After a longer offseason than they would have liked, the Anaheim Ducks took to the ice on Wednesday to close out their back-to-back opening stint of preseason against division rival, the San Jose Sharks.
After losing the game the previous night to the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1, the Ducks were looking to get a win, before embarking on their preseason road trip.
“They are still talking about missing the playoffs last year,” first round draft pick, Cam Fowler said on Saturday at the first day of training camp. “You can tell just the dedication the organization has and the desire to win.”
It didn’t take long for the Ducks to find their groove. Corey Perry scored the first goal of the game off an assist from his linemate, Ryan Getzlaf. Coach Randy Carlyle is in the process of trying to find a new winger to complete his first line with these two, since he announced last week that Bobby Ryan would be centering his own line until he “fails at the position.” Ryan was the lone Duck to score against the Coyotes, though he was not in the lineup for the game against the Sharks.
“Seems like every time we come into training camp, I’m trying something new with this team,” he said. “Hopefully, I get comfortable with it over the next couple of days.”
As the second period started, the Ducks came out fired up and ready to add to their lead, which didn’t take very long as offseason acquisition, Aaron Voros, scored his first goal in a Ducks uniform less than two minutes into the period.
With about five minutes remaining in the period, the Ducks really took charge of the game, adding two goals within twenty seconds. The goals came from defenseman Danny Syvret and Getzlaf and the Ducks took a 4-0 lead going into the third period. Matt Beleskey had an assist in each of those goals, proving to Carlyle that he has the potential and the chemistry to be the left wing with Getzlaf and Perry.
“The one thing that they like is, is they like somebody who’s going to get them the puck and go to the front of the net and if Beleskey can continue to do that then he might have a spot there,” Carlyle commented.
Although both teams came out fighting in the third, the Sharks seemed to have the upper hand. They scored two goals by Torrey Mitchell and Taylor Doherty. Jason Blake also added a tally in the Ducks 5-2 win.