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Reid and Sgarbossa shine at Teal & White
Burns makes debut on HP Pavilion ice
9/21/11 - By Mike Lee -

Sharks fans got their first taste of the 2011-12 roster decked out in teal and white on Tuesday night as San Jose hosted its annual private scrimmage for season ticket holders at HP Pavilion. Even the most seasoned fans may have conducted a double take or two in order to figure out who half the new players in attendance were. Having purged nine regulars from last season's roster, there are jobs to be had and plenty of new faces to fill them. Tuesday night's affair was an introduction of the wave of new personalities that will make up this year's team.

The most notable of the new additions in uniform were defenseman Brent Burns and centerman Michal Handzus. Both players made their debut in teal and white. Burns was a regular participant throughout the evening, logging what may have been the largest number of minutes of any defenseman.

There were no official stats, because this affair was simply a scrimmage, so it's impossible to definitively say how many minutes Burns actually loggers, but suffice it to say, he was on display. A public display, to let the season ticket holders see how the roster stacks up this season, with their big acquisition at the helm.

Big is an understatement however. The first thing that stands out is his size. The 6'5", 220lb defenseman is a hulking presence that skates with as much ease as the most fluid forward. Burns stick handling was a little raw throughout the evening, but his presence on the ice was far more imposing. You knew when he was out there, and every move was magnified by his mammoth frame.

The game itself was an entertaining one for the 6 to 7 thousand fans in attendance. Team Teal prevailed on a Michael Sgarbossa goal with 47.3 seconds left in regulation to take a 5-4 decision. Sgarbossa has been one of the pleasant surprises in camp thus far. The 19 year-old winger was a scoring standout for Sudbury last season. His goal on Tuesday night came as he flanked Joe Thornton late in the contest.

Another prospect who raised eyebrows was Brodie Reid, who scored a pair of goals. Reid sent a one-timer past Thomas Greiss after taking a feed through the slot from Freddie Hamilton at 26:11 of the first half (the Teal & White scrimmage consists of two 30 minute halves).

Reid deflected another puck past Greiss at 21:53 after Team White setup a shot from the right point.

Another one of the situational scenarios both squads work on during the scrimmage is an extended 5-minute power play. Team Teal was presented with an opportunity to work on their power play skills fist. Newly signed defenseman Colin White simplified things for Team Teal by taking a tripping minor at 17:28 to give Team Teal a full two minute 5-on-3.

Joe Thornton converted on the 2 man advantage at 16:32 after Patrick Marleau made a feed to the outside of the right post. Joe Pavelski tied things up with another power play goal at 14:13 on a put back down low after Marleau bounced a shot off goaltender Hari Sateri.

Torrey Mitchell opened the 2nd half by taking a tripping penalty, setting up Marleau's second goal of the evening.

Handzus tied the game at 3-3 with a shot from in front of the right post at 21:24.

Teal scored 30 seconds later after Douglas Murray bounced a goal off his own goaltender. Marleau credited with the goal. Jamie McGinn scored on Team White's extended power play to knot the game at 4-4 tipping a shot past goaltender Tyson Sexsmith.

The club dedicated some time after the scrimmage to work on the shootout. Reid scored the prettiest goal of that session, roofing a shot past Sexsmith.

Game Notes:

HP Pavilion was sporting some new changes inside the bowl. The most noticeable change is the new glass circling the rink. The panes are wider than the glass used in prior years, opening up the viewing areas. The stanchions appear to be a plastic / polymer material, unlike the metal variety used before.

The other, less noticeable change, are the new rotating ad billboards that are located between each of the four faceoff circles and the blueline.


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