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King of the road
From Elias: LeBron James led Miami with 26 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists as the Heat topped the Bulls in Chicago. James also posted team highs in each of those categories the previous night when Miami won at Atlanta. No player had led any NBA team (either outright or tied) in points, rebounds and assists in each of two road wins played on consecutive days since James did it for the Cavaliers more than four years ago at Golden State and Utah (Jan. 23-24, 2009).
The Bulls' loss to Miami is a game they'd love to forget
From Elias: The Bulls turned the ball over 27 times in their 86-67 home loss to the Miami Heat. It was the Bulls' highest turnover total in one game since 2004 and their highest total in a home game since March 20, 2000 versus Orlando. Chicago was the first NBA team to score 67 or fewer points and commit at least 27 turnovers in one game since the Bobcats gave the ball away 29 times in a 94-63 loss at Philadelphia on Nov. 7, 2007.
Four-point game with a penalty-shot goal for Huberdeau
From Elias: Rookie Jonathan Huberdeau became the first rookie to record four points in an NHL game this season when he scored two goals and assisted on two more goals in the Panthers' 5-2 win at Philadelphia. Huberdeau tied the Florida team record for points in one game by a rookie, a mark set by Jesse Belanger in 1993-94, the Panthers' inaugural season, and equaled by Mark Parrish in 1998-99.
Huberdeau's first goal came on a penalty shot in the first period. It was the first penalty shot taken by a rookie in an NHL game this season and the fifth penalty shot by a rookie in Panthers history. Florida's rookies have done very well on their penalty shots, scoring four times in five tries, with goals by Nathan Horton (2004), Michael Frolik (2009), Shawn Matthias (2010) and Huberdeau. The only Panthers rookie to miss a penalty shot attempt was Kamil Kreps (2007).
Hickey's first NHL goal is an OT game-winner
From Elias: Defenseman Thomas Hickey scored the first goal of his NHL career 3:12 into overtime and earned the Islanders a 4-3 victory over the Canadiens in Montreal. He's the second player this season to record his first NHL goal with an overtime winner; Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev did so on February 4 at Edmonton. Hickey is the second player in Islanders history to pull off that feat. The first was defenseman Radek Martinek on Oct. 18, 2001 against Carolina.
Dion Phaneuf's 100th NHL goal
From Elias: Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf scored the 100th goal of his eight-season NHL career in the Maple Leafs' 3-1 win over the Sabres. The only other NHL defenseman in triple-figures in goals over the last eight seasons is Shea Weber with 102, though Zdeno Chara (98) is closing in on the century mark.
NHL coaching debut for Ron Rolston
From Elias: Ron Rolston's NHL head-coaching debut was a disappointing 3-1 loss by the Sabres in Toronto. Rolston never played in the NHL but his brother, Brian, played 1256 regular-season and 77 playoff games over 17 seasons in the league. Five other current NHL head coaches had a brother (or brothers) who played in the NHL: Jack Capuano (brother Dave), Kevin Dineen (Gord and Peter), Todd Richards (Travis), Joe Sacco (David) and Darryl Sutter (Brian, Duane, Brent, Rich and Ron).
Last-minute game-winning goal for Vinny Prospal
From Elias: The Blue Jackets trailed 2-0 less than three minutes into their game in Detroit but they held the Red Wings off the scoreboard the rest of the way and won, 3-2, thanks to Vinny Prospal's game-winning goal at the 19:35 mark of the third period. It was only the third time in the team's 12-season history that a Columbus player scored a go-ahead goal in the final minute of the third period. The other Blue Jackets to do that were David Vyborny (Nov. 20, 2002 vs. St. Louis, 19:12) and Rick Nash (Jan. 17, 2008 at Phoenix, 19:38).
Nathan Horton strikes twice against the Lightning
From Elias: Nathan Horton scored a pair of goals for the Bruins in their 4-2 win over the Lightning. It was the 23rd multiple-goal game of Horton's NHL career and his sixth multi-goal game versus Tampa Bay. The Islanders (three) are the only NHL team that Horton has even half as many multiple-goal games against as he does versus the Lightning.
Kovalchuk inflicts Capital punishment
From Elias: Ilya Kovalchuk's tiebreaking goal with 8:20 remaining in the third period was the game-winner for the Devils in their 3-2 victory in Washington. He also scored the game-winning goal in New Jersey's other game against the Capitals this season (January 25 in Newark). Kovalchuk scored 25 goals in 50 career games versus Washington before this season but only three of those 25 goals were game-winners.
Ladd matches his career high for goals in one month
From Elias: Andrew Ladd registered one goal and two assists to lead the Jets to a 4-3 win over his original NHL team, the Carolina Hurricanes. Ladd has been red-hot this month, tallying seven goals in nine games. Ladd's seven goals in February match his career high for one calendar month; he scored seven goals in 11 games with the Atlanta Thrashers in February 2011.
Senators rookie scores a shorthanded goal
From Elias: Ottawa rookie Jakob Silfverberg scored the first shorthanded goal of his NHL career in the Senators' game against the Rangers. It was the second shorthanded goal by a rookie in an NHL game this season - Winnipeg's Zach Redmond scored one on February 7 vs. Toronto - and only the second SHG by an Ottawa rookie over the last five seasons (Zach Smith in January 2010).
Ryan Smyth gives himself a 37th birthday present
From Elias: Ryan Smyth turned 37 years old on Thursday and he celebrated his birthday by scoring the Oilers' only goal in their loss to Minnesota. At age 37 Smyth broke his own record for being the oldest player in Oilers history to score a goal on his birthday, a mark he set one year ago at age 36. Smyth also matched this season's standard for the oldest birthday goal scorer, set by Colorado's Milan Hejduk on his 37th birthday (February 14).
Canucks: two more goals from defensemen
From Elias: Defensemen Kevin Bieksa and Jason Garrison each scored a goal for the Canucks in their 4-3 win at Dallas. The goals by Bieksa and Garrison give Vancouver a league-high total of 13 goals from defensemen this season, one more than Tampa Bay's total of 12 goals from D-men.