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Napoli is back at it against the Cardinals
From Elias: Mike Napoli drove in three runs with his bases-loaded double in the first inning of Wednesday's opener, after he drove in ten runs for Texas during the 2011 World Series, which is the highest total for any player in one postseason series against the Cardinals. Napoli is the first player ever to register as many as 13 RBIs within his first eight World Series games, and he's the first player since Reggie Jackson to drive in 13 or more runs over any span of eight Series games.
It seems we have been here before
From Elias: The Red Sox held the lead virtually all night in their 8-1 victory over the Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series as they picked up where they left off the last time those two clubs met in October. Boston's four-game sweep of St. Louis in the 2004 Fall Classic is one of only four World Series in which one team never trailed in any game. The other "wire-to-wire" sweeps were by the 1963 Dodgers (vs. the Yankees), 1966 Orioles (vs. the Dodgers) and 1989 Athletics (vs. the Giants).
Red Sox score early and often
From Elias: With three runs in the first inning followed by a two-run second frame, the Red Sox became the first team in major-league history to put crooked numbers on the scoreboard in each of the first two innings of a World Series opener.
6-D is twice as good as 3-D
From Elias: Each of the six defensemen who played for the Senators on Wednesday night recorded points in Ottawa's 6-1 win at Detroit: Erik Karlsson (2 assists), Eric Gryba (goal), Jared Cowen (goal), Chris Phillips (assist), Joe Corvo (assist) and Marc Methot (assist). The only other game in Senators history in which six Ottawa defensemen registered points was a 6-3 victory at Philadelphia on Dec. 23, 2006. Two of the Senators' six D-men in Wednesday's game against the Red Wings also played and scored in that 2006 game: Corvo (goal) and Phillips (goal).
Red Wings lose 6-1 at home
From Elias: One-sided losses on home ice used to be a rarity for the Red Wings but they've come a bit more frequently in recent seasons. Over a span of 13 seasons from 1994-95 through 2007-08 Detroit lost only one game by a margin of five goals or more at Joe Louis Arena (6-1 to Chicago in November 2000), but they've suffered five such losses at "the Joe" in six seasons since then, including Wednesday's 6-1 setback against Ottawa.
Krug shows scoring touch
From Elias: Rookie defenseman Torey Krug scored a pair of goals for the Bruins in their 5-2 win at Buffalo. There have been only two other multi-goal games by rookie defensemen for the Bruins over the last 12 seasons and they were both by Milan Jurcina in consecutive games in January 2006 (two goals vs. Tampa Bay and two goals vs. San Jose). Jurcina scored two goals in a game only one other time in his NHL career (for the Islanders in October 2010).