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Lots of D scoring in home preseason debut
Sharks unload on Anaheim with 4 goals in the 3rd
9/26/08 - By Mike Lee

From the first day of training camp new Sharks head coach Todd McLellan has stressed the importance of traffic in front of the net and defensive help in the offensive zone. In the first glimpse of McLellan's style of hockey on home ice, the Sharks put on a scoring clinic en route to a 5-2 pasting of the visiting Anaheim Ducks on Friday night at HP Pavilion.

Three of San Jose's goals came from defensemen, including their prized off season acquisition Dan Boyle. San Jose out-shot the Ducks 37-18, but entered the 3rd period tied 1-1.

Boyle would score 33 seconds into the period to start a string of four consecutive goals by San Jose. Joe Pavelski gave the Sharks an early 1-0 lead in the opening frame on a tip play after Matt Kinch put the puck on net during a San Jose power play.

Anaheim would record only three shots on goal in that opening period, but Andrew Ebbett's power play would find the back of the San Jose net with one second remaining in the period.

Jody Shelley and George Parros exchanged pleasantries earlier in the period, with a fight that would end with both players bloodied.

San Jose would continue to control the flow of the game in the 2nd period, but Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller stopped all 12 shots he faced in the period.

The highlight of the period was a bout between former Princeton defenseman Mike Moore and Ducks left wing Travis Moen. Both teams seemed eager to show the other that the regular season series will be a physical one.

Boyle would finally put the Sharks on top for good to start the 3rd period, and the flood gates would open. More of McLellan's offensive defense plan of attack would pay dividends when Moore would record his first goal of the pre-season five minutes. The goal pushed the Sharks lead to 2-1 and the would never look back.

Defenseman Alexei Semenov would crank a shot from the point past Hiller a little more than a minute later to extend San Jose's lead. Prospect Jamie McGinn would cap the bum rush with a goal at 12:21 to give the Sharks a comfortable 4 goal lead.

Parros would convert with 3:10 remaining regulation to end the evening's scoring.

As was the case on Wednesday night, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau did not suit up for San Jose. Ducks regulars Chris Pronger, Corey Perry, and Rob Neidermayer all saw action for Anaheim. The Ducks were without the services of defenseman Mathieu Schneider, who was dealt to Atlanta earlier in the day.

Evgeni Nabokov would finish the evening with 16 saves in his first appearance of the pre-season.


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1 2 3 T
ANA 1 0 1 2
SJ 1 0 4 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Pavelski 1 (Kinch, Michalek), 3:56, (pp). 2, ANA, Ebbett 1 (Perry, Pronger), 19:59, (pp).
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 3, SJ, Boyle 1 (Pavelski, Michalek), 0:33. 4, SJ, Moore 1 (McGinn, Joselin), 5:29. 5, SJ, Semenov 1 (Moore, Plihal), 6:42. 6, SJ, McGinn 1 (Cheechoo, Boyle), 12:21, (pp). 7, ANA, Parros 1 (Montador, Festerling), 14:50.
1st period - Cheechoo, SJ (hooking), 1:00; Miller, SJ (holding the stick), 2:19; Ebbett, ANA (tripping), 9:18; Montador, ANA (hooking), 11:12; Parros, ANA (fighting major), 17:30; Shelley, SJ (fighting major), 17:30; Setoguchi, SJ (hooking), 18:36.
2nd period - Roenick, SJ (hooking), 0:37; Moen, ANA (fighting major), 3:01; Moore, SJ (fighting major), 3:01; Shelley, SJ (holding), 4:13; Parros, ANA (charging), 7:19; Marchant, ANA (interference), 10:37; O'Donnell, ANA (roughing), 11:46; Michalek, ANA (roughing), 11:46; MOntador, ANA (interference), 14:31; Salcido, ANA (interference), 17:26.
3rd period - Pavelski, SJ (holding), 2:50; Shelley, SJ (hooking), 8:36; O'Donnell, ANA (roughing), 10:54; Semenov, SJ (roughing), 10:54; Festerling, ANA (tripping), 11:07.
Shots Saves
ANA - HIller 37 32
SJ - Nabokov 18 16
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
ANA 3 6 9 18
SJ 14 12 11 37
Power Play Conversion
ANA 1 of 6
SJ 2 of 8
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Pavelski
Dan Boyle
Mike Moore
Referees: Dwyer, Pochmara. Linesmen: Arnell, Galloway.

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