Preseason: Ducks 6, Sharks 3
Dustin Penner tallied twice to lead the Anaheim Ducks over the San Jose Sharks 6-3 on Wednesday night in preseason action at the Arrowhead Pond.
Todd Marchant added a goal and two assists and Ryan Shannon chipped in with two helpers for the Ducks who next face Vancouver on home ice Friday at 7:05 p.m.
The victory for the Ducks was the club's first of the preseason. San Jose suffered their first exhibition defeat after topping LA last night.
Three Stars: 1st - Dustin Penner, 2nd - Ryan Shannon, 3rd Todd Marchant
20:00 - END OF GAME - FINAL: ANA 6, SJ 3 - SHOTS ON GOAL FINAL ANA 47, SJ 24
17:02 - Garrett Stafford cuts the Ducks' lead to 6-3. The goal is Stafford from Bernier and Marleau.
16:10 - Stanislav Chistov made it 6-2 with his first goal of the preseason. Chistov collected a rebound to the right of Greiss and fired it past the netminder. The goal is Chistov from Ferguson and O'Brien.
12:56 - Patrick Marleau scores for San Jose. Steve Bernier fed Marleau with a pass through the crease and the Sharks' captain jammed it through Wall's five hole. The goal is Marleau from Bernier and Kaspar even strength.
10:39 - Scott Parker is called for a cross check. Anaheim goes into this power play 1-3.
1:17 - Francois Beauchemin is called for a slash. SJ is 1-3 on the power play.
0:00 - Third period play is under way between Anaheim and San Jose.
0:00 - Thomas Greiss takes over in the San Jose net.
2nd INT - The Ducks put 22 shots on Vesa Toskala in the second period netting five goals. The Ducks have a total of 38 shots in the game through 40 minutes. Teemu Selanne leads the charge with five shots on goal, Drew Miller has four and Stanislav Chistov and Ryan Shannon each have three.
Three of Anaheim's goals were on very similar plays - passes from below the goal line that turned into one-timer goals in front of the Sharks net. Todd Marchant has a goal and two assists, Dustin Penner has two goals and an assist and Ryan Shannon has two assists. JS Giguere stopped all 10 shots faced in 30:20 of action in the contest. Both teams are 1-3 on the power play.
20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL - ANA 22/38, SJ 6/14
19:20 - Christian Ehrhoff takes a tripping penalty nullifying the Sharks' power play.
18:37 - Ian Moran takes a cross checking minor. SJ is 1-2 on the power play going into this one.
18:01 - Milan Michalek gets San Jose on the board. Michalek picked up a puck left for the Ducks defense by Wall and stuffs it home near-side as the Ducks netminder returned to the net. The goal is Michalek unassisted on the power play.
17:12 - Andy McDonald goes off for hooking. SJ is 0-1 on the power play.
16:45 - Todd Fedoruk and Scott Parker have an epic battle after Anaheim's fifth goal. Fedoruk and Parker trade punches for nearly four minutes. Both men punch until they become too fatigued to continue. Both are assessed fighting majors.
16:42 - Todd Marchant makes it 5-0. Penner flips a pass from behind the net that Marchant deposits from close range. The goal is even strength - Marchant from Penner and Shannon.
14:43 - Teemu Selanne collects the rebound of a McDonald shot to the right of Toskala and flips it in the open net to give the Ducks a 4-0 lead. The goal is Selanne from McDonald and Pronger on the power play. Anaheim is 1-3 with the man advantage.
13:51 - Scott Parker takes a slashing minor - Anaheim is 0-2 on the power play.
13:35 - Corey Perry makes it 3-0. Perry one-timed a slap shot from the high slot past Toskala's glove. The pass came from behind the net from linemate Ryan Getzlaf. The goal is Perry from Getzlaf and Miller even strength.
13:03 - Dustin Penner scores his second goal of the game. Todd Marchant flipped a backhand pass from the corner to Penner who one-timed the shot from the high slot. Penner from Marchant - even stength.
10:25 - Michael Wall takes over for Giguere in goal.
10:25 - Bench minor to the Sharks for too many men on the ice. Anaheim is 0-1 on the power play thus far.
9:22 - The Ducks take a 1-0 lead. Todd Marchant sprung Ryan Shannon into the clear across the Sharks' blue line. Shannon carried the puck all the way to the crease drawing Toskala to the near post. Shannon dropped a pass to a streaking Dustin Penner who buried the puck into the open net. Officially the goal is even strength - Penner from Shannon and Marchant at 9:22.
2:22 - The first fight of the game is between Ducks defenseman Shane O'Brien and Sharks winger Graham Mink. O'Brien popped Mink's helmet off and the players traded blows. O'Brien knocked Mink off balance to the ice. Fighting majors for both.
0:00 - 2nd Period is under way.
1st INT - The Ducks and Sharks skated a scoreless first period with limited action. The highlight of the period for Anaheim was simply the presence of 6', 6" defenseman Chris Pronger who is skating his first game in the Black, Gold and Orange. Pronger was paired for most of the period with Bruno St. Jacques. Pronger shattered no fewer than two sticks in the period attempting one-timers from his right-point position.
The Ducks best offensive opportunity came with slightly more than 60 seconds to play. The forward line of Perry, Getzlaf and Drew Miller put pressure on Toskala. Scott Niedermayer pinched into the offense to collect a rebound and his shot was blocked before getting to the net.
Each team was 0-1 on the power play in the first period. The Sharks best offensive opportunity came on the power play. Defenseman Scott Ferguson slid toward the net but misfired on a one-time attempt toward an open net.
20:00 - END OF 1ST PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL - ANA 16, SJ 8
16:29 - Todd Fedoruk goes off for a cross check - SJ's first power play.
1:08 - SJ's Garrett Strafford takes an interference penalty.
0:00 - The 1st period is under way.
Pregame: The Ducks face the San Jose Sharks at 7:05 pm at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. Anaheim is looking for their first victory of the preseason, falling 7-1 to the LA Kings at home on Monday. The Sharks earned a 3-1 victory over the Kings last night in Los Angeles in their first exhibition action.
JS Giguere will get the start in net tonight for the Ducks. Giguere's backup will be Michael Wall. Vesa Toskala will start for San Jose and will be backed-up by Thomas Greiss.
Among the regulars in the lineup for Anaheim include Teemu Selanne, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Dustin Penner, Andy McDonald, Todd Marchant, Francois Beauchemin, Stanislav Chistov, Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer and Todd Fedoruk.
Last season's Hart Trophy winner Joe Thornton will not be in the lineup for San Jose nor will the NHL's leading goal scorer from a year ago, Jonathan Cheechoo. Sharks regulars who will be seeing action are Josh Gorges, Milan Michalek, Christian Ehroff, Patrick Marleau, Scott Parker, Patrick Rissmiller and Curtis Brown.
The puck drops in just a few minutes.