SAN JOSE – The Sharks held their second and final training camp scrimmage at Sharks Ice on Saturday morning. A few observations:
- The white team, led by Logan Couture’s line, had a much better showing after getting drubbed on Friday. They tied the game at 3-3 late on a power play on a shot from Couture that may have been tipped by Rylan Schwartz, erasing a 3-1 second half deficit.
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- Scott Hannan (shorthanded) and Raffi Torres also scored for the white team, while Taylor Doherty, Brent Burns (PP), and Daniil Tarasov scored for the teal team. Rather than overtime, the teams went right to a shootout, with the white team coming out on top.
- Anthony Stewart made a nice play on the first goal for the teal team. He skated the puck into the zone, fired on net, and Doherty’s one-timer on the rebound opened the scoring.
- The nicest play of the afternoon came when Couture found Torres between the circle with a brilliant backhanded pass from the corner. Torres went top shelf over goalie J.P. Anderson.
- There weren’t any fights in either of the two scrimmages, but Daniil Tarasov took exception to a slash from Matt Tennyson, and gave Tennyson a shot after the whistle. Tennyson went to the penalty box.
- There was much more special teams play on Saturday. The teal team featured Matt Irwin and Justin Braun paired up on one unit, with Dan Boyle and Joe Pavelski manning the points on another. Burns remained as a forward.
- Tomas Hertl got a late look on the wing with Joe Thornton and Burns, switching places with Tyler Kennedy, who took some shifts with Joe Pavelski and Tommy Wingels. It’s another indication that Hertl will be on the opening night roster.
- Tarasov had another impressive game, forcing a turnover and then following up his own rebound to give the teal team a 3-1 lead it would eventually surrender. The 22-year-old Moscow native plays with a bit of an edge, too, as evidence by his tussle with Tennyson. On Friday, he went hard to the net looking for a loose puck, and goaltender Alex Stalock got in his face after the whistle.
- Couture elicited some oooh’s and ahhh’s from the crowd early in the game, when he dangled Thornton in the neutral zone. Thornton exacted some revenge later in the first half, winning a feisty board battle with Couture, resulting in a scoring chance for the teal team.