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Numbers Game: Grant, Dawson in pursuit of scoring records

03/28/2012, 2:01pm EDT
By Andy Lefkowitz, Associate Editor for NLL.com

Single-season milestones well within reach during the final month

With four regular-season games remaining, Colorado's John Grant Jr. is 29 points shy of breaking John Tavares' single-season record of 115 set in 2001. (Photo Credit: Larry Palumbo)

The 2012 NLL season has already seen several milestones reached and records eclipsed and more could fall with just over a month remaining.

Despite missing two games this season with an upper-body injury, Colorado’s John Grant Jr. remains in pursuit of the league’s single-season scoring record.

Grant currently leads the NLL with 87 points (40 goals, 47 assists) in only 10 games.  That leaves him 29 points shy of breaking John Tavares’ record of 115 points (51 goals, 64 assists) set with Buffalo in 2001, the only season in which a 14-game schedule was played.

In his first games back following the injury, Grant showed no sign of slowing down in his chase of Tavares. The two-time reigning Player of the Month scored six goals with an assist Friday in the Mammoth’s 13-12 loss to Philadelphia, then registered three goals and nine assists Sunday in a 16-15 overtime win against the Wings.

Grant would need to average 7.25 points over the Mammoth’s final four contests to break the scoring record. He hasn’t had fewer than seven points a game so far in 2012.

Grant has a three-point lead in the scoring race over Philadelphia’s Dan Dawson, who has only 16 goals in 12 games, but appears poised to shatter a record he currently shares.  

With 68 assists, Dawson needs seven more helpers to break the mark he set with Josh Sanderson in 2009. Dawson is on pace for 90 assists in 2012.

Several milestones have been reached already this season.

On Jan. 21, Grant became the fifth player in NLL history to reach 1,000 career points. Edmonton’s Shawn Williams joined that exclusive club on March 16, and then broke the NLL’s ironman record by playing in his 189th straight game the following night.

Toronto’s Colin Doyle seemed to be the one who would claim the ironman streak, tying Steve Toll’s record by playing in his 188th consecutive game on Jan. 27 before suffering a lower-body injury. However, Doyle has still hit a milestone this season after becoming the second player with 700 career assists last Saturday.

Doyle joined Tavares, who became the first player with 1,600 career points on March 17.


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