ANAHEIM, Calif. - Dennis Packard scored on a rebound with 4:52 left in the third period and Thomas Greiss made 19 saves, leading the San Jose Sharks to a 1-0 pre-season victory over the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.
Patrick Rissmiller carried the puck into the right circle and took a wrist shot that bounced off goalie Jonas Hiller, but Anaheim defenceman Todd Bertuzzi checked Packard into the crease area and the puck slid across the goal line.
The Ducks had four power plays, but two ended shortly after they began. In the first period, Bertuzzi received a hooking penalty just eight seconds after San Jose's Doug Murray was sent off for hooking. In the third period, Maxim Kondratriev was whistled for hooking 10 seconds after a hooking penalty to Sharks wing Mike Iggulden.
Two penalties were called in the second period, both against Anaheim defenceman Kent Huskins about four minutes apart. But the Sharks came up empty on both power plays and were 0-for-5 overall with the man advantage.
The closest either team came to scoring in the opening period was just before the 14-minute mark, when Anaheim centre Todd Marchant fanned on a perfect pass across the crease from Travis Moen with Greiss out of position.
The Ducks had another great scoring chance 4???? minutes into the second period, but Rob Niedermayer redirected Marchant's lead pass right into Greiss' pads after slipping behind the defence.
Hiller made 20 saves.