Date: October 10, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Wainwright and Smoltz

From Elias: Adam Wainwright pitched the Cardinals into the NLCS with a 6-1 victory over the Pirates in Game 5 of the National League Division Series. It was Wainwright's third career postseason victory as a starter (one in last year's NLCS and two in this year's NLDS) after he saved four games for St. Louis as a rookie during the 2006 postseason. Wainwright joined John Smoltz as the only pitchers in postseason history with three or more wins as a starter and at least three saves. Smoltz won 13 postseason games as a starting pitcher and he saved four more.

St. Louis Cardinals


Alvarez gave it his best

From Elias: The Pirates scored their only run in Game 5 on an RBI single by Pedro Alvarez, who became the first player in major-league history to drive in runs in each of the first six postseason games of his career (beginning with Pittsburgh's Wild Card Playoff Game against the Reds). Alvarez is the first player ever to drive in runs in each game of a Division Series that went the distance. His six-game RBI streak in the postseason is the second-longest in Pirates history, one shy of the mark of seven straight games with RBIs set by Clyde Barnhart, spanning the 1925 and 1927 World Series.

Pittsburgh Pirates



Monahan finds NHL to his liking

From Elias: Flames rookie Sean Monahan scored the first goal and assisted on the second goal in Calgary's 3-2 win over the Canadiens. Monahan, the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft, has tallied at least one point in each of the four games he's played in the NHL. It's the longest point streak to begin an NHL career by a Flames player since October 1989, when Sergei Makarov scored points in each of his first seven games. Since 2008, the only NHL players besides Monahan to register points in each of their first four career games are Jamie McBain (March 2010), Carl Hagelin (Nov./Dec. 2011) and Cory Conacher (January 2013).

Calgary Flames

Canadiens at a loss in Calgary

From Elias: The Canadiens have lost all seven games they've played in Calgary since their 1-1 tie there on New Year's Eve 2002. It's their longest road losing streak against one team since they suffered seven consecutive losses in Toronto from February 1999 to December 2001.

Montreal Canadiens


Late game-winning goal by Steen

From Elias: Alexander Steen scored with 21.1 seconds remaining in regulation time to snap a 2-2 tie and his goal earned the Blues a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks. It was the first go-ahead goal in the final minute of the third period in an NHL game this season and the first by a Blues player since Nov. 28, 2007, when Brad Boyes scored a tiebreaking goal at the 19:02 mark of the third period in a game at Buffalo.

St. Louis Blues