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Elias Says: March 17, 2017

Westbrook’s amazing 10 games

Russell Westbrook had his fourth straight triple double in the Thunder’s win in Toronto on Thursday, capping a 10-game span in which he scored 369 points with 110 assists and 101 rebounds. The only player in NBA history with as many points, assists and rebounds over a 10-game span as Westbrook was Oscar Robertson, who scored 372 points with 110 assists and 121 rebounds from Christmas Day 1960 to January 5, 1961.

Thompson gets Warriors off to a quick start

Klay Thompson scored 21 points in the first quarter of the Warriors’ blowout win over the Magic on Thursday. It’s the seventh time that Thompson has had a 20-point quarter over the last three seasons (2014–15 to date), the third-highest total in the NBA, behind Stephen Curry (16) and Russell Westbrook (9).

Gasol’s triple double

Marc Gasol had his second triple-double of the season and the third of his career in the Grizzlies’ win over the Hawks on Thursday. One of Gasol’s previous ones also came in a game in which he started at center against Dwight Howard. No other starting center has had a triple-double in a game when starting against Howard, in the regular season or postseason.

James finishes strong

LeBron James scored 17 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter in the Cavaliers’ win over the Jazz on Thursday. James tied his second-most points in any quarter of a game this season; he had 20 in the third quarter against the Celtics on November 3 and two other periods with 17.

Barton’s big night

Will Barton came off the bench to score a career-high 35 points to lead all scorers in the Nuggets’ win over the Clippers on Thursday; no one else in the game scored more than 22 points. Only two other players have come off the bench this season and been a game’s high scorer by a double-digit margin: Lou Williams (Dec. 5) and Ian Clark (March 11).

Nets beat Knicks again

The Nets defeated the Knicks on Thursday, 121–110. That’s their most points against the Knicks in nearly 14 years, since a 122–101 win at Madison Square Garden on March 28, 2003, with Byron Scott as head coach.

Nylander becomes the 3rd Toronto rookie to reach 50 points this season

William Nylander became the third Maple Leafs rookie to reach the 50-point mark this season when he notched an assist in Toronto’s 5–0 win over the Lightning. Auston Matthews (55 points), Mitch Marner (55) and Nylander (50) are only the fourth trio of rookie teammates to each score at least 50 points in the same season. The other 50-point rookie trios were on the 1980–81 Nordiques (Peter Stastny 109, Anton Stastny 85, Dale Hunter 63), 1982–83 Maple Leafs (Peter Ihnacak 66, Walt Podubny 59, Dan Daoust 51) and 1992–93 Jets (Teemu Selanne 132, Alex Zhamnov 72, Keith Tkachuk 51).

Arvidsson joins compatriot and teammate in 25-goal club

Viktor Arvidsson scored the first regular-season overtime goal of his NHL career to earn the Nashville Predators a 2–1 win in Washington. Arvidsson’s goal was his 25th of the season, which ranks him second among Nashville players behind another native of Sweden, Filip Forsberg, who’s scored 28 goals. The 2016–17 Predators are the first NHL team to have at least two Swedish-born players each score 25 or more goals in the same season since the Canucks had three in 2009–10: Mikael Samuelsson (30 goals), Daniel Sedin (29) and Henrik Sedin (29).

Oilers scoring like it’s the ’80s

The Oilers posted a 7–4 win over the Bruins on Thursday, after beating Dallas by a 7–1 score on Tuesday. This is the first time that Edmonton scored at least seven goals in each of two consecutive games since Dec. 4–7, 1988, when the Oilers followed a 10–6 win versus the Rangers with an 8–3 victory against the Nordiques. Scoring seven goals in two or more consecutive games used to be a regular thing for the Oilers. They did it 29 times during their first 10 seasons in the NHL (including a league-record six-game streak in November 1983) but hadn’t managed that feat again until this week.

Chara drops the gloves

Zdeno Chara was assessed a fighting major for his tussle with Zack Kassian. It was Chara’s third fight of the season after getting into just one fight over the previous two seasons combined. Chara’s other dance partners this season are Toronto’s Matt Martin and the Oilers’ Patrick Maroon.

Iginla gets first goal

Jarome Iginla’s goal 36 seconds into the third period broke a 0–0 deadlock in the Kings’ 2–0 win over the Sabres on Thursday. It was Iginla’s 622nd goal in the NHL, but only the third which gave his team a 1–0 lead in the third period; the others came in 2001 and 2006.

Tarasenko scores twice for Blues

Vladimir Tarasenko's empty-net goal against the Sharks on Thursday was his 25th even-strength goal of the season, after he had 29 even-strength goals in 2014–15 and 28 last season. He’s the first Blues player to score at least 25 even-strength goals in each of three consecutive seasons since Brett Hull did that in each of six straight years, from 1988–89 through 1993–94.

Zetterberg has been hot

Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist in Detroit’s shootout win over the Coyotes on Thursday. It was Zetterberg’s seventh multiple-point game over the last 30 days, tied for the NHL high over that time (since February 17), along with Brad Marchand (who had three points on Thursday) and Patrick Kane.

Chicago continues streak with Keith

Defenseman Duncan Keith scored the first goal for the Blackhawks’ in their 2–1 victory against the Senators in Ottawa. Chicago has won all 12 games since February 1 in which Keith has tallied at least one point, and the Blackhawks have a 30–5–3 record this season in games in which he has produced a goal or an assist.

Henrique hurts Flyers

Adam Henrique and Taylor Hall each scored a pair of goals for the Devils as they ended their 10-game winless streak with a 6–2 victory over the Flyers. Henrique has scored 13 goals in the 24 games he’s played against Philadelphia. That’s the most goals he’s scored versus any team in his NHL career and the most goals any NHL player has scored against the Flyers over the last six seasons. Hall has played only nine games versus the Flyers during his seven seasons in the NHL (having played for Edmonton until this season) but he’s tallied seven goals against them.

Klingberg sets up two goals

John Klingberg had a pair of assists in the Stars’ 4–2 win over the Canucks on Thursday, and he’s totaled 100 points over the last two seasons combined. The only other defensemen in triple digits in points since the start of the 2015–16 season are Erik Karlsson (145), Brent Burns (145), Victor Hedman (106), Roman Josi (104) and Kris Letang (101). Klinberg is the only one among that group who has never been selected to an All-Star game.

Bobrovsky continues undefeated March

Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves in his 2–1 win for the Blue Jackets against the Panthers. Bobrovsky has won all six games he’s played this month and allowed only seven goals in the process (that’s a 1.17 GAA). Columbus has eight games left to play in March, so Bobrovsky has a chance to at least match the perfect 12–0–0 record he posted in December this season. Bobrovsky has already won two more games this month than he did in January (4–4–0) or February (4–4–2) this season.

Rask scores a late winner

Victor Rask’s tiebreaking goal with 3:24 left to play in the third period was the game-winning goal for the Hurricanes in their 3–1 victory against the Wild. It was the second time this season that a Carolina player scored a go-ahead goal in the last five minutes of regulation time. Derek Ryan scored the other late-third-period tiebreaker for the Hurricanes in a game at Arizona earlier this month (March 5). Rask has scored 16 goals this season, which ranks him third among Carolina players, but he leads the team with nine third-period goals.

Little’s 5th season of 20+ goals

Bryan Little scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season for the Jets in their 4–2 win against the Islanders in Brooklyn. This is the fifth time that Little has reached the 20-goal mark in a 10-season NHL career spent entirely with the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise. That ties him with Slava Kozlov for the second-most 20-goal seasons in team history, behind Ilya Kovalchuk with eight. Kovalchuk and Kozlov produced all of their 20-goal seasons when the club was located in Atlanta. Wheeler notched one 20-goal season for the Thrashers and he has four since the team moved to Winnipeg in 2011.