The Sharks were unsuccessful in their final preseason game, dropping a close game to the Anaheim Ducks in overtime.
The first period was riddled with Sharks penalties. San Jose successfully killed off three powerplays in the period (four if you count the one that crossed into the second period) and came out on top both in goals and shots. The Sharks ended the first leading 10-9 in shots, and 1-0 in points after a goal by Joonas Donskoi.
There was more than enough fighting to go around in this game, with a line brawl ending the first period and a fight between Brendan Dillon and the Ducks’ Ritchie halfway through the second. This led to the Ducks sixth power play of the game, but they remained unable to convert. Shortly after, the Sharks had a couple power plays of their own, and David Schlemko took advantage of the 5-on-3 to put the Sharks up 2-0. Jakob Silfverberg would add one for the Ducks near the end of the period. Shots were 21-18 in favour of San Jose at the end of the period.
Despite leading in shots throughout the entire game, the Ducks were able to tie in midway through the third period. The Sharks were unable to find the back of the net, and Corey Perry scored a minute into overtime to secure the 3-2 win for Anaheim.
Not a great end to the preseason, but at least this one doesn’t count. We’ll see you on Wednesday for opening night against the Kings.