Stars stop Sharks' streak with third-period rally

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Stars stop Sharks' streak with third-period rally

March 5, 2011

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Trailing by one goal on the road against a surging team only a night after losing in overtime is just the kind of recipe that often makes teams wilt in the third period.Dallas somehow managed to dig deep enough to snap the San Jose Sharks' eight-game winning streak when Jason Williams scored his first goal of the season on a fluky deflection that gave the Stars a 3-2 victory Saturday night."Any time you're down by a goal in an opponent's building and find a way to win, it's something special," Dallas coach Marc Crawford said. "We were tired tonight, the back end of a back-to-back. It was a real gutsy, gritty effort."Loui Eriksson tied the game earlier in the third, Kari Lehtonen made 12 of his 29 saves in the final period and the Stars withstood four defensive zone faceoffs and a pair of icings in the final 74 seconds to hold on for the victory.Dallas had blown two-goal leads in the third period in its previous two games, including the 4-3 loss at Anaheim on Friday. But Lehtonen and the Stars hung on against the Sharks, who were unable to tie it despite having an extra skater on for the final stretch."The tank was definitely on empty," forward Steve Ott said. "They have a pretty deadly six guys out there that can hurt you any time. For us, all the icings worked. I guess we were trying to tire them out to make them keep skating back for the puck. All in all, it was great that we finally closed out that game rather than the last two getting pretty scary with them coming back."Williams signed as a free agent with Dallas last month after sitting out the first four months of the season. His goal with 7:12 remaining was by far his biggest contribution in 10 games with the Stars.He got possession of the puck behind the San Jose net and his centering attempt hit off the stick of Sharks forward Dany Heatley and slipped past Antti Niemi for the goal that ended San Jose's longest winning streak of the season.
The loss was San Jose's first at home since Jan. 13 and only its fourth overall in the past 21 games. The Sharks had surged from last place in the Pacific Division in January to third in the Western Conference standings over the past seven weeks but still are only seven points ahead of ninth-place Anaheim.
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"I don't think it was our best effort compared to the way we've been winning lately," said Patrick Marleau, who scored San Jose's second goal. "They did get a couple of good bounces that went their way but we had our opportunities to go ahead even more."The win was the fourth in Dallas' last five trips to San Jose and the Stars trailed in each of those victories. Dallas tied the game midway through the third when Mark Fistric's shot from the point deflected off a cluster of players in front of the net and Eriksson knocked in the loose puck for his 23rd goal of the season to make it 2-all.After Williams gave Dallas the lead, the Stars managed to kill off a late power play and hold on.The Sharks took a 2-1 lead into the third period after Marleau broke a tie early in the second. Marleau started and finished a give-and-go with Heatley, beating Lehtonen on a 2-on-1 just 1:22 into the second period to give San Jose the lead.For the second straight game the Sharks were the beneficiary of a favorable schedule as their opponent was coming off an overtime game in Anaheim the previous night. San Jose took advantage of that by beating Detroit 3-1 on Thursday, but didn't start as fast against the Stars.The Sharks went on the power play just a minute into the game when Karlis Skrastins shot the puck over the boards for a delay-of-game call. But just 19 seconds into the man advantage, Stephane Robidas sprung Jamie Benn with a long pass from behind his own goal line and Benn skated in alone on Niemi and beat him with a backhand.San Jose finished 0 for 3 on the power play."It took us too long to get in and we wasted some valuable minutes when we thought we could maybe establish some momentum," coach Todd McLellan said. "I wasn't particularly pleased with the power play. Obviously a short-handed goal 1 minute in doesn't help. You get back on your heels a little bit, they get a much stronger belief in their game and it took us basically a full period to get going again."Notes: San Jose rookie D Justin Braun was robbed by the post in each of the first two periods. ... Sharks G Antero Niittymaki (groin), who has not played since Jan. 13, was activated from IR before the game and Carter Hutton was sent back to the minors. ... Dallas F Jamie Langenbrunner missed the game after taking a hard hit the previous night. ... Sharks D Dan Boyle (upper body) missed his fourth straight game.

Warriors rookie McCaw starts vs Nets with Durant ruled out

Warriors rookie McCaw starts vs Nets with Durant ruled out

OAKLAND -- With Kevin Durant out of the Warriors lineup Saturday night with swelling in his left pinky finger, rookie wing Pat McCaw will start at forward against Brooklyn at Oracle Arena.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr made the announcement two hours before tipoff.

As for Durant, the contusion in his left pinky finger, sustained Thursday, is still in the healing process.

“Kevin’s hand is still a little swollen,” Kerr said. “It’s not anything we want to mess around with. We’ve got a long trip coming up, a lot of games. It made sense to give him the night off. We’ll have tomorrow off, flying in to Philadelphia. So hopefully the next couple days it’ll calm down and be fine. It’s kind of a day-to-day thing.”

The decision to start McCaw -- who often competes with Ian Clark for playing time -- was based mostly on how he matches up against the Nets.

“They both have my trust and my confidence,” Kerr said. “Both of them are very effective. It’s depending what we need. If we need ball movement and cutting, I’m more likely to go to Ian. He’s a great back-cutter and he gives our offense flow and he’ll make spot-up shots. If we need some size defensively, we’ll go to Patrick. They’ve both been effective. I wouldn’t say either one is ahead of the other. They’re both going to play.”

New acquisitions shine as Quakes end preseason with win over USL's Republic

New acquisitions shine as Quakes end preseason with win over USL's Republic

The San Jose Earthquakes concluded their 2017 preseason campaign with a 4-1 win against Sacramento Republic FC at Avaya Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Shea Salinas, Simon Dawkins, Jahmir Hyka and Danny Hoesen each scored for the Earthquakes in the victory to give San Jose a 6-1-2 record in preseason play.

In the 14th minute, Salinas gave the Earthquakes a 1-0 advantage when he one-timed Tommy Thompson's cross into the back of the net. In the buildup to the goal, Nick Lima threw the ball in and found fellow Homegrown player Thompson on the right side of the six-yard box. With one touch, Thompson crossed the ball to Salinas who made no mistake with his finish.

Republic FC equalized the match in the 54th minute with a penalty from Sammy Ochoa after Anibal Godoy was called for a handball in the box.

The Earthquakes regained the lead in the 66th minute when Dawkins sent a powerful low shot into the bottom left corner of Sacramento's goal from the top of the 18-yard box after receiving a through pass from Darwin Ceren.

After entering the match at halftime, Hyka made the game 3-1 in the 79th minute, finishing Godoy's cross with one touch.

Hoesen concluded the scoring for the Quakes in first minute of stoppage time after he dribbled past the Sacramento defense and sent the ball across the goal into the bottom right corner to make the final score 4-1.

"It was good," said Quakes defender and second-ever Homegrown signing Nick Lima, who started Saturday. "It was obviously our first time in the preseason in the stadium. It was good to get out there with our starters and I think we finished the way we wanted to. There's obviously a lot of improvement that we need to do, but now we have a week just to focus on Montreal. That was the ultimate goal from the beginning of preseason to get ready for that game and I think we took a step in the right direction."

The Earthquakes will start the 2017 MLS Regular Season next Saturday, March 4, at 6:45 p.m. against the Montreal Impact.

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