Sharks Win First of Preseason, 4-1, on Four-Goal Third Period

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By Matthew Harrington

SAN JOSE–The San Jose Sharks finally won in the 2019 preseason, besting the Calgary Flames 4-1 Thursday night at the SAP Center. Dylan Gambrell helped his cause to make the opening night roster by scoring two goals, line mates Evander Kane and Tomas Hertl scored a goal apiece and Brent Burns notched assists on all four goals.

Both teams were scoreless entering the third period, but Kane opened the flood gates by beating Flames netminder Artyom Zagidulin 3:17 into the third. San Jose then scored three goals in a span of 2:58. Tomas Hertl tipped a Burns blast past Zagidulin at the 10:59 mark then Gambrell beat Zagidulin twice for a 4-0 lead.

Gambrell opened the game on the second line with Evander Kane and Tomas Hertl, but couldn’t take advantage of his opportunities and found himself on the potential fourth line with Melker Karlsson and Goodrow. His odds of factoring into the opening night roster, be it as a skater or a scratch were dwindling, especially with Lukas Radil excelling with Kane and Hertl throughout the preseason. The pressure coach Peter DeBoer has put on the young Gambrell paid off in spades with his performance down the stretch, with production from the fourth line being a necessity this year as the Sharks try to replace Joe Pavelski’s production.

One of the many Sharks assured a spot in the lineup October 2nd, Brent Burns still turned in a stellar performance, collecting four assists in a period. The feat would match a franchise record were the game to have counted.

The Sharks got solid goaltending from Martin Jones with the incumbent starter making 24 saves on 25 shots. The lone goal came with 4:02 left in regulation after Justin Kirkland punched home a rebound to cut the lead to 4-1. The same could not be said of Calgary’s goalie Zagidulin. The 24-year-old former KHLer gave up four goals on 12 shots, entering the game to start the third period. Cam Talbot was perfect to open the game, turning aside 24 Sharks shots to enter third tied 0-0.

Up next for the Sharks are some roster decisions and a match-up with the same team the Sharks will face twice in the season’s first two games. San Jose will face the Vegas Golden Knights Monday on the road before opening the season at T-Mobile Arena on October 2nd.

Sharks drop second preseason game to Flames, 6-4

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By Pearl Allison Lo

The San Jose Sharks played their second preseason game in as many days as they took on the Calgary Flames after traveling Wednesday.

The Flames played their third match in three days thanks to a traveling doubleheader.

None of that mattered though as both teams combined for 10 goals and their most goals apiece of the preseason, even though their previous contests were multi-goal games as well. 

20 different players had their first preseason points. The Sharks’ Manuel Wiederer had two goals, Calgary’s Dillon Dube had his second goal in as many games and an assist, San Jose’s Ivan Chekhovich had a goal and an assist, the Sharks’ Jayden Halbgewachs and Tony Sund had two assists and the Flames’ Tobias Rieder had his second assist in as many games.  

All the first period action happened in the opening half.  

San Jose went first with Lean Bergmann scoring solo at 4:01.

Sean Monahan tied the contest up at 7:06 and teammate Alan Quine followed with a close-up goal that went between Antoine Bibeau’s knees at 8:32.

The Sharks had a 3-on-1 in the waning seconds of the first but the net went off its moorings. 

Both teams went on a scoring exhibition in the second.

At first, it started off the same way as the first with both teams combining for three goals before the 10-minute mark in the same order. 

The puck touched the tape of several players, but San Jose used a faceoff win and a tip to tie up the game a second time.  Chekhovich scored at 6:44. 

Adam Ruzicka gave Calgary back the 3-2 lead at 8:51, as he took the pass from Martin Pospisil at the boards and at 9:21, Derek Ryan’s pass turned into a scoring shot as the puck hopped off the Sharks’ Tomas Hertl’s stick in between.

Then the teams started trading off goals in the closing part of the period.

Sund took the hard shot and Wiederer shoved it in at 11:39.

Dube used handy stickwork to re-establish a two-goal lead at 13:35.

Wiederer moved around his defender at 17:54 to make sure his team did not end the period worse than it started.  

Rieder started off the third with a clang in the form of a crossbar shot.

He also drew another penalty from Mario Ferraro around the same time as the second period, at 1:11. 

The Flames had their only power play at 8:48.

Up Next: San Jose will host the Vegas Golden Knights Saturday at 5 pm. 

Camp Battles Begin in Sharks’ 4-3 Loss to Ducks

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By Jerry Feitelberg

The San Jose Sharks lost to the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 to open the preseason slate of the 2019-20 campaign at home Tuesday night, but they did get some intel on a couple camp battles. Darkhorse candidates for open forward spots Jonny Brodzinski and Joachim Blichfeld both scored for the Sharks, while potential midseason call-up Ryan Merkley had a pair of assists. Fresh off inking a new deal to take himself out of restricted free agency, Timo Meier picked up right where he left off last season, putting the puck in the net as well.

Aaron Dell, the incumbent to the backup goalie gig 11 saves on 12 shots, leaving the game up 2-1 after just over 30 minutes of play. Josef Korenar made 10 saves, but gave up three goals in the Ducks’ come-from-behind win. Max Jones had the game-winner and added an assist for Anaheim.

San Jose’s primary goal in the exhibition slate is to determine which forwards who either weren’t on the roster or saw limited time in 2018-19 will replace Joe Pavelski’s production. The previous Sharks captain departed San Jose in the offseason after 761 points over 13 seasons with San Jose. With openings on almost every line, Team Teal is expecting it to be a committee to replace Pavelski’s production.

With that being the case, Brodzinski and Blichfeld each flashed a skill from Pavelski’s toolbox Tuesday night. Brodzinski’s goal to take a 2-0 lead 10:47 into the game came on the power play, with the 26-year-old deflecting a puck past Ducks goalie Ryan Miller in the crease, number 8’s old spot on the Sharks man advantage. Brodzinski boasts 54 games of NHL experience over 4 seasons and seemed destined to start the year with the Barracuda in the AHL, but a willingness to go to the dirty areas may help him find a spot on the Shark’s fourth line.

For Blichfeld, the WHL’s leading point-getter last season, the contribution is a laser-like wrist shot. He showed it in beating Ducks goalie Anthony Stolarz to tie the game at 3 2:55 into the third period. The 21-year-old is a pure scorer who could do damage on Joe Thornton’s wing if he breaks camp with the team, but handicappers have him below other prospects like Sasha Chemlevski and Ivan Chekhovich who have yet to make their preseason debuts. If Blichfeld can fill the net like he did in junior, scoring 53 goals for the Portland Winterhawks last season, he can help San Jose replace Pavelski’s 355 career goals.

Dell looked good heading into the 2nd period holding a 2-0 lead, but Devin Shore beat him 5:53 into the second to cut San Jose’s lead in half 2-1. After Dell came out, Nicolas Deslauriers and Adam Henrique each scored on Korenar to take a 3-2 lead heading into the third. After Blichfeld’s tying goal, Jones beat Korenar on the power play 6:43 to finish the game.

Dell is expected to be Martin Jones’ backup, but his down 18-19 campaign and cap hit will have him feeling the heat to excel in training camp this year. The crowded crease will also be an issue for the Sharks who will need to find competitive opportunities for five goalies. Jones is expected to be the starter at the NHL level, while Dell, Korenar and Antoine Bibeau are all in on the backup spot, with Dell getting the edge on experienced. San Jose also signed Andrew Shortrigde out of Quinnipiac last season, and would probably be best served developing at a level higher than the ECHL this season leaving five goalies for four spots. This will be a spot to watch as the preseason unfolds.

Lakers down the Warriors 119-105 to finish the preseason

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By Jerry Feitelberg

SAN JOSE — The Los Angeles Lakers, who were without LeBron James, Brandon Ingram, and Kentavius Caldwell-Pope, rallied in the second half to down the Golden State Warriors 119-105 at SAP Center on Friday night.

The Warriors did not play Kevin Durant or Andre Iguodala. Steph Curry played the first period for Golden State and was done for the night. Klay Thompson did not play in the second half. Draymond Green, who had not played since September 29th, saw 14 minutes of action and scored just one point.

Curry played most of the first quarter and tallied 16 points, including four three-point shots. He looked as if he was in mid-season form. Thompson finished the night with 21, and he looked ready to go. The Warriors won the first half by 13 (67-54). Damian Jones had a good first half as he knocked down 15 and appears to be the starting center for the Warriors until DeMarcus Cousins is ready to play.

The second half belonged to the Lakers. Kyle Kuzma was on fire as he and Svi Mykhailuk led the Lakers to a comeback win as they outscored the Warriors 61-38. The Warriors used Draymond Green in the third quarter and Shaun Livingston in the fourth quarter. The rest of the players were trying to show the Warriors’ coaching staff that they belonged in the NBA. The Warriors will have to make decisions soon on which players will start the season in Oakland and who will be assigned to the G-League.

Game Notes: The Warriors still have not agreed to a contract with Patrick McCaw. McCaw would be starting his third season with the Warriors, and he could help this year’s edition. There are question marks regarding Damian Jones, Jordan Bell, Jacob Evans, Jonas Jerebko, and Marcus Derrickson.

The Big Four consisting of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green are set. Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Kevon Looney, and Quinn Cook will make up the second unit.

Up Next: The Warriors open the season at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night at 7:30 pm PDT versus the Oklahoma City Thunder. Moreover, the Warriors’ championship banner will be unfurled, and the players will receive their championship rings.

Jazz refuse to quit with 132-93 pounding of Kings

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By Jeremy Harness

SACRAMENTO — The Golden 1 Center was half-empty on Thursday, and the brave souls who showed up probably wished they had not.

The Sacramento Kings sure didn’t. They were smacked around in every way imaginable right from the opening tip-off in a 132-93 drubbing at the hands of the Utah Jazz, the team’s first home preseason game against an NBA opponent.

Let’s put it this way: The Kiss-Cam got more applause than the Kings did.

The boo birds, as well as the occasional shout of “you suck” started midway through the second quarter. It only intensified after a Rudy Gobert fast-break dunk gave the Jazz a 62-29 lead. The booing did cease, however, in the second half, possibly due to either a strong sense of resignation or a general lack of interest.

The majority of Utah’s field-goal attempts were uncontested, which explains why the Jazz converted 60 percent of them (51 of 85), including 14 of their 30 3-point shots. The Kings, meanwhile, were flat broke the entire game, starting with DeAaron Fox’s jumper from the free-throw line clanking off the base of the rim.

What followed were missed layups and other point-blank attempts as well as a complete lack of defense. Utah used the first 12 minutes of the game to get out to a 39-10 lead.

It got no better during the course of Thursday’s game. In fact, it got painfully worse. The Kings were a woeful 34 percent (32 of 93) from the floor.

Sacramento was losing it on the court, and it seemed to trickle down to the head coach, and that didn’t take very long. After calling a timeout upon Sacramento going down 32-7 late in the opening quarter, Dave Joerger waited exactly seven seconds–about the time it took for Sacramento to get the ball across half-court–to call another one.

The second quarter was simply an extension of the first. While going down 45-10 in the first two minutes of the quarter, Buddy Hield missed a wide-open fast-break layup and watched as the putback attempt got wedged in between the basket and the backboard. Meanwhile, the Jazz built up a 36-point halftime lead and led at one point by 44 points.

The Jazz were led by Rudy Gobert, who caught numerous alley-oops for dunks and put in a few more uncontested attempts on his way to 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting.

Rookie Marvin Bagley III, whom the Kings selected with the second pick of this year’s draft, scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Willie Cauley-Stein had 16 points, but he was manhandled by Utah big man Rudy Gobert in the process. Harry Giles III and Justin Jackson each scored 12 points for Sacramento.

NOTES: It’s probably not a good sign when Skal Labissiere–who was a first-round pick just two years ago–doesn’t see his first action of the game until the start of the fourth quarter, after the Kings had been trailing by at least 20 since the opening minutes of the game.

Ben McLemore, who was part of the trade that sent guard–and proven leader–Garrett Temple to the Memphis Grizzlies, did not get into the game until the fourth quarter as well.

UP NEXT: The Kings head up north to the Moda Center to take on the Portland Trail Blazers in their final preseason game Friday night at 7:00 pm PT on NSNW.

Warriors fall 117-109 to the Suns in preseason game at Oracle Arena

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By: Ana Kieu

Monday was game day for the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns at Oracle Arena. There was no reported cases of the Mondays in Oakland.

Prior to the game, Steph Curry spoke to the media on the support of Warriors fans, saying, “It’s a special place. The Bay has supported us. Oakland has supported us, and to know that these types of events, where you can bring some of these fans that might not get access to the games throughout the course of the season for whatever reason. You just want to enjoy that environment. You could see all the kids that came out, just going crazy for us just doing practice drills and what not and having some fun, bringing some kids on the court.”

The Warriors’ starters featured Kevin Durant, Kevon Looney, Damian Jones, Danuel House Jr. and Stephen Curry. The Warriors had their game faces on, but the final score–a 117-109 loss to the Suns–didn’t display that.

The Warriors made a statement in the first quarter with Curry’s three-pointers along with an astonishing moment where Curry refused to settle for three points and racked up a four-point play instead.

Despite Curry’s efforts, Golden State trailed Phoenix 40-32 at the end of the first.

Curry continued showing off his awesome skills in the second quarter, but Durant also shined as he moved without the ball with 5:18 left in the quarter. The Warriors merely outshot the Suns 25-21 in the quarter.

That being said, Golden State caught up, but they weren’t quite there yet, as they trailed Phoenix 61-57 at halftime.

Warriors’ second-year power forward and center Jordan Bell put in work in the third quarter. Bell attracted some attention to himself by putting some points and collecting some rebounds for the scoreboard. The Suns, however, poured in 38 points in the quarter, which seemed to perplex the Warriors, who were the home team tonight.

After three quarters, Golden State trailed Phoenix 99-87.

The Warriors outshot the Suns 22-18 in the fourth quarter, but Golden State’s attempts for a comeback fell short as Phoenix took the game 117-109. Curry led six Warriors in double-figures with 23 points and four assists. Durant had 12 points, five rebounds and five assists. Damian Jones and Kevon Looney each had 11 points in their starting assignments. Thompson, Green and Andre Iguodala all had the game off to rest.

The Warriors lost to the Suns, but there was a bright spot, as Golden State got a great glimpse at the 2018 No. 1 draft pick Deandre Ayton. Ayton put on an impressive show with a team-high 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting, seven rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes.

Notes: Tonight’s giveaway was a Curry bobblehead that featured the former Davidson Wildcat in his outfit from the 2018 NBA Championship parade alongside the three Larry O’Brien trophies he has played a role in capturing.

This upcoming season will mark Steph Curry’s 10th season as a member of the Golden State Warriors. Curry reportedly seems to think that his previous injuries are now behind him.

“It’s probably one of the best summers I’ve had in terms of my prep work going into a year,” Curry told NBA.com. “So I’m excited about what that’ll mean on the court.”

Up Next: The Warriors head to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to take on the Lakers in a nationally televised game on Wednesday, October 10 at 7:30 pm PT on ESPN.

Warriors rout the Kings 122-94 for preseason win in Seattle

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By: Ana Kieu

The Golden State Warriors returned to the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington for the first time since 2007. It was a long time coming for the Warriors, who took on the Sacramento Kings in a preseason game in the Emerald City. There was a sellout crowd, and that wasn’t the only thing that got the Warriors fired up. Warriors star Kevin Durant recently said that Seattle is a basketball city that deserves an NBA team. In case you need a refresher, Durant was selected second overall by the ex-Seattle SuperSonics and spent the 2007-08 NBA season with the SuperSonics.

The Warriors tweaked their starters with Tyler Ulis, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Marcus Derrickson and Damian Jones. All these five starters made a positive impact on the court.

Just moments after the tip-off, Thompson opened the scoring with a 3-pointer that sparked Golden State’s 10-0 run early in the first quarter. Durant picked up where he left off. Other players like Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell added some points to the scoreboard. The Warriors led the Kings 39-18 at the end of the first.

Golden State resumed their 3-pointer streak in the second quarter. In other news, Shaun Livingston picked up a dime and handed it to Jonas Jerebko, who threw it down, late in the second. Durant then got the slam before the buzzer to close out the first half. The Warriors brought a 74-44 lead to the locker room at halftime.

Thompson and Durant continued to dominate to kick things off in the third quarter. Durant also notched the alley and Damian Jones collected the oop. Durant later knocked down yet another 3-pointer to give himself 26 points on the night, The Warriors put the game out of reach with a 102-69 lead over the Kings at the end of the third.

Bell made plenty of jumpers in the fourth quarter. Also, Thompson refused to back down as he threw down more 3-pointers late in the fourth. The Warriors had this preseason game from start to finish and downed the Kings 122-94.

Durant proved to the critics that he was still a big deal in Seattle. Durant finished with 26 points, six rebounds ans assists. Moreover, Thompson was just as a big deal as he recorded 30 points, 10-for-15 field goals and 6-for-10 3-point field goals.

Notes
According to the NBA GMs, the title of best pure shooter in the league came down to four NBA players. Three of them were Warriors players.

Up Next
The Warriors return home to host the Phoenix Suns in a preseason game on Monday, October 8 at 7:30 pm PT on NBA TV.

Flames avoid burnout vs. Sharks 7-5

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By Pearl Allison Lo

The San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames went toe-to-toe through the first two periods, but the Flames prevailed in front of their home crowd Tuesday night at Scotiabank Saddledome.

After losing 5-4 in overtime on Monday, Calgary looked no worse for the wear. San Jose last played Saturday but had to make the trip northeast.

San Jose is now 4-for-4 in the preseason in terms of scoring at least four goals per game. Calgary also done the same in their first three games played.

Calgary had more regulars dressed but it was still a shootout. The first and second period were both marked by 4-1 scores for each side.

The Flames went ahead 6-5 in the third at 5:33 while the Sharks were blanked by Jon Gillies after 15:22 of the second period. San Jose was held to four shots in the third and their last shot came with 6:49 left in the game.

The Sharks’ Lukas Radil had a goal and assist and the Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau scored twice.

“Each line contributed offensively. It was a good team win, ” Gaudreau remarked.

Both teams played tic-tac-toe in a variety of ways during the night and switched out goalies. Sharks goalie Aaron Dell was pulled after five goals in favor of Antoine Bibeau. Flames goalie David Rittich left after four goals for Gillies.

The Sharks scored first with Barclay Goodrow getting his third goal of the preseason.

San Jose went on the power play at 12:10. Six seconds later, Rourke Chartier followed suit with the teams’ first power play goal of the preseason, making them 1-for-12. Less than 40 seconds later, Gaudreau scored Calgary’s only goal of the first. He, Brett Kulak and Sean Monahan got their first points of the preseason in the game. Then, just eight seconds after, Radil scored unassisted.

The Sharks’ Marcus Sorensen had a goal, but it was disallowed for goalie interference, even after a Coach’s Challenge.

San Jose’s Maxim Letunov capped off the first period, scoring his first preseason goal at 16:18.

Both sides played a little penalty tic-tac-toe after. The Sharks were called for a penalty at 16:47. Less than 30 seconds later, the Flames nullified their own power play and then less than 30 seconds later again, San Jose got the high-sticking call.

The Flames played their period a little differently in the second, scoring three straight goals before the Sharks did.

All of the Flames’ three goals came in the slot near the left faceoff circle, Matthew Phillips at 7:05, Monahan at 9:47 and Matthew Tkachuk at 12:38.

Alexander Chmelevski scored San Jose’s sandwich goal at 15:44 with his first goal.

Gaudreau topped off the period with another goal 10 seconds before the middle period ended, leaving both teams heading into the third with a 5-5 tie. He and his teammates had Bibeau caught looking back and forth between the pipes before scoring.

Sam Bennett got Calgary their first lead and the game-winner with the first goal of the third period.

The Sharks’ Kevin Labanc tried to fight Austin Czarnik away from the empty net with time running out, but Czarnik got his stick ahead for the 7-5 score at 18:46 to seal the deal.

Up Next: The Sharks will face the Flames again, but on their own ice Thursday night at 7:30 pm PDT.

Sharks feast on the Ducks to ultimately get 7-3 win

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By Pearl Allison Lo

ANAHEIM — The San Jose Sharks fell behind three times, but came up on top for their second straight victory over the Anaheim Ducks, 7-3, at the Honda Center Thursday night.

Anaheim came looking to even things up as they met San Jose for the second time in a row.  It was the first home game for the Ducks and first road game for the Sharks. Moreover, the Ducks kicked off their 25th anniversary on their turf.

On Tuesday, the Sharks were the 4-1 victors.

San Jose scored at least four goals for the second game in a row and have scored in each of their last five periods. Anaheim picked up their scoring since the previous game, but stalled after 7:01 of the second period. The Sharks followed with a five-goal streak. All of their goals on the night except the last one were scored by different players.

Antti Suomela scored the first and the last goal, playing in his second game straight out of Finland. He also had an assist during Kevin Labanc’s goal.

Suomela commented, “Last game was the first game in about four months so it’s always difficult, but tonight’s game was a little easier.”

Head coach Peter DeBoer commented on Suomela, “He makes plays and I know that sounds simple, but it is hard to create offense in this league and he finds a way to do that.”

Joonas Donskoi had a goal and two assists, Rourke Chartier had three straight assists, Labanc and Lukas Radil each had a goal and an assist, and 11 Sharks had at least a point.

For the Ducks, Ondrej Kase had two goals and Adam Henrique had two assists, both on Kase’s goals.

The two teams went scoreless on the power play. The Sharks were 0-for-3 and the Ducks were 0-for-1.

San Jose got the first power play at 2:18, but Anaheim got the first goal.

Henrique started the play on the other end by winning a faceoff and ended up feeding Kase from the boards as Kase found one of Aaron Dell’s holes at 4:53.

Just over a minute later, the Sharks evened the score in a bit of a similar fashion. Suomela won the faceoff and ended up tipping in Joakim Ryan’s shot from the blue line as the puck soared just above Ryan Miller’s left glove.

The next goal took a while. After several near chances which elicited gasps from the crowd, the Ducks finally broke through again when Jakob Silfverberg scored from the left faceoff circle at 16:57 to give Anaheim the 2-1 lead.

In the second, Labanc added a goal to his night’s repertoire at 4:53. Donskoi used nifty stick work and a slick pass to the right as Labanc took the puck inside the goalpost for the 2-2 tie.

A turnover cost the Sharks though. Giovanni Fiore intercepted the puck after it left Ryan’s stick and Kase again took the puck to their bank to take back the lead at 7:01.

The Sharks got another power play at 9:08, but were unable to convert.

San Jose scored the game’s first consecutive goals though when Radim Simek’s end line goal wormed its way under Miller and Jacob Middleton scored from in between the blue line and the right faceoff circle. It was Simek and Middleton’s first goals for the team, coming at 12:08 and 13:45 to give their first lead. Goodrow got his third assist during Middleton’s goal, which made the score 4-3.

The Sharks kicked off their three-goal third period at 11:31. Miller was unable to control the rebound off Chartier’s shot and it eventually found its way to Radil.

Donskoi and Suomela scored less than 30 seconds apart, starting at 16:27 to cap off the scoring.

On executing early on in preseason, the Ducks’ Josh Manson relayed, “At the end of the day, it comes down to structure and work ethic. They played a better structure than we did. That’s why they won the game.”

Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle pointed out, “San Jose did a good job of tracking and winning their fair share of battles…The score wasn’t indicative of the game. I think it was more like a one-goal hockey game than what actually happened out there.”

Up Next: The Sharks (2-0-0) and Vegas Golden Knights (2-0-0) will pit their perfect records against each other in a playoff rematch Saturday at 7 pm PST. Both teams scored seven goals apiece Thursday night.

Sharks rout the Ducks 4-1 in preseason game No. 1

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By: Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — No, the regular season hasn’t started yet, but the San Jose Sharks opened up the preseason at SAP Center versus the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.

For the Sharks, the recent acquisition of Ottawa Senators star defenseman Erik Karlsson might signal the dawn of a new era in San Jose. The Sharks welcomed Karlsson to San Jose with a full page color ad in Monday’s edition of The Mercury News. The Sharks reportedly will offer Karlsson an eight-year contract extension.

Karlsson revealed that he never wanted to leave Ottawa after a season full of controversy, but I’m almost certain that he’ll get comfortable with California now that he’s expected to practice with the Sharks on Wednesday.

In other news, Mike Hoffman’s fiancee, Monika Caryk, said she won’t sue Karlsson’s wife, Melinda Currey, over allegations of cyberbullying.

For the Ducks, there has been a lot of debating over questions surrounding their training camp. The Ducks’ recent trades may or may not change the balance of power in the Pacific Division, but I’ll wait for the regular season to start before commenting on that.

Anyhow, let’s get to the Sharks vs. Ducks preseason game.

Despite an action-packed first period, the game was in a scoreless tie. Shots were 14-6 in favor of San Jose.

Just moments after Gibson’s penalty expired, Brenden Dillon was called for tripping at the 16:30 mark of the second period. And, to make things worse, Anton Rodin gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead with his first power play goal of the preseason at the 15:31 mark of the second period. Assists were handed to Corey Tropp and Brandon Montour.

But the Sharks bounced back nicely. Rourke Chartier scored the game-tying goal at the 12:23 mark of the second period. A lone assist was handed to Ivan Chekhovich.

The Ducks pulled Jared Coreau in favor of Kevin Boyle with 8:06 left in the second period. However, the Ducks’ decision didn’t work in their favor.

The Sharks took a 2-1 lead with 4:35 left in the second period. Chekhovich scored his first goal of the preseason. A lone assist was handed to Barclay Goodrow.

The Sharks brought a 2-1 lead to the locker room following a gutsy second period. Shots were 29-15 in favor of San Jose.

The Sharks were feisty late in the third period. Barclay Goodrow tallied a goal–his first to extend the Sharks’ lead to 3-1 with 1:49 left in regulation. Assists were handed to Tim Heed and Radim Simek. Shortly after, Chekhovich scored his second goal of the game (and preseason) to expand the Sharks’ lead to 4-1. Assists were handed to Goodrow and Dylan Gambrell.

The Sharks defeated the Ducks 4-1 in their first preseason game of 2018.

Notes
Tonight’s attendance was 13,926.

Sharks’ roster 
Forwards: Dylan Gambrell, Marcus Sorensen, Barclay Goodrow, Joonas Donskoi, Antti Suomela, Vincent Praplan, Tomas Hertl, Lukas Radio, Sasha Chmelevski, Rourke Chartier, Kevin Labanc, Ivan Chekhovich and Maxim Letunov.

Defensemen: Brenden Dillon, Ryan Merkley, Joakim Ryan, Radim Simek, Nick DeSimone, Tim Heed and Jeremy Roy.

Goalies: Antoine Bibeau and Zachary Emond.

Up Next
The Sharks head to Anaheim to take on the Ducks in a preseason rematch on Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 pm PDT.