Chiasson, Stars hand Sharks 1st loss
NHL: Cody Eakin tied it at 12:58 of the second period and rookie Alex Chiasson scored the only goal of the shootout to lift the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 win over San Jose on Thursday night that ended the Sharks’ perfect start to the season.
The Sharks fell one game shy of tying the best start in their history, last season’s 7-0 beginning.
Dallas also got goals from Tyler Seguin and Trevor Daley. Dan Ellis stopped 32 shots.
Tyler Kennedy, Matthew Nieto and Patrick Marleau scored for San Jose. Antti Niemi made 28 saves.
The Stars outshot San Jose 31-29 in regulation, but the Sharks took all five shots on goal in the overtime.
• Plekanec leads Canadiens over Jackets: Tomas Plekanec scored with 1:07 left to break a tie and added an empty-net goal to give the Montreal Canadiens a 5-3 victory over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.
Columbus was on a last-minute power play when Plekanec pushed Brandon Prust’s pass into the empty net with 16 seconds left. It was Montreal’s second short-handed goal of the game after Andrei Markov’s second-period effort.
• Canes rally past Leafs: The Carolina Hurricanes used a three-goal third period to rally for a 3-2 victory over the host Toronto Maple Leafs, who lost goalie James Reimer to an injury. Ron Hainsey scored the winner for the Hurricanes, who handed Toronto its first loss since Oct. 8.
• Kopitar scores in shootout as Kings win: Anze Kopitar scored the only goal of the shootout, lifting the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators in Nashville, Tenn. Kopitar skated down the right side and elevated a backhand over the left shoulder of Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne. Slava Voynov scored for the Kings, who have won four of five.
• Blues edge Blackhawks in shootout: T.J. Oshie scored the lone goal in the shootout, Jaroslav Halak stopped all three Chicago shooters in the extra session and the visiting St. Louis Blues defeated the Blackhawks 3-2. Chicago’s Corey Crawford made 26 saves and Halak had 27.
• Red Wings beat Avs 4-2 as Roy loses 1st game: Johan Franzen scored two goals, including the tiebreaker with 12:50 remaining, and Jonas Gustavsson stopped 38 shots, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-2 victory over Colorado in Denver to snap the Avalanche’s six-game winning streak under new coach Patrick Roy.
• Stamkos, Lightning beat Wild: Steven Stamkos scored a tiebreaking goal with 5:04 left in the third period and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 in Tampa, Fla. Sami Salo added a final-minute, empty-net goal. Spokane native Tyler Johnson also scored for Tampa Bay.
• Rangers captain Callahan sidelined: Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is sidelined again, this time because of a broken thumb. Callahan, who missed the season opener while recovering from shoulder surgery, will be out three to four weeks, the Rangers said.
Henry caps 60 with eagle in Las Vegas
Golf: J.J. Henry made a 50-foot eagle putt from the fringe on his final hole for an 11-under 60 and a one-stroke lead in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Henry had nine birdies at TPC Summerlin in the lowest round of his career. The two-time PGA Tour winner broke the course record and was a shot off the event mark of 59 set by Chip Beck in 1991 at Sunrise Golf Club.
Argentina’s Andres Romero is second. He had two eagles in a 61. James Driscoll, Jonathan Byrd and Jeff Overton shot 63. Webb Simpson had a 64.
Marco Andretti re-signs with team
Auto racing: Andretti Autosport has re-signed Marco Andretti to drive the No. 25 next season with sponsorship from Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. The team is expected to announce a manufacturer switch to Honda, and could have driver James Hinchcliffe re-signed before Saturday night’s finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
• IndyCar condenses 2014 schedule: IndyCar will compress its 2014 season into five months and end at Fontana on Labor Day weekend. The 18-race schedule does not include Brazil and Baltimore and adds the inaugural road course race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The condensed schedule eliminates the long gaps that plagued IndyCar this season, including the monthlong break it had between Baltimore on Labor Day weekend and the Houston races two weeks ago.
Murray receives royal seal of approval
Tennis: After winning two Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal, Andy Murray has been given the royal seal of approval.
Murray received his Officer of the Order of the British Empire medal from Prince William in London. He was awarded the distinction in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s honors list after his victories at the U.S. Open and London Olympics in 2012. The Scot then won Wimbledon three months ago.
• Ferrer, Raonic reach Stockholm quarters: Favorites David Ferrer and Milos Raonic got past first-time opponents to reach the Stockholm Open quarterfinals.
Top-seeded Ferrer overcame Jack Sock of the United States 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, while second-seeded Raonic was hard-pressed to finish off Joachim Johansson of Sweden 6-2, 7-6 (3).
In the quarterfinals, Ferrer will face Fernando Verdasco in an all-Spanish match and Raonic will play French wild-card Benoit Paire.
• Top three advance to Luxembourg quarters: Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens and Sabine Lisicki won in straight sets to reach the Luxembourg Open quarterfinals.
Wozniacki beat two-time finalist Monica Niculescu of Romania 6-3, 6-2; Stephens, seeded second, defeated Yvonne Meusburger of Austria 7-5, 6-4; and No. 3 Lisicki of Germany eliminated Tereza Smitkova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-0.
Nets retire Kidd’s No. 5 jersey
Basketball: The Nets have retired the No. 5 jersey of Jason Kidd, who led them to two NBA Finals as a player and is now their coach.
The ceremony took place before the Nets hosted the Miami Heat in a preseason game. The banner was the New Jersey Nets’ red, white and blue, not the Brooklyn black and white.
Kidd retired last season after spending one season, his 19th, with the New York Knicks.
• Louisville’s Behanan suspended indefinitely: Louisville coach Rick Pitino said the university has suspended starting power forward Chane Behanan indefinitely for violating school policy.
Pitino didn’t specify what the violation was but said Behanan violated a team rule.
The coach said the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Behanan, who played a key role in the Cardinals’ NCAA championship run last season, could possibly return in December.