| Sharks take preseason
Demers saves it in shootout
Players trying to fight their way onto the Sharks
roster got their first chance to show coaches what value they can provide on
Thursday night, as the Sharks squared off against the Los Angeles Kings in
Ontario , California . Some of those players may want to focus on finishing,
after the Sharks blew a late lead and where forced to a shootout.
Shark prospect Jason Demers scored in the 4th round of the shootout after the 7
skaters that preceded him failed to get a puck past either Kings goaltender
Jonathan Quick or San Jose netminder Thomas Greiss.
Demers put a
backhand shot past Quick to salvage the 2-1 win, but only after the Kings tied
the game with 9.5 seconds left in regulation.
Benn Ferriero staked the
Sharks to a lead early in the 2nd period. Mathieu Dandenault would earn an
assist on the goal.
San Jose had plenty of opportunities on the
man-advantage, but they would fail to convert on 9 power play chances,
including two in the overtime period. A two-man advantage late in the 2nd
period would also go squandered.
Andrew Desjardins missed two empty
net chances late to seal the game, including a chance from 15 feet that he sent
sailing over the crossbar. The Kings would capitalize on the chance by drawing
a high-sticking call on Dan Hinote, earning a face off deep in the Sharks zone
with 23 seconds left in regulation.
Dustin Brown swept a pass from
Teddy Purcell home from the doorstep to tie the game and send it to overtime.
In the overtime period, the Sharks had two 4-on-3 chances after the
Kings took bad penalties in the extra session.
In the shootout:
LA: Lactianov (miss poke checked by Greiss), Purcell (miss
save 5 hole), Shenn (miss forehand short side), Lewis (miss
diving pad save to Greiss left)
SJ: Vesce (miss
gloved), Setoguchi (miss snap shot from 10 feet), Ferriero (miss),
Demers (goal - backhand)
Heatley Press Conference Friday
Sharks will introduce Dany Heatley to the the media on Friday afternoon in a
press conference, following morning practice. The event will be held at HP
Pavilion, but will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet and will be streamed
online at CSNCalifornia.com.
The festivities will start at
Chronicle Live and SportsNet Central will also have analysis of
the trade and highlights of the press conference throughout the day on Friday.
Chronicle Live airs live at 5:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday) on Comcast
SportsNet Bay Area, and replays on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area at 11:00 p.m. and
on Comcast SportsNet California at midnight. SportsNet Central airs nightly at
6:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. For more
information, visit CSNCalifornia.com and CSNBayArea.com.
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