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The Devils edged the Rangers 2-1 at the Meadowlands on Tuesday, marking the 18th time this season that New Jersey has won a game in which it scored no more than two goals (not counting shootout goals, of course), far and away the highest such total for any NHL team. The Canucks, with 10 such wins, are the only other team in double-figures.
How remarkable is that? Consider that Brodeur's total of three such streaks matches the total for all other active NHL goaltenders. (Nikolai Khabibulin had a 42-start streak in 1996-97; Dominik Hasek had a run of 33 straight starts in 1998-99; and Tomas Vokoun started 38 straight games in 2002-03.)
Hossa leads all NHL players with 17 third-period goals this season, and his total of 10 shorthanded goals over the past two seasons is also a league high.
• Bryan Murray recorded his 600th regular-season win as an NHL coach when his Senators defeated the Oilers. Four other coaches, all retired, have reached that plateau: Scotty Bowman (1,244 wins), Al Arbour (781), Dick Irvin (692) and Pat Quinn (657).
Murray's first win as an NHL coach came more than 25 years ago, on Nov. 14, 1981, when his Capitals downed the Whalers in Hartford 4-0. Of the four coaches with 600-plus wins, Bowman had the shortest span between his first victory and win No. 600 (14 years, 343 days), followed by Arbour (18 years, 99 days), Irvin (24 years, 227 days) and Quinn (24 years, 361 days).
The only active players with more 20-goal seasons for their current teams than Alfredsson has for the Senators are Joe Sakic (17 for the Nordiques/Avalanche), Mike Modano (14 for the Stars), and Mats Sundin (12 for the Maple Leafs). Two other players also have nine 20-goal seasons for their current clubs: Jarome Iginla (Flames) and Markus Naslund (Canucks).
• The Canadiens scored three first-period goals, each on the power play, and held on for a 5-3 win over the Capitals. It had been just over 15 years since Montreal last scored three power-play goals in the first period of a game; the last occasion was against Vancouver on Feb. 10, 1992.
It was only Boston's second shutout at Toronto over the past 25 years. Byron Dafoe blanked the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on March 28, 2001.
Know this: Only four players in NBA history have shot 60 percent from the floor while averaging at least 10 rebounds per game in the same season: Wilt Chamberlain (who did it three times), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (who did it once, in the 1979-80 season), Artis Gilmore (who did it an NBA-record five times) and Shaquille O'Neal (once, in 2004-05).
Not only does Lee have a good chance to join them this season, but so do Tyson Chandler (currently at 12.3 rebounds per game and shooting 60.7 percent), Dwight Howard (12.0 and 59.6 percent), Amare Stoudemire (9.5 and 59.2 percent) and Andris Biedrins (9.6 and 61.0 percent).
In the team's 60 previous seasons, only one Knicks player has finished the season leading the league in free-throw percentage: Allan Houston had that distinction in 2002-03 (91.9 percent).
• You don't see this every day: The Bulls held the Hawks without a field goal for the entire third quarter in Chicago's 106-81 victory. Atlanta shot 0-for-16 from the floor during the period, and all eight of its points came from the free-throw line.
It was the first quarter this season in which an NBA team held its opponent without a field goal. It happened once last season (Sacramento shot 0-for-20 in the fourth quarter in Salt Lake City on Feb. 3, 2006) and once the previous season (Detroit went 0-for-15 in the fourth quarter vs. Utah on March 13, 2005, but the Pistons won the game).
• Several countries will set highs in numbers of golfers in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship this year. South Africa has five players in this year's tournament (Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Trevor Immelman, Tim Clark and Rory Sabbatini), surpassing its previous high of four. Sweden is also sending five golfers ( Henrik Stenson, Robert Karlsson, Niclas Fasth, Carl Pettersson and Johan Edfors), surpassing the four that it sent to the 2001 tournament. India's Jeev Milkha Singh is the first player ever from his country to play in this event.