Date: October 22, 2014

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Bumgarner shines in Game One

From Elias: Madison Bumgarner did not allow a run until a Salvador Perez solo home run in the seventh inning of the Giants' 7-1 win in Kansas City. Entering the seventh inning, Bumgarner had not allowed a run in 21 innings pitched in the World Series. That is the second-longest consecutive scoreless innings streak to start a World Series career in major-league history, behind Christy Mathewson's 28-inning run from 1905 to 1911. The first 27 innings of Mathewson's streak came in the 1905 World Series, when he tossed three nine-inning, complete-game shutouts for the Giants against the Athletics in Games One, Three, and Five of that series.

Seven other pitchers had a streak of 21 consecutive scoreless innings in the World Series at any point in their careers: Whitey Ford (major-league record 33 straight scoreless innings, 1960-1962), Babe Ruth (29, 1916-1918), Mathewson (28, 1905-1911), Lew Burdette (24, 1957), Sandy Koufax (22, 1965-1966), George Earnshaw (22, 1930), and Carl Mays (21, 1918-1921).


Early hitting barrage dooms the Royals

From Elias: James Shields allowed three runs and five hits, including a two-run home run by Hunter Pence, in the first inning of Game One of the World Series. There have been 14 prior instances of a pitcher permitting at least five hits in the first inning of a World Series game; in each of those games, that pitcher surrendered at least three runs. Not surprisingly, 12 of those 14 teams whose pitcher allowed five or more hits went on to lose the game.

It's only the second time a pitcher has allowed at least five hits in the first inning of Game One of the World Series. Jeff Francis of the Rockies did so in the opening game of the 2007 World Series against the Red Sox (3 runs, 5 hits allowed in the first inning) in a game Colorado lost, 13-1. The bad news for Kansas City: The Red Sox went on to sweep the Rockies in that series.

The Giants' three first-inning runs should not come as a surprise; San Francisco led the majors in the 2014 regular season with 97 runs in the opening frame, just ahead of the Blue Jays and Brewers (94 each). And they sported a .286 first-inning batting average this regular season, also tops in the majors. In the 2014 postseason, the Giants are hitting .348 (16-for-46) with eight runs scored in the first inning.



D-man Klein wins it in OT

From Elias: The Rangers had not had a goal from a defenseman this season until Kevin Klein scored in overtime to earn the New Yorkers a 4-3 victory over their rival from across the Hudson River, the New Jersey Devils. It was the first overtime goal of Klein's NHL career and only the fourth regular-season OT goal by a Rangers defenseman over the last six seasons. Ryan McDonagh (one each in 2011-12 and 2013-14) and Dan Girardi (one in 2012-13) tallied the other sudden-death goals by Rangers backliners since the start of the 2009-10 season.

Lightning strike late

From Elias: The Lightning posted a 2-1 overtime victory in Calgary after trailing, 1-0, with less than three minutes remaining in the third period. Valtteri Filppula's goal with 2:16 remaining in regulation time tied the score at 1-1, and Ondrej Palat's goal three minutes into OT earned Tampa Bay the win. It's the first time in franchise history that the Lightning won a game in regulation time or overtime after trailing and being shut out with fewer than three minutes left to play in the third period.

Lucky Seven

From Elias: The Maple Leafs' 5-2 win over the Islanders on Tuesday marked the ninth consecutive Maple Leafs-Islanders game in which at least seven goals were scored. It's the first time that two NHL teams have combined for seven or more goals in each of at least nine straight head-to-head games since the Penguins and Oilers had a nine-game streak from 1993 to 1997. The Maple Leafs and Islanders have a long way to go to match the NHL record for such a streak: Quebec and Pittsburgh played 25 consecutive games in which at least seven goals were scored during the 1980s.

Winnipeg turns on the jets

From Elias: The Jets took an early 2-0 lead in their game against the Hurricanes when Andrew Ladd and Adam Lowry each scored in the first 2:37 of the first period and Winnipeg went on to record a 3-1 victory over Carolina. The only other time in Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise history that they scored two goals so quickly after the opening faceoff was on March 12, 2002, when Lubos Bartecko and Pascal Rheaume had the Thrashers ahead 2-0 by the 1:22 mark of the opening period in a game against the Lightning.


Ellis wins it in the shootout

From Elias: Ryan Ellis scored the deciding goal in the shootout that earned the Predators a win over the Coyotes, after he had a hand in all three goals that Nashville scored in regulation time. Ellis recorded one goal and assisted on the two other goals that the Predators scored, giving him the first three-point game of his career. But even more noteworthy is that fact that he's the first NHL defenseman ever to score a shootout-deciding goal in a game in which he tallied at least three points.


Raanta with the shutout in season debut

From Elias: Blackhawks backup goaltender Antti Raanta made his 2014-15 season debut a notable one as he recorded 32 saves in a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Since 1993-94, the only other Blackhawks goaltenders to register a shutout in their first game of a season were Michael Leighton (2002-03), Jocelyn Thibault (2003-04), Patrick Lalime (2006-07) and Antti Niemi (2009-10).

Krug and Lucic star in Bruins' win

From Elias: Torey Krug (one goal, two assists) and Milan Lucic (three assists) became the first Bruins players to score three points in one game this season as they led Boston to a 5-3 win over the Sharks. Krug's three-point game was the second of his NHL career, and Lucic's three assists tied his single-game career high. Lucic was the first Bruins player to record a three-point game last season, tallying two goals and one assist in a 5-2 victory at Buffalo on October 23.


A familiar ending for Montreal

From Elias: The Canadiens recorded their first overtime win this season when David Desharnais scored 56 seconds into extra time to give Montreal a 2-1 victory against the Red Wings. The Canadiens posted seven overtime wins last season, which tied them for third-most in the NHL, despite not getting their first OT victory until December 14 (on Long Island).


Lehtonen finds recent success against Canucks

From Elias: Kari Lehtonen made 43 saves to lead the Dallas Stars to a 6-3 win over the Canucks on Tuesday. Lehtonen was 2-7-0 with a 3.59 goals-against average in his first 10 career games versus Vancouver but he's won all five of his games against the Canucks since then (April 2013 to date), allowing only seven goals in the process (1.40 GAA).


Boyes scores OT goal for fourth different team

From Elias: Brad Boyes scored in overtime to give the Florida Panthers a 4-3 win over the Avalanche in Denver. Boyes has scored five overtime goals in his NHL career, for four different teams (two for the Blues and one each for the Sabres, Islanders and Panthers), and all five of his OT goals have come on the road.