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Sharks take preseason opener
Demers saves it in shootout
9/17/09 - By Mike Lee -

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

The 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 12:30.

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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