Preseason Postgame Notes
Anaheim 3 vs. San Jose 0
Sept. 28, 2017
3-3-0, six points
The Ducks blanked the San Jose Sharks, 3-0, in the club's home finale of the 2017 preseason. Tonight's win marked Anaheim's first preseason shutout since a 2-0 victory over the Sharks on Oct. 5, 2016 at SAP Center. The Ducks will conclude their preseason schedule on Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center (7:30 p.m. PT).
John Gibson made his third start of the preseason, stopping all 15 shots faced through two periods. Reto Berra came in for the third, turning aside all nine shots to combine with Gibson on a 24-save shutout performance.
Chris Wagner opened the scoring with his first goal of the preseason at 5:28 in the third period. Dennis Rasmussen and Korbinian Holzer registered assists on the goal. With his assist, Rasmussen extended his preseason point streak to three straight games (1-2=3).
Antoine Vermette tallied the second goal of the game for the Ducks, marking his first goal and second point of the preseason. Ondrej Kase's assist on the goal gave him his first point of the preseason.
Kalle Kossila capped the scoring with an empty-net strike for his first point of the preseason (1-0=1). Giovanni Fiore earned his first assist on the goal.
On his goal to open the scoring
Muse [Dennis Rasmussen] won a faceoff to start it, and we were just kind of cycling down low. Holzy [Korbinian Holzer] made the right play by throwing it back down. I picked it from behind the net and jammed it in.
On the momentum the goal generated
We picked up a little energy after that goal. We started playing more in their end. We got better as the game went on.
On the defensive effort
You're always happy after a game like that helping out the goalie. Gibby [John Gibson] and Reto [Berra] played well back there and we moved the puck well. There were a couple little areas we could fix up, but, in the end, a shutout is nice.
On his comfort level
I got a little taste last year. I'm still young and still new to the league, but I feel like I'm up for the challenge.
Head Coach Randy Carlyle
On the defensive effort
We won the game ugly. We did some things tonight and got away with it. Our goaltender made some big stops and then we scored some opportune goals in the third period. After two, we weren't real happy with what was going on. We were slapping the puck around and chasing the game. We came out and got more involved in the third period and scored some dirty goals.
On playing with speed
Much better job doing that in the third [period] than in the first two. It seemed like we were slow. We didn't effectively move the puck for two periods. The third period we did a better job of it and got rewarded.
San Jose Sharks
On the team and individual effort
They had a lot of guys from their lineup today. We played some good hockey at the end, but we let up a goal and then another one and then it broke down a little bit. Overall, I think we did some good things. The season hasn't started but you still want to bring your A-game and learn from your mistakes so you don't make them in the season.
On Anaheim's game plan tonight
They are always hard to play. They play physical and have big bodies up front. They play hard down low. It's tough playing against them but we have to use our strengths, too.
On anticipation for the regular season
It's exciting getting the season started soon. For me the first goal is to make the team and make the opening lineup and taking it day-by-day and giving it my best every day.
On the difference of play between the NHL and AHL
I play the game the way I know how, whether it's the AHL or NHL. I think so far it's gone pretty well for me.
Head Coach Peter DeBoer
On the Sharks' defense
Our defensive game was good. I thought [Martin] Jones was solid. Again, you have to score to win in this league. We looked like we could have played for another hour and a half and not scored a goal.
On Joel Ward's first game back from surgery
I thought as the game went on he got better. We know what he can do. We'll be working him in.