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Couture bags a pair in pre-season opener
SJ scores three PP goals in sacking of Ducks
9/22/11 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks opened their pre-season schedule with a quick flight down to Anaheim on Wednesday. San Jose unleashed a portion of their revamped lineup and put on a scoring clinic en route to a 6-1 win. Logan Couture scored a pair of goals, both coming in a 3-goal 2nd period. The Sharks defense got in on the act, scoring a pair of goals.

As is customary in the exhibition season, the Sharks sat most of their big guns, including Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski.

Couture kicked off his first appearance of the season with a 5-on-3 goal 5 minutes into the 2nd period after Francois Beauchemin followed former Sharks Mark Bell to the penalty box. Tommy Wingels put a wrist shot past Jeff Deslauriers 7 minutes later to push the Ahead of Anaheim.

Andrew Gordon had opened the games scoring in the 1st period with a goal off Thomas Greiss to give the Ducks an early lead. That lead would seem like a distant memory after the Sharks added a 3rd goal off a backhand chance by Couture with 5:12 to play in the middle period.

San Jose enjoyed their 3-goal period so much, they did it again in the 3rd period. Jason Demers scored just 29 seconds into the final frame with a long wrist-shot that found its way past Iiro Tarkki. The Ducks got themselves in penalty trouble later in the game to setup a pair of power play goals.

Sean Sullivan tipped home a John McCarthy attempt at 8:49 of the 3rd period to push the Sharks lead to 4 goals.

Andrew Murray added a goal late to put the game completely out or reach. Murray's goal also came on the man-advantage, after Sheldon Brookbank was called for holding late.

Greiss finished with 19 saves to earn is first victor of the pre-season.


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