FRESNO, Calif. -- Joe Thornton scored his first goal of the preseason, and Tomas Plihal got the game-winner midway through the third period of the San Jose Sharks' 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.
Thornton, the NHL's Most Valuable Player last season, got a power-play goal on defenseman Josh Gorges' second assist of the night late in the second period.
Craig Valette and Patrick Rissmiller also scored for the Sharks in their exhibition game at Fresno's SaveMart Center. San Jose improved to 3-1 in the preseason.
Evgeni Nabokov and Vesa Toskala split the game in goal in their latest competition for the Sharks' starting job, with Toskala shutting out the Ducks in the third period.
Tim Brent had two goals and an assist for the Ducks, who have allowed 15 goals in their four exhibition games.