Joe Thornton

Ducks built to win, but clock's ticking

Ducks built to win, but clock's ticking

Last but not least—or so they hoped—the Ducks became the final NHL team to make its 2015-16 debut. By the time they took to the ice Saturday at the SAP Center for a goaltending festival that turned into a 2-0 victory for the Sharks, several teams had played their third games of the season and others were playing their second game.

“It seems like it’s been a long time,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said of the wait since Wednesday, when the league launched its season.

It might have seemed especially lengthy for a team that’s beginning to regard time as an enemy after three straight seasons of Game 7 playoff eliminations.

“I think...