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Monday, October 9, 2006
Elias Says ...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN Insider

A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:

• The Broncos have held their opponents to one touchdown over the first four games of the season. The last two teams to do that were the 2000 Dolphins and 1937 Bears.

• The Broncos defeated the Ravens, 13-3 on Monday Night Football. Over the last 15 years, only two other teams that were 4-0 or better have been held to three or fewer points in their first loss of the season. The 2000 Jets started 4-0 and were beaten by the Steelers, 20-3; and the 2004 Eagles started 7-0 and were also knocked off by the Steelers, 27-3.

 Jake Plummer
• Jake Plummer now has a career record of 65-64 in his NFL starts, as he has battled his way back from, at one point, a record that stood at 22 games below the .500 mark. He stood at 30-52 after completing his six seasons with the Cardinals; he's 35-12 since coming to the Broncos in 2003.

The last two quarterbacks who went as far into their NFL careers before first sniffing the above-.500 air both wound up in the Hall of Fame. Warren Moon first moved above .500 in his 139th NFL start, and it took Fran Tarkenton 195 starts until he moved above .500 for the first time.

• The Blue Jackets were 3-for-8 on the power play in their 5-4 win in Chicago on Saturday and they went 3-for-12 with a manpower advantage in Monday's 5-1 home win over Phoenix. It's the first time in franchise history that the Blue Jackets have scored three (or more) power play goals in each of two consecutive games.

 Alex Auld
• Alex Auld stopped 47 of 48 shots on goal and earned Florida a point in its 2-1 shootout loss in Toronto on Monday night. The Panthers allowed at least 48 shots on goal in a game a league-high six times last season, but they registered points in five of those six games, posting three wins, one overtime loss and one shootout loss.

• The Calgary Flames, who lost 4-1 at home to the San Jose Sharks on Monday night, have scored only four goals in their three games this season. The only other time that the Flames scored fewer than five goals through their first three games of a season was 1997-98, when they managed just three goals in three games.

• Atlanta's Kari Lehtonen stopped all 34 Tampa Bay shots on goal in posting a 1-0 shutout on Monday night, two days after he blanked the Florida Panthers, 6-0. It's the second time in Thrashers history that they've shut out their opponent in consecutive games. Last season, Michael Garnett notched back-to-back shutouts on the day before and the day after the NHL's two-day Christmas break (Dec. 23 at New Jersey, Dec. 26 vs. Montreal). Lehtonen's shutout on Monday was the 21st all-time for the Thrashers and the 10th in which they prevailed by a 1-0 final score.

Slava Kozlov scored the only goal in the game. It was the 279th of his career, but it marked the first time that he scored in a 1-0 game.