Pivotal play: Corey Perry’s deft deflection of Sami Vatanen’s perimeter shot beat San Jose Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock for a game-tying power-play goal 9 minutes, 35 seconds into the second period and the Ducks went on to take a 5-1 victory Saturday in their exhibition finale at the Honda Center. Perry’s goal was his fourth in four games.
Injury update: Right wing Jakob Silfverberg suffered a head injury when the Sharks’ Raffi Torres hit him with a forearm shiver at 12:45 of the first period. The Ducks said Silfverberg was being evaluated and would not return to the game. Torres was given a match penalty and almost certainly will draw a lengthy suspension from the NHL as a repeat offender.
Ailments (part 2): Defenseman Simon Despres didn’t play for the second consecutive game because of general soreness associated with the grind of training camp. Goaltender John Gibson was unavailable due to an illness that forced him from Thursday’s win over the Colorado Avalanche.
Line changes: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau split up right wing Perry and center Ryan Getzlaf as he promised he might. Getzlaf played between Carl Hagelin and Chris Stewart. Perry played with center Rickard Rakell and left wing Jiri Sekac.
Between the pipes: Stalock started for the Sharks after former Kings goalie Martin Jones shut out the Arizona Coyotes on Friday. Frederik Andersen started only his second exhibition for the Ducks, and didn’t have much work. The Ducks outshot the Sharks’ junior varsity 39-18.
Up next: The Ducks open the regular season next Saturday against the Sharks in San Jose.