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Sharks Beat Ducks 1-0

by Alison High / San Jose Sharks
The Sharks defeated the defending Stanley Cup Champion Anaheim Ducks 1-0 Wednesday night in Anaheim on a late third period goal by Dennis Packard.

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Packard, a Harvard graduate who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2001, is in San Jose on a free agent tryout. After splitting the past five seasons between the AHL and ECHL, Packard is finally getting his chance to turn heads at the NHL level. And knocking off the Ducks is a great way to get noticed.

"It's a nice feeling to get the goal," said Packard following the win. "Rissmiller made a good shot on net and somehow the puck found it's way in. It's just one game so far, so we'll see how it goes."

Like Packard, goaltender Thomas Greiss is trying to make a name for himself within the Sharks organization. Greiss, who is battling for the Sharks number two goalie position alongside Dimitri Patzold, got the start against Anaheim and was tested early. Two scoring chances within the first five minutes excited the half-filled Honda Center, but Greiss shut the door on the Ducks, who only had one other shot in the period. The Sharks were quiet offensively in the first, putting up only four shots and three scoring chances.

While both teams lacked offensive opportunities, they were overrun with penalties. At 6:26, defenseman Alexei Semenov exchanged blows with Travis Moen for five minute fighting majors and less than a minute later Chris Pronger took a  high sticking minor. The Sharks failed to convert on the powerplay and then at 15:36 Douglas Murray received two minutes for holding the stick. Anaheim had the man advantage for eight seconds before Todd Bertuzzi drew a boarding penalty at 15:44. The period ended 0-0.

The second period saw Greiss prove why he belongs among the likes of Evgeni Nabokov. The Sharks 2004 third round draft pick shut down scoring chances by Rob Niedermayer, Todd Bertuzzi, and Drew Miller. On the other end of the ice, the Sharks had six shots but no scoring chances and failed to convert on two power play opportunities.

San Jose scored the first and only goal of the night when Dennis Packard converted on a Patrick Rissmiller rebound at 15:08 of the third period. Joe Thornton began the scoring drive with a cross ice pass to Rissmiller who skated the puck up the right wing for a shot on goal. Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller made the initial save, but coughed up a rebound to the front of the crease where Packard was crashing in alongside Ducks defender Todd Bertuzzi. Packard managed to deflect the puck into the goal as he was falling to the ice and gave the Sharks the 1-0 lead. The Ducks failed to counter on a late power play attempt and the Sharks held on to beat the defending Stanley Cup Champions 1-0.

Greiss ended the night with 19 saves and the Sharks improved to 1-0-1 in preseason play.

Click here for the playing roster and scratches for both teams.

Starting Goaltenders: SJ Thomas Greiss; ANA Jonas Hiller

Starting Skaters: SJ Christian Ehrhoff, Lukas Kaspar, Devin Setoguchi, Tom Walsh, Torrey Mitchell ANA Todd Bertuzzi, Shane Hnidy, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Kent Huskins
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