SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Defenseman Doug Murray scored three goals, Evengi Nabokov made 15 saves and newcomers Manny Malhotra and Dany Heatley helped the San Jose Sharks beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-0 in exhibition play Friday night.
Malhotra scored his first goal since signing a free-agent deal Wednesday, while Heatley, acquired from Ottawa on Sept. 12, had an assist for his first point.
Ryan Clowe and Devin Setoguchi also scored for the Sharks (3-2-1).
Murray had a goal in each period.
Murray opened the scoring with 5:14 left in the first, taking a pass from Heatley and scoring from the right side. It was Murray's first goal of the preseason.
The defenseman added his second goal early in the second, ripping a shot from just inside the blue line past goalie Justin Pogge's right side.
Murray completed the hat trick in third, scooping up a rebound on the left side and scoring with a shot that got away from Pogge on his left side.
Malhotra chipped a shot over Pogge's shoulder from just inside the crease in the Sharks' three-goal second period.
Pogge finished with 30 saves for Anaheim (4-3-0).
HAPPY FOR MURRAY
The Sharks were happy with their effort in a 6-0 bashing of Anaheim, however, more people were ecstatic about the hat trick provided by Douglas Murray, who did not score a single regular season goal in 2008-09.
“He played a tremendous game and the three goals were a great reward for him,” said Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan.
Murray added an assist on the night and came close to a Gordie Howe hat trick as well.
“I was looking for it a little,” said Murray. “Not for that (the Gordie Howe hat trick), but a couple of guys were running around.”
Had Murray accomplished that marker, maybe it should have been named a Douglas Murray hat trick.
Even newcomer Manny Malhotra enjoyed Murray’s offensive outburst.
“We talked about him (offensively) in the pregame meetings,” quipped Malhotra about his time in Columbus. “It’s always fun for the big D-men to score.”
For Murray, he couldn’t recall his last hat trick.
“I don’t think I had one in college,” said Murray. “It was probably in junior. Obviously after the second (goal), I was really focused on shooting.”
At the Sharks morning skate, McLellan singled Murray out for other attributes, including his leadership and physical play.
“I think I try to be more (vocal) every year,” said Murray. “Leadership is something that is earned, not given.”
As for how quickly word of the hat trick would hit back home in Sweden, Murray said with the time change the calls may already be on his phone.
“They’re probably up now,” said Murray of his family.
At the morning skate, Malhotra noted that he was ready to be introduced to Sharks fans. Scoring a goal in his first contest in teal was the best greeting he could give them. On the play, Jamie McGinn forced a turnover behind the net and delivered the perfect feed for a hard charging Malhotra.
“It’s always nice to score,” said Malhotra. “It was more important tonight that we (played within) the system. When we do that, the offense will come. My goal was the result of Ginner’s work.”
Dany Heatley posted his first preseason point with the Sharks via an assist.
Mathieu Dandenault, who was in San Jose on a tryout basis, is no longer part of camp.
San Jose will close out their preseason schedule Saturday night in Phoenix. The contest will be available at www.kfox.com.