The San Jose Sharks swim south for their third pre-season game, taking on the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center.
Justin Bailey and Nathan Todd scored in a 4-2 loss to the Ducks.Sharks Lose Simek, Zadina to Injury in 4-2 Loss
Zadina on it to start game, beats Henrique one-on-one along wall, that’s impressive. That’s no AHL’er.
3 in: Bordeleau jumps a pass in NZ, interception! Nice work there. But I don’t love his spin-o-rama hope pass to Zadina. Be direct. If you’re gonna try that, gotta connect.
8 in: Just in contrast, Smith screaming down wing, but he’s cut off, he fires a hard shot at Dostal instead of going for something fancy. It’s not great, but it’s better than a turnover that feeds transition the other way.
Adam Raska takes a puck to the head. pic.twitter.com/LHOIfBHrwn
— JD Young (@MyFryHole) September 28, 2023
Bailey goal: His size and speed has been obvious in this game. Wonder why he hasn’t really made it. Provides screen, Gushchin fires it from flank, easy tap-in for Bailey.
5 left: Physical shift and puck movement from Okhotiuk. What you’re looking for from him. Shoulders Gaucher off puck.
Simek's injury came as he defended Nikita Nesterenko in the Sharks' zone. It looked like their legs came together for an instant. Simek stayed on the ice for a bit before he headed. Really tough break for Simek if its serious, but we'll see.
— Curtis Pashelka (@CurtisPashelka) September 28, 2023
This looks like when Simek got hurt pic.twitter.com/SVxFZpFapE
— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) September 28, 2023
Mintyukov goal: Seeing-eye from point.
De Leo goal: Romanov might want that back. Decent scoring area, but need a stop at some point. Maybe Okhotiuk wasn’t high up enough either, to cut off De Leo in slot?
Not set, not a good goal to give up there by Romanov. Was playing well before those two quick goals
— Half-wall Hockey (@halfwall_hockey) September 28, 2023
1 left: I like Bordeleau here though, attacking Ducks defense, attacking bigger Carrick, squirting it through d-men’s feet and beating him to puck. You can get inside without brute force too.
San Jose Sharks looking for offense? Gushchin gets a spin with Bordeleau-Zadina to end period.
San Jose Sharks trying Benning-MacDonald-Coe-Robins-Peterson as PP2.
Raska will return, but Simek doubtful. Gotta feel for oft-injured Simek.
3 in: Gushchin has been very effective on power play. Zadina high slot.
5 in : Peterson has been way more apparent tonight. Shovels it into slot, not precise pass, but pressure forces Dostal into big save.
7 in: Don’t like that hope point pass from Gushchin to Thrun in high slot. Has to travel too far, no mustard, never had a chance. Turnover, that’s the kind of play that can get you benched, in my opinion.
Leason goal: Bordeleau overpowered in faceoff circle by Henrique. That’s the concern with him. Thrun stuck negotiating 2-on-1 situation against Henrique and Leason.
9 left: Good PP entry, Thrun goes back, F1 on him, but he’s able to put it in a space that Bordeleau can swoop in. TB17 makes a solid transition pass to Zadina, easy entry. Great puck movement by everyone on PP1.
7 left: Stream scrambly, but looks like a decent bounce stretch pass from Okhotiuk. He looks improved from his first game.
3 left: Zadina and Thrun getting look on top PK unit.
1 left: Zadina stands out in his ability to transition from defense to offense, nice job on that PK to jump on loose puck and push D back. Can see why he’s been so enticing over the years, the pieces seem to be there, but production hasn’t followed.
McGinn goal: Romanov for sure will want that back.
Todd goal: Okhotiuk stretch pass springs Cassels and Todd. Todd has been pretty effective tonight.
7 in: Coe gets loose puck along wing, one-on-one, would like him to attack instead of settle for perimeter pass into slot that misses.
That looked like a board from Killorn to Zadina. Cheap and unnecessary, on first look.
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