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Newton shipwrecks Buccaneers with arm, legs
Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes and ran for another in the Panthers' win over the Buccaneers on Thursday, improving his career totals to 52 TD passes and 25 TD runs. Newton, who entered the NFL in 2011, is the first player in league history to have at least 50 touchdown passes and 25 touchdown runs in a span of three seasons.
Thursday's game was the 17th of Newton's career in which he both threw and ran for a touchdown. That's 11 more than any other NFL player over the last three seasons (Tom Brady, of all people, is second, with six) and Newton has already matched the career total of games with a TD pass and run for noted dual-threat QBs Randall Cunningham, Steve McNair and Jeff Garcia.
Young Cardinals even the World Series at 1-1
The Cardinals young pitchers overpowered the Red Sox in St. Louis's win in Game 2 of the World Series: Michael Wacha (22 years old), Carlos Martinez (22) and Trevor Rosenthal (23) combined for 12 strikeouts and allowed only four hits. It's the first time in World Series history that a team has won a game using three (or more) pitchers, all of whom were younger than 24.
Two teams used two pitchers, each under 24, to win a World Series game: the Mets against the Orioles in Game 3 in 1969 (Gary Gentry and Nolan Ryan) and the Red Sox against the New York Giants in the eighth (there had been a tied game earlier in the series, necessitating a replay) and final game in 1912 (Hugh Bedient and Smoky Joe Wood).
Wacha had allowed only one run in 26 innings this postseason before David Ortiz's go-ahead home run in the sixth inning. The only other pitchers in major-league history to allow no more than one run in their first 25 postseason innings as a starting pitcher are Christy Mathewson (1905), Babe Ruth (1916-18) and Don Sutton (1974).
Rosenthal is only the third pitcher to strike out the side to end a World Series game. Sergio Romo did that to complete the Giants' sweep of the Tigers last year and Mort Cooper, the Cardinals' starting pitcher in Game 5 of the 1944 World Series, closed out the St. Louis Browns that way to finish a 2-0 shutout.
Cardinals take lead on sloppy play
The turning point in Game 2 of the World Series was the seventh-inning sacrifice fly by Matt Carpenter after which Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Craig Breslow were each charged with errors. It was the first time in World Series history that a pitcher and a catcher committed errors on the same play.
Ortiz provides all the runs for Boston
David Ortiz is the second player in Red Sox history to hit home runs in consecutive World Series games. Larry Gardner, a third baseman, did that in Games 3 and 4 against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1916, after he hit only two home runs in 493 at-bats during the preceding regular season.
Krejci scores with less than a second left in regulation
David Krejci's tiebreaking goal with eight-tenths of a second remaining in the third period earned the Bruins a 2-1 win over the Sharks. It was the first game-winning goal scored at the 19:59 mark of the third period in an NHL game since Feb. 1, 2012, when Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was the last-second hero in a game against Columbus. Before Krejci, the last Bruins player to register a tiebreaking goal in the final second of regulation time was Sergei Samsonov on Oct. 14, 2002 at Colorado.
Ovechkin scores 10th goal of season
Alex Ovechkin scored his 10th goal of the season on Thursday in Washington's 10th game, making him the first player in team history to reach double digits in goals in the team's first 10 games. Ovechkin has scored 32 goals in his last 31 regular-season games (since March 17).
Iginla opens his account in Boston
Jarome Iginla, who signed with Boston as a free agent last summer, scored his first goal for the Bruins in their game against the Sharks. Iginla's streak of eight games without a goal to begin this season was the second-longest season-opening goal drought of his 17-year NHL career. Iginla did not score a goal in his first 11 games with the Flames in 1999-2000.
St. Louis scores 10th OT goal for Tampa Bay
Martin St. Louis scored in overtime to make the Lightning 6-5 winners in their game against the Blackhawks after a fluky "own goal" tied the score at 5-5 with less than two minutes remaining in the third period. It was the 10th regular-season overtime goal of St. Louis' NHL career and he's scored all of them for the Lightning. Only four other active players have tallied 10 or more regular-season OT goals for their current team: Patrik Elias (Devils, 15), Alex Ovechkin (Capitals, 12), Shane Doan (Coyotes, 11) and Daniel Sedin (Canucks, 10).
Chiasson, Benn and Dillon each score in just over a minute of play
The Stars scored three goals in a span of 61 seconds in the second period in their 5-1 win over the Flames. It's the shortest span of time in which the Stars have scored three goals since October 14, 1995 when they overcame a 5-3 deficit in the final minute of the third period by scoring three goals in 44 seconds (by Kevin Hatcher, Mike Modano and Guy Carbonneau) to defeat the Bruins in regulation, 6-5.
Heatley ends drought
Dany Heatley scored his first goal of the season in Minnesota's win over Carolina on Thursday. That ended Heatley's goal drought at 10 games¿the longest of his NHL career.
Guess who got the game-winner for the Flyers
Defenseman Braydon Coburn's tiebreaking goal early in the third period was the game-winner for the Flyers in their 2-1 victory against the Rangers. Coburn has scored two goals in nine games this season and they were the game-winning goals in Philadelphia's only two victories (Oct. 8 vs. the Panthers and Thursday vs. the Rangers). Coburn played 493 regular-season games in his NHL career before this season and he had only two game-winning goals, both in Flyers victories over the Islanders in March 2008.
Sedin sets up two goals, extends road points streak
Henrik Sedin, who assisted on both of the Canucks' goals in their game at New Jersey, has recorded points in each of Vancouver's eight road games this season. It's the third-longest road point streak to begin a season in Canucks history, behind Trevor Linden's 10-game streak to start the 1995-96 season and Daniel Sedin's nine-game streak at the beginning of the team's 2006-07 road schedule.
Plekanec leads Montreal to win over Anaheim.
Tomas Plekanec scored one goal and assisted on two more to lead the Canadiens to a 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks. It was the 22nd time that Plekanec recorded three or more points in an NHL game but only the second time he did so in a game against a Western Conference team. The first time was in a 4-2 Montreal win at Phoenix on Nov. 12, 2009, when Plekanec tallied three assists.