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25k for Garnett
From Elias: Kevin Garnett scored 15 points on Thursday, giving him 25,009 for his career. Garnett is the 16th player in NBA history to score at least 25,000 points, and he's among three in that group who did not play basketball in college, along with Kobe Bryant and Moses Malone.
Celtics have gone streaking
From Elias: The Celtics have won their last six games, including Thursday against the Lakers, immediately after a six-game losing streak, which in turn came on the heels of a six-game winning streak. The Celtics are the first team in NBA history to sandwich a losing streak of at least six games with winning streaks of at least six games on both ends.
Faried and Chandler each only miss once
From Elias: Kenneth Faried made 9 of 10 shots and Wilson Chandler went 8 for 9 (including 5 for 5 on three-pointers) in Denver's win over Chicago on Thursday. Over the last eight seasons, there's been only one other game in which teammates each made at least eight field goals while missing no more than one apiece, and Chandler was involved in that one also: on Nov. 12, 2008, New York defeated Memphis, with Chandler going 11 for 12 and Nate Robinson making all eight of his shots.
It's Miller time at MSG
From Elias: J.T. Miller, playing in his second NHL game, scored the first two goals of his career in the Rangers' 4-1 win over the Islanders on Thursday. The 19-year-old Miller is only the fifth teenager to record a multiple-goal game for the Rangers. The others were Don Murdoch (twice in 1976, including a five-goal game against the North Stars), Mike Allison (twice in 1980, including a three-goal game), Chris Kontos (1983) and Alex Kovalev (a three-goal game in 1992. Like Miller, they were each 19 years old at the time.
Rangers extend home winning streak vs. Islanders
From Elias: The Rangers have won their last eight games against the Islanders at Madison Square Garden, setting a team record for consecutive home wins in the rivalry. The Islanders have had two regular-season home winning streaks of eight or more games against the Rangers: a 10-game streak from 1979 to 1982 and an eight-game streak spanning 1991 and 1992.
I just met you...and this is Mrazek
From Elias: Petr Mrazek's NHL debut was a success as he made 26 saves in backstopping the Red Wings to a 5-1 win at St. Louis. Mrazek is only the third goaltender in the last 44 seasons to make his NHL debut with Detroit and record a victory in his first game. The others were Mark LaForest (Dec. 3, 1985 vs. Philadelphia) and Jimmy Howard (Nov. 28, 2005 at Los Angeles).
Vanek snatches an equalizer with two seconds to spare
From Elias: Thomas Vanek's second goal on Thursday tied the score between Buffalo and Montreal with two seconds remaining in the third period and the Sabres went on to win via shootout. Vanek's was the latest score-tying goal in Buffalo Sabres history. The previous mark stood for just over 30 years. Phil Housley scored the equalizer against Vancouver with just three seconds remaining in the third period on January 7, 1983 (the season before the five-minute overtime period was adopted by the NHL).
Crosby and Malkin lead Penguins to win
From Elias: The Penguins were outscored 1-0 in both the first and third periods of their game against the Capitals, but won handily because they pummeled Washington, 5-0, in the second period. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each scored one goal and assisted on two in the Penguins' five-goal second-period outburst. It was the third time that Crosby and Malkin each scored at least three points in the same period of one game. They also did that in the third period against the Islanders on Nov. 26, 2008 (Malkin 4, Crosby 3) and the third period versus Atlanta on Nov. 13, 2010 (3 points apiece).
Short-handed goals in short span
From Elias: Winnipeg's Zach Redmond and Toronto's Tyler Bozak traded shorthanded goals two minutes and 49 seconds apart during the second period on Thursday. It had been over seven years since the last NHL game in which teams exchanged shorties in such a short amount of time. It last happened on Jan. 20, 2006 when St. Louis' Mike Sillinger and Columbus' David Vyborny tallied shorthanded goals just 2 minutes and 33 seconds apart.
Kovalchuk a killer on penalty kills
From Elias: Ilya Kovalchuk scored one goal and assisted on another in the Devils' 4-2 win over the Lightning. His goal was a shorthanded marker which snapped a 1-1 tie late in the second period and gave New Jersey a lead it did not relinquish. Kovalchuk has scored a league-high five shorthanded goals in the 55 regular-season games he's played over the last 14 calendar months (January 2012 to date), after tallying only three shorties in his 734 career games through the end of 2011.
Two two-fers for Kane
From Elias: Patrick Kane scored two goals in the Blackhawks' win at San Jose on Tuesday and he tallied twice more in Chicago's victory at Phoenix on Thursday. It's the second time in Kane's six-season NHL career that he's recorded consecutive multiple-goal games. He did that with two-goal games against Nashville and Dallas in 2009 (Dec. 27-29).
Tanguay tonic for Colorado: road OT goals
From Elias: Alex Tanguay netted the winner for the Flames in their 4-3 overtime victory in Columbus. It was the fourth regular season overtime goal for Tanguay, and all four have come on the road. Tanguay, Dustin Brown and Brad Boyes are the only active NHL players who have scored at least four overtime goals with all of them coming in enemy territory. (Brown and Boyes also have four each.)
Rinne blanks the champion
From Elias: Pekka Rinne posted his first shutout of the season and the 26th shutout of his NHL career with a 3-0 win against the Kings on Thursday. Since the date of his first shutout (Dec. 1, 2008), Rinne is tied for the league lead in that category with the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist.
Theodore comes up big in shootout
From Elias: The Panthers made short work of the shootout that earned them a win in Philadelphia, outscoring the Flyers 2-0 in the tiebreaker, with Florida goaltender Jose Theodore saving shots by Matt Read and Claude Giroux. It was only the second time in his last 20 shootouts that Theodore did not allow at least one goal. Entering play on Thursday, Theodore had given up goals on 41 percent of the attempts against him over his last 19 shootouts (29 of 71).
Ward kept busy by Ottawa
From Elias: Cam Ward made 45 saves in his 3-2 overtime win at Ottawa on Thursday, after stopping 41 shots in leading the Hurricanes to a victory at Toronto in their last game. It's the third time in Hartford/Carolina franchise history that a goaltender has won consecutive team games while making 40 or more saves in each game. Sean Burke did that for the Whalers in January 1997 and Ward did so for the Hurricanes in December 2010.