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Rookie-to-rookie TD pass is a Pro Bowl first
Rudolph shines as never before among the other stars
From Elias: Kyle Rudolph caught five passes for 122 yards in the Pro Bowl. Rudolph has never gained even 70 receiving yards in a regular-season game. (His career high is 67 yards, set against the Jaguars in the Vikings' 2012 season opener.)
Walsh tied rookie scoring record
From Elias: Blair Walsh scored 14 points on two field goals and eight PATs to tie the record for points by a rookie in one Pro Bowl. That mark was set 44 years ago by Paul Robinson in the AFL All-Star Game. Robinson scored a pair of touchdowns and a two-point conversion.
The Big Three, Ray Allen included, all contribute to Celtics' win
From Elias: Boston's Big Three of yesteryear - Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen - all played key roles in the Celtics' 100-98 double-overtime win over the Heat on Sunday. Garnett led Boston with 24 points, including all six of the Celtics' points in the first overtime period. Pierce recorded a triple-double and hit what proved to be the game-winning field goal with 30 seconds to play. The last player to cap a TD with a last-minute OT game-winner was LeBron James for the Cavaliers in March 2006.
Allen scored 21 points off the bench in his first game at TD Garden since joining the Heat after five seasons with the Celtics. That was the highest point total by a former Celtics player in his return to Boston since Ricky Davis scored 35 points at TD Garden for the Timberwolves in 2007 (also in 2 OTs).
As for Allen's role in Boston's victory, he missed a crucial free throw with 2:18 to play in the fourth quarter and the score tied at 81-81. Allen, a career 89 percent free-throw shooter, had made 37 of his last 39 foul shots coming into the game. By shooting 5-for-7 from the line, he missed as many foul shots on Sunday as he had in his previous 26 games combined. And here's a surprise: Allen has now missed six of the last 13 foul shots he has taken with the score tied in either the fourth quarter or overtime.
Bryant shows Nash-like skills
From Elias: What surprised you the most about Kobe Bryant's back-to-back 14-assist performances, against the Jazz on Friday and in Sunday's 105-96 win over the Thunder? How about this: Over the past 12 seasons, from 2000-2001 through 2011-2012, Steve Nash played 915 regular-season games, and in only one of those games did any of Nash's teammates record as many as 14 assists. That was Boris Diaw in 2006, and it took a double-overtime shootout in which the Suns outlasted the Nets, 161-157. For the record, Nash himself has posted 153 games of 14 or more assists.
Anthony scores 27 from downtown, 15 from uptown in Knicks' win
From Elias: Carmelo Anthony scored 42 points and tied a team-record with nine three-point field goals in the Knicks' 106-104 victory over the Hawks. It was the 25th 40-point game of Anthony's NBA career and his third since January 1, tying his personal high for one calendar month, set in December 2005.
Sharp-shooting Hawks fall at MSG
From Elias: The Hawks shot 60 percent from the field in their loss at Madison Square Garden. Atlanta hadn't lost a game in which it made at least 60 percent of its field-goal attempts since March 10, 1981, when the Hawks shot 62 percent from the field in a 118-116 loss to the Bulls. (Atlanta was 18-0 when shooting 60 percent or better in the interim.)
Anderson spends his night behind the arc
From Elias: Ryan Anderson scored a game-high 22 points in the Hornets' 91-83 victory at Memphis. Anderson made seven of 13 field-goal attempts, all from three-point range, tying the NBA record for three-point attempts in a game without taking any two-pointers. That mark was set by Mookie Blaylock of the Hawks in 1995 and previously matched by Voshon Lenard of the Heat in 1997.
Redick continues an outstanding month
From Elias: J.J. Redick tied his career high with 31 points in the Magic's 104-102 loss to the Pistons. It was the third time since January 1 that Redick scored at least 25 points in a game. He recorded only three 25-point performances in 376 NBA games prior to that.
Marleau held to one goal for first time this season
From Elias: Patrick Marleau, who on Saturday tied an NHL record set in 1917 by recording his fourth consecutive two-goal game to begin the season, scored "only" one goal when the Sharks extended their season-opening winning streak to five games with a 4-1 victory over the Canucks on Sunday. Marleau is the first player in Sharks history to score goals in each of the team's first five games of a season and he's the first player on any NHL team to do that since 2008, when the Blues' Keith Tkachuk (6 games) and the Sabres' Thomas Vanek (5) both did it.
San Jose ties record with another multi-goal win
From Elias: With their 4-1 win over Vancouver, the Sharks became the third team in NHL history to begin a season with five consecutive wins, all by a margin of two goals or more. The other clubs to do that were the original Ottawa Senators in 1920-1921 and the Quebec Nordiques in 1994-1995 (the other NHL season that was shortened by a lockout).
Canadiens top Brodeur at Montreal
From Elias: Andrei Markov's overtime goal earned the Canadiens a 4-3 home-ice victory against the Devils and ended Martin Brodeur's personal seven-game winning streak in his home town. It was only the third time in 35 regular-season career games in Montreal that Brodeur allowed four or more goals. He gave up five goals in a game at the Forum on January 28, 1995 and four goals at Bell Centre on March 11, 2008. It's worth noting that Brodeur has played two playoff games in Montreal (both in 1997) and he allowed four goals in both games.
Jersey boy Elias records 900th point
From Elias: Patrik Elias reached the 900-point mark for his NHL career when he recorded the last of his three points at Montreal, an assist on the score-tying goal by Dainius Zubrus in the third period. Elias, who has spent his entire NHL career with New Jersey, is one of three active players to have scored 900 or more points, all for one team. The others are Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson (1085 points) and Calgary's Jarome Iginla (1076).
St. Louis helps the Lightning to a blowout
From Elias: Martin St. Louis assisted on four of the Lightning's goals in their 5-1 win over the Flyers. It was the first time that a player on any team recorded four or more assists in a game against the Flyers since St. Louis himself set his single-game career high with five assists in a wild and wacky 8-7 Tampa Bay victory at Philadelphia on November 18, 2010. Besides St. Louis, the only active NHL players who've racked up four or more assists in one game versus the Flyers are Nicklas Backstrom, Joe Thornton, Sidney Crosby, and Jaromir Jagr (one each).
Leddy keeps Blackhawks' streak intact with an OT goal
From Elias: Nick Leddy scored the first game-winning goal of his NHL career to earn the Blackhawks a 2-1 overtime victory against the Red Wings and extend Chicago's season-opening winning streak to a team-record six games. Leddy is the first Blackhawks defenseman to score a regular-season overtime goal since November 15, 2009, when Brent Seabrook scored in OT against San Jose.
After breaking late from the gate, the Caps are off and running
From Elias: The Capitals, who entered play on Sunday with an 0-3-1 record and the distinction of being the NHL's only winless team this season, recorded their first "W" with a 3-2 victory over the Sabres. Since Washington entered the NHL in 1974, the only other season in which the Capitals were the last team to post a win (based on the latest date) was 1983-1984. The Caps began that season with a seven-game losing streak which they ended with a 4-1 home victory against the Flyers. That win began a dramatic turnaround for Washington, who finished the season with a 48-27-5 record and 101 points.
Crosby & Malkin score in shootout for Pens
From Elias: The Penguins scored on all three of their shootout attempts to earn a 2-1 win over the Senators. James Neal, Sidney Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin beat Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson in the tiebreaker, with Malkin's shot the game-decider. Malkin has scored on seven of his eight shootout attempts since the beginning of calendar year 2012, after converting only nine of his 33 career attempts up to that point.
The Penguins' victory on Sunday marked only the second time that Crosby and Malkin scored goals in the same shootout. They also did that in Pittsburgh's 2-1 home-ice win over the Red Wings on January 31, 2010.
Jets down Isles with late rally
From Elias: Evander Kane scored the second overtime goal of his NHL career to give the Jets a 5-4 overtime victory against the Islanders. Winnipeg had trailed, 4-2, with 8 minutes remaining in the third period. It was the Jets' first non-shootout win in a game in which they trailed by two goals or more in the third period since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg from Atlanta prior to last season.