Ducks 6, Sharks 4: Final thoughts.

Randy Carlyle got the night off from his postgame media obligations and the players, who were in the process of heading to the gym, weren’t feeling especially loquacious. It’s worth noting that Bobby Ryan wasn’t laughing off his two-goal performance: He seemed legitimately relieved to have a small monkey off his back.

Others who helped themselves:

Matt Stefanishion, who teamed with Travis Moen to score the final goal on a breakaway late in the third period.
Ryan Dingle picked up an assist and finished plus-1 in 16:06 of ice time. He also scored twice in the most recent scrimmage. Not bad for a guy who split last year between the AHL and ECHL.
Eric Regan blocked three shots and recorded a hit during a quietly solid 18:34 paired with Francois Beauchemin. He came to camp as an undrafted free agent on a tryout, but is quickly validating that three-year entry level contract the Ducks gave him Tuesday.

Who hurt themselves:

Eric Tangradi was minus-2 despite skating on the same line as Corey Perry and Joakim Lindstrom (who apparently has played 37 more NHL games than I have). The Ducks’ 2007 second-round pick just seemed a step behind.

There wasn’t much goalieJ.P. Levasseur could do from the bench, but I’m still not sure why Randy Carlyle didn’t start him instead of Giguere. Giguere hinted that the four goals he allowed through the first two periods were as much the result of bad defense as anything. Why not see if Levasseur could handle the slop just as well or better?
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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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