Sharks stum­ble in Dal­las

San Francisco Chronicle - - NHL -

Devin Shore be­lieves in line­mate Tyler Seguin — and in the hockey con­cept of puck luck.

Shore scored his sec­ond goal of the game to break a tie, An­ton Khu­dobin tied a sea­son high with 33 saves and the Stars beat the Sharks 4-3 in Dal­las on Thurs­day night.

Dil­lon Heather­ing­ton’s shot from the left point went off a de­fender’s leg to Shore in the left cir­cle, and he beat goalie Mar­tin Jones with 5:47 to play.

“That was just a lucky break,” Shore said. “They blocked the shot and it landed right on my stick. Hockey’s a pretty chaotic game. The bounce went our way for that one.”

Khu­dobin stopped a break­away by Joe Thorn­ton with just more than a minute left.

“I di­aled him five-hole,” Thorn­ton said, “and it didn’t lock. I’d like to have it back, but you can’t. I should have made a bet­ter play.”

Dal­las head coach Jim Mont­gomery said Khu­dobin’s play was an ex­am­ple to the team.

“His will to never stop, his sec­ond and third ef­fort, I think, gives con­fi­dence to the play­ers to give that same third ef­fort. The way he com­petes in the crease is the way our team needs to com­pete for 60 min­utes.”

Dal­las moved among the top three in the Cen­tral Divi­sion stand­ings. San Jose fell two points be­hind Pa­cific Divi­sion leader Van­cou­ver.

Seguin, the Stars’ lead­ing scorer, had his first goal in 13 games and an as­sist. Gemel Smith also scored for Dal­las.

Evan­der Kane, Timo Meier and Joe Pavel­ski scored for San Jose. Brent Burns had two as­sists, and Jones made 18


“That was a strange game,” San Jose head coach Peter De Boer said. “I liked our first pe­riod. Then I looked up, and we’re down 3-1.” Golden Knights 5, Sen­a­tors 3: Wil­liam Car­rier put vis­it­ing Ve­gas ahead for good af­ter Ot­tawa ral­lied from a three-goal deficit. Jonathan Marches­sault, Shea Theodore, Nick Holden and Pierre-Edouard Belle­mare also scored for the Golden Knights, and Marc-An­dre Fleury made 27 saves. Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzin­gel and Thomas Chabot scored for the Sen­a­tors.

Light­ning 4, Is­lan­ders 2: An­drei Vasil­vek­siy made 35 saves, Tyler John­son broke a tie with 1:26 left, and Tampa Bay beat vis­it­ing New York. John­son scored from just out­side the crease off a pass from Nikita Kucherov. Steven Stamkos added an empty-net­ter. Tampa Bay, which leads the NHL with 25 points, also got goals from Mathieu Joseph and J.T. Miller.

Fly­ers 5, Coy­otes 4: Shayne Gostis­be­here scored on a one-timer 1:01 into over­time af­ter Dale Weise tied the game with 2:13 left in reg­u­la­tion, and host Philadel­phia ral­lied past Ari­zona. Scott Laughton had two goals and Travis Konecny also scored for the Fly­ers.

Hur­ri­canes 4, Black­hawks 3: Goals by An­drei Svech­nikov, Jac­cob Slavin, Phillip Di Giuseppe and Calvin de Haan gave vis­it­ing Carolina a four­goal lead early in the sec­ond pe­riod and the Hur­ri­canes held off Chicago, spoil­ing Jeremy Col­li­ton’s head­coach­ing de­but. Col­li­ton be­came the Black­hawks’ 38th coach Tues­day af­ter Joel Quen­neville was fired af­ter 10 sea­sons. Quen­neville ranked sec­ond in NHL his­tory with 890 reg­u­lar-sea­son vic­to­ries.

Pan­thers 4, Oil­ers 1: Roberto Luongo made 26 saves in his sec­ond start since miss­ing nine games with a knee in­jury to lift host Florida over Ed­mon­ton. Ev­genii Dadonov, Nick Bjugstad, Jonathan Hu­berdeau and Colton Sce­viour scored for the Pan­thers. Leon Drai­saitl scored for the Oil­ers, and Cam Tal­bot stopped 29 shots.

Canucks 8, Bru­ins 5: Bo Hor­vat had two goals and two as­sists and vis­it­ing Van­cou­ver ex­tended its win­ning streak to five games by beat­ing Bos­ton. Loui Eriks­son added two goals and an as­sist and spurred a five-goal out­burst in the sec­ond pe­riod for Van­cou­ver. Ben Hut­ton and Erik Gud­bran­son each had a goal and an as­sist, and An­toine Rous­sel and Jake Vir­ta­nen added goals for the Canucks.

Sabres 6, Cana­di­ens 5: Ras­mus Ris­to­lainen scored at 1:38 of over­time to give Buf­falo the win at Mon­treal. Vladimir Sobotka and Jeff Skin­ner each scored twice and Conor Sheary added a goal for the Sabres. Jonathan Drouin, Matthew Peca, An­drew Shaw, To­mas Tatar and Ni­co­las Des­lau­ri­ers scored for the Cana­di­ens.

Jef­frey McWhorter / As­so­ci­ated Press

Dal­las left wing Blake Comeau cel­e­brates the go-ahead goal by Devin Shore in front of Sharks goal­tender Mar­tin Jones.

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