The San Jose Sharks defeated the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center Thursday night with a final score of 3-1. Players that stood out were Jeffrey Viel and Adam Raska, a Shark City favorite to make the cut. Viel dropped the gloves within the first 10 seconds of the game after laying a hit and defending himself in the retaliatory bout.
The Sharks surrendered the game's first goal but Ryan Merkley, a Shark who was expected to have a much bigger impact than he has as of late, tied the game for the Sharks close to 13 minutes into the 1st period.
Rebounding from his loss to the Los Angeles Kings, James Reimer made 24 saves on 25 shots - the only puck he didn't stop resulting in a short-handed goal by Benoit-Olivier Groulx.
The game-winning goal came courtesy of a great tip in front of the crease by Jeffrey Viel, but not without an amazing effort by Adam Raska to split two defenders and center the pass for the Sharks goal.
The preseason game was followed by the newly implemented shootout per the NHL coaches' request as the shootout is a vital part of the game and gives staff the opportunity to evaluate player's skills. William Eklund, the San Jose Sharks 2021 First Round Draft Pick, scored a beauty via the five-hole to help the Sharks secure a victory in Overtime Action. It's worth mentioning that preseason shootouts do not determine the outcome of the game. Sharks face the Ducks again Monday at the Tank.