Date: March 10, 2013

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Lawson is perfect from downtown in 32-point game

From Elias: Ty Lawson scored 32 points, while converting all four of his three-point field-goal attempts, in the Nuggets' victory over the Timberwolves. He's the first NBA player this season to score 30 or more points in a win, while shooting 4-for-4 or better from beyond the arc.

Denver Nuggets


Ariza stars off the bench

From Elias: Trevor Ariza came off the bench and scored 26 points to go along with 10 rebounds in the Wizards' victory over the Bobcats. The only other Washington reserve in the last 25 seasons who matched or exceeded each of those totals in a win was Christian Laettner, who had 26 points and 11 boards in a triumph against the Nets in March 2001.

Washington Wizards


Harden leads in points and turnovers again

From Elias: James Harden scored a game-high 38 points, but his eight turnovers also led both teams, in the Rockets' 107-105 loss to the Suns. It was the 10th time this season that Harden was a game's outright leader in both of those statistics. The only other NBA player in double figures in that category is Kobe Bryant, who has had both more points and more turnovers than any other player in 12 games this season.

Houston Rockets

Nets end their eight-game losing streak in Atlanta

From Elias: The Nets defeated the Hawks, 93-80, for their second-largest margin of victory in franchise history at Atlanta. The Nets' only more decisive win on the road against the Hawks came in November 2003, when Kenyon Martin and Jason Kidd led them to a 100-85 triumph. The Nets ended their eight-game losing streak in Atlanta. They entered Saturday with current road losing streaks of at least eight games versus the Hawks, Spurs (10 straight) and Heat (8 in a row).

Brooklyn Nets


Smith scores game-high 24 points in Knicks victory

From Elias: J.R. Smith led both teams with 24 points in the Knicks' victory over the Jazz on Saturday night. It was the fifth time this season that Smith was the outright leading scorer in a game and New York had lost each of the other four such contests.

New York Knicks

Grizzlies win with balanced scoring

From Elias: The Grizzlies used a balanced scoring attack, with seven players scoring at least 10 points, in their 96-85 win over the Hornets. Only one other NBA club in the last four seasons won a game with that many double-digit scorers and so few overall points as a team. The Rockets registered a 96-89 victory over the Suns in February 2012, with seven Houston players scoring in double figures.

Memphis Grizzlies



Jagr is oldest player in NHL history with goal in four straight games

From Elias: Jaromir Jagr, who turned 41 years old on February 15, extended his goal-scoring streak to four games when he scored the only goal for the Stars in their loss at Phoenix on Saturday. Jagr is the first player in NHL history to score goals in each of four consecutive team games in one season at age 41 or older.

Before Jagr, the only NHL player with a four-game goal-scoring streak after his 40th birthday was Dean Prentice for the Minnesota North Stars in 1972-73. Prentice had two four-game goal-scoring streaks at age 40 that season and the streaks were separated by only two goalless games.

Dallas Stars


Crosby extends goal-scoring streak vs. Leafs

From Elias: Sidney Crosby scored a goal in the Penguins' shootout win at Toronto on Saturday night, extending his goal-scoring streak against the Maple Leafs to eight games. (That's Crosby's longest goal-scoring streak versus one team in his NHL career.) Crosby has recorded 40 points (12 goals, 28 assists) while playing in all 25 games for Pittsburgh this year, matching the personal high for points in his first 25 games of an NHL season he set in 2010-11 with 18 goals and 22 assists.

Pittsburgh Penguins


Terry scores game-winning goal in NHL debut

From Elias: Chris Terry scored a goal in his first game in the NHL and it proved to be the game-winner for the Hurricanes in their 6-3 victory over the Devils on Saturday. Terry is only the second player in Hartford/Carolina franchise history to record the game-winning goal in his NHL debut. The first was Brad DeFauw, who made his NHL debut for the Hurricanes against Columbus on March 10, 2003 and scored two goals, the second of which was the decider in a 6-5 Carolina win. The only other player to make his NHL debut this season and score the game-winning goal in his first game is the Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko, who did that on opening night (January 19).

Carolina Hurricanes


Tavares scores two power play goals in 30 seconds

From Elias: John Tavares scored two power play goals in a 30-second span in the third period to break open a game that had been tied at 2-2 and send the Islanders on their way to a 5-2 win over the Capitals. Tavares is the third player in Islanders history to score two power play goals no more than 30 seconds apart in one game. The others were Hall-of-Famers Clark Gillies (10 seconds on March 29, 1975 vs. the Rangers) and Bryan Trottier (29 seconds on Feb. 13, 1982 vs. the Flyers).

New York Islanders

Bruins score three goals in quick span

From Elias: The Bruins beat the Flyers, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon and all of Boston's goals came in a 2:18 span in the first period (by Tyler Seguin, Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille). They were the fastest three goals by the Bruins in a game against the Flyers since Feb. 8, 1969, when Ken Hodge (two goals), Johnny Bucyk and Fred Stanfield scored four goals against Bernie Parent within a 2:03 span during the first period at Boston Garden. (The first three goals in that four-goal explosion by the Bruins were scored within 1:44 and the last three within 1:23.)

Boston Bruins


Bobrovsky ends personal drought with first career shutout

From Elias: Sergei Bobrovsky posted the first shutout of his NHL career with a 3-0 win against the Red Wings on Saturday. Bobrovsky's victory ended the longest streak of consecutive starts without a shutout to begin a career by an NHL goaltender (91) since Jeff Hackett ended his 136-start "o-fer" with a 2-0 win for the Blackhawks at Dallas on Dec. 23, 1995. Before Bobrovsky, the last NHL goaltender to go 91 or more consecutive starts without a shutout at any point in his career was Jose Theodore from March 2004 to January 2008 (102 starts).

Columbus Blue Jackets

Canadiens rally in third period

From Elias: The Canadiens scored three unanswered goals in the third period to overcome a 3-1 deficit and beat the Lightning, 4-3, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. It was only the third time in the last 14 seasons that the Canadiens won a game in regulation time after trailing by two or more goals in the third period. Montreal's two other such wins since the 1998-99 season were both in 2008 (Jan. 24 at New Jersey and Nov. 1 at the New York Islanders).

Montreal Canadiens


Sobotka's first hat trick keys Blues win

From Elias: Vladimir Sobotka scored three goals for the Blues in their 4-3 overtime win at San Jose. Not only was it the first hat trick of Sobotka's six-year NHL career, it was his first multiple-goal game. Sobotka has scored six goals in five games this month (and five goals in his last three games), after recording only six goals in 97 regular-season games from April 2011 through the end of February this year. With March only nine days old, Sobotka has already bettered his previous high for goals in a calendar month by 50 percent (four in 14 games in December 2010).

St. Louis Blues