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James Sets Another NBA Mark
From Elias: LeBron James played the 800th regular-season game of his NBA career when the Heat lost to the Knicks on Thursday. James, at age 29 years and 10 days, is the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 800-game milestone. Only three other players hit the 800-game mark before turning 30: Kobe Bryant (29 years, 99 days), Kevin Garnett (29, 221) and Tony Parker (29, 333).
Stoudemire's 1st Double-Double Off The Bench
From Elias: Amar'e Stoudemire recorded 14 points and 11 rebounds off the bench in the Knicks' 102-92 victory over the Heat. It was Stoudemire's first game of the season with double-figure totals in both points and rebounds. He was the third Knicks player with a double-double in points and rebounds off the bench this season. (Andrea Bargnani had 12 points and 10 rebounds on Dec. 18, and J.R. Smith had 18 points and 10 rebounds on Dec. 23). Thursday's win by the Knicks was Stoudemire's 242nd career game with at least 10 points and 10 rebounds but first as a substitute.
Knicks Do Some Painting In Their Win Over Miami
From Elias: The Knicks scored 52 points in the paint in their win over the Heat, breaking a streak of 73 consecutive games in which they never scored more than 50 such points, which had been the longest active streak of its kind by any NBA team. That distinction now belongs to the Trail Blazers, who have not exceeded 50 points in the paint in their last 42 games.
St. Louis Has Been Giving Opponents The Blues
From Elias: The Blues extended their winning streak to seven games with a 5-0 victory at Calgary. The first three wins in the Blues' streak were all one-goal decisions (including one via a shootout) but their last four victories have been by scores of 5-0, 6-2, 5-2 and 5-0. Over the last six seasons, the only other time an NHL team won four consecutive games by three-goal or larger margins while scoring at least five goals in each game was when the Bruins did so in 2011 (Nov. 5-12).
Wild Rookie Gets His 1st Hat Trick
From Elias: Minnesota rookie Justin Fontaine completed his first NHL hat trick with an empty-net goal that wrapped up the Wild's 4-1 win at Phoenix. Fontaine, who turned 26 years old a little over two months ago (November 6, to be precise), is the oldest player to record a hat trick in his first season in the NHL since March 22, 2003, when Edmonton's Fernando Pisani scored three goals in a game against the Capitals. Pisani was roughly three weeks older at the time than Fontaine was on Thursday.
Jordan Staal's 4-Point Game
From Elias: Jordan Staal scored four points in one game for the second time in his NHL career when he tallied one goal and three assists in the Hurricanes' 6-1 win over the Maple Leafs. Staal notched his other four-point game with three goals and one assist for Pittsburgh at Detroit on Nov. 11, 2008. Jordan's older brother and Carolina teammate, Eric, who missed Thursday's game with a "lower body injury", has scored four or more points in a game 11 times but not since his five-point night against Ottawa on Nov. 17, 2010. Besides Jordan Staal, the only player to score four points in a game for the Hurricanes over the last three seasons is Jiri Tlusty on Feb. 11, 2013 versus the Islanders.
Getzlaf Has Another 3-Point Night
From Elias: Ryan Getzlaf put two goals and one assist on the scoresheet as he led the Ducks to a 4-3 win at Nashville on Thursday. Getzlaf has registered three or more points in a game six times this season (3 four-point games and 3 three-pointers). The only NHL player with more such games this season than Getzlaf is Sidney Crosby with eight.
Rare Last-Minute, Go-Ahead Goal For Capitals
From Elias: Eric Fehr scored his second goal of the game with 51.5 seconds left to play in the third period to snap a 3-3 deadlock, and that goal earned the Capitals a 4-3 win over the Lightning. Fehr is only the second Washington player in the last nine seasons to score a tiebreaking goal in the final minute of the third period. The only other Capital to do that since 2005-06 was Alexander Semin on Nov. 6, 2008 against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Schneider Shuts Out The Stars
From Elias: Cory Schneider recorded the 12th shutout of his NHL career and his third shutout of the season with a 1-0 victory against Dallas. Five of Schneider's last nine shutouts have been 1-0 wins: three of his last six clean sheets for the Canucks and two of three this season for the Devils.
Boyes Does All The Scoring For Florida
From Elias: Brad Boyes scored the only goal in regulation time for Florida and the only goal in the shootout that made the Panthers 2-1 winners in their game at Buffalo. Boyes is the second NHL player to account for all of his team's goals in regulation and only shootout goal in a win this season. Nino Niederreiter was the first, in the Minnesota Wild's 2-1 victory at Los Angeles on Tuesday.