By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks closed out the preseason in exciting fashion. They beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 in a game that was filled with penalties, penalty of scoring, and a fight.
Just 27 seconds into this game Chris Stewart clipped Alex Stalock and received a goalie interference call. The Ducks killed the penalty and then went on the power play as Michael Haley was called for goalie interference when he knocked Frederik Andersen down. The Ducks couldn’t convert either. The game then changed complexion when Raffi Torres hit Jakob Silfverberg in the head knocking him out of the game. If you look at the video, Torres appears to hit Silfverberg with an elbow to the head.
Torres received a match penalty, which means he earned a 5 minute major penalty in the game and was ejected for the night. He is also suspended automatically for one game, which will be Oct. 7th when the Sharks play the Los Angeles Kings on opening night. Torres has been a repeat offender. A hearing should be coming to determine if he will be suspended longer.
During the major penalty, Michael Haley boarded Patrick Maroon and also received a 5 minute major penalty. The Ducks had a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:27, but could not score. The Ducks outshot the Sharks 14 to 5 in the opening period, but the score remained 0-0.
In this period Andrew Cogliano would get called for hooking and Dylan DeMelo would score on the power play to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. After that goal it was all Ducks the rest of the game. About a minute later Brenden Dillon would get called for tripping and Corey Perry would score on the power play to tie the game. Later in the period, Karl Stollery would check Hampus Lindholm in the head and receive a penalty. Cam Fowler scored on a slap shot during the power play to give the Ducks a 2-1 advantage. The Ducks took that lead to the looker room and outshot San Jose 15 to 5 in the period.
Cam Fowler: He had a goal and an assist tonight on the Ducks first goal. He also had 5 shots and got the Ducks going in the second period.
Josh Manson: He continued to make his case to make the 23 man roster as he delivered some checks throughout the game and scored a goal.
Kevin Bieksa: He played a physical game with a couple of hits, a blocked shot, and scored a goal.
The Ducks finished the preseason with a 5-0-1 record. They have won five in a row.
The Ducks still need to cut down their opening day roster down to 23.
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