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Durant, the defending All-Star MVP, stars again
From Elias: Kevin Durant scored 30 points in the Western Conference's 143-138 win in the NBA All-Star Game. Durant scored 34 points in the 2011 All-Star Game and 36 last year, when he was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
Only one other player scored at least 30 points in an All-Star Game as the reigning ASG MVP: Julius Erving, who scored 34 points in 1984. Durant is the first player to score at least 30 points in three consecutive NBA All-Star Games. The only other player to score more than 25 points in three straight was LeBron James from 2006 to 2008 (29/28/27). Honorable mention to Kobe Bryant, who scored 27 in 2009, 37 in 2011, and 27 in 2012, but missed the 2010 game with a sprained left ankle.
Blackhawks roll on with victory over Kings
From Elias: With a 3-2 win over the Kings on Sunday, the Blackhawks tied their team single-season record of 15 consecutive games gaining at least one point. Chicago set that mark in 1967 and previously matched it in 1975. The common player in those streaks was Dennis Hull, Bobby's brother and Brett's uncle, who played for the Blackhawks from 1964 to 1977.
Including a 3-0-3 mark in their last six games of the 2011-2012 season, the Blackhawks have a streak of 21 straight games with a point over the past two seasons. That is the longest such streak in the NHL since the Canadiens posted a 15-0-6 mark over 21 games in 1980 (Feb. 21-April 6).
Crosby sets up key goals in Penguins' rally
From Elias: Sidney Crosby assisted on third-period goals by Pascal Dupuis and Paul Martin as the Penguins rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Sabres. It was the fourth time in Crosby's NHL career that he recorded game-tying and go-ahead assists in the third period of the same game, but it was his first such performance in more than three years.
Cammalleri shines against the Stars
From Elias: Mike Cammalleri, who scored a hat trick against Dallas on Wednesday, opened the scoring in the Flames' 4-3 win over the Stars on Sunday. Those are Cammalleri's only four goals in 10 games this season. He is the first player ever to score each of his first four goals of a season against the Stars, including their 26 seasons in Minnesota as the North Stars.
Minnesota rebounds for surprising win over Detroit
From Elias: The Wild rallied for three goals in the second period to overcome a 2-0 deficit in a 3-2 victory over the Red Wings. Detroit suffered only one regulation loss in the previous 85 games in which it took a two-goal lead, dating back to February 2010 (80-1-4, losing only to Nashville in Dec. 2011).
Minnesota rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a 5-3 win in its first-ever game against Detroit (Dec. 27, 2000). Between that victory and Sunday's win, the Wild lost all 25 games in which they fell behind the Wings by two goals.
Marchand stars at both ends of the ice
From Elias: Brad Marchand scored the winning goal in the third period of the Bruins' 3-2 victory at Winnipeg, but even more impressive was his total of five blocked shots. Marchand was the first forward to block at least five shots and score a goal in the same game this season. The last Bruins forward to record five or more blocks in one game was David Krejci in 2008.
Rangers' power play awakens for late win over Caps
From Elias: The Rangers' embattled power play delivered a victory on Sunday when Derek Stepan scored the deciding goal with a manpower advantage in the third period of a 2-1 win over the Caps. It was the first time in 15 months that a Rangers player scored a game-winning power-play goal in the third period. Their last such goal was scored by Dan Girardi on November 11, 2011.