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.

49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured


49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are expected to replenish their linebacker to help the team get through upcoming practices and their final three exhibition games.

The 49ers on Wednesday created two roster spots to sign replacements, as the team designated linebackers Donavin Newsom and Jayson DiManche as waived/injured.

General manager John Lynch said the designation was a formality for Newsom, who will revert back to the 49ers after clearing waivers. Newsom will remain under contract to the 49ers after going on injured reserve.

“He’s doing better each day,” Lynch said. “We’re going to put him on injured reserve. It will come across the wire procedurally as a waived-injured, but he’s going to be on injured reserve. And talking with our doctors, he got great care up here at Stanford. It’s the best thing for the kid. Give him time to really get right. So, (I) had a good talk with him this morning.”

Newsom, an undrafted rookie from Colorado, sustained a serious concussion on Aug. 8 and was taken by ambulance off the practice field to Stanford Hospital. He spent two nights in the hospital as a precaution.

DiManche was signed last week and participated in seven plays on defense and 15 on special teams before sustaining a hamstring injury in the 49ers’ exhibition opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Newly signed linebacker Sean Porter sustained a quadriceps injury in the game against the Chiefs and has also not been available to practice.

Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’


Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’

Von Miller has 73.5 sacks to his name over six seasons in the NFL. He's a five-time Prow Bowl linebacker, three-time All-Pro, Super Bowl champion, and Super Bowl MVP. 

Trent Brown has played 21 games in two NFL seasons for the 49ers, 18 of them as starts. Despite his little time in the NFL and lack of honors, the Broncos' defensive star sees San Francisco's young offensive lineman as the best in the game at his position.

“He’s the best right tackle in the National Football League,” Miller said to the San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday after the first of two joint practices with the 49ers. “And he may even be a top-five tackle, period, in the National Football League. There’s not another tackle who’s that tall, that big and can move he way he moves.”

Brown, at 24 years old and standing 6-foot-8 while weighing 355 pounds, was the only offensive lineman invited to Miller's "Pass Rush Summit" at Stanford in June. Miller says he invited Brown so he could gain more knowledge, but also added, "from my point of view, we could get it (more knowledge) from a premier-offensive-tackle point of view.”

The two went up against each other in the trenches Wednesday in Santa Clara. After Brown held his own, Miller poured on the praise, but he made it clear how the young offensive lineman's future is all up to himself. Brown holds the keys to his potential. 

"He’ll be as good as he wants to be," Miller said. "When he’s on, there’s not another tackle in the National Football League that’s as good as him."

Miller also made a bold prediction. "He’s going to have one of the biggest (contracts) for an offensive lineman."

Brown's rookie deal ends after the 2018 season.