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Durant leads the Thunder to a one-point win
From Elias: Kevin Durant scored 34 points and the Thunder needed every one of them as they eked out a 95-94 win over the Knicks in New York. Durant's point total equaled the NBA high this season for a player in a game his team won by one point. Kobe Bryant and Monta Ellis also had 34-point games in one-point wins by their respective teams, each within the last week.
The only player in the last 15 seasons to exceed Durant's point total in a one-point win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden was Tracy McGrady, who scored 35 points in a 92-91 Rockets victory at New York in January 2005.
Smith nets 36 points, all after the first quarter
From Elias: J.R. Smith came off the bench to score 36 points for the Knicks, despite not scoring in the first quarter. That's the highest point total for any NBA player this season in a regulation-length game in which he did not score in the opening period.
Nash ties an unusual NHL record
From Elias: Rick Nash scored the tying goal for the Rangers in the third period of their game against the Islanders and then assisted on Marian Gaborik's overtime goal that gave the Rangers a 2-1 win over their local rival. Nash has scored eight goals this season and they've all come in third periods. He's only the second player in NHL history whose first eight goals of a season were all third-period goals. The other player to do that was Arron Asham for the Islanders in 2003-04. Asham is now a teammate of Nash's on the Rangers, though he's currently on the injured reserve list.
Capitals tame the Panthers quickly
From Elias: The Capitals scored three goals in the first 5:38 and four goals in the first 8:10 of their game against the Panthers. They were the quickest three and four goals by one team from the start of an NHL game this season. Before Thursday the Capitals had not scored three goals so quickly to begin a game since 1988 (Oct. 15 vs. the Devils, 4:07), and only once before had they registered four goals so soon after the opening faceoff (Jan. 21, 1986 vs. the North Stars, 6:49).
Ovechkin: six straight games with goals against Florida
From Elias: Alex Ovechkin recorded one goal and two assists in the Capitals' 7-1 win over the Panthers. Ovechkin has scored goals in each of his last six games versus Florida, including all three games this season. He's scored goals in only four of the 19 games he's played against other teams this season.
Tyler Seguin's first two-goal game of the season
From Elias: Tyler Seguin scored two goals for the Bruins in their 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs. It was Seguin's first multiple-goal game of the year and the fifth multi-goal regular-season game of his NHL career. Seguin's multiple-goal games have come against only two teams: Toronto (3) and Buffalo (2).
Penguins rally from three goals down to beat the Flyers
From Elias: The Penguins rallied from a 4-1 deficit at the end of the first period and beat the Flyers, 5-4, in Philadelphia. It was only the third time that the Penguins won a regular-season game against the Flyers in which they trailed by three goals and it was their first such win in nearly 40 years. The Pens' other three-goal comebacks versus the Flyers came in November 1969 and April 1973 (both in Pittsburgh).
Columbus plays its fifth straight overtime game
From Elias: Matt Calvert scored the first overtime goal of his NHL career to earn Columbus a 2-1 win over the Canucks. The Blue Jackets' last five games have required overtime or a shootout to decide a winner, with a pair of overtime losses followed by three consecutive wins (two in OT and one via a shootout). They're the first NHL team to play five straight overtime games this season. Two teams did so last season: Vancouver and Minnesota.
Evander Kane: nine shots but no points
From Elias: Evander Kane did not record a goal or an assist for the Jets in their win over the Lightning but he did put nine shots on goal, a season high for Winnipeg. Kane was the third player in Thrashers/Jets franchise history to register nine or more shots on goal in a game in which he was held pointless. The others were Ilya Kovalchuk (Oct. 13, 2006, 11 shots) and Zach Bogosian (Jan. 21, 2012, nine shots).
Jimmy Howard's eighth straight win over Edmonton
From Elias: Jimmy Howard notched his second shutout of the season with a 3-0 win over the Oilers on Thursday. Howard was winless in his first three career games versus Edmonton (0-1-2) but he's won all eight games he's played against the Oilers since then (March 2010 to date) and allowed only 11 goals.
New Jersey's third-period comeback win
From Elias: The Devils appeared headed for the seventh straight game without a win when they trailed the Sabres, 2-0, with less than seven minutes to play in the third period, but New Jersey tied the score at 2-2 on goals by Adam Henrique and Patrik Elias and then beat Buffalo in a shootout. It was the first time that the Devils won a game in which they trailed by two goals in the last ten minutes of the third period since Feb. 5, 2010, when New Jersey scored three unanswered goals in the final 3:04 of regulation (including two in the last minute) to beat Toronto, 4-3.
First three-point game for Brandon Prust
From Elias: Brandon Prust scored three points in one game for the first time in his NHL career with one goal and two assists in the Canadiens' 4-2 win at Carolina. Prust has scored two points in a game four times but until Thursday his last multiple-point game was in the NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 2, 2012, when he recorded a pair of assists for the Rangers against the Flyers at Citizens Bank Park.