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Jeff Garcia lost possession of an NFL record Monday, but it's one that he probably does not mind losing. Entering the day, Garcia had thrown 129 touchdown passes in the NFL, and 50 of them went to one player -- Terrell Owens. That means that 39 percent of Garcia's TD passes had gone to one player -- the highest such percentage by any of the 103 players in the history of the NFL with at least 100 touchdown passes.

But with Garcia's touchdown pass to Brian Westbrook, he lost his spot atop that list. His percentage dropped to 38.2 percent, and the record again belongs to Jim Zorn, who threw 38.7 percent of his 111 NFL touchdown passes to Steve Largent.

Keyshawn Johnson had four catches on Monday, becoming the 16th NFL player with at least 800 catches. To get a sense of how the NFL passing game has evolved, consider that no one who debuted in the NFL from 1920 to 1975 made 800 receptions. One player who started his career in the 1970s did it (Steve Largent, who debuted in 1976), joined by seven players who entered the NFL in the 1980s, and now that Johnson has done it, eight players who debuted in the 1990s.

• Joel Lundqvist, the identical twin brother of Rangers goaltender Henrik, made his NHL debut Monday for the Dallas Stars. The Lundqvists are the fifth set of twins to play in the NHL, joining Peter and Chris Ferraro, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Patrik and Peter Sundstrom, and Rich and Ron Sutter.

• Defenseman Brad Stuart gave the Bruins a 5-4 lead with a goal at 10:35 of the third period, and, after the Canadiens tied the game, he scored again at 18:12 to give Boston a 6-5 win in Montreal. It was only the second time in the NHL's modern era (since 1943-44) that a defenseman scored a pair of tiebreaking goals in the final 10 minutes of the third period in one game; Yannick Tremblay did it for the Thrashers on March 1, 2002.

Marc Savard had three assists in the Bruins' 6-5 win over the Canadiens, giving him 25 in Boston's first 25 games of the season. The last Bruin to reach 25 assists in so few team games was Adam Oates, who had 25 in the first 22 games in the 1993-94 season.

• The Stars beat the Sharks, 1-0, with Mike Modano scoring the only goal. It was the first time in a regular-season game that Modano scored the only goal in a 1-0 game, but he did it twice in the 2000 playoffs, including once against the Sharks.

The Stars have won three of their 27 games this season by a 1-0 score. In the last 50 years, the only other team with three 1-0 wins this few games into a season was the 2001 Red Wings.

• The Oilers shut out the Canucks in Vancouver on Monday, 4-0. It was only Edmonton's third shutout in Vancouver. Goaltender Bob Essensa led a 7-0 shutout in 1996 and Tommy Salo had a 2-0 shutout in 2002.

• The Predators managed only three shots on goal in the third period of their 3-2 loss to the Coyotes. It's the second time this season that Nashville has had as few as three shots in the third period of a one-goal loss; it also had three shots in a 1-0 loss to the Stars on Nov. 22. No other team has had as few as three shots in the third period of a one-goal loss this season.

• The Spurs defeated the Warriors Monday, 129-89. It was the most points that the Spurs have scored in a non-overtime game in over 11 years, since winning 129-99 over the Warriors on Feb. 26, 1995, when Bob Hill was the head coach. Their previous most in a non-OT game under Gregg Popovich was 127, on Jan. 8, 2000 against the Magic.

And it was their largest margin of victory in more than eight years, since a 109-67 win over the Kings on Jan. 10, 1998.

The Spurs scored 75 points off the bench Monday, the most by their substitutes since the bench scored 77 points on Nov. 20, 1987.

Eddy Curry scored 26 points Monday, and he's scored at least 20 in each of his last seven games. That's the longest streak for any Knicks center since Patrick Ewing scored at least 20 points in eight straight games in Nov. 1996.

• The Mavericks lost in D.C. on Monday, 106-97, ending their 12-game winning streak. Four of the last five teams that took a winning streak of 12 or more games to Washington left without it. The Wizards also snapped the Lakers' 19-game winning streak in 2000, the Sonics' 14-game streak in 1996, and the Lakers' 14-game streak in 1978. The lone exception: the Hawks extended a winning streak to 13 games with a victory at Baltimore Arena in 1993.