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Ducks pound SJ in preseason finale
Prospect heavy roster gets ice time for Sharks
10/3/15 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks put the wraps on their preseason by dropping a 5-1 decision to the Anaheim Ducks in Southern California on Saturday night. The score is a little deceptive based on the fact that the Sharks essentially wheeled out a "B" Team, while the Ducks skated most of their starters. While giving most of their regulars the night off, it allowed the Sharks brass to assess players who sit on the bubble just four days before the start of the regular season.

As the Sharks try to make decisions on three to four roster spots, they may have opened up another vacancy after forward Raffi Torres was sent off with a match penalty for targeting Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg's head with a hit just 3 minutes into the game.

Given Torres' history as a repeat offender, the penalty will receive extra scrutiny by the NHL and could result in a suspension before the first puck is even dropped on the 2015-16 season. Torres missed all of last season as he tried to rehab back from a devastating knee injury.

The Sharks forward laid out Silfverberg with a shoulder check that connected with the Duck forwards nose. The Ducks elected to keep Silfverberg out of the remainder of the game as they kept him under observation for potential concussion symptoms. The Ducks had been laying the body on rookie Nikolai Goldobin, so Torres was likely trying to let the Ducks know he wasn't going to tolerate any rogh stuff directed at the Sharks youngster.

With the Sharks serving Torres 5 minute penalty, prospect Micheal Haley sent Ducks left wing Patrick Maroon into the corner boards. The hit was deemed to be too far from the boards, and Haley was assessed a 5-minute boarding major. With the crossover in penalties, the Sharks skated for more than 8 minutes down a man. Because of the nature of the penalties, neither of the penalties would have ended had the Ducks scored.

San Jose goaltender Alex Stalock made sure they the Ducks didn't capitalize on the extended power plays. The netminder made several circus stops to deny Anaheim, who out-shot the Sharks 14-5 in the period.

The Sharks weren't done with questionable penalties. Defenseman Karl Stollery was sent off for an illegal check to the head of defenseman Hampus Lindholm, albeit of the two minute variety. Maroon also had his brain shuffled a bit, when he decided to take on Frazer McLaren in a lopsided fight that left the Ducks winger dazed.

Penalties continued to mount for the Sharks who actually took a 1-0 lead on a power play of their own early in the 2nd period. Dylan DeMelo was credited with his 1st goal of the preseason, firing a shot from the point that made its way through traffic.

The Ducks special teams unit finally got their act in gear, scoring a pair of power play goals to close out the period.

The Ducks added three goals in the 3rd period after the Sharks crew of prospects began to wear down. Anaheim out-shot the Sharks 39-18 in the game, fueled by the Sharks 23 minutes on the penalty kill.

Now the team prepares for their season opener in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, which may or may not include Torres. The players that made the most of their opportunity on Saturday include winger Joonas Donskoi and DeMelo.

Donskoi has impressed Sharks management all training camp, and DeMelo has stepped up from the blueline.





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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 0 1 0 1
ANA 0 2 3 5
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, SJ, DeMelo 1 (Goldobin), 7:21, (pp). 2, ANA, Perry 1 (Vatanen, Fowler), 9:35, (pp). 3, ANA, Fowler 1 (Getzlaf, Maroon), 15:20, (pp).
3rd period - 4, ANA, Lindholm 1 (Stewart), 2:07. 5, ANA, Manson 1 (Stewart, Hagelin), 8:54. 6, ANA, Bieksa 1 (Hagelin), 11:50.
Penalties
1st period - Stewart, ANA (interference on goalkeeper), 0:27; Haley, SJ (interference on goalkeeper), 4:00; Torres, SJ (mtch penalty), 12:45; Haley, SJ (boarding major), 16:18.
2nd period - Cogliano, ANA (hooking), 5:44; Dillon, SJ (tripping), 8:20; Stollery, SJ (illegal check to head), 14:21.
3rd period - McLaren, SJ (fighting major), 2:15; Maroon, ANA (fighting major), 2:15; Haley, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 17:34.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Stalock 39 34
ANA - Andersen 18 17
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 5 5 8 18
ANA 14 15 10 39
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 2
ANA 2 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Cam Fowler
Kevin Bieksa
Hampus Lindholm
Attendance
17,174
Officials
Referees: Kowal, Peel. Linesmen: Lazarowich, Heyer.
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