
From Elias: Daniel Alfredsson scored two goals and assisted on two goals to lead the Senators to an 8-4 win over the Penguins. The 39-year-old Alfredsson scored more points on Saturday night (four) than he did in his previous 12 games combined (three, all assists). Two other players age 39 or older have scored four points in an NHL game this season: Teemu Selanne (age 41, 2 goals and 2 assists on Nov. 1 at Washington) and Brian Rolston (age 39, 1 goal and 3 assists last Monday vs. Toronto).
Alfredsson, with one Saturday, now has three short-handed goals this season. Only two other players have had three short-handed goals in one season at age 38 or older: Gordie Howe had four in 1969-70 at ages 41 and 42 and Mark Messier had three in 2000-01 after turning 40 years old.
FOLIGNO OFF TO HOT START
From Elias: Rookie Marcus Foligno scored the game-winning goal in the Sabres' 3-1 victory over the Wild on Saturday. Foligno has recorded 10 points in the nine games he's played in the NHL (6 goals, 4 assists). Since 2008, the only other NHL player to reach double-figures in career points as quickly as Foligno was the Flyers' James van Riemsdyk, who also notched his 10th point in his ninth game.
A KELLY GOAL = A BRUINS WIN
From Elias: Chris Kelly's 19th goal of the season was the game-winner for the Bruins in their 4-2 victory at Los Angeles. Boston has won all 17 games this season in which Kelly has scored goals. Kelly is the only NHL player with a double-figure goal total this season who's scored of all his goals in games his team won.
THEY KNOW RYDER NOW
From Elias: Michael Ryder, in his first season with the Stars, scored his 33rd goal of the season on Saturday. That's the most goals by any Stars player in his first season with the team, since the club arrived in Dallas from Minnesota in 1993. The previous mark was set by Brett Hull, who had 32 goals in 1998-99, his first season with the Stars.
LEHTONEN BETTER WHEN BUSY
From Elias: Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped 35 of the Flames' 36 shots on goal in his 4-1 win over Calgary. The Flames' chances in Saturday's game might have been better had they recorded fewer shots on goal. Lehtonen is 12-2-0 in the 14 games this season in which he faced 35 or more shots on goal but only 19-15-4 in the 39 games in which he faced fewer than 35 shots.
BRIERE'S 40TH MULTIPLE-GOAL GAME
From Elias: Danny Briere scored two goals in the Flyers' 4-1 win over the team from his home province, the Montreal Canadiens. It was the 40th multiple-goal game of Briere's NHL career. The only other active Quebec-born players with at least 40 multi-goal games are Vincent Lecavalier (46) and Martin St. Louis (41).
STAMKOS ENDS DROUGHT
From Elias: Steven Stamkos tallied two goals and one assist for the Lightning in their 4-3 win over the Islanders in Tampa. Stamkos entered play on Saturday with a four-game home-ice point drought, after being held pointless in only four of his previous 34 home games this season.
From Elias: Pekka Rinne reached the 40-win mark for the first time in his NHL career with a 3-1 victory against the Jets on Saturday. Rinne is the second NHL goaltender born in Finland to win 40 or more games in one season, joining Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff, who's done that three times (45 wins in 2008-09, 42 in 2005-06, 40 in 2006-07).