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Sharks 7, Ducks 3: Preseason Duck Hunt ends in a sweep

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The kids aren’t making cuts easy.

Apr 14, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period against the Anaheim Ducks in game two of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. The Sharks defeated Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The kids are runnin’ wild.

With only eight main roster mainstays last year suiting up tonight, the Sharks took on a Ducks squad sending out players like Corey Perry, Hampus Lindholm and Rickard Rakell and they showed they could keep up.

The first two periods were see-saw battles, with Aaron Dell and the Sharks defense alike looking a bit rusty. It seemed as if we were in for approximately 35 more minutes of this. That is, until Randy Carlyle subbed off Ryan Miller for Jared Coreau.

After taking a 4-3 lead into the third period, the offense completely exploded: three goals in the third period put the Ducks away and secured a preseason sweep for the Sharks. Antti Suomela in particular had a great night, scoring two goals and really making a case for himself to be the 3C this upcoming season. Rourke Chartier also made an impression in his battle for 4C, setting up great plays and one great goal by Joonas Donskoi. It was a closer game than last Tuesday’s, with the Sharks just barely out-shooting the Ducks, 24-23.

Read live reactions to the game below:

Pregame

Fresh off the heels of a 4-1 victory in their opening preseason game against Anaheim, the San Jose Sharks are headed right down I-5 to finish off their preseason set against the Ducks tonight.

This morning, the first round of cuts for the Sharks began, with four players being returned to their junior clubs and twelve others being sent down the hallway to the Barracuda. The Ducks will not have to worry about Ivan Chekhovich for the near future, as the 19-year-old who made a huge impression during Tuesday night’s victory was among the cuts. Josef Korenar was another interesting cut, given that the Czech prospect was never really given a shot at any preseason action. Meanwhile, it appears the Ducks have cut 10 players from their roster, including Tyler Soy, Corey Tropp and Julius Nattinen.

Rosters

If you thought the kids were running wild on Tuesday night, feast your eyes upon this:

Only eight players, including Aaron Dell, who suited up for the Sharks last season are on tonight’s roster. Making their preseason debuts tonight are Kyle Wood, Jacob Middleton, Manny Wiederer and Jayden Halbgewachs.

Meanwhile, the Ducks will line up like this:

The only leftovers from last Tuesday’s defeat for Anaheim are Anton Rodin, Ben Street and Jared Coreau.

As said above by Kevin Kurz, Aaron Dell will look to get the nod in the crease tonight and play the whole game. No official word on the Ducks’ starter tonight, but I believe it will be Ryan Miller.

Check back at puck drop for live reactions to the game.

First Period

20:00: What’s up everybody? It’s your local ‘Cuda boy Bryan here with the liveblog for tonight’s preseason action. Let’s get this thing going!

As I guessed, it is Ryan Miller starting for the Ducks. Dell will get the nod for the Sharks.

19:36: Looks like the Sharks aren’t the only ones who made some upgrades to their arena — the Ducks seem to be changing their seats, with a smatter of black seats behind the goals.

17:56: Alex True already seems to be making an impact. His physicality led to a good drive to the net and now the Sharks hop onto a power play as Ben Street gets sent off.

15:37: Street reenters the game, uneventful power play for the boys.

15:07: Ducks score, it’s Ondrej Kase. Not exactly a great play from Kyle Wood there leading to the goal. He left Kase virtually uncovered. Ducks 1, Sharks 0.

13:54: Good shot from Labanc from the circle, but Miller covers it easily.

13:48: SHARKS GOAL! A great slap shot from Joakim Ryan from the point beats Ryan Miller, and just like that the Sharks have tied this game at 1!

11:01: Sam Steel with a good setup for a Josh Manson wristshot, but Dell covers it easily.

10:14: We’re just about halfway through this period and the Sharks are out-shooting the Ducks once again. It currently stands 11-3.

5:34: Rourke Chartier has really came out to play this preseason, and I don’t blame him- after being out for the majority of the ‘Cuda season with two separate injuries. You can tell he’s really playing for a potential 4C position.

3:03: Ducks score. Jakob Silfverberg with a twisted wrister that Dell couldn’t get a hand on in time, and now the Ducks retake the lead. Ducks 2, Sharks 1.

END FIRST: Ducks 2, Sharks 1

Back and forth action so far, with the Ducks taking advantage after 20. Sharks lead in chances with 16, however.

Looks like the goal at 13:48 will be attributed to Antti Suomela, who just got a piece of Ryan’s bomb.

Second Period

19:00: I really like what I’ve been seeing from Antti Suomela. He has one goal to his name already tonight, but he’s been performing very well on his line with Rourke Chartier and Joonas Donskoi.

17:19: Aaron Dell has been looking kind of shaky tonight — he’s been caught out of position a few times already.

15:07: SHARKS GOAL! What a great two-on-one opportunity for the Sharks! Joonas Donskoi fed Labanc a perfect pass at the faceoff circle and put a beautiful one-timer past Ryan Miller! Tie game, 2-2!

12:59: Ducks score, it’s Kase again. The defensive corps have really not looked good, as Kase puts it past Dell for the second time tonight. Ducks 3, Sharks 2.

10:52: Maxime Comtois is sent off for cross-checking Ryan Merkley, and the power play comes back out.

8:52: Another uneventful power play.

8:00: Jared Coreau seems to have his mask on in the hallway to the Ducks locker room. Could we see him entering the game?

7:52: SHARKS GOAL! Radim Simek circles around the net and somehow banks it in off of Ryan Miller’s stick, and this game is tied yet again!! Happy birthday to him! 3-3

7:45: Jared Coreau has indeed entered the game for the Ducks. No change in the Sharks net... yet.

6:15: SHARKS GOAL!!! Jacob Middleton gets a shot off in traffic that looked to have found the stick of Marcus Sorensen, but nevertheless it gets past Coreau! Sharks have finally taken the lead! Sharks 4, Ducks 3.

3:00: Sharks are getting KILLED on stretch passes. That was nearly a sure goal from Maxime Comtois.

END SECOND: Sharks 4, Ducks 3

The defense has certainly been shaky, but the offense has more than made up for it. Ducks have had a lot more chances this period.

Third Period

17:21: Dell is looking a lot more settled so far this period.

16:25: Anton Rodin is sent off for slashing, and the Sharks will head to their third power play of the game.

14:25: Full strength.

10:41: One-timer after one-timer from Joonas Donskoi, but he can’t hit the net.

8:56: Marcus Sorensen is continuing his role of Duck Hunter. He’s been orchestrating a lot of great plays in the Ducks zone.

8:29: SHAAAAARKS GOAL! Lukas Radil is on the board with a beautiful one-timer from the point! What a great pass from Kyle Wood to make it happen! Sharks 5, Ducks 3.

3:33: SHAAAAARKS GOAL! What a nifty goal from Joonas Donskoi, receiving a pass from Rourke Chartier on the other side of the rink, and Coreau never saw it coming! Sharks 6, Ducks 3.

3:06: I can’t keep up! They scored again! Antti Suomela with his second of the night to make it 7-3!

1:04: Ducks finally get a power play as Joonas Donskoi is sent off for hooking — but it is certainly too little, too late.

FINAL: Sharks 7, Ducks 3