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Quick Bite: DeMelo gives Sharks another OT win

For the second straight preseason game, the Sharks won in overtime, thanks to Dylan DeMelo.

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SAN JOSE — Dylan DeMelo’s goal 40 seconds into overtime gave the Sharks their second straight win to start the preseason.

The Sharks generated some pressure early, but failed to score. Louis Domingue denied Patrick Marleau in front on a broken play, while Tommy Wingels, Melker Karlsson, and Barclay Goodrow cycling the puck below the goal line on a couple of shifts. But the Coyotes would score first, as Conor Garland picked Justin Braun’s pocket and fed Jordan Martinook in front of the net to give Arizona a 1-0 lead 8:29 in to the game.

San Jose nearly tied the game three times before equalizing the game in the second period. About four-and-a-half minutes in, Louis Domingue denied Barclay Goodrow twice in a span of seconds, as the Arizona netminder stopped Goodrow’s tip and subsequent rebound effort. Kevin Labanc fired a backhander high and wide shortly after, as the Sharks continued to press to tie the game.

They would do just that 11:18 into the second. Justin Braun’s dump-in caromed off of the high glass, bouncing directly to Adam Helewka. Helewka chipped the puck to Ryan Carpenter, who scored on a short side, second effort to tie things up.

The tie would last all of 33 seconds, as Arizona capitalized on a Sharks turnover in San Jose’s defensive zone to regain the lead. Ryan MacInnis corralled the rebound at the side of the net, and dished to Michael Bunting for the tap-in.

Just over seven minutes into the third period, Tomas Hertl would tie the game. After the Sharks won the offensive zone, Domingue saved Justin Braun’s point shot, but Hertl gathered the rebound, and beat Domingue on his ensuing wraparound effort.

For the second straight game, the Sharks would need three-on-three overtime to decide the result. The Sharks had a two-on-one 30 seconds into the extra period, but Justin Braun couldn’t capitalize on Nikolaay Goldobin’s pass, firing a shot out of play.

The Sharks needed just four more seconds to win the game, as Tommy Wingels dished to Dylan DeMelo off of the face-off, whose point shot beat Domingue, and gave the Sharks their second straight preseason win.


  • Patrick Marleau did not play in the third period, as Tomas Hertl took his place between Nikolay Goldobin and Joel Ward. We will get an update from Pete DeBoer’s postgame presser.

UPDATED 11:57 PM: Marleau missed the third period because he wasn’t feeling well with what Pete DeBoer described as “a little bit of a bug.”

  • Tommy Wingels, Melker Karlsson, and Barclay Goodrow formed a very effective line. They were particularly strong cycling the puck before the goal line, and generated a lot of zone time. They weren’t able to score, but they did just about everything else.
  • Tomas Hertl looked fine in his first game back from injury. He was strong on the puck, and his goal was the result of a strong move behind the net. Once Marleau was missing, he looked good alongside Ward and Goldobin, who were his linemates at the beginning of camp. We’ll have a better idea how he looks centering his own line against better competition, but Tomas cleared the first Hertl (pun intended) tonight.
  • It’s hard to judge Aaron Dell’s performance tonight. He’d probably like the first goal back, but it was the result of a turnover in the defensive zone. Like Armalis and Grosenick on Tuesday, he didn’t face a lot of rubber.
  • Tim Heed looked good on the blueline in his preseason debut. He demonstrated strong offensive instincts, and has a nice shot from the point. He won the Swedish Hockey League’s equivalent of the Norris Trophy a couple seasons ago, and while there’s a logjam ahead of him on the Sharks blueline, could be one too look out for in the event of defensive injuries this season.
  • Kevin Labanc wasn’t as dominant in possession as he was on Tuesday, but once again looked good offensively. He still was fairly sheltered in his usage, but with Meier’s bout with mono, could have an opportunity to stick around longer than anticipated.

Fear the Fin Three Stars

  1. Tommy Wingels
  2. Dylan DeMelo
  3. Tim Heed