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Giants allow third punt return touchdown this season
Marcus Sherels gave the Vikings an early lead with an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter. That's the third punt return TD allowed by the Giants this season. Only four other teams in NFL history allowed three or more touchdowns of this type in their first seven games of a season: 1951 Rams (4), 1959 Steelers (3), 2002 Titans (3), and 2008 Vikings (3).
The Giants have allowed six return touchdowns of any type this season (3 on punt returns, 2 on interceptions, 1 on a fumble return). In the Super Bowl era, that's tied for the second most through a team's first seven games, behind the 2013 Texans (7).
Another long TD drive for the Giants
The Giants took a 10-7 lead on a seven play, 82-yard drive in the second quarter. That's their fifth touchdown drive of more than 80 yards this season, tied with the Bears for second most in the NFL. The Bengals have eight touchdowns drives of that length this season.
Giants shut out Vikings over the last three quarters
In their 23-7 win, the Giants did not allow any points over the last three quarters of the game. It's the first time they have done so in a home game since a 19-3 victory over the Redskins at Giants Stadium in October 2006.
In the last game between these two teams in December 2010, Minnesota did not put any points on the board in the second, third, and fourth quarters (in a 21-3 Giants' win). The last team to shut out an opponent in the final three quarters of a game (excluding overtime) in consecutive meetings was the Seahawks against the Jets in December 2008 and November 2012. The last time the Giants accomplished this feat was in games spanning from December 1960 to November 1961 against the Redskins, doing so over three consecutive games. In the second of those three games with Washington, the Giants allowed 21 points in the first quarter but went on to win the game 24-21!
Coughlin/Manning end six-game losing streak
Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning won two Super Bowls together as head coach and starting quarterback, something done by just nine other such tandems. With their win tonight, they ended a dubious streak: they are the first head-coach/starting-quarterback tandem that won multiple Super Bowls together but later lost six games in a row, at any point of a season.
Freeman has a debut to forget
In his first game with the Vikings, Josh Freeman completed just 20 of 53 passing attempts (37.7%). The only other player in NFL history to throw at least 30 incompletions in his first game with a team was Rusty Hilger of the Lions. Hilger was 13-of-43 (30.2%) in a Week 6 loss to the Bears in October 1988.
Giguere shuts the door on the Penguins
Colorado goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere recorded his second shutout in three games this season when he made 34 saves to lead the Avalanche to a 1-0 win at Pittsburgh. Giguere is the first goaltender in Nordiques/Avalanche history to post two shutouts in his first three games of a season and only the second NHL netminder to do that in the last five seasons. The Blues' Jaroslav Halak notched two clean sheets in his first three games in the lockout-delayed 2012-13 season. The earliest that Giguere registered his second shutout in any of his previous 15 seasons in the NHL was in his 12th game in 2008-09 with Anaheim.
The Avalanche recorded only 14 shots on goals Monday night, their fewest in a win in nearly four years. On October 28, 2009 against the Flames, Colorado also had just 14 shots on net in a 3-2 win.
Goalless game decided in shootout
Antti Niemi and Jimmy Howard each received credit for a shutout when the Sharks and Red Wings played the first goalless game in the NHL this season, with Niemi and San Jose claiming a 1-0 victory after prevailing in the subsequent shootout. It was Niemi's 24th career shutout, all of which he's registered since October 2009. The only other goaltender with as many shutouts over the last five seasons as Niemi is Henrik Lundqvist with 26. Jimmy Howard ranks 11th with 17 shutouts over the same span.
Brodie's late goal wins it
T.J. Brodie scored with 30 seconds remaining in the third period to give the Flames a 3-2 win over the Kings. The last Flames player to score a game-winning goal with 30 or fewer seconds remaining in the third was Todd Bertuzzi on January 3, 2009 at Nashville; Bertuzzi scored the difference maker with 24 seconds left.