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Ducks Get Close, But Drop Preseason Finale

Saturday, 09.28.2013 / 10:25 PM
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Ducks Get Close, But Drop Preseason Finale
San Jose Sharks 6, Anaheim Ducks 5
Three Stars of the Game
Dan Boyle
1st
Dan Boyle
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:38
Tommy Wingels
2nd
Tommy Wingels
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 3Hits: 4
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:41
Andrew Cogliano
3rd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 14:08
By Adam Brady

ANAHEIM – The Ducks got close, but ultimately not close enough in dropping their preseason finale to the Sharks, 6-5 at Honda Center.

After entering the third down three goals, Anaheim got within one on two separate occasions, but never managed to tie it in dropping their third straight to end the preseason.

The Ducks’ first comeback occurred when they scored twice in a 14-second span to make it 5-4 San Jose. At 6:51 of the third, Kyle Palmieri met up with the puck off the right wing wall before slinging a wrist shot that darted inside the far post. Soon afterward, Peter Holland backhanded the puck on net, and Dustin Penner tipped it just through for his first of the preseason.

But San Jose killed the Ducks momentum, scoring on the power play at 7:36, soon after a Devante Smith-Pelly interference penalty. Dan Boyle sent a shot from the left point past a screened Jonas Hiller to make it 6-4 Sharks.

Anaheim made it 6-5 as Saku Koivu pounced on a loose puck off a rebound and backhanded it over the shoulder of goalie Antti Niemi. But that’s as close as Anaheim got, failing to score that sixth goal in the final minutes, including when Hiller went to the bench for an extra attacker.

The Ducks and Sharks scored five combined in the first period, trading goals until the Sharks went out in front 3-2.

Among the goals scored in the period was an amazing one from Andrew Cogliano at just around the halfway mark. Cogliano chased the puck into the San Jose zone before putting a spin move on Scott Hannan, falling to the ice and lifting the puck with the backhand past Niemi.

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A spin move by Koivu set up the game’s first goal, from Daniel Winnik 4:46 into the game. Koivu spun to give himself some room to drop the puck to Mark Fistric, whose point shot was tipped down and through by Winnik.

But the Sharks answered each Ducks goal in the period, scoring two straight from Joe Pavelski and Jason Demers to take the lead into the first break.

The Sharks made it 4-2 relatively early in the second stanza when John McCarthy gathered in a rebound off Hiller and backhanded it home. Then five minutes into the period, a Matt Beleskey roughing penalty and a Ryan Getzlaf cross-checking call (for which the home crowd voiced its disapproval), led to a two-man San Jose advantage. The Ducks paid for it, as a Boyle point shot ricocheted off the chest of Hiller, and hit a Duck in the back before trickling over the stripe.

The Ducks still have roster cuts to make before opening the season on Wednesday in Colorado.

"My concern is up there," Boudreau said. "I’m concerned we haven’t been able to put our lineup out there yet, once. That’s a concern. And I don’t know if it’s going to be ready by Wednesday, so that’s a definite concern.

"I thought that team was much faster than us tonight. That’s a concern, and I’m glad to see we had no quit and kept coming back, but we wouldn’t have deserved to win or anything if we had tied it up. It would’ve been a false sense of doing something. The right outcome actually happened."



 
scoring summary
1st Period
04:46
ANA
Daniel Winnik (1) Slapshot - ASST: Mark Fistric (1), Saku Koivu (1)
1 - 0 ANA
10:06
SJS
Patrick Marleau (1) Slapshot - ASST: Scott Hannan (1), Logan Couture (1)
1 - 1 Tie
10:27
ANA
Andrew Cogliano (1) Tip-in - ASST: Cam Fowler (1)
2 - 1 ANA
13:58
SJS
Joe Pavelski (1) Snap shot - ASST: Tyler Kennedy (1), Tommy Wingels (1)
2 - 2 Tie
17:32
SJS
PPG - Jason Demers (1) Snap shot - ASST: Matt Nieto (1), Tommy Wingels (2)
3 - 2 SJS
2nd Period
03:13
SJS
John McCarthy (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Matt Pelech (1), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (1)
4 - 2 SJS
05:31
SJS
PPG - Dan Boyle (1) Slapshot - ASST: Logan Couture (2), Tommy Wingels (3)
5 - 2 SJS
3rd Period
06:51
ANA
Kyle Palmieri (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Cam Fowler (2), Francois Beauchemin (1)
5 - 3 SJS
07:05
ANA
Dustin Penner (1) Tip-in - ASST: Peter Holland (1), Devante Smith-Pelly (1)
5 - 4 SJS
07:36
SJS
PPG - Dan Boyle (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Pavelski (1), Patrick Marleau (1)
6 - 4 SJS
17:13
ANA
Saku Koivu (1) Slapshot - ASST: Daniel Winnik (1), Andrew Cogliano (1)
6 - 5 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
17:24
ANA
Ben Lovejoy  Boarding  - 2 min against  Logan Couture
2nd Period
01:02
ANA
Saku Koivu  Hooking  - 2 min against  Dan Boyle
03:51
ANA
Matt Beleskey  Roughing  - 2 min against  Andrew Desjardins
05:15
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Matt Irwin
15:03
SJS
Freddie Hamilton  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Matt Beleskey
15:03
ANA
Matt Beleskey  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Freddie Hamilton
15:03
ANA
Matt Beleskey served by Kyle Palmieri  Interference  - 2 min against  Freddie Hamilton
17:28
SJS
Tyler Kennedy  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Patrick Maroon
17:28
ANA
Patrick Maroon  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Tyler Kennedy
20:00
SJS
Andrew Desjardins  Roughing  - 2 min against  Ben Lovejoy
3rd Period
07:23
ANA
Devante Smith-Pelly  Interference  - 2 min against  Matt Irwin
goalie stats
Antti Niemi
Antti Niemi
SA: 18TOI: 60:00
GA: 5SV%: .722
Jonas Hiller
SA: 39TOI: 58:37
GA: 6SV%: .846

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