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Peter Forsberg recorded his 600th career assist in the Flyers' loss to the Islanders on Thursday night. He's the 70th player in NHL history with at least 600 assists and the 14th active player. Forsberg reached the 600-assist plateau in 670 games, the quickest that any player has done it since Adam Oates hit that milestone on April 8, 1995, in his 663rd game.

Forsberg's career average of 0.90 assists per game is fourth-best in NHL history, behind Wayne Gretzky (1.32 assists per game),
Mario Lemieux (1.13) and Bobby Orr (0.98).

Teemu Selanne was the first NHL player to score 30 goals this season; it's the second time in Selanne's career that he's had that distinction (also 1997-98). Two other active players were the first to reach the 30-goal plateau in a season more than once: Jaromir Jagr (three times: 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1999-2000) and Markus Naslund (twice: 2000-01 and 2002-03).

Selanne's goal on Thursday night was the first of the game. It was the seventh time this season he opened the scoring in a game, tying him with Dany Heatley, Jarome Iginla, Vincent Lecavalier and
Zach Parise for the league lead in that category.

Cristobal Huet made 44 saves in Montreal's win at Atlanta. It was the fourth time this season that Huet recorded 40 or more saves in a game. Olaf Kolzig (five) is the only goaltender with more 40-save games than Huet this season.

Alexei Kovalev's goal at 5:47 of the first period snapped Montreal's goal drought at 138:17. It was the longest goalless streak for the Canadiens since October 2003 (199:25).

• The Bruins have won nine straight games against the Penguins, matching the third-longest current winning streak for one NHL team against another. The longest current streaks: Nashville over St. Louis (13 consecutive wins), Tampa Bay over Pittsburgh (11), San Jose over Washington (nine) and St. Louis over Buffalo (nine).

Phil Kessel scored the game-winning goal for the Bruins in the shootout; it was his second shootout goal this season. Only two other rookies have more than one shootout goal this season: Anze Kopitar and Wojtek Wolski (three each).

• The Canucks were outshot 35-14, but they beat the Senators in Ottawa 2-1. Vancouver's 14 shots matched the Canucks' lowest total ever in a win, something they did three previous times: vs. the North Stars in March 1979 (won 2-1), vs. the Devils in January 1998 (won 3-1), and at St. Louis in February 2003 (won 4-2).

• Nashville has beaten Columbus three times in the last seven days. It's the second time this season that the Predators beat the Blue Jackets three times in such a short span (the other instance was from Nov. 15 to 20). It's the first time in NHL history that one NHL team did that to another twice in one season.

Roberto Luongo is 10-1-0 with a 2.05 goals-against average, .938 save percentage and one shutout in 11 games since the Christmas break. Luongo's 10 wins are the most by any goaltender over that span.

Alexander Semin scored two goals in Washington's win over Carolina. Semin has 10 goals in the Capitals' last seven games. The last Washington player with 10 or more goals over a seven-game span was Peter Bondra in February 1999.

Brad Richards scored two goals and a shootout goal against Martin Brodeur in Tampa Bay's win over New Jersey. Prior to Thursday night, Richards had scored only two goals in 16 career regular-season games against Brodeur.

Brodeur has lost his last three shootouts (to Atlanta on Dec. 19, the Rangers on Jan. 2, and Tampa Bay on Thursday night, with all three games played at the Meadowlands), after posting a 12-4 career mark in shootouts prior to this stretch. Brodeur has allowed 11 shootout goals this season, the most in the NHL.

• The Heat shot 65 percent in the first half of their win over the Pacers. It was the 24th time this season that an NBA team shot 65 percent or better from the field in a half. Those teams are 20-4 in those 24 games.

It was the third time this season that Miami had a field goal percentage that high in a half, the most for any NBA team. Toronto and both Los Angeles teams have done it twice.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Dallas' win over the Lakers. It was the fourth straight game that Nowitzki had 25 or more points and 10 or more rebounds, the longest such streak in Mavericks history.