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Glass Breaks 3 Times, But Sharks Crack Kings 3-1



ONTARIO, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks visited Toyota Arena to take on the Los Angeles Kings in their third pre-season tilt. Thomas Bordeleau got the Sharks on the board with an early power play strike, then Evgeny Svechnikov got another, and the Sharks pulled out a 3-1 victory.

Period 1

1 in: Cicek cuts off Kaliyev in NZ. Just enough feet there, good play.

2 in: Not to kill a guy for one mistake, but Harrington under pressure in corner, I want him to put puck in better place to weak side safety valve Simek. Instead, too much English, Simek buried.

5 in: Great Cicek stretch pass to Raska, Sharks get power play.

6 in: Eklund pressure along D-zone wall, he negotiates out. Nothing amazing, but stuff he’s got to do to stick. When he gets better along the wall, he’s going to be fine, he’s so good in middle of ice.

Weatherby-Suess-Benning-Simek to start PK.

Looked like Eklund finished PK, good to see get that look there. Made a nice play crowding Vilardi up high, getting it out. Read when to pressure.

9 in: Cicek showed quicker-than-expected step to me on Doty crossing line. Though maybe that’s more Doty.

6 left: Tight space, good little play by Hatakka to stickhandle to safety. Good plays in tight spaces, that’s what I’m looking for from him.

4 left: Eklund on forecheck pickpockets Bjornfot. Quietly was a smart forechecker in his time in San Jose last year.

3 left: One-on-one battle with Thompson, Hatakka steps in front of him, takes it. Nice job against grizzled vet.

Period 2

I’ve never seen two panes on glass broken in space of 30 minutes at a game. In same corner too, though different pane.

3 in: Harrington telegraphs stretch pass to Reedy, easily picked off.

Eklund worked wall on this power play, but without a ton of success. Didn’t get a ton of help either though, in fairness.

1 left: Grundstrom just cruises in front of Svechnikov (a la Gregor on Shattenkirk), Evgeny takes him down. Svechnikov a good player, but yea, the feet. San Jose Sharks on the kill.

Period 3

Benning blocked a stinging shot, but he got up from it, didn’t miss a shift.

Dell lost stick on PK, still came across to swallow up Byfield shot one-on-one. He’s been very good. However, this happened next:

6 in: Protecting lead, Eklund has a chance to dump, instead he loses it just crossing blueline. He was the lone Shark on play. There was no play there for him unless he highlighted it through two Kings. I’ve actually liked his 5-on-5 game tonight, pretty mistake-free, and the offense will come for him, I don’t worry about that. But that’s a play and situation where I think you just try to win territory, don’t force it.

Moore has beat I think Hatakka and Benning with his wide speed tonight. He’s picking up where he left off.


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