SAN JOSE -– The Sharks got plenty of power play practice in their preseason tilt with the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night at SAP Center.
Barclay Goodrow scored twice, including once with a man advantage, and Logan Couture opened the scoring with a power play marker of his own as San Jose skated to a 3-1 win over their Pacific Division rival.
The Sharks finished the night 2-for-10 on the power play, spending more than 16 minutes with a man advantage.
Couture’s goal came at 11:26 of the first period, when he was given room to operate in the offensive zone and whizzed in a wrist shot past John Gibson.
Goodrow’s first marker came two minutes later, courtesy of a brilliant setup by Nikolay Goldobin, whose saucer pass over a defender’s stick found Goodrow’s tape on a two-on-one for an easy tap-in.
Goldobin, who continues to impress, left the game with about a minute left in regulation, favoring his right hand/arm after a possible slash.
Goodrow’s second of the night and third of the preseason came on a five-on-three on a pass from Chris Tierney at 5:29 of the second period.
Alex Stalock went the distance in goal, but didn’t see much action. He made 16 saves, allowing only a slap shot by Matt Beleskey to beat him at 7:19 of the third period.
The Sharks improved to 2-1-1 on the preseason, with three games remaining.
The Sharks killed off both Ducks power plays.
Stalock evened his preseason record to 1-1. In his first appearance in Vancouver on Tuesday, he allowed three goals in a 4-2 loss to the Canucks. Troy Grosenick acted as the backup for the second straight night, and again did not play.
Gibson, battling for the starting job in Anaheim, allowed three goals on 33 shots in playing the duration.
Among the Sharks veterans that did not play were Joe Thornton, Tomas Hertl, Joe Pavelski, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun.
The Sharks pared down their roster by three players before the game, assigning Bryan Lerg, Gus Young and Micheal Haley to AHL Worcester. More significant roster cuts could come as soon as Sunday.
The Ducks left most of their main weapons at home, including Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm and offseason addition Dany Heatley.
The Sharks host the Kings on Tuesday at SAP Center, and wrap up the seven-game preseason slate next weekend in Arizona on Friday and Anaheim on Saturday.
San Jose visits Los Angeles on Oct. 8 in its season opener.