Date: March 6, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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If it's not one, it's the other

From Elias: The Lakers managed to contain Kevin Durant on Tuesday night, holding the NBA's leading scorer to 26 points. But Russell Westbrook poured in 37 points in the Thunder's 122-105 victory. That's how it's gone lately when those teams meet. Over the last three seasons, Durant leads the league with six 30-point games against the Lakers, and Westbrook ranks second with four.

Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder

Thunder pour it on early vs. Howard & Lakers

From Elias: Oklahoma City led the Lakers, 71-55, at halftime on Tuesday. That matched the highest first-half point total that any NBA team has scored when facing Dwight Howard. The only other team to top the 70-point mark against Howard by halftime was the Knicks in a 119-111 victory over the Magic in December 2004, Howard's second month in the league.

Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder


Pierce does it all in Rondo's absence

From Elias: Paul Pierce scored 18 points, adding 11 rebounds and seven assists in the Celtics' 109-101 victory at Philadelphia. It was the seventh time since Rajon Rondo suffered his season-ending knee injury that Pierce has posted a 7-and-7┐that is, at least seven rebounds and seven assists in the same game. The only player with as many 7-and-7's as Pierce during that time is LeBron James (10).

Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers



Nash continues his third-period rampage

From Elias: Rick Nash scored a pair of third-period goals to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 win over the Flyers on Tuesday night. Nash has scored seven goals this season and they have all come in the third period. He is the first player in team history whose first seven goals of a season were all third-period tallies. The other Rangers players whose first six goals in a season were scored in the third period were Clint Smith (1941-1942), Lou Angotti (1965-1966), John Ogrodnick (1991-1992), Alex Kovalev (2003-2004), and Marian Gaborik (2009-2010).

New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers


Huberdeau ties NHL record in Panthers' win

From Elias: Panthers rookie Jonathan Huberdeau scored his second penalty-shot goal of the season in Florida's 4 -1 win over the Jets. Huberdeau, who scored on a penalty shot on February 21 at Philadelphia, is the second rookie in NHL history to score two penalty-shot goals in one season. The first was David Vyborny, who did that for the Blue Jackets in 2000-2001, their inaugural season in the NHL.

Florida Panthers


Thompson scores a season's worth of goals in Lightning's win

From Elias: Nate Thompson scored two goals and assisted on another for the Lightning as they ended their five-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Devils. It was the first two-goal game (and first three-point game) in the NHL for Thompson, who twice played an entire NHL season in which he scored only two goals: in 43 games as a rookie with the Islanders in 2008-2009, and in 71 games the next season for the Islanders and Lightning.

New Jersey Devils, Tampa Bay Lightning


Martinek scores a rare game-winner for Isles

From Elias: Radek Martinek's first goal of the season snapped a 3-3 tie in the third period and sent the Islanders on their way to a 6-3 win over the Canadiens. It was only the fifth game-winning goal of the defenseman's 11-year NHL career and just his second game-winner in the 327 games he's played over the last eight seasons. Martinek's only other game-winning goal in the last eight seasons came on April 4, 2009 in a 3-1 Islanders win against Tampa Bay.

Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders


Blackhawks rookie starts fast

From Elias: Brandon Saad scored one goal and set up two more in the Blackhawks' four-goal first period against Minnesota on Tuesday night. Saad was the first Chicago rookie to record three points in the first period of a game since November 30, 2007, when Jonathan Toews tallied one goal and two assists in the opening 20 minutes of a game against Phoenix.

Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild


Fehr's caps Washington's rally with OT goal

From Elias: Eric Fehr scored the first overtime goal of his NHL career to complete the Capitals' comeback from a 3-0 deficit and earn them a 4-3 win over the Bruins. It was the eighth time in the last five seasons that Washington won a game in which it trailed by three or more goals. The only other team with more than four such wins over that span is the Thrashers/Jets with six.

Blowing a three-goal lead has been a rare thing for the Bruins over the last five seasons. Before Tuesday's loss, Boston was 89-1-0 since the start of the 2008-2009 season in games in which it led by at least three goals, and not one of those games even reached overtime.

Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals


Peters makes a good first impression

From Elias: Making his season debut, Justin Peters turned aside 37 shots on goal in the Hurricanes' 4-3 win over the Sabres. That matches Peters's career-high for saves in a victory, set against the Penguins three years ago.

Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes


Kronwall scores, Wings win┐it's that simple

From Elias: Niklas Kronwall's goal was the game-winner for the Red Wings in their 2-1 victory over the Avalanche. Since February 9, Detroit has won all six games in which Kronwall has registered points (three goals, seven assists) and none of the seven games in which he failed to record a point.

Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings

NCAA Men's Basketball

MCBB - Villanova - Wins vs Top 5 Teams

With Villanova's win against (5) Georgetown,, only three schools in the last 20 years have managed three wins against top 5 opponents while being unranked in a season: Villanova (2012-13), Virginia Tech (three in 2006-07) and Wake Forest (three in 1993-94).

Georgetown Hoyas, Villanova Wildcats