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Lee is a Warrior All-Star
From Elias: David Lee was named to the Western Conference All-Star squad Thursday, snapping a streak of 15 consecutive seasons in which no Golden State player achieved All-Star status. Latrell Sprewell was the last Warriors player to be named to an NBA All-Star team (1996-97). The 15-season gap without an All-Star representative was the longest for any franchise in NBA history.
From Elias: Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Knicks' victory in Boston. Only one other Knicks player in the post-Patrick Ewing era had that many points and rebounds in a victory in Boston: Jamal Crawford scored 31 points and hauled in 11 rebounds in a 101-86 Knicks victory in Boston on April 9, 2006.
Rondo ties Russell
From Elias: Rajon Rondo scored 23 points, hauled in 10 rebounds and handed out 11 assists in the Celtics' loss to the Knicks. It's the 17th triple/double of Rondo's career, tying him with Bill Russell for fourth-most in Celtics history.
DeRozan leads Raptors to sweep of Magic
From Elias: DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors in both points (22) and assists (7) in their win over the Magic. It's only the third time in his 265-game NBA career that DeRozan led his team - outright or tied - in both those categories in a game. He also did it on March 4, 2012 against the Warriors (25, points, 4 assists) and April 6, 2012 against the Cavaliers (28, 4).
Andrei the powerful
From Elias: Andrei Markov scored one goal and assisted on another in the Canadiens' 4-1 win at Washington on Thursday, after scoring two goals in Montreal's victory by the same score against the Panthers on Tuesday, and all four of his points were recorded on Canadiens power plays. It's only the third time in the last 22 seasons that a Montreal defenseman has registered two or more power play points in each of two consecutive team games. Lyle Odelein did that on March 9-10, 1994 and Markov himself did it a little less than four years ago, on March 31 and April 2, 2009.
Hossa off to a good start
From Elias: Marian Hossa scored the overtime game-winner for the Blackhawks Thursday night, his fifth goal in four games this season. The only other Blackhawks player over the last 20 seasons to score five or more goals in the team's first four games of the season was Martin Havlat, who scored six goals in Chicago's first four games in 2006-07. It's also the most goals Hossa has ever scored in his first four games of a season. His previous high was four goals in 2006-07.
Staal adds to his hat collection
From Elias: Eric Staal completed the 13th hat trick of his NHL career with an empty-net goal that wrapped up a 6-3 win for the Hurricanes against the Sabres on Thursday night. Staal did not have a three-goal game in his rookie season but his total of 13 hat tricks since 2005-06 is the highest in the NHL over the last eight seasons and three more than the players tied for second place on that list, Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Ovechkin with 10 each.
Isles overcome two-goal deficit
From Elias: The Islanders posted a 7-4 win at Toronto after trailing by two goals (3-1) in the middle of the second period. It was the first time that the Islanders scored as many as seven goals in a non-overtime road game since they won 7-4 against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 3, 2006. (They scored seven goals in an overtime win at Buffalo on Feb. 13, 2011.) The Islanders' victory on Thursday marked the first time that they won a road game by a two or more goal margin after trailing by two goals in that game since Feb. 13, 2004, when they spotted the Coyotes a 2-0 lead but won, 5-2.
From Elias: Wayne Simmonds scored his first goal of the season for the Flyers in their 2-1 win over the Rangers. Simmonds did not record any points in his first seven career games versus the Rangers (through January 2012) but he's scored a goal in each of his last four regular-season games against the New Yorkers.
Anderson haunts old mates
From Elias: The Florida Panthers probably regret letting goaltender Craig Anderson leave as a free agent after he played three seasons for them (2006-07 through 2008-09), certainly once Anderson was traded to Ottawa by Colorado in February 2011. Anderson was 1-0-1 in three games against Florida in the season-and-a-half he played for the Avalanche, but he's 8-0-0 with a 1.49 GAA in the eight games he's played for the Senators versus the Panthers, including two wins over the past four days (Monday and Thursday).
Blues make it easy for Halak
From Elias: Jaroslav Halak has played three games this season and posted two shutouts without breaking a sweat. Halak needed to make only 14 saves in his 6-0 season-opening win against the Red Wings on Saturday and it took only 13 saves to get a clean sheet in his 3-0 victory against Nashville on Thursday. Halak has faced 19 or fewer shots on goal in six of the 11 regular-season shutouts he's notched since January 2011 and more than 25 shots in just one of those games. In Halak's 13 career shutouts through December 2010 he faced an average of 31.5 shots per game and never fewer than 24 shots in any one of those shutouts.
Varlamov blanks Jackets
From Elias: Semyon Varlamov stopped all 33 shots he faced in Colorado's victory over Columbus. That matches the most saves Varlamov has ever made in a shutout in his NHL career, regular season or playoffs. Varlamov stopped 33 shots in a blanking of the Rangers for the Capitals in Game 3 of the first round series between the teams in 2009.