Date: October 26, 2016

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Cavs open up on a high note

The Cavaliers raised their Championship banner, handed out jewelry and then went out and crushed the Knicks, 117-88. It was the fifth-largest margin of victory on opening day for the defending NBA Champs. The Lakers beat the Kings by 35 in their first game of the 1972-73 season, the Celtics beat the Pistons by 35 to open the 1961-62 season, they beat the Knicks by 33 to start the 1962-63 season and the Pistons by 31 to open the 1964-65 campaign.

Cleveland Cavaliers


James opens season with a triple-double

LeBron James recorded a triple-double in the Cavaliers' win over the Knicks. It was the first triple-double for a player in his team's first game of the season since Jason Kidd did it for the Nets in their first game of the 2006-07 season and the first time any Cavaliers player has ever done it. Oscar Robertson had four opening-day triple-doubles in his NBA career.

Cleveland Cavaliers


Lillard off to a great start

Damian Lillard poured in 39 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out six assists in the Trail Blazers' win over the Jazz. Lillard is the fourth player since 1950, the first season the NBA started compiling rebounds, to have that many points, rebounds and assists in his team's first game of the season. The other three players to open a season with a game like this are in the Basketball Hall of Fame: Walt Bellamy for the Chicago Zephyrs in 1962, Adrian Dantley for the Jazz in 1983 and Michael Jordan for the Bulls in 1989.

Portland Trail Blazers

Can the Warriors take a mulligan on opening night?

Golden State's season of redemption got off to a shaky start when the Spurs blasted the Warriors, 129-100, at Oakland. That was the second-largest margin of defeat in league history by a team coming off an appearance in the NBA Finals. The record was set 10 years ago when Miami, the defending NBA champion at the time, was trounced by Chicago in its season opener -- a 108-66 loss at home.

Golden State Warriors

The Spurs and Pop win on opening day

The Spurs opened the 2016-17 season with a 129-100 win over the Warriors in Oakland, spoiling the Golden State debut of Kevin Durant. San Antonio is 18-2 (.900) in season openers in the Gregg Popovich era, the best such record for any NBA team over that span.

San Antonio Spurs



Kluber puts Tribe up 1-0

Corey Kluber struck out eight Cubs batters in the first three innings of Game 1 of the World Series. There have been over 1,500 postseason games in major-league history, Kluber is the first player to strike out at least eight batters in the first three innings of a postseason game.

Kluber threw six shutout innings in the Indians' Game 1 win. Kluber is 3-1 with a 0.74 earned-run average in four career postseason starts, all coming this month. The only other pitchers in major-league history to have at least three wins and an ERA that low in his first four career postseason starts are Christy Mathewson for the Giants in the 1905 and 1911 World Series (4-0, 0.25 ERA) and Cliff Lee in 2009 for the Phillies (3-0, 0.54 ERA).

Cleveland Indians


Perez has big World Series debut

Roberto Perez hit two home runs and drove in four runs in Game 1 of the World Series. Perez is the fourth player in major-league history with at least two homers and four RBIs in his first career World Series game. The others to do this were Ted Kluszewski for the White Sox in 1959 (2 HR, 4 RBI), Willie Aikens for the Royals in 1980 (2 HR, 4 RBI) and Andruw Jones for the Braves in 1996 (2 HR, 5 RBI).

Perez is the second player in major-league history to hit two home runs as a catcher in a World Series game in which his team pitched a shutout. The other player to do this was Yogi Berra in Game 7 of the 1956 World Series for the Yankees against the Dodgers. Berra hit a two-run home run off Don Newcombe in both the first and third innings of that game and Johnny Kucks threw a three-hit shutout. Kucks ended that game, and the World Series, by striking out Jackie Robinson. It was the last at-bat of Robinson's career.

Cleveland Indians


Both Lindor and Ramirez rap out three hits

Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez both made their World Series debut and both had three hits for the Indians in Game 1. They are the first pair of teammates to each get three or more hits in the same game in their World Series debut since Aubrey Huff and Freddy Sanchez did it for the Giants in Game 1 of the 2010 Fall Classic. Prior to Huff and Sanchez, you have to go back to 1982 when Paul Molitor and Robin Yount did it for Brewers in the first game in the 1982 World Series.

Cleveland Indians


The World Series shortstops are young

Addison Russell and Francisco Lindor, who are both 22 years old, were the starting shortstops for the Cubs and Indians in Game 1 of the 2016 World Series. It was the first game in World Series history in which the opposing starting shortstops were both under the age of 23.

Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians



Crosby ignites Penguins comeback

Sidney Crosby made his season debut on Tuesday and he scored the goal which began the Pittsburgh Penguins' comeback from a 2-0 deficit and enabled them to post a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. It was the second time this season that the Penguins won a game in regulation time in which they trailed by two goals or more (Pittsburgh beat San Jose, 3-2, last Thursday after trailing, 2-0), and the seventh such victory for Pittsburgh over the last two seasons. No other NHL team has recorded more than four wins of that kind since the beginning of the 2015-16 season.

Pittsburgh Penguins


Hall scores two goals for second straight game

Taylor Hall scored two goals for the Devils in their 5-3 win over the Coyotes, after scoring both goals for New Jersey in its 2-1 overtime victory against the Wild on Sunday. This is the first time that Hall has scored at least two goals in each of two consecutive team games in his NHL career, and only the second time in the last eight seasons that a Devils player has done so. Adam Henrique (who scored his first goal this season for New Jersey on Tuesday) was the other Devil to do that since 2009-10, posting back-to-back two-goal games against Detroit and Carolina on March 7-8, 2014.

New Jersey Devils


Ekman-Larsson scores twice

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a pair of goals for the Coyotes in their loss to the Devils in Newark. It was Ekman-Larsson's first multiple-goal game this season and the seventh of his NHL career, with at least one in each of the last six seasons. He's the first NHL defenseman to have at least one multi-goal game in each of six consecutive seasons since Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom had a seven-season streak for the Red Wings from 2005-06 through 2011-12.

Arizona Coyotes


Bruins use goalies #3 and #4

Injuries to the Bruins' regular goaltender, Tuukka Rask, and his backup, Anton Khudobin, forced Boston to give Malcolm Subban the start in goal against Minnesota on Tuesday. Malcolm, the younger brother of All-Star defenseman P.K. Subban, had played only one previous game in the NHL, a start for the Bruins at St. Louis in February 2015 in which he was pulled in the middle of the second period having allowed three goals while facing only six shots. Subban's start versus the Wild was all too similar to his NHL debut, as he was given the hook in the middle of the second period after giving up three goals on 16 shots. Boston replaced Subban with their fourth different goaltender in six games this season, Zane McIntyre, who was making his NHL debut. This is the first season in Bruins history in which four goaltenders have played for them in the month of October. Boston is the first NHL team to use four netminders in October within one season since 2008, when the Blues put Manny Legace, Ben Bishop, Chris Mason and Marek Schwarz between the pipes.

Boston Bruins

Eriksson Ek records three assists

Rookie Joel Eriksson Ek racked up three assists in Minnesota's 5-0 win at Boston. The 19-year-old center is the first teenager in Wild franchise history to have a three-assist game, and just the second teenager to score three points in one game for the club. Marian Gaborik had three three-point games for the Wild at age 19 during the 2001-02 season. Before Eriksson Ek, the only rookies (of any age) to have three-assist games for the Wild were Pascal Dupuis (Feb. 2002), Mikko Koivu (Nov. 2005) and Nick Johnson (March 2012).

Minnesota Wild


Larkin strikes twice

Dylan Larkin scored his first two goals of the season for the Red Wings in their 4-2 win over the Hurricanes. Larkin had only one two-goal game last season (Feb. 4 at Florida) but he tied Sam Reinhart for third in the NHL in goals by rookies (23), behind Artemi Panarin (30) and Jack Eichel (24). Larkin's goal total last season was the highest by a Red Wings rookie since Sergei Fedorov scored 31 goals as a freshman in 1990-91.

Detroit Red Wings


Stamkos and Kucherov record four points each

Steven Stamkos (two goals, two assists) and Nikita Kucherov (one goal, three assists) each tallied four points in the Lightning's 7-3 win at Toronto. They're the first pair of Tampa Bay players to register four or more points apiece in the same game since Nov. 18, 2010, when Martin St. Louis (five assists) and Stamkos (three goals, one assist) did that in an 8-7 Lightning victory at Philadelphia.

Tampa Bay Lightning


Seguin beats the Jets again

Tyler Seguin's third-period goal turned out to be the game-winning goal for the Stars in their 3-2 victory over the Jets in Dallas. Seguin has scored 12 goals in 14 games versus Winnipeg during his four seasons with the Stars and five of those goals were game-winners. He's the NHL leader in both goals and game-winning goals against the Jets since the start of the 2013-14 season.

Dallas Stars


Elliott beats his old team

Brian Elliott, playing against the Blues for the first time since they traded him to Calgary last June, made 23 saves in his 4-1 win for the Flames in St. Louis. Over his five seasons with the Blues (2011-12 through 2015-16), Elliott had the lowest goals-against average in the NHL (2.01) among goaltenders who played at least 100 games, and he ranked second in the league in both save percentage (.925, behind Cory Schneider at .926) and shutouts (25, behind Jonathan Quick with 28).

Calgary Flames


Flyers 3 PPG in the third period

Travis Konecny, Brayden Schenn and Mark Streit scored power play goals in the third period which erased a 3-0 deficit and led to the Flyers beating the Sabres in a shootout, 4-3. This was only the third time in the last 17 seasons that the Flyers salvaged any points from a game in which they trailed by three goals (or more) in the third period. The other instances were a 6-5 shootout win versus Carolina on Dec. 11, 2008 (trailed 5-1), and a 5-4 victory against Columbus on Dec. 19, 2013 (trailed 3-0).

Before Tuesday, the Flyers had not scored three third-period power play goals in one game since their 7-2 win over the Lightning in Tampa on March 2, 2010.

Philadelphia Flyers