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Sharks look to snap skid against Nashville

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Sharks look to snap skid against Nashville

Feb. 15, 2011

SHARKS (30-21-6) vs.
NASHVILLE (30-19-7)

Coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California

NASHVILLE (AP) The San Jose Sharks are a bit frustrated after two one-goal losses. Chances are that they will be in another close contest in the finale of their seven-game road swing.

The Sharks and Nashville Predators have a history of playing tight games heading into Tuesday night's third matchup of the season.

San Jose (30-21-6) began this stretch of road games with four victories before falling 2-1 to New Jersey on Friday and 3-2 to Florida on Sunday. The Sharks have fizzled a bit after fast starts in both games, outshooting the Devils 12-2 in the first period and the Panthers 10-4 through 20 minutes.

REWIND: Sharks surrender two leads in 3-2 loss to Florida

They failed to protect a third-period lead for the second straight game Sunday, allowing Jason Garrison's game-winner with 2:01 left.

"The two wingers couldn't breathe by the end (of that shift) and they made us pay for it," coach Todd McLellan said. "We needed one clear to get fresh guys on the ice and we would have been fine."

Ten of the last 12 games between San Jose and Nashville (30-19-7) have been decided by one goal, including both this season. The Predators won 3-2 at home Dec. 15 and 2-1 on the road Jan. 8.
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Nashville lost three of four to San Jose in 2009-10 by posting a 4.75 goals-against average. That figure is down to 2.53 this season, with Anders Lindback making 25 saves in December and Pekka Rinne 42 in January.

David Legwand has scored in the Predators' consecutive wins. Martin Erat added a goal and two assists in Saturday's 5-3 victory over Colorado, as Nashville scored three unanswered goals in the third period.

Mike Fisher had an assist in his Nashville debut after being acquired Thursday from Ottawa. Fisher had spent his entire career with the Senators since 1999.

"You always want to win that first one, and it feels really good to get that one," Fisher said. "That felt pretty good. Just trying to fit in as much as I can and learn from the other guys."

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Cody Franson scored the go-ahead goal with 2:30 to go. Franson believes he and defensive partner Shane O'Brien have been playing well together behind the Predators' top pairing of All-Star Shea Weber and Ryan Suter.

"It's been great," Franson said. "It's been a bit of a work in progress for us but we've really started communicating a little better out there and it's helped us out a ton. I think we've played pretty solid lately.

Antti Niemi has been in goal for every game of this trip for San Jose, posting a 1.68 GAA and two shutouts. Niemi has a 2.57 GAA in the losses to the Predators this season after blanking them twice in six games in last year's postseason for Chicago.

The Sharks are 0 for 7 in their last four games on the power play while Predators' opponents are 0 for 12 in their last four games. San Jose has one of the league's best power plays at 22.3 percent, and Nashville has one of the best penalty-kill units at 86.2 percent.

49ers add former first-round draft pick

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49ers add former first-round draft pick

Former first-round draft pick Datone Jones has signed with the 49ers, he announced on social media late Monday night.

“I’m very thankful & honored to be joining the 49ers,” Jones wrote on Twitter. “Thankful to be back home in California.”

Jones, 27, a Compton native whom the Green Bay Packers selected with the No. 26 overall pick in 2013, started just seven of the 59 games in which he appeared for the Packers over four seasons.

Jones (6 foot 5, 288 pounds) recorded 73 tackles and just nine sacks while seeing action at defensive end and outside linebacker.

The Packers declined to pick up the fifth-year option for Jones, making him a free agent this year. He signed a one-year contract with Minnesota in March and remained with the Vikings until he was released off injured reserve in September after sustaining a shoulder injury.

He signed with the Detroit Lions on Oct. 10, but was released just eight days later after not appearing in any games.

Jones started the final 28 games of his college career at UCLA and moved up draft boards with a 12.5-sack season as a senior in 2012.

Instant Analysis: Slow start dooms Kings, burnt by Suns despite late rally

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Instant Analysis: Slow start dooms Kings, burnt by Suns despite late rally

BOX SCORE

Opportunity lost. The Sacramento Kings had a game handed to them on a silver platter Monday night in Phoenix and they couldn’t take advantage. Playing for a new head coach and without their star point guard, the Suns manhandled the Kings early and held them off late to come away with the 117-115 win and pick up their first win of the season.

Garrett Temple is known for his defensive prowess, but on Monday night in Phoenix, he was an offensive juggernaut. With the Kings falling behind early, the veteran wing hit 6-of-8 from long range to post 23 and keep the Kings in the ballgame late. He had a look at 3-ball to win it at the buzzer, but came up short.

It took Bogdan Bogdanovic less than a quarter to get comfortable with the NBA game. Phoenix drafted the rookie with the 27th pick back in 2014, but they abandoned their efforts to bring him over from Europe. He lit the Suns up 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the first half, but struggled to get it going after the break.

With Bogdanovic manning the two, fellow rookie De’Aaron Fox put on the jets at the point guard spot. Fox attacked Phoenix on both ends of the floor, finishing with 19 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Skal Labissiere scored 17 points and grabbed four rebounds off Joerger’s bench. Willie Cauley-Stein added 11 points, four assists and four rebounds, while rookie Justin Jackson chipped in a career-best 10 points.

Buddy Hield couldn’t buy a bucket early, but his defense fueled his offensive in the second half. Hield grabbed a career-high five steals and added 14 points on 6-for-15 shooting.

Sacramento’s Marquese Chriss did damage against his hometown team. The second-year forward dropped in 19 points and six rebounds before fouling out late. 

Devin Booker added 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Mike James finished with 18 points and seven assists starting in place of the exiled Eric Bledsoe and rookie Josh Jackson came off the bench to score 15.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Temple caught fire and the Kings kept feeding him. Not known for his offense, the veteran wing went off in a wild game at the Talking Stick Resort Arena

TURNING POINT

Phoenix put the Kings on blast to start the game, outscoring the Kings starters 36-17 in the first 12 minutes of action. Dave Joerger went to his bench in the second and the combination of Fox, Bogdanovic and Labissiere went to work. The trio helped cut the Suns lead from 21 in the first quarter to eight before the half. They stole the momentum of the game.

INJURY UPDATE

Rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic returned from a sprained right ankle to make his NBA debut. Labissiere tweaked his right ankle in the fourth quarter, but was able to walk off under his own power and returned to the game late.

WHAT'S NEXT

The Kings return home to host DeMarcus Cousins and the New Orleans Pelicans Thursday at Golden 1 Center. They’ll stick around Sacramento to face the Washington Wizards on Sunday before heading back out on the road for three games.