STOCKTON – Nikolay Goldobin, the Sharks’ 2014 first round pick, shined with a goal and an assist in a 5-2 Sharks win against Vancouver in preseason action on Tuesday night at Stockton Arena.
Joe Thornton had two goals, while Joe Pavelski and Barclay Goodrow also found the net. Troy Grosenick played the entire game in goal and needed to turn away just 10 shots.
Nick Bonino and Nicklas Jensen scored in the third period for Vancouver. San Jose outshot the Canucks for the game, 34-12.
Goldobin, the 27th overall choice in this summer’s draft, provided the biggest highlight of the night. It began when Goodrow found him cutting towards the net, and Goldobin faked a shot before quickly shifting to his left. He managed to poke a wraparound goal through Joacim Eriksson at 18:03 of the second period to give the Sharks a 3-0 lead.
Earlier in the period, Goldobin found Goodrow parked in the slot, and the 21-year-old free agent signee easily tapped in San Jose’s second marker midway through regulation to make it 2-0.
Free agent acquisition John Scott made his Sharks debut, and it didn’t take very long for the six-foot-eight forward to get involved in the rough stuff. Scott hammered Anton Cederholm along the wall, before Tom Sestito quickly engaged him in a battle of heavyweights. Sestito picked up an extra minor for instigation and a 10-minute misconduct at 11:17 of the first period.
Playing a pair of split-squad games to open their preseason slate, San Jose’s other half fell in Vancouver, 4-2 to the Canucks at Rogers Arena. Brent Burns (power play) and Patrick Marleau were the goal-scorers, but Bo Horvat tallied the game-winner in the third period, breaking a 2-2 tie. Alex Stalock went the distance in net, allowing three goals on 18 shots.
The Sharks did not have any players wearing letters for either game, and have given no timetable as to when they might name a new captain or alternates.
Stockton Arena, home of the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder, was at near capacity for the game although a few clusters of seats remained near the top. The announced attendance was 6,810.
The Sharks capitalized on two of their five power plays in Stockton. They did not allow a power play goal on three Vancouver opportunities, including a long two-man advantage in the second.
In Vancouver, San Jose was 1-for-4 on the power play and killed off all four Canucks advantages.
Grosenick – the presumed starter in AHL Worcester this season – was rarely tested in the first period as the Sharks got 13 of the first 14 shots on goal. His best save same late in the frame when he did the splits to get his right pad on an attempt from Brendan Gaunce on the doorstep.
Antti Niemi backed up Grosenick in Stockton, while J.P. Anderson dressed but did not play in Vancouver behind Stalock.
Logan Couture did not play in the third period in the game in Vancouver, but according to a Sharks spokesman, Todd McLellan told local reporters that it was for precautionary reasons and not expected to be anything serious.
Daniil Tarasov was scratched for the Sharks in Stockton, while Jimmy Bonneau and Gus Young also did not play in either game.
The Sharks are expected to make more roster cuts on Wednesday.
The Sharks’ next three preseason games are all at SAP Center: Friday vs. Arizona, Saturday against the Ducks, and next Tuesday, Sep. 30 vs. Los Angeles.