The Sharks will take Sunday off before prepping for the games that count next week. San Jose will need to close their roster numbers down to 23 prior to opening night.
“We’ll talk to a few people tonight and go from there,” said Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson. “We have decisions to make.”
Similar to the battles with Anaheim, the Flames brought the rough stuff to the HP Pavilion ice.
“They haven’t had a very good preseason and brought in their full lineup,” said Wilson. “Mike Keenan might have brought out the sandpaper to try and irritate a few people. It turned into kind of an ugly game. It was very physical.”
Calgary’s Dion Phaneuf ruffled a few Sharks feathers with his style of play.
“I think some of his hits are very questionable,” said Rob Davison. “He hits a lot of guys from behind and it’s not safe hockey.”
Wilson was happy the Sharks escaped injury free in their final tune-up.
“We came out to survive and be ready for the regular season,” said Wilson.
PAVELSKI HOTJoe Pavelski
continued his torrid preseason, picking up the primary assist on Ryane Clowe
’s goal. It marked his club-leading ninth point of the preseason and a much different outing than his previous NHL camp.
“I was sent down a little earlier last year,” said Pavelski. “I had the NHL experience from last year and brought it to this camp. It was a nice preseason when you’re trying to make the team. Now I have to move on.”
Pavelski’s feed to Clowe was right on the money, giving Clowe an easy tally.
“I found Clowe and he made a nice play,” said Pavelski.
Sharks winger Mark Smith was noticeable with his number 16 in the Calgary uniform, but having the opposite jersey on makes for few friends on the ice.
“It’s always funny seeing a guy in another jersey,” said Davison. “Then the game begins.”
Steve Bernier picked up his first point of the preseason when he assisted on the first goal of the game.
The Sharks finished the preseason with a record of 5-0-2. They were one of three NHL teams to finish the preseason without a regulation loss.
FLAMES HEAD COACH MIKE KEENAN
“We had a real strong effort overall, particularly in the third period. They showed signs and I think we can build on the way we finished this particular game. We saw some progress, and that’s what we’re looking for.”
“We’re trying to evaluate players [in the preseason], and we’ve had a lot of young players in the line-up. We’re looking at a lot of players over the course of this time, which is particularly important when you have a new coach. You get to see more players and evaluate the system.”
The Sharks will begin the regular season Thursday night in Edmonton and the contest will be available on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.