By: Phillip Torres
SAN JOSE- The San Jose Sharks hosted the Anaheim Ducks at the SAP Canter in San Jose on Friday night for the Sharks first home preseason exhibition game. The Sharks lost a heart breaker in overtime 3-2 when Ducks Defenseman Ben Lovejoy found the back of the net after less than three minutes of play into the extra period.
The loss for the Sharks might not be as bad as the news that left winger Raffi Torres was banged up on a collision in the second period. Raffi Torres and Ducks forward Emerson Etem collided hard and both men spent an extended amount of time on the ice. Etem was able to come back later on in the period however Torres did not return for the rest of the game.
“He’s being checked by the medical staff, and when we know something, we’ll let you know,” said head coach Todd McLellan. “It’s obviously not a good situation for either player, Etem or Torres. A complete accident, too. We hope they’ll both be well and ready to play.”
Tomas Hertl started the scoring early for San Jose with a goal at 14:42 in the opening period. The assists were earned by Adam Burish and Captain Joe Thronton. The Ducks tied the score at 1-1 with a goal from Emerson Etem. The goal was assisted from teammates Devante Smith-Pelly and Daniel Winnik.
San Jose regained the lead shortly after with a goal from Tyler Kennedy. Kennedy scored on a short-handed two-on-one with the assist handled by Patrick Marleau. Corey Perry tied the game up again for the Ducks late in the period. with assits from Captain Ryan Getzlaf and Patrick Maroon, Anaheim was back into the game. The third period was scoreless and at regulation the score was 2-2. Ben Lovejoy won the game in overtime for the Ducks and ended the Sharks night.
On the loss, McLellan said, “I thought that our team forgot a little bit how hard it was to play and how you have to make hard, firm plays and move the puck quick. We weren’t as good as we needed to be, but it’s something we can work off of.”
Phillip Torres covers the San Jose Sharks for Sportsradioservice.com