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Beasley Makes His Mark
From Elias: Michael Beasley took advantage of his time on the court in the Heat's blowout win over the Bucks by scoring 19 points off the bench in 19 minutes and 39 seconds of playing time. It was the most points by a Miami player in a game in which he played fewer than 20 minutes since Jermaine O'Neal scored 19 points in 18:39 against his former team, the Pacers, at Miami on Dec. 27, 2009.
Heat Finding Efficiency
From Elias: Miami made 58.2 percent of its field-goal attempts (46 of 79) in its 118-95 victory over Milwaukee, after shooting 57.7 percent from the field (41 of 71) in its previous game (an overtime loss to the Celtics on Saturday). The last NBA team to post field-goal percentages of 57 percent or higher in consecutive games was the Heat in December 2012. Miami has done that in consecutive games five times in its history, with one set of such games coming in January 1990 and the two others occurring in the winter of 2006.
Ellis Doesn't Play Second Fiddle
From Elias: Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki each scored a team-high 19 points to help the Mavericks defeat the Wizards. It was the fifth straight game in which Ellis, in his first season with Dallas, has led the Mavericks in points (either outright or tied). Ellis is the second player over the last 15 seasons (1999-2000 to date) other than Nowitzki to lead the Mavs in scoring in five or more consecutive games. O.J. Mayo had a pair of five-game streaks as Dallas' top scorer in November 2012, all in games that Nowitzki didn't play.
Panthers Only Beat The Best
From Elias: The Panthers ended their nine-game winless streak by overcoming a 2-0 deficit to record a 3-2 victory over the Ducks, the team with the highest point total in the NHL. The Panthers are only the second team in the last 13 seasons to end a winless streak of nine games or more with a victory against the club that entered play that day with the outright highest point total in the NHL. The only other such win since 2000 was a 4-1 victory by the Oilers over the Canucks on April 2, 2011. Edmonton had the lowest point total in the NHL (57) and an 11-game winless streak going into that game against a Vancouver team with a league-leading total of 113 points.
Florida has recorded only four wins this season but they've come against teams with a current 44-21-7 combined record: Dallas (8-7-2), Pittsburgh (11-6-0), Minnesota (10-4-4) and Anaheim (15-4-1).
Ovie Likes OT
From Elias: Alex Ovechkin scored the 13th regular-season overtime goal of his NHL career to earn the Capitals a 4-3 victory over the Blue Jackets. The only other players with a double-digit overtime goal total since Ovechkin made his NHL debut in October 2005 are Daniel Sedin (10) and Ilya Kovalchuk (10).
Ekman-Larrson With OT Rarity For Coyotes
From Elias: Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the first overtime goal of his NHL career to earn the Coyotes a 3-2 win at St. Louis on Tuesday night. It was the first overtime goal by a Phoenix defenseman since Oct. 22, 2009, when Adrian Aucoin scored in OT against the Red Wings. Ekman-Larsson has scored four goals this season and the last three have all been game-winning goals.
Thrice As Nice In Overtime
From Elias: Alex Ovechkin, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and San Jose's Brad Stuart (at Calgary) each scored an overtime goal on Tuesday. It was the first time that three overtime goals were scored in one day this season. The only day during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 NHL season on which at least three overtime goals were scored was January 27, when there were four OT tallies: by Andrei Markov (Montreal), Vladimir Sobotka (St. Louis), Nick Leddy (Chicago) and Evander Kane (Winnipeg).
Brodeur Bounces Back
From Elias: Martin Brodeur stopped 33 of the 35 shots he faced in his 3-2 win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Brodeur allowed 17 goals while posting a 1-2-2 record, 3.32 goals-against average and .871 save percentage over his first five games this season, but he's given up only four goals while going 4-1-0 in five games since then (0.80 GAA, .964 save percentage).
Mason Shuts Down Senators
From Elias: Steve Mason posted the 20th shutout of his NHL career and his first shutout for the Flyers with a 5-0 win at Ottawa. Mason recorded 19 shutouts for the Blue Jackets, including 10 in his first 53 starts in 2008-09, his debut season, when he won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie. It took Mason 191 additional starts to go from 10 to 20 career shutouts.
Bishop Giving Lightning A Chance
From Elias: Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop recorded his 12th win in 14 games this season with a 2-1 shootout victory at Montreal. Bishop has allowed two or fewer goals in each of his last seven starts. Over the last nine years the only other Lightning goaltender to do that in seven or more consecutive starts in one season was Antero Niittymaki with a run of eight straight starts in January and February 2010.
Pavelec Just Needs To Stay Busy
From Elias: Ondrej Pavelec made 41 saves in regulation time and overtime and then bested Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard in a shootout that gave the Jets a 3-2 win over the Red Wings. Pavelec has won all five games in which he's faced 35 or more shots on goal this season but he's 2-7-2 in his 11 other games.
One Is All You Get Against Poulin
From Elias: Islanders goaltender Kevin Poulin made 32 saves in his 3-1 win over the Predators, and he was closing in on his first NHL shutout when Patric Hornqvist scored Nashville's lone goal with 5:30 remaining in the third period. Poulin has allowed only one goal in three of his four starts in November, after doing so only twice in 19 career NHL starts entering this month.
Dwyer Is The Difference
From Elias: Patrick Dwyer's first goal of the season was the game-winner for the Hurricanes in their 2-1 victory over the Avalanche in Raleigh. It was Dwyer's first game-winning goal since Dec. 28, 2010 and only the fifth game-winner in a six-year NHL career spent entirely with the Hurricanes. Dwyer's other game-winning goals were all scored in Carolina road games, including two at Toronto.