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• Montreal's Tomas Plekanec, Edmonton's Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Minnesota's Pierre-Marc Bouchard all scored penalty-shot goals Saturday. This was the first day in NHL history with three-penalty shot goals.
Plekanec is the second Montreal player this month to score a penalty-shot goal (Guillaume Latendresse had one Feb. 8.) This is the first time the Canadiens have scored two penalty-shot goals in a season.
• Rod Brind'Amour scored twice for Carolina and became the 78th player with 400 career goals. He's the first to score No. 400 in a Whalers/Hurricanes uniform.
• Eight Sabres and seven Bruins failed to score in the shootout before Petr Tenkrat finally slipped one past Ryan Miller, giving Boston a 4-3 win. Fifteen was the second-longest scoreless streak for both teams in a shootout since the NHL adopted the rule at the start of the 2005-06 season. On Oct. 7, 2006, the Rangers and Flyers missed their first 25 shots before Marcel Hossa won it for New York.
• Mats Sundin scored two goals and won 18 of 26 faceoffs in the Maple Leafs' 4-3 win over the Oilers. This was the third time over the past two seasons that Sundin has scored more than one goal and been "plus-10" or better on faceoffs. No other NHL player has had more than one such game over that span.
• Philadelphia beat the Rangers despite being outshot 43-25. The Flyers have won a league-high seven games in which they allowed at least 40 shots on goal this season (they're 7-3-0), including six such wins on the road (6-1-0), also a league-best figure.
• The Senators trailed the Thrashers 3-2 at the second intermission but scored three times in the third period and won 5-3. Saturday was the 18th time over the past two seasons that Ottawa has scored three or more goals in the final period. Only Detroit (19) has had more big third periods over that span.
• Nathan Horton scored 29 seconds into overtime, giving the Panthers a 5-4 win against the Lightning. That was the second-fastest overtime goal ever for Florida. Jesse Belanger scored 23 seconds into sudden death on Dec. 2, 1993, the second overtime win in franchise history.
• It was no surprise that Jason Kapono won the NBA's Three-Point Shootout in Las Vegas. Kapono has shot 89-for-159 (56 percent) from behind the line this season, the best pre-All-Star Game long-distance shooting performance ever by an NBA player with at least 75 attempts.
• Phil Mickelson sits atop the leaderboard after 54 holes at the Nissan Open. It's the sixth time in his past seven rounds played on the PGA Tour that he has been atop the leaderboard at the conclusion of the round. This is the second time in Mickelson's PGA Tour career that he has had a stretch of rounds this good. In 2005, Mickelson had a streak of 10 rounds on tour of holding the lead; starting with the opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, leading wire-to-wire at the FBR Open and ending in round three of the Ford Championship at Doral.
• Padraig Harrington has recorded 18 holes under par through the first three rounds of the Nissan Open. In only one other PGA Tour event has Harrington recorded more holes under par after 54 holes of play. In the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, Harrington had 19 holes under par after 54 holes of play and stood in 11th place on the leaderboard.
• Rich Beem shot a 6-under-par 65 on Saturday to climb into contention at the Nissan Open. The 65 by Beem was good for low round of the day. It's only the second time in Beem's 645 rounds played on the PGA Tour that he has posted the low round of the day. During Round 4 at the 2002 Players Championship, Beem carded a low round of 6-under 66.
• Sergio Garcia is averaging 26.7 putts per round after 54 holes of the play at the Nissan Open. For Garcia, this is the best putts-per-round average through 54 holes of a PGA Tour event since the 2002 Nissan Open, when he averaged 25.3 putts per round after 54 holes.
Cabrera and Albert Pujols are the only major leaguers with a .300 batting average and 75 extra base hits in each of the past two seasons.
• Eric Bedard and the Orioles agreed on a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Bedard's 3.10 ERA after the All-Star break was third best in the American League in 2006, behind Johan Santana (2.54) and C.C. Sabathia (2.97). It was the best "second half" ERA by an Orioles left-handed pitcher since Scott McGregor (2.95) in 1983, the last year Baltimore won the World Series.