Date: October 12, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to


History favors Cardinals after extra-inning win

From Elias: The Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 3-2 in 13 innings to take Game One of the NLCS. It's the 13th time that the first game of a League Championship series has gone to extra innings. The winner of that first game went on to win that series in each of the 12 previous instances.

St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers


Beltran creates and preserves tie, then wins game

From Elias: Carlos Beltran's RBI-single ended the game, three innings after his throw from right field retired Mark Ellis at the plate for a double play that preserved a 2-2 tie and 10 innings after his two-run double created that 2-2 deadlock.

Beltran is the first player in major-league postseason history to record in extra innings both an outfield assist and a walkoff RBI.

St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers


Greinke is third pitcher with 10 strikeouts vs. Cardinals in postseason game

From Elias: Zack Greinke struck out 10 St. Louis batters on Friday night, tying a record for most strikeouts against the Cardinals in a postseason game. The other pitchers who whiffed 10 Cardinals in a playoff game each did so for the St. Louis Browns in the 1944 World Series: Jack Kramer in Game Three and Denny Galehouse in Game Five.

Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals



Chiasson makes it look easy in first 10 games

From Elias: Alex Chiasson scored his third goal in three games this season in the Stars' victory at Winnipeg. Chiasson has recorded a total of nine goals in 10 games for Dallas since he made his NHL debut on April 3. Only six other players who debuted in the NHL's "modern era" (i.e., since 1943-44) scored nine or more goals in their first 10 career games: Don Murdoch (11), Rob Gaudreau (10), Dmitri Kvartalnov (10), Real Cloutier (9), Pat LaFontaine (9) and Teemu Selanne (9).

Dallas Stars, Winnipeg Jets


Greiss undefeated when facing 37+ shots

From Elias: Thomas Greiss, making his first start for the Coyotes, stopped 36 of the 37 shots on goal against him and posted a 2-1 win over the Flyers in Philadelphia. Greiss, who signed with the Coyotes as a free agent after playing four seasons with the San Jose Sharks, has won all seven games in his NHL career in which he faced at least 37 shots on goal. His save percentage for those seven games is .952.

Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers


Khabibulin is fourth 40-something in goal for Blackhawks

From Elias: Nikolai Khabibulin became the fourth goaltender age 40 or older to play a game for the Blackhawks when he began his second tour of duty in Chicago with a 3-2 win over the Islanders. Khabibulin, now 40 years old, played 202 regular-season games during a four-season stint with the Blackhawks from 2005-06 through 2008-09. The other "40-something" netminders in Blackhawks history were Tony Esposito (18 games at age 40 in 1983-84), Eddie Johnston (four games at age 42 in 1977-78) and Moe Roberts (one game at age 45 in 1951-52). Roberts played briefly in the NHL in the 1920s and 1930s, but he was Chicago's assistant trainer when he took the place of injured Blackhawks goaltender Harry Lumley for the third period of a game against the Red Wings on Nov. 25, 1951.

Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders


Fleischmann ties career high for points

From Elias: Tomas Fleischmann equaled his career high for points in one game (four) when he tallied one goal and three assists to lead the Panthers to a 6-3 win over the Penguins in Florida's home opener. It was the first four-point game by a Florida player since February 26, when Tomas Kopecky recorded three goals and one assist in another Panthers home-ice win against Pittsburgh. Fleischmann has been a thorn in the side of the Penguins over the last few seasons, having registered 10 goals and 10 assists in his last 17 games against them.

Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins


Seguin scores or assists on all four goals

From Elias: Tyler Seguin scored or assisted on all four of the Stars' goals in their victory over the Jets in Winnipeg. Seguin, who recorded two goals and two assists on Friday night, was the first player to score four or more points for the Stars in a road game since Oct. 23, 2008, when Mike Ribeiro notched five points in a 5-3 Dallas win against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum (one goal, four assists).

Dallas Stars, Winnipeg Jets


Monahan's goal streak is longest for Calgary rookie since 1990

From Elias: Rookie Sean Monahan extended his goal-scoring streak to four games when he scored a tiebreaking marker with 2:43 remaining in the third period and that goal earned the Flames a 3-2 win over the Devils. Monahan's goal-scoring streak is the longest by a Calgary rookie since 1990, when Paul Ranheim scored in four consecutive games from January 25 through February 1.

Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils


Two goals within 40 seconds account for all the scoring

From Elias: The Kings beat the Hurricanes in a shootout after the teams played to a 1-1 deadlock in their game at PNC Arena in Raleigh. The game was goalless until Dwight King scored a shorthanded goal to give the Kings a 1-0 lead with 6:34 remaining in the third period, but Carolina's Jeff Skinner tied the score with a power play goal 40 seconds later. This was the first NHL game in which each team scored only once and the goals came within a span of no more than 40 seconds since Nov. 18, 2008, when Minnesota's Mikko Koivu and Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke tallied 10 seconds apart in the first period. The Wild prevailed over the Penguins in the subsequent shootout.

Carolina Hurricanes, Los Angeles Kings