Date: February 19, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Under Buss, the Lakers were the best of the best

From Elias: Jerry Buss, who owned the Los Angeles Lakers since 1979, died on Monday at age 80. The Lakers won 10 NBA championships during Buss' tenure as owner, far more than any other team in any major North American professional sports league. In fact, only four such teams won even half as many titles as the Lakers during that time: the Chicago Bulls (6), New York Yankees (5), San Francisco 49ers (5) and Edmonton Oilers (5).

Los Angeles Lakers



Ben Scrivens: first two NHL shutouts in consecutive games

From Elias: Toronto's Ben Scrivens, who registered his first NHL shutout with a 34-save, 3-0 victory against Ottawa on Saturday, made it two shutouts in two games by stopping all 37 shots he faced in a 3-0 win at Florida on Monday. Scrivens and Anders Lindback are the only active NHL goaltenders whose first two NHL shutouts came in consecutive games. (Lindback posted shutouts #1 and #2 for Nashville on Dec. 11-13, 2010; he's still looking for shutout #3.) Scrivens is also the first Maple Leafs goaltender to post shutouts in consecutive games while facing more than 30 shots on goal in each game since Bruce Gamble did that in 1966 (March 3-5).

Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs


Consecutive three-point games for Matt Duchene

From Elias: Matt Duchene tallied one goal and two assists for the Avalanche in its 6-5 win over Nashville, matching the totals he posted in Colorado's last game, a 6-4 loss at Edmonton on Saturday. Duchene is the first Avs player to score at least three points in each of two consecutive team games since Dec. 13-15, 2010, when Tomas Fleischmann had three-point games in both ends of a home-and-home set against the Blackhawks.

Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators


First four-assist game for Jakub Voracek

From Elias: Jakub Voracek set a career high for assists in one game when he helped set up four goals in the Flyers' 7-0 win over the Islanders on Monday afternoon. Voracek was the second player to record four assists in an NHL game this season - Martin St. Louis did that against Philadelphia on January 27 - and he was the third player in Flyers history to notch four assists in a game against the Islanders. The others were Mark Recchi (Nov. 12, 1992) and Tim Kerr (March 15, 1990).

New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers

Islanders suffer their worst home shutout loss

From Elias: The Islanders' 7-0 loss to the Flyers at Nassau Coliseum matched the largest margin of defeat in a home game in franchise history and set a record for the team's worst shutout loss at home. The Islanders lost by a seven-goal margin on home ice three previous times, each by an 8-1 score: against the original Winnipeg Jets (Nov. 1, 1988), the New Jersey Devils (Oct. 23, 1990) and the Vancouver Canucks (Jan. 14, 2006). As a result of the shellacking the Islanders took on Monday, the Buffalo Sabres are the only current NHL team that entered the league before 1979 which has never suffered a home shutout loss by a margin of seven or more goals.

New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers


Budaj ends his shutout drought

From Elias: Peter Budaj recorded the 10th shutout of his NHL career and his first shutout for the Canadiens with a 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in Montreal. Budaj notched his first nine NHL shutouts for the Colorado Avalanche, with the last one coming against Dallas on Nov. 6, 2010. Going into Monday's game he had the second-longest current shutout drought among active goaltenders, 53 starts. The goaltender with the longest current streak, Sergei Bobrovsky, is at 86 and still counting after he gave up a first-period goal in his start at Anaheim on Monday night.

Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens


Alfredsson scores tying goal in third period for Ottawa

From Elias: The Senators posted a shootout win over the Devils after the teams played 65 minutes to a 1-1 deadlock. Ottawa trailed, 1-0, entering the third period but tied the score on a goal by Daniel Alfredsson. It was the 27th third-period score-tying goal of Alfredsson's NHL career, giving him sole possession of fourth place on the active leaders list for that category, behind Teemu Selanne (44), Jaromir Jagr (39) and Jarome Iginla (29).

New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators


Third shutout this month for Mike Smith

From Elias: Mike Smith registered his third shutout of the season and the month of February with a 4-0 win over the Flames on Monday. It's the second time that Smith has recorded three shutouts in one calendar month in his NHL career. He had three shutouts for the Coyotes in March 2012.

Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes