SAN JOSE -- The Sharks had to like what they saw from their newcomers Friday night, as Tyler Kennedy and rookie Tomas Hertl both scored goals, even though they came in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks in San Jose's home exhibition opener.
But all that was overshadowed by a second-period collision between Raffi Torres and Ducks forward Emerson Etem that left both players on the ice for an extended period. And while Etem did come back to skate two shifts, the night was over for Torres.
"He's being checked by the medical staff, and when we know something, we'll let you know," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "It's obviously not a good situation for either player, Etem or Torres. A complete accident, too. We hope they'll both be well and ready to play."
Torres did not talk with the media but was seen leaving the locker room with his right knee bandaged, walking with a slight limp.
Because of Torres' reputation, the play at 6:24 could be reviewed by the NHL. A replay showed that as Etem skated into his own zone, he extended his leg behind him in an apparent effort to avoid going offside. As Torres skated behind Etem, the collision occurred, appearing to catch both players by surprise.
No penalties were called, and the extent of any injury to Etem was not known.
The Ducks forward fell to the ice spinning in a tight circle because of the nature of the hit and eventually had to be helped to the locker room. Torres did get up on his own but also skated to the Sharks dressing room for medical attention.
"It's never good to see a guy go down, especially like that," said Sharks forward Kennedy. "It was kind of a freak accident."
Torres was playing his first game since his series-long suspension in the second round of the playoffs for a questionable hit on Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll.
Throughout training camp, Torres and McLellan have talked about the need for the 31-year-old left wing to play his high-energy style within the acceptable boundaries set by the NHL. McLellan indicated after the game he did not think this play would be looked at by the department of player safety.
The Sharks took the early lead at 14:42 of the first period when Hertl tucked a carom off the back board under Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth. Etem tied the game at 2:48 of the second period when he took a tightly threaded cross-crease pass that left Sharks netminder Antti Niemi with no chance.
The Sharks regained the lead at 8:18 of the second period when Patrick Marleau dished the puck to Kennedy on a short-handed, odd-man rush, and the former Pittsburgh Penguin fired an 18-foot wrist shot beat Fasth. But Corey Perry tied it at 16:01 of the middle period with a shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle.
That was all the scoring until Anaheim defenseman Ben Lovejoy launched a slap shot from the blue line that dipped under Niemi's glove at 2:48 of overtime.
"I thought that our team forgot a little bit how hard it was to play and how you have to make hard, firm plays and move the puck quick," McLellan said. "We weren't as good as we needed to be, but it's something we can work off of."
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