Lovejoy's OT goal leads Ducks past Sharks

Ben Lovejoy's slap shot from inside the blue line beat Antti Niemi 2:48 into overtime to give the Ducks a victory at SAP Center.

Corey Perry's goal at 16:01 of the second period had tied the game after Tyler Kennedy scored shorthanded at 8:15 to put the Sharks ahead 2-1. San Jose rookie Thomas Hertl opened the scoring at 14:42 of the opening period. Anaheim's Emerson Etem tied the game by beating Niemi 2:48 into the second.

"He can skate a hundred miles an hour and he's a big, strong man," coach Bruce Boudreau said of Etem. "His improvement from day one last year tto the first time he got called up, to when he got sent down, to the second time he got called up, to through the playoffs and then until now-- you can see improvement in him every day."

Etem didn't play the third period after suffering a lower-body injury in a collision with San Jose's Raffi Torres.

The Sharks are still getting their legs under them. They host the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday.

"It was what it was. It was a preseason game," Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle said. "I think there was definitely a lot of rust out there for a lot of guys. Some guys were a little better than that. Both the two new guys, Hertl and Kennedy, had some pretty good shifts out there. It was a little rusty, but we'll work and get better."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
14:42SJS Tomas Hertl (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Adam Comrie (1), Joe Thornton (1) 1 - 0 SJS
2nd Period
02:48ANA Emerson Etem (1) Slapshot - ASST: Devante Smith-Pelly (1), Daniel Winnik (1) 1 - 1 Tie
08:18SJS SHG - Tyler Kennedy (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick Marleau (1) 2 - 1 SJS
16:01ANA Corey Perry (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (1), Patrick Maroon (1) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
OT Period
02:48ANA Ben Lovejoy (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Cam Fowler (1), Andrew Cogliano (1) 3 - 2 ANA
Three Stars of the Game
Tomas Hertl
Tomas Hertl
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:07
Tyler Kennedy
Tyler Kennedy
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 17:14
Ben Lovejoy
Ben Lovejoy
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 25:38
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:19ANA John Kurtz  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Taylor Doherty
02:19SJS Taylor Doherty  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  John Kurtz
17:28SJS Taylor Doherty  Roughing  - 2 min against  Corey Perry
2nd Period
08:01SJS Matt Pelech  Interference on goalkeeper  - 2 min against  Viktor Fasth
3rd Period
04:51SJS Patrick Marleau  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Cam Fowler
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/30/0
Faceoff Wins2347
Blocked Shots1220
Penalty Minutes511
4C. FowlerD0113025:35
6B. LovejoyD1012025:38
7A. CoglianoL0103018:18
10C. PerryR1006021:19
13N. BoninoC00-12016:22
15R. GetzlafC0101021:49
21K. PalmieriR00-20014:49
25B. StaubitzR0000012:15
34D. WinnikL0123017:01
40N. YonkmanD0001022:59
41J. KurtzL000059:55
45S. VatanenD000004:50
53S. TheodoreD0000022:41
55B. AllenD0011022:08
62P. MaroonL0104018:40
65E. EtemR101108:55
67R. RakellC0003013:07
77D. Smith-PellyR0112014:55
30V. Fasth2426.92362:44
72I. Bobkov00.0000:00
12P. MarleauL0101216:40
13R. TorresL00-1105:29
19J. ThorntonC0111014:48
22D. BoyleD0003024:22
38B. KearnsC00-10015:06
39L. CoutureC00-23019:33
42M. PelechR0001211:49
44M. VlasicD00-20023:14
48T. HertlC1013016:07
52M. IrwinD0003022:23
61J. BraunD00-21024:14
72R. SchwartzC0002016:43
76E. HayesR00-10012:23
77T. DohertyD0013715:24
81T. KennedyC10-12017:14
83M. NietoL0002017:15
88B. BurnsD0010016:32
94A. ComrieD0110016:02
31A. Niemi2932.90662:48
35H. Sateri00.0000:00