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NHL: Lineup shake up helps lift Sharks

DALLAS -- San Jose coach Ron Wilson changed his shootout lineup, and the Sharks responded.

The Dallas Stars overhauled their front office, and the results stayed the same.

Rookie Devin Setoguchi and Patrick Marleau connected in the shootout after scoring regulation goals, and San Jose beat Dallas 4-3 on Wednesday night in the Stars' first game since a major management shake-up.

The Sharks were 3-9 in the shootout at the start of the night, 0-2 this season. The Stars were 22-5 all-time. So Wilson changed up his lineup, leading off with Setoguchi and following with Marleau. Both beat goalie Marty Turco and Dallas shooters Sergei Zubov and Jussi Jokinen failed to score against San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov as the Sharks earned their third consecutive win.

"If I were a betting man, you'd be nuts if you go against (the Stars) and for us," Wilson said.

Stars owner Tom Hicks fired general manager Doug Armstrong on Tuesday, replacing him with former star Brett Hull and assistant GM Les Jackson as co-interim general managers.

Setoguchi's first-period goal gave him six in his first eight NHL games, and Marleau added a goal 59 seconds later to help the Sharks build a 3-1 lead.

"It's a big win," Setoguchi said. "Unfortunately we gave up a two-goal lead. (The shootout) was a little nerve-racking. I made a little move and got off a quick shot."

The Stars got third-period goals from Brenden Morrow and Niklas Hagman to tie it at 3.

ELSEWHERE -- Jaromir Jagr and Brandon Dubinsky scored second-period goals, lifting the visiting New York Rangers to a 4-2 victory over New Jersey. ... Vincent Lecavalier (three goals and two assists) set a team record with his sixth consecutive multipoint game, leading host Tampa Bay to a 6-1 win over Carolina. ... Rick Nash, Sergei Fedorov and Jason Chimera each had a goal and an assist, and host Columbus beat Chicago 4-2. ... Ales Hemsky scored the only goal in a shootout and Mathieu Garon came up big in goal to lead visiting Edmonton to a 1-0 win over Vancouver.

PREDATORS CONFERENCE CANCELED -- An investor group trying to buy the Predators canceled a Wednesday news conference after Nashville officials denied they had reached an agreement on changes to the team's arena lease. Earlier in the day, the group said it was set to make an announcement after weeks of negotiations with city officials about changes the potential buyers say are necessary to complete the $193 million deal and keep the team in Nashville.

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