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Gushchin Shines, Sharks Edge Ducks 5-4



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The San Jose Sharks welcome the Anaheim Ducks to the SAP Center for the second game of the preseason. Noah Gregor, Scott Reedy, Danil Gushchin, and Jonah Gadjovich got the Sharks off to a 4-1 lead. The Ducks fought back, but a Max Veronneau goal sealed it for San Jose.

Period 1

Reedy goal: Love how Robins just outquicks the AHL vet Gadwin in a small space, just centers it. Awful coverage by Ducks, but good little play from Robins.

6 in: Guryev gets himself in big trouble, not urgent enough with puck coming out of zone, Jones eats him up on forecheck. Too easy. That’s going to be a lesson learned for him, this isn’t the Rookie Faceoff.

Gregor-Bonino-Vlasic-Ferraro to start PK. Then Sturm-Lorentz-Megna-Pouliot.

Reader Erik Ward says Ferraro took a blocked shot on the PK.

6 left: Snap judgment. Veronneau is fast for the SHL, but not quite for the NHL.

Ferraro was flexing his left hand and appears to be wearing some type of band over the hand.

Gushchin goal: That’s speed and vision, Gushchin pushes back the defense, makes a move on Andersson to gain the middle, drops it on a plate for Veronneau as he drives the net. I love the move to gain the middle, but keep in mind that Axel Andersson isn’t the stiffest competition.

Period 2

Gadjovich goal: Reedy does a good job of keeping Andersson (again) from the puck below the goal line. Then Gadjovich gets his stick free to deflect Vlasic shot.

3 in: Veronneau has the puck but rubbed out by Cote. Not to target Max, I’m just watching him closely, seeing if he can make plays at this level. No bueno so far.

Gawdin goal: Looks like Gadjovich isn’t quick enough on that centering pass. That won’t help his chances.

10 in: Gushchin one on one vs. Cote, he makes the space to get a backhander on goal. Weak shot, but impressed by Gushchin’s ability tonight to create space for himself.

8 left: Nice shift from Gadjovich and Reedy on forecheck, Gadj takes out defender behind net, Reedy picks it up, centers, Robins just misses it.

6 left: Competition must be kept in mind, but Gadjovich consistently making good, dangerous plays with puck. He’s definitely better than last year.

4 left: Impressive power play shift by Gushchin, he was controlling a lot of play there. Decisive, accurate passes.

1 left: Want to give him the benefit of the doubt, but not sure what Merkley was doing there on that shift. Looks like maybe Zellweger caught him with a hard hit, but then Merkley seemed to alligator arm a lot of defense for the rest of that shift. In particular, he one-handed a pass back to him, turnover. I thought he was hurt, but he stayed on the bench. I’ve actually liked most of his game up to this point.

Period 3

Veronneau goal: Agozzino doesn’t let the Ducks out, Max and Gushchin crash. Good forecheck work by that line in general, made it a challenge for Ducks to get out.

6 in: Gadjovich gets a step on Tyson Hinds for 2-on-1, showing perhaps better straight-ahead speed.

9 in: Credit to Guryev for settling down. Took it from Grimaldi behind the net. And earlier, zipped a nice long bomb pass to I think Bonino.

5 left: Lorentz dangles Comtois, gets a backhand off. He has an impressive first step for such a big dude. Can see why he’s a forechecking terror.

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