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Recap: Ducks Erase Two-Goal Deficit, Win 4-3 in Preseason Opener

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

After shaking off the rust from an opening 20 minutes that saw them trailing by two goals, the Ducks regrouped and came out firing in the middle frame. They reeled off three unanswered goals, starting with Devin Shore at the 5:53 mark. Nicolas Deslauriers tied the game less than eight minutes later, and Adam Henrique capped off the outburst at the tail end of the period.

Max Jones scored the eventual game winner, a blistering snap shot ticketed for the top corner at the 6:43 mark of the third period to give the Ducks a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center in their preseason opener. Nine different Ducks recorded points in the win, including a two-point performance from Jones.

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Ryan Miller and Anthony Stolarz split duties in goal for the Ducks. Miller stopped nine-of-11 shots in 26:29, while Stolarz turned aside 14 of 15.

Timo Meier and Jonny Brodzinski recorded the game's first two goals, the first coming just 1:24 into the contest. Brodzinski's tally came on the power play with 9:13 left in the first period. Joachim Blichfeld tied the game at three goals apiece at the 2:55 mark of the third, but the Sharks were unable to regain the lead despite a 5-on-3 power play that lasted 90 seconds in the closing minutes of regulation.

Like the Ducks, San Jose opted for split duty in goal. Aaron Dell started tonight's contest, while Josef Korenar finished the game.

The Ducks will resume preseason action on Saturday night against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena.

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