Sharks surrender two leads in 3-2 loss to Florida


Sharks surrender two leads in 3-2 loss to Florida

Feb. 13, 2011


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Jason Garrison just kept firing, and eventually it paid off.Garrison snapped a tie with 2:01 left in the third period and the Florida Panthers stopped a five-game home losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.Garrison's slap shot from the point beat Antti Niemi on the stick side after Florida had the puck in the San Jose zone for about a minute. It was Garrison's third shot from the point on that shift."First shot got through, I think it hit him in the chest or something, the next one was tipped wide and the third one went in," he said. "You just want to maintain pressure and you want to get to loose pucks and get pucks on net, especially when they're out there for over a minute. You just want to funnel pucks to the net and crash to the net and that's kind of what happened."San Jose coach Todd McLellan said fatigue played a major role in Garrison's third goal of the season."The two wingers couldn't breathe by the end (of that shift) and they made us pay for it," McLellan said. "We needed one clear to get fresh guys on the ice and we would have been fine."Chris Higgins also scored in the third and assisted on Garrison's goal, helping Florida pull out a close one for a change. It was the Panthers' 15th one-goal game in their last 16, but only the sixth time (6-4-5) they came away victorious.NHL STANDINGS
"It definitely feels good," Higgins said. "We've played a lot of one-goal games and it seems like we've been on the losing half in a lot of them - at least it feels that way. But to come back, especially to score two big goals in the third definitely feels good. We definitely needed points."Mike Santorelli also scored and Marty Reasoner had two assists for the Panthers, who won for only the third time in their last 12 games (3-4-5). Tomas Vokoun stopped 28 shots to improve to 10-0-1 in his last 11 starts against San Jose.Joe Pavelski and Kent Huskins scored for the Sharks, who have lost two in a row after going 9-0-1 in their previous 10 games. Pavelski assisted on Huskins' goal, and Torrey Mitchell had two assists.
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"We need one extra save and we need one extra shot to go in at the other end, and we didn't get that," McLellan said. "We could have shown a little more poise and composure, but it's time to regroup and move on. We're not getting this one back."Niemi, who had given up four goals in his previous four starts, made 19 saves for San Jose, which outshot Florida 30-22.
Higgins' goal at 10:36 tied it at 2 after Pavelski put San Jose in front early in the period. Higgins grabbed a loose puck near the boards, skated toward the net and slipped a backhand past Niemi.Pavelski backhanded a rebound from a sharp angle two minutes into the third to make it 2-1 Sharks.Huskins opened the scoring 17:57 into the first period with his second goal of the season, both coming in his last three games. He took a feed from Pavelski from behind the net and beat Vokoun with a slap shot through traffic from the top of the faceoff circle."It's just a couple of lucky shots, but it's nice when it happens," Huskins said. "I haven't changed anything, really. The opportunities were just there. It's just a good job by our forwards of working it down low and creating traffic in front and it just kind of opens things up."Santorelli tied it with 29 seconds left in the second. After Niemi stopped his wrist shot, Santorelli got the rebound and passed from behind the goal line, and it went in off Niemi's right skate."It was a good win for us," Panthers coach Pete DeBoer said. "Hopefully, it builds some confidence. We're a young team and we're a little fragile at points. This hopefully will be a big boost for us to let us know that we can win games like this."NOTES: San Jose lost in regulation for only the second time in its last 10 games (6-2-2) against Florida. ... Florida F Cory Stillman returned after missing two games because of an upper-body injury sustained in practice. ... Florida D Dmitry Kulikov missed the game because of an ankle injury sustained Thursday night against Buffalo.

Source: Louis Riddick out of running for 49ers general manager

Source: Louis Riddick out of running for 49ers general manager

The 49ers on Wednesday informed multiple candidates for the team’s general manager position that they would not be brought back for second interviews, according to a team spokesman.

One of the individuals who did not make it past the first round of interviews is ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, a source told

Riddick was closely associated with coach candidate Josh McDaniels, the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator. McDaniels removed himself from consideration for the team’s head-coaching opening on Monday. Riddick previously worked in the personnel departments of Washington and Philadelphia.

“The 49ers pared down its list of general manager candidates (Wednesday) morning and thanked those who will not be included in the second round of interviews,” 49ers spokeman Bob Lange posted on Twitter. “Upcoming interviews will be announced as they were in the first round.”

The 49ers will seek second interviews with Green Bay executives Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf, along with Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton. Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough is also still believed to be in the mix.

One source described the 49ers’ general manager search as “fluid.” The 49ers are expected to formally offer Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan the head-coaching position after the Falcons’ season has concluded.

The 49ers want to match a coach and general manager. Shanahan, if he officially accepts the 49ers’ offer, would likely be involved in the process to hire the 49ers’ next general manager.

Source: Packers execs on list of 49ers GM finalists

Source: Packers execs on list of 49ers GM finalists

Green Bay executives Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf will be among the finalists to receive second interviews for the 49ers general manager position, a source told on Wednesday morning.

Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton will also be among the finalists, reports the NFL Network, but a second interview with him has yet to be confirmed, a source said.

The 49ers are also expected to bring in another candidate or two for a second interview, a source said.

The second interviews are expected to take place after Sunday, when the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers play in the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers will have a second interview with Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for the head-coaching position.

The 49ers are expected to make a formal offer to Shanahan to become the team’s next head coach, and the NFL Network reported Tuesday night it is “almost certain” he will accept. The 49ers will be allowed to speak with Shanahan next week, regardless of Sunday's outcome, but are not allowed to hire Shanahan until the Falcons' season is over. 

The 49ers interviewed nine candidates for the general manager position. Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner removed his name from consideration on Tuesday.

Sources say that Kirchner and coach candidate Tom Cable, Seattle’s offensive line coach, were in serious talks with the 49ers on Tuesday about filling the organization’s top two positions. But Kirchner and Cable felt like they were being used as leverage to land Shanahan as the head coach.

The other general manager candidates who interviewed with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe were Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough, Seattle co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer, ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, Carolina assistant general manager Brandon Beane, Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III.

Gutekunst, 43, is in his 18th season with the Green Bay and his first as director of player personnel. He and Wolf originally interviewed with the 49ers on Jan. 5.

Gutekunst received a new title prior to last season after Packers general manager Ted Thompson denied permission for him to interview for the director of player personnel job with the Tennessee Titans. He was also denied from joining the Philadelphia Eagles’ personnel department in 2015 during Chip Kelly’s tenure with the team.

Wolf, 32, is in his first season as Green Bay’s director of football operations after receiving a promotion after being denied an opportunity to interview with the Detroit Lions last year.

Wolf is the son Hall of Fame executive Ron Wolf. He has also worked closely through the years with current NFL general managers Reggie McKenzie, John Schneider and John Dorsey.