Kane brace powers Blackhawks over Sharks

Updated 07 February 2013

Kane brace powers Blackhawks over Sharks

SAN JOSE, California: Patrick Kane scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal after a fight midway through the second period as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the San Jose Sharks 5-3 on Tuesday in a matchup of the NHL’s top two teams.
Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger also scored for the Blackhawks, who overcame a 2-0 deficit to remain the only team yet to lose in regulation this season. Corey Crawford made 30 saves.
Joe Pavelski, Tommy Wingels and Michal Handzus scored for the Sharks, while Antti Niemi made 26 saves.
David Clarkson scored twice and set up New Jersey’s other goal as the Devils downed the New York Rangers 3-1 in their first meeting since last year’s Eastern Conference finals.
The Devils won that series in six games, and they still had the Rangers’ number in getting 24 saves from Martin Brodeur.
Chris Kreider scored for the Rangers, while Henrik Lundqvist had 19 saves.
James Neal gave Pittsburgh to an early lead, and Marc-Andre Fleury and the rest of the Penguins then held on to beat the Islanders.
The New York Islanders stormed back to avoid their second straight home shut out in a 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Pittsburgh took a 3-0 lead 1:44 into the third period with Brandon Sutter’s goal, before Michael Grabner sparked a New York comeback at 3:14, and Brad Boyes — moved up to the top line for this game — made it 3-2 just 35 seconds later when he flung a shot past Fleury, who was sprawled on the ice.
Defenseman Simon Despres added a second-period goal for Pittsburgh.
Pascal Dupuis finally put away the Islanders with an empty-net goal with 39 seconds left.
Los Angeles’ Mike Richards scored his first goal of the season and Jonathan Quick stopped 18 shots as the Kings downed the Blue Jackets 4-2.
Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter and Slava Voynov also scored while Justin Williams had three assists for the reigning Stanley Cup champions, who began the night 14th in the Western Conference with six points — two more than last-place Calgary and one fewer than Columbus.
Derick Brassard and Dereck MacKenzie had the Blue Jackets’ goals.
At Detroit, Jarome Iginla scored his first goal of the season and Dennis Wideman had a goal and an assist to lead the Calgary Flames past the Detroit Red Wings 4-1.
Curtis Glencross and Mark Giordano also scored for Calgary, while Miikka Kiprusoff made 19 saves before being replaced by Leland Irving to start the third period because of a lower-body injury. Irving stopped six shots.
Johan Franzen scored for Detroit and Jimmy Howard made 19 saves.
Philadelphia’s Tom Sestito scored his first two goals in three years to lead the Flyers over the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1, while Chris Neil scored in the second period and Craig Anderson made 20 saves to lead the Ottawa Senators past the Buffalo Sabres 4-3.
In other games, the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Washington Capitals 3-2, the Nashville Predators downed the St. Louis Blues 6-1 and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 in overtime.

Saudi Arabia to face Japan in Asian Cup second round after defeat to Qatar

Updated 49 min 46 sec ago

Saudi Arabia to face Japan in Asian Cup second round after defeat to Qatar

  • A double from Almoez Ali means Qatar top Group E.
  • Juan Antonio Pizzi's men now face Japan in second round on Monday.

LONDON: Saudi Arabia now know they will have to overcome Japan in the second round if they are to keep their hopes of a fourth Asian Cup title alive. 

A 2-0 defeat at the hands of Qatar meant Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men finished second in Group E — both sides went into the top-of-the-table clash knowing they had already secured a spot in the knockout stages. 

A brace from Almoez Ali in Abu Dhabi was enough to give Qatar the three points and leave them top of the group. 

From the kick-off the Green Falcons were the ones who looked the more likely to make the initial breakthrough —  Fahad Almuwallad slamming a right-foot shot against the post after 22 minutes.

Qatar captain Hasan Al-Haydos then missed a penalty in the 42nd minute after Ali had been clattered in the box.

But Ali, who scored four goals in Qatar's 6-0 rout of North Korea last weekend, made no mistake in first-half stoppage time.

He calmly slotted the ball past Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais to become the first player to score six goals in a single Asian Cup since South Korea's Lee Dong-gook in 2000.

Ali subsequently headed in a seventh goal of the tournament 10 minutes from time, celebrating with a jig of delight.

While the defeat was not ideal Green Falcons coach Pizzi said he was still hopeful Saudi Arabia would be able to go far in the tournament. 

"It was an intense game but we have to hide our feelings and prepare for the last 16," Pizzi said.

"We were missing quality in the final third and individual errors have cost us," he added.

"But we will bounce back. I respect every team left in the competition, including Japan, but I don't feel that we are inferior to them in any way."

Qatar, who have never gone beyond the quarterfinals, advance to face Iraq in the last 16.