Sharks score five straight to shock Coyotes 5-3


Sharks score five straight to shock Coyotes 5-3


SAN JOSE (AP) Patrick Marleauprovided a fitting ending to a night that began with a pregame ceremonyhonoring his 1,000th career game last month.Marleau scored a short-handed goalwith 6:05 remaining to cap San Jose's rally from a three-goal deficitand the Sharks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-3 Tuesday night."It's a nice way to finish it offwith a win on the same day as the ceremony with the parents in town,"Marleau said. "It's a nice little story line, don't you think?"Joe Pavelski scored in the closingseconds of the second period and opening minutes of the third to startSan Jose's comeback and Kyle Wellwood tied it later in the third. AlexStalock got the win in relief in his NHL debut, making nine saves,including a strong pad stop on a tip by Shane Doan on the power playshortly before Marleau's game-winner.
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Keith Yandle scored to extend hispoint-scoring streak to 10 games for the Coyotes, but lost the puck toMarleau in the offensive zone on the power play.Marleau then knocked the stick out ofKyle Turris' hands while getting the puck in the middle of the ice andskated in to beat Ilya Bryzgalov on the breakaway."I was able to chip it by the d-manthere and win a race for the puck," said Marleau, who played his1,000th game last month in Phoenix. "The puck was rolling the whole wayand I was able to get the shot off."
VIDEO: Patrick Marleau postgame
Joe Thornton added an empty-net goalwith 10.2 seconds to play, leading Yandle to break his stick infrustration as the Coyotes head home on a downer instead of with theirsixth straight road win."They got a couple of good goals andcaught a couple of breaks," Yandle said. "We couldn't close them out.It was a back breaker but the good thing about it is we play againtomorrow night."The comeback sent the Sharks off ona high note for their longest road trip of the season - a seven-game,two-week trek that begins in Anaheim on Wednesday night.The Sharks have won five of sixheading into the road trip, but coach Todd McLellan was in no mood tocelebrate the most recent win after watching his team come out flat formost of the first two periods."If we leave here patting ourselveson the back, we've got huge problems," McLellan said. "I was reallydisappointed in our group tonight. Very disappointed in the lack ofdrive and lack of passion to come out and play. That's the last thing Iexpected. I do give them credit they found a way to dig in and comeback."VIDEO: Todd McLellan postgame
Radim Vrbata opened the scoring forthe Coyotes and Paul Bissonnette added his first goal of the season forPhoenix, which lost to San Jose for the seventh straight meeting.The Sharks trailed 3-0 late in thesecond period on a night when nothing seemed to go right. They werebooed by the home crowd, pulled goalie Antti Niemi and couldn't evenget into a fight when they tried.Jamal Mayers dropped his glovesright after a faceoff midway through the second, ready to challengeBissonnette. But Bissonnette, who has nine fighting penalties thisseason, didn't take the bait and Mayers was left shaking his head as hewas sent to the locker room with a 10-minute misconduct penalty.But the frustration started to easelate in the period when Eric Belanger got sent off for holding. DanyHeatley sent a shot in on Bryzgalov and Pavelski knocked the rebound inwith 7.2 seconds left in the period to cut it to 3-1.
VIDEO: Joe Pavelski postgame
Then just 1:24 into the third,Pavelski skated to the front of the net and was in position to knock ina rebound of Devin Setoguchi's to make it a one-goal game.Wellwood tied it with his first goalsince joining the Sharks late last month off a pass from fellownewcomer Ben Eager - capping a stretch of three goals in less than 6minutes.
VIDEO: Kyle Wellwood postgame
"It was a huge disappointment,"Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "We made a couple of critical errorsto let them back into the game and they ran with it. We took a penaltyat the end of the second period that gave them some life."The Coyotes jumped on the Sharkswith two goals in a strong opening period and then took control of thegame when Bissonnette scored for the first time in more than a year ona one-timer in the slot off a feed from Oliver Ekman-Larsson to make it3-0 and draw boos from the crowd. That goal led McLellan to pull AnttiNiemi and put Stalock in goal for his NHL debut."I just threw on the gear and wentout," Stalock said. "I didn't have to fight any nerves because it wasimmediate. That was nice."VIDEO: Alex Stalock postgame
NOTES: Yandle has 15 points duringhis 10-game streak. ... San Jose leading goal scorer Logan Couture wasa late scratch with the flu. ... The Sharks did not recall F JamieMcGinn from Worcester after the All-Star break. McGinn scored one goalin 49 games before the break.

Giants continue embarrassing stretch against rebuilding Padres

Giants continue embarrassing stretch against rebuilding Padres

SAN FRANCISCO — Three years ago, the Giants and Padres were the two teams in it until the very end for Pablo Sandoval’s services. He ended up in Boston, and when he became available again over the past week, the Padres politely backed away. 

They prefer youth and Rule 5 Draft picks. They came into this season knowing they might lose 100 games, and they didn’t mind. If anything, they welcomed the increased shot at the top pick in the 2018 draft. They’re here to tank, but the Giants (who expect to welcome Sandoval back on a minor league deal as soon as Friday) just won’t let them. 

Thursday’s 5-2 loss to San Diego was like so many others over the past calendar year. The Giants didn’t hit, they didn’t come through in the clutch, they did not support their starting pitcher, and they did not guarantee a handshake line. 

The Giants have lost 15 of 20 to the Padres since last year’s All-Star break, including three straight last July to kickstart a tailspin that has lasted over a year now. They have dropped four of five meetings in this second half, which was supposed to prove that a Padre-like rebuild is not needed up here in the Bay Area. They are five games behind the Padres in the race to finish a distant fourth in the National League, and in a season full of disappointment, that stands as one of the more embarrassing facts. 

Not even Madison Bumgarner’s return to AT&T Park could turn the tide. The lefty looked good most of the night, but two homers left him with a rougher-than-hoped line. Bumgarner gave up four earned on two homers. He has allowed multiple homers in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. Both starts have come against the Padres. 

“I’ve got to stop giving up homers,” Bumgarner said of his start. “That’s not going to work.”

Bumgarner said he felt fine physically, and his curveball — the pitch that has backfired on him most often since his return — feels right mechanically. He was facing his last batter in the seventh as George Kontos warmed up with a runner on. Corey Spangenberg hit a two-run shot to the deepest part of the yard to make it 4-2. 

Buster Posey flied out with the bases loaded in the eighth. The Giants brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth but couldn’t score, which has been the norm against the Padres. The Giants are averaging just 3.2 runs per game during this 20-game stretch of futility against a team they once dominated. 

“We need to win ballgames right now,” Bumgarner said. “We’ve got to start doing that. There’s no magic solution. We’ve got to start playing better, all of us.”

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as homers hurt Bumgarner vs Padres

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as homers hurt Bumgarner vs Padres


SAN FRANCISCO — A day after he did his press conference from a “Game of Thrones” throne, manager Bruce Bochy said he was happy the Giants won their series finale against the Indians and kept that plan in play. In that respect, he’s lucky his team wasn’t facing the Padres on Wednesday. 

The Giants were on Thursday, however, and they continued their baffling stretch of ineptitude against what is supposed to be the worst team in the National League West. The 5-2 loss to San Diego was the 15th in the last 20 meetings between the two teams, one of which has a $200 million payroll and the other of which is actively tanking. 

The Giants had a shot at a comeback in the eighth, but Buster Posey flied out to right with two outs and the bases loaded. Here are five things to know, if you are the curious type: 

—- Madison Bumgarner has faced the Padres twice since returning. In 13 1/3 innings, he has allowed 10 hits and seven earned runs. He is getting hurt by a familiar problem for the 2017 Giants: The Padres have four homers off Bumgarner in those two starts. Hunter Renfroe and Cory Spangenberg took him deep Thursday, with Spangenberg hitting one out to the deepest part of the yard on Bumgarner’s final pitch. 

—- This is the first time in Bumgarner’s career that he has allowed multiple homers in back-to-back starts. 

—- Kyle Crick showed good stuff — sitting 96-97 — while stranding a runner on second in the eighth. He followed that with a scoreless ninth. The Giants should make it a priority to throw him into some deeper water over the next two months. 

—- There’s an epidemic these days of outfielders making foolish throws to the plate. We see it just about every night, and it cost the Padres in the sixth. Gorkys Hernandez was on second and he took off right away on Denard Span’s single to right. Renfroe had no play at the plate but he threw it anyway and Span took second. He scored when Eduardo Nuñez singled to left. 

—- The Giants announced their second consecutive sellout. That’s a streak. Maybe?