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Anthony dominates the Heat in Knicks' win
From Elias: Carmelo Anthony scored 50 points in the Knicks' 102-90 victory at Miami. It was the fourth 50-point game recorded by a visiting player against the Heat-one in each decade of the team's history: Alex English in 1989 (51), Michael Jordan in 1996 (50), Vince Carter in 2005 (51), and Anthony.
Anthony has scored at least 30 points in each of his last four games against the Heat, and that's the second time that he has scored 30 or more in four straight games versus Miami. (He also did so from 2005-2007.) The only other active player to have done that even once against the Heat is Kevin Durant.
Wall scores big from the foul line
From Elias: John Wall scored 27 points, including 11 from the foul line, in the Wizards' 90-86 win over the Bulls. It was the ninth time in the last two seasons that Wall made more than 10 free throws in one game. Only one other Wizards player has done that even once during that time: Jordan Crawford against the Pistons in December 2012.
Astros narrowly avoid their first no-hitter in Houston
From Elias: Marwin Gonzalez singled up the middle with two outs in the ninth inning to spoil Yu Darvish's perfect-game bid in the Rangers' 7-0 win at Minute Maid Park. That hit kept intact the Astros' record of never having been no-hit in Houston.
The Astros have been no-hit five times. Four of those were in road games; the other, although technically a home game, was played at Miller Park in Milwaukee due to the impact of Hurricane Ike. Carlos Zambrano of the Cubs threw a no-hitter in that game, played on September 14, 2008, one day after the hurricane made landfall over Galveston Island.
Darvish emulates his boss
From Elias: Yu Darvish struck out 14 batters in his bid for perfection. Darvish became only the second Rangers pitcher with as many as 14 strikeouts and no walks in one game. The first was current team President Nolan Ryan, who struck out 15 batters without walking a batter over 10 innings against the White Sox in August 1990.
Clutch-hitter Jones returns to form in 2013
From Elias: Adam Jones picked up right where he left off in 2012, delivering the tying and winning runs with a seventh-inning double in the Orioles' 7-4 victory over the Rays. Last season, Jones tied with John Jaso for the American League lead in game-winning RBIs in Late-Inning Pressure Situations. Jones's total of seven matched the highest by any Orioles player over the last 10 years. (Melvin Mora had seven LIPS GWs in 2006.)
Dickey loses in Blue Jays debut
From Elias: The Indians spoiled R.A. Dickey's debut with the Blue Jays, posting a 4-1 win at Toronto. Cleveland's victory snapped Dickey's seven-game winning streak against American League teams, which was the second longest among active major leaguers. The only other pitcher with a current streak of seven or more wins versus the AL is Nate Jones of the White Sox (8).
Two, two, two
From Elias: Carlos Gonzalez went 2-for-5 and scored a pair of runs, just as he did in the Rockies' season opener, as Colorado posted an 8-4 win at Milwaukee. Gonzalez, who also homered in both games, became only the third Rockies player with at least two hits and two runs in each of the team's first two games of a season. Mike Kingery did it in 1995 and Clint Barmes in 2005.
Bell gets rung by Cardinals
From Elias: Pete Kozma and Jon Jay homered off Heath Bell in the seventh inning to break open a close game, and the Cardinals defeated the Diamondbacks, 6-1. Bell had allowed two homers in the same game only once in his previous 430 appearances, dating back to 2006.
Dodgers and Giants trade shutout wins to open season
From Elias: Madison Bumgarner allowed two hits and no walks over eight innings to earn the victory in the Giants' 3-0 win at Dodger Stadium, one day after Clayton Kershaw shut out the Giants on four hits. That marked only the second time in the last 20 years that these longtime rivals split a pair of game on consecutive days, with each team winning via shutout.
Twenty times eight equals Ovechkin
From Elias: Alex Ovechkin reached the 20-goal mark for the eighth time in his eight-season NHL career when he scored the second of his two goals against the Hurricanes on Tuesday. The only other active players to score at least 20 goals in each of their first eight NHL seasons are Jaromir Jagr (17), Teemu Selanne (11), and Ilya Kovalchuk (10, through last season).
Bruins-Sens game features a shootout, literally and figuratively
From Elias: Bruins-Sens game features a shootout, literally and figuratively The Bruins outshot the Senators, 50-47, in their 3-2 win on Tuesday night. The 97 shots on goal matched the highest two-team total in an NHL game over the last 20 seasons. The only other game with that many shots since 1993-1994 took place on April 15, 2006, when Washington posted a 2-1 shootout victory at Florida, after outshooting the Panthers, 49-48. Over the last 30 seasons (i.e., since 1983-1984), the only other non-overtime NHL game with 97 or more shots on goal was the Sharks' 7-2 win against the Kings on Dec. 26, 1992. There were 99 shots in that game, 59 of them by the losing team.
Tyler Seguin put 12 shots on goal and scored on one of them in Boston's win over the Senators. Seguin's 12 shots matched the highest single-game total by a Bruins player over the last 19 seasons. Brian Rolston had a 12-SOG game for Boston on March 24, 2001 (vs. Colorado) and Bill Guerin recorded a dozen shots on goal on November 8 that year (vs. Minnesota).
Backstrom sets up four goals for Caps
From Elias: Nicklas Backstrom matched his career high for assists in one game when he set up four goals in the Capitals' 5-3 win at Carolina. It was the seventh time that Backstrom recorded four assists in one game in his seven-year NHL career. Since 2007-2008, Backstrom's debut season, the only other NHL players with at least four games of four or more assists are Ryan Getzlaf (5) and Sidney Crosby (4).
Miller sets club record while snapping Penguins' streak
From Elias: Ryan Miller became the Sabres' all-time leader in games played by a goaltender (492) when he led Buffalo to a 4-1 victory at Pittsburgh that ended the Penguins' 15-game winning streak. Miller, who passed the former Sabres record-holder, Dominik Hasek (491 games), is one of six active NHL players who hold their current team's career record for games played by a goaltender. The others are Martin Brodeur (Devils), Miikka Kiprusoff (Flames), Cam Ward (Hurricanes), Nicklas Backstrom (Wild), and Ondrej Pavelec (Thrashers/Jets). Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury is one game away from tying Tom Barrasso's club record.
Lee makes impressive debut for Islanders
From Elias: Anders Lee, who was signed by the Islanders on Monday after playing three seasons at Notre Dame, made his NHL debut on Tuesday and scored the first goal in the Isles' game against the Jets. Lee was the 19th player to make his NHL debut with the Islanders and score in his first game, and he was the first to do so since John Tavares on Oct. 3, 2009. Among the other notable players to score in an NHL debut with the Islanders are Billy Harris, Mike Bossy, Duane Sutter and Patrick Flatley.
Markstrom wins on another busy night
From Elias: Jacob Markstrom stopped 39 of Tampa Bay's 41 shots on goal in regulation time and overtime, and then saved all three shots he faced in the shootout that earned him and the Panthers a 3-2 win over the Lightning. Markstrom has faced 40 or more shots on goal in four of his 15 NHL games this year. The only other goaltenders with as many 40-shot games this season as Markstrom are Kari Lehtonen (6) and Ryan Miller (5).