8:18 AM EST, Mon December 11, 2017
7 hours ago

Sharks rally to tie but fall to Wild in overtime

The Sharks probably would like to break the habit of falling behind by three goals. Just the same, they found a way Sunday to rally and earn at least one point for the second time in three games after facing a 3-0 deficit. Minnesota’s Nino Niederreiter stole the puck from Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo and scored at 3:26 of overtime as the Wild beat the Sharks 4-3 at SAP Center. “We had a chance and he threw it away right to them,” Sharks forward Logan Couture said. “In overtime, possession is key. They skated around in our zone for about a minute...
7 hours ago

Crawford leads Blackhawks to 3-1 win over Coyotes

The Chicago Blackhawks staggered home last week in desperate need of some positive results. Enter goalie Corey Crawford — and a perfectly timed homestand against three of the worst teams in the NHL. Crawford, activated from injured reserve on Friday before a game against Buffalo, made 31 saves Sunday as the host Blackhawks beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-1. Artem Anisimov, Tommy Wingels and Nick Schmaltz scored in the third as Chicago earned its second straight win after dropping five in a row. Patrick Kane had two assists for the Blackhawks, who host...
16 hours ago

Giants, A’s expecting fruitful winter meetings in wake of Stanton/Ohtani decisions

Teams out of the sweepstakes for Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani had an overridng reaction to the players finding new baseball homes before the winter meetings. Hallelujah. With Stanton a Yankee and Ohtani an Angel, the business of matching other big-name available players with suitors can commence, and it just so happens the offseason’s wildest week of rumors, innuendos and sometimes even rampant player movement is upon us. The winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Dec 10, 2017

Aaron Dell, Sharks, roll past Senators

Five different skaters scored and Aaron Dell registered his second shutout of the season as the Sharks beat the Ottawa Senators 5-0 Saturday night at sold-out SAP Center. Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Melker Karlsson, Tomas Herlt and Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored goals while Dell turned aside 25 shots for his third career shutout. The Sharks, who have won consecutive games, handed the Senators their third shutout in four outings. Hertl scored his sixth goal of the season at 17:38 of the third period. Pavelski scored his sixth goal of the season...
Dec 10, 2017

Blues score four times in five-shot span in win

The St. Louis Blues quickly made the most of their limited opportunities. Jaden Schwartz knocked home his own rebound and the Blues scored four times in a five-shot span on the way to beating the Red Wings 6-1 on Saturday in Detroit. Vladimir Sobotka, Scottie Upshall, Jay Bouwmeester, Brayden Schenn and Dmitrij Jaskin also had goals for the Blues in their third straight victory. “That really didn’t seem like a 6-1 game,” Bouwmeester said. “We had the lead for most of it, but we weren’t playing great.” Frans Nielsen scored for...
Dec 9, 2017

Vegas tops Nashville in shootout

Malcolm Subban won a matchup of siblings, making 41 saves and then denying all six shootout attempts Friday night to lead the visiting Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-3 victory over All-Star defenseman P.K. Subban and the Nashville Predators. Reilly Smith scored the only goal of a six-round shootout for the Golden Knights, who won their third straight. Nate Schmidt had two assists, and Erik Haula forced overtime when he scored with 40 seconds left in the third period after the Golden Knights pulled Malcolm Subban from the net. ...
Dec 8, 2017

Giants react to losing Stanton, Ohtani: ‘We knew both would be challenging’

The Giants had 98 losses during the season and reached 100 on Friday. On a crushing day for a last-place team that’s trying to contend in 2018, the Giants lost out on Japanese megastar Shohei Ohtani and home run king Giancarlo Stanton, the two most decorated available players. Ohtani decided to play in Anaheim with the Angels, and Stanton made it clear to the Marlins he wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause to accept a trade to San Francisco. So the Giants must fall back on their other options to improve the outfield and add power to a...
Dec 8, 2017

Giants miss out on Shohei Ohtani, who’ll play for Angels

Of the two elite available players the Giants were seeking, one decided to signed elsewhere and the other appears to be leaning elsewhere. Japanese megastar Shohei Ohtani announced Friday his decision to play in Anaheim and suit up for the Angels, with whom he will be able to serve as a designated hitter while doubling as a pitcher. The Giants anticipated Ohtani pitching and playing the outfield in the DH-free National League. With Thursday’s news that Giancarlo Stanton has other locales in mind other than San Francisco, the Giants appear to be going...
Dec 8, 2017

NHL will consider expansion team in Seattle

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday that the league’s board of governors agreed to consider an expansion application from Seattle. Bettman said the expansion fee has been set at $650 million for Seattle, which could become the league’s 32nd team. “We’ve agreed as a league to take and consider an expansion application, and to let them run in the next few months, a season-ticket drive,” Bettman said. “This is a process that we go through.” Bill Foley paid a $500 million expansion fee for the Vegas Golden Knights, who...
Dec 8, 2017

Giants hopes for Stanton trade dimming

A week has passed since a Giants delegation met with Giancarlo Stanton and his agent in Los Angeles, longer since the Giants and Marlins reached a deal to send the National League Most Valuable Player to San Francisco if he agreed to waive his no-trade clause to come to the Bay. Stanton's reticence to accept a deal to the Giants appears less likely with each passing day. Now, there is some evidence to support that. The Chronicle heard Thursday afternoon that Stanton confided in a longtime friend that the Giants are not his first choice and might be his last.
Dec 7, 2017

Flyers make it 2 wins in a row

Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist as the Flyers beat host Edmonton 4-2 on Wednesday for their second straight victory after losing 10 in a row. Brian Elliott made 24 saves for the win. Ducks 3, Senators 0: Adam Henrique scored two goals and Ryan Miller made 29 saves for his first shutout of the season — the 40th of his career — for host Anaheim. Ottawa lost for the ninth time in 10 games. Maple Leafs 2, Flames 1: William Nylander scored the decisive goal in the fourth round of...
Dec 6, 2017

Giants ‘impressed’ in meetings with Stanton, Ohtani, who comments on Posey’s ‘great aura’

Giancarlo Stanton loves to play at AT&T Park, and Shohei Ohtani loves Buster Posey’s “great aura.” Those were two of the takeaways in the Giants’ meetings with the two players they’re pursuing the most, according to general manager Bobby Evans in a Chronicle interview on Thursday. Evans confirmed the Giants came to terms with the Marlins on a trade for Stanton that’s contingent on the right fielder approving it. The Giants and Cardinals have been the most aggressive pursuers, though it’s believed Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause, is...
Dec 6, 2017

Hunter Pence is using old Halloween photos to convince Stanton to join the Giants

The media frenzy around Giancarlo Stanton's offseason just got a little weirder courtesy of, who else, Hunter Pence.
Dec 6, 2017

Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon suspended for slashing

Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon has been suspended one game by the NHL for slashing Madison Bowey of the Washington Capitals. The league’s department of player safety announced the punishment Tuesday. Dillon was given a major penalty and game misconduct Monday night for slashing Bowey with five seconds left in the third period of San Jose’s 4-1 loss to the Capitals. Dillon will forfeit $17,580.65 of his salary. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Dec 5, 2017

Steelers’ Shazier remains in hospital

Pittsburgh linebacker Ryan Shazier will remain in a Cincinnati hospital until at least Wednesday to undergo further testing on a spinal injury suffered in the first quarter of Monday night’s win over the Bengals. Shazier left Paul Brown Stadium on a stretcher less than four minutes into the Steelers’ 23-20 victory over Cincinnati following a tackle that left the 25-year-old writhing on the turf, his legs motionless. He underwent extensive testing overnight, with the team saying Shazier’s injury did not require surgery “at this time.” The Steelers...