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Clifton Park's Petrecki makes NHL debut with Sharks (updates)

Clifton Park resident Nick Petrecki made his NHL debut for the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks.

Petrecki, a defenseman who was born in Schenectady, was inserted into the lineup when defenseman Dan Boyle was scratched because of the flu.

Petrecki played 11:58 in the game and had an even plus/minus rating. The Sharks won, 3-2, in a shootout.

"I thought he played well," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said in his postgame press conference. "It was a tough night for the D-men. [The Ducks] forechecked hard. But I thought he settled in real quick, made some good plays and moved the puck. He looked like he was calm, used his big body when he had to. He was fine."

Petrecki was the Sharks' first-round draft pick in the 2007 NHL draft. He played two seasons with Boston College, winning an NCAA title in 2008, his freshman season.

After the 2008-09 season, Petrecki left BC to sign with the Sharks. This is his fourth season in the organization. He has spent that time with the AHL's Worcester Sharks. In 216 career games with Worcester, Petrecki has seven goals, 22 assists and 195 penalty minutes.

Asked if Petrecki made another stage in his evolution as a pro player, McLellan said. "It's been real good lately. and it has to continue to be good."

Petrecki is the second Capital Region native to make their NHL debut this season, Last Monday, defenseman and Albany native Brian Lashoff scored a goal for the Detroit Red Wings against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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