Sharks Marleau tops hat trick in 5-2 win in Colorado

January 23, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

~ (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ San Jose’s Patrick Marleau decided three goals was not enough, as he scored four in the third to power the Sharks over the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 Monday.

Marleau, chasing 500 goals, changed a 1-1 game drastically, with his avalanche of goals 494-497. It was his first four goal game in his 19 year career, as he became the oldest NHL player to score that number in a period, per Elias Sports. The ever humble Marleau’s analysis was, “Everything seemed to click there in the 3rd. Some really good plays from a lot of different players. Was able to finish them off.”

Not to be forgotten, this was after a line change before the final frame which dropped Marleau to the second line.

San Jose now has the longest active NHL streak with five games won, while Colorado tied a season-high six game losing streak.

Logan Couture finished the game a +5, Marleau and Mikkel Boedker a +4 and Marc-Edouard Vlasic a +3. Couture, Vlasic and Brent Burns each had a pair of assists.

The game started with unexpected absences. The Avalanche’s Matt Duchene fell ill and Colorado had no replacement. The recently returned Joonas Donskoi took a hit from Andreas Martinsen midway into the period and never came back to the ice.

Before the first period ended, the puck traveled from left to right along the boards and Burns took the puck between the boards and the left faceoff circle. His ensuing side diagonal shot became the first goal of the game at 19:00.

Jarome Iginla tied the game midway into the game and second period. He did it through a hard shot from the left faceoff circle on the power play at 10:02.

Marleau’s hat trick was uninterrupted.

His first goal came by way of Vlasic’s blue line shot, which he tipped into the net at 2:53.

Just over three minutes later, goal number two came as Marleau took the puck from Couture at the blue line and sped to singlehandedly jam in a wraparound goal.

Number three came even after Marleau ended in the penalty box. From a turnover, Burns got the puck to Marleau who raced out of the box and on a 2-on-1, Pavelski provided the hat trick assist.

Martinsen broke up Marleau’s goals as he got in on the action. The goal was initially challenged though, before it stood upon review.

The final Marleau goal came full circle, as Vlasic sent the puck past two blue lines to Marleau on a breakaway.

Game notes:  Both teams equaled or surpassed the first two period shot totals in the third period, with 13 for San Jose and 15 for the Avs. The Sharks play the second of a back-to-back Tuesday at 5pm.

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