The San Jose Sharks were expected to show their teeth more against the German Premier League side Eisbären in Berlin on Tuesday, but they still got the upper hand with a score of 3 to 1.
Before heading to Prague, Czechia, for two games against the Nashville Predators, the Sharks continued their preparatory schedule by facing the Eisbären in as part of an exhibition match.
The hosts gave their supporters gathered at Mercedes-Benz Arena a reason to celebrate early in the second half, after a lackluster first engagement. Laval resident Giovanni Fiore opened the scoring by beating Kappo Kahkonen with a quick wrist shot.
The veterans of the “Sharks”, however, made sure to avoid humiliation against a much less well-off formation . Tomas Hertl and Steven Lorentz hit the target before the middle period concluded to put their own ahead.
Acquired from the Predators on the sidelines of the last National Hockey League draft, Luke Kunin scored the shorthanded insurance goal. This is his third success since the start of the preparatory calendar.
Between the posts of the Berlin team, Juha Markkanen struggled to slow down the Sharks, yielding three times in 15 shots. His colleague Tobias Ancicka stopped the other 21 attempts.
The Sabers strike early
The Sabers struck three times rather than one in the first period to give themselves enough cushion to a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in Buffalo.
Vinnie Hinostroza, Tage Thompson and Dylan Cozens took turns flashing the red light against Pyotr Kochetkov, who made 26 saves. JJ Peterka then placed the puck in an empty cage late in the game to confirm the victory.
Jamieson Rees and Malte Stromwall provided the Hurricanes' reply. Veteran Craig Anderson saved 23 pucks for the win.