The perfect record is now a thing of the past, as the San Jose Sharks surrendered three separate leads in falling to the Dallas Stars in a shootout on Thursday night, 4-3.
The inability to extend any of their one-goal advantages, coupled with an infective power play, led to San Jose’s first loss of the season. The Sharks fell to 6-0-1, but still remain as the NHL’s only team not to suffer a regulation defeat, thanks to a Colorado loss to Detroit.
– Kevin Kurz, CSN Bay Area
Titans coach Mike Munchak would like Colin Kaepernick to keep doing exactly what he’s not doing: running.
In five of the 49ers’ six games this season, Kaepernick has rushed for fewer than 23 yards. In his last four games, he’s averaged 15.8 yards, and he’s had 172 yards this season. That’s nine fewer than he had in last season’s division-playoff win against the Packers, which helped inspire an avalanche of how-will-defenses-stop-the-read-option stories in the offseason.
Munchak’s message in advance of the 49ers’ visit on Sunday: Keep it up, Colin.
– Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle
While the Raiders players are off for an NFL-mandated four days during the team’s bye, Oakland’s coaching staff is working until the weekend.
Fans of Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece, and maybe even Reece himself, are hoping the offensive coaches are using the extra time figuring out ways to get the ball into Reece’s hands more in the season’s final 10 games.
As a hybrid, the former college wide receiver has also played tailback for the Raiders, and good things seem to happen when Reece has the ball. Thing is, he only had one touch in the Raiders’ 24-7 loss at Kansas City on Sunday, a 9-yard catch and run.