Sharks earn division points in battle with Stars

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Sharks earn division points in battle with Stars

March 15, 2011

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DALLAS (AP) Coach Todd McClellan got the response he was seeking from the San Jose Sharks.Joe Pavelski had four assists, Ryane Clowe scored the tiebreaker in the opening two minutes of the final period, and the Sharks rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 6-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.The Stars were 3-0-1 in the first four meetings with the Sharks this season, and all four games were one-goal games.This time, Dany Heatley and Joe Thornton had two goals each, including empty-netters in the final 1:08, as the Sharks improved to 10-2-2 in their last 14 games.Torrey Mitchell added an insurance goal 1:40 after Clowe's tally, and the Sharks recovered from Monday night's 6-3 loss at Chicago."Yeah, these were the results we were looking for," McClellan said. "We challenged them after the effort that we had last night. We haven't had to do that much lately. We being coaches, we were disappointed, but you could see it in the players' eyes that they were even more disappointed. To come back, fall behind and then battle back in the game is pretty rewarding, especially against a team that plays that hard."
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Jamie Benn had a power play goal and two assists, Toby Petersen netted a short-handed goal, and Mike Ribeiro scored at even strength for Dallas.With the score even at 2, Pavelski stole the puck from Dallas defenseman Jeff Woywitka and passed to Clowe, who was speeding up the middle and beat Kari Lehtonen at 1:51.Mitchell made it 4-2 at 3:31 off Pavelski's setup."We capitalized on their mistakes," Pavelski said. "We just have a lot of confidence now and momentum's a little bit more on our side. It's kind of what happened to us last night in Chicago. We were going right and make a mistake or two and it ends up in our net."Benn's backhander at 8:11 of the third pulled Dallas within a goal.The Stars went on the power play twice in the final 4:06 but were unable to beat Antti Niemi, who stopped 34 shots in his 26th consecutive start. Niemi allowed four goals on 18 shots against his former Blackhawk teammates before he was replaced by Antero Niittymaki in the second period."It was important for us to show that we believed in (Niemi) after pulling him in his old arena and in front of those fans," McClellan said. "We also thought it'd be a pretty good motivating factor tonight to use him. We didn't think that his mates would hang him out to dry again like they did yesterday and it worked."Dallas has lost two straight after a 6-0-2 streak.Ribeiro put the Stars in front at 3:28 of the second period on an outstanding individual effort. Ribeiro skated from behind the net and into the slot, sending a wrister past Niemi.Less than a minute later, Stars winger Loui Eriksson, the team's No. 3 scorer with 23 goals, went to the locker room with an upper-body injury from an open-ice hit by San Jose's Douglas Murray and did not return.Steve Ott of the Stars fought Murray 20 seconds after Eriksson's injury, and Ott received instigator and misconduct penalties in addition to a matching fighting penalty with Murray.Dallas coach Marc Crawford felt the Murray hit was borderline."I think that's one that (the league) will review and I'm sure that they will," Crawford said. "We're hopeful that Loui's going to be all right. He's not feeling very good right now and we'll see where he's at tomorrow. It's always the next day that you got to look to. The league has said that you want to take those hits out of the game, but it ends up being something we can't control and it's out of our hands now."Murray said he didn't intend to hurt Eriksson."Well, when it comes to Eriksson, it's a 50-50 puck," Murray said. "If he pokes it by me, he's getting a breakaway, so as far as I remember the situation, I went to play the puck in the body at the same time and I hit him. You never try to hurt a guy but it's unfortunate."Petersen notched his second short-handed goal of the season at 5:08 off Benn's centering pass for a 2-0 lead.Thornton got the Sharks on the board with a deflection at 6:23 of the second, and Heatley cashed in on a rebound at 12:40 while the Sharks skated 5 on 3 to tie it at 2.Notes: Dallas forward Adam Burish (lower body) missed his second straight game. ... Lehtonen started his 11th consecutive game and played in his 57th game this season. Lehtonen was able to play in only 58 games over the previous two seasons due to injuries. ... C Scott Nichol (upper body) and D Kent Huskins (upper body) are out for the Sharks, and D Niclas Wallin left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury. ... Dallas has 10 short-handed goals this season.

Barry Bonds predicts he can still smash Splash Hit: 'Without a doubt'

Barry Bonds predicts he can still smash Splash Hit: 'Without a doubt'

Barry Bonds stepped into Giants' broadcast booth with Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow during the top of the third inning Sunday and Kuiper immediately brought up the shape Bonds is in at 52 years old. 

"Still think you can play, probably?" Kuiper asked Bonds. 

After giving Kuiper the look, Bonds replied, "About an inning or two."

Moments later, the cameras moved to McCovey Cove past the right field wall at AT&T Park where Bonds famously hit home runs deep into the water. Of the 73 Splash Hits off Giants bats into the cove, Bonds is responsible for 35 of them. 

Now an avid cyclist who still picks up a bat from time to time, Bonds is fully confident that number would rise if he stepped into the batter's box again. 

"I promise you I will," Bonds replied when Krukow asked if he could still hit home runs into the water. "Without a doubt." 

Krukow predicted Bonds would need 10 swings to get it done. Bonds says he might need just a few more.

"Well it would take me eight swings to get warmed up, three pop ups and then I'd get it," he said with a laugh. 

During spring training this year, Bonds joined the Giants as a special instructor. And he proved his claim of more Splash Hits could certainly be true as he showed off his legendary swing and cracked balls over the wall in Scottsdale

Bonds hit his final home run of his career, No. 762, on Sept. 5, 2007 on the road against the Rockies in a 5-3 Giants win. The Giants are adding Bonds to their Wall of Fame on July 8. 

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

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The A’s sprung to life offensively in the late innings Sunday and polished off their first road sweep of 2017.

They scored all five of their runs over the final three innings to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3, continuing an odd stretch of streakiness. The A’s swept the New York Yankees in four at the Coliseum, then turned around and dropped four in a row to the Houston Astros before arriving in Chicago and taking all three from the Sox. It’s their first sweep on the road since they won four in Kansas City from Sept. 12-15 of last season.

The weekend’s events provided a morale boost for a team that began the series an American League-worst 9-25 away from home. The sweep also featured numerous contributions from a pack of recently promoted young players fresh from the minors.

The A’s had no answer for left-hander Derek Holland through six-plus innings, mustering just four hits off the veteran. But trailing 2-0, they got on the board with Jed Lowrie’s pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh. The next inning, Khris Davis singled home the tying run and Yonder Alonso followed with a go-ahead single down the left-field line to put the A’s up 3-2.

They tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth on back-to-back homers from Adam Rosales and Matt Joyce.

Sonny rebounds: Sonny Gray (3-3) avoided the early trouble that plagued his last start, working seven innings and being rewarded with a victory thanks to the A’s eighth-inning rally. He struck out seven and walked just one. That was a key as Gray had issued seven free passes combined in his previous two starts. Adam Engel hit a 2-1 fastball for a homer in the third, then Jose Abreu scored on a passed ball in the fourth to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. But Gray held the Sox to just four hits over his seven innings.

Sign of things to come? Franklin Barreto got a look as the No. 2 hitter in the order Sunday, a spot that some scouts feel he’ll be well suited for as his career unfolds. He singled to the opposite field in his first at-bat, then struck out looking in his next two trips to the plate. In the eighth, his broken-bat single to left jumpstarted Oakland’s two-run go-ahead rally. Barreto is 4-for-10 in his first two games with the big club.

Joyce provides a lift off the bench: Joyce entered as a pinch runner in the seventh and connected for his 10th homer, right after Rosales had gone deep himself. Joyce became the fourth Athletic to crack double figures in homers, and the A’s improved to 31-26 when they hit at least one home run (they’re 3-16 when they don’t).

Doo does it again: Lefty reliever Sean Doolittle continued to deal since coming off the disabled list. He threw a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts and has allowed just one hit over five innings in six appearances since his return.

An unwanted milestone: The Sox scored their second run on a passed ball by Josh Phegley, which accounted for Oakland’s 50th unearned run, most in the majors. They had just 43 unearned runs all of last season.