San Jose Sharks Thursday game wrap: Marleau earns Goal #500 as Sharks win eight of last nine games 4-1 over Canucks

February 3, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

~ Photo credit: Comcast Sports Net’s Brodie Brazil’s Twitter photo

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ In a 4-1 win, the San Jose Sharks’ Patrick Marleau reached what many were eager to observe, illustrious Goal #500, against the Vancouver Canucks Thursday.

It started October 19, 1997 and on February 2, 2017, with his left hand holding his stick in the air, followed by a right hand fist pump, Marleau celebrated his 500th goal that culminated with congratulations on the ice by teammates.

Logan Couture scooped up the puck for Marleau, and thanks to his mic, relayed on the bench, “…watch the replay, when you got the puck, I had my hands up already.” Mikkel Boedker joked, “Hey, now we can stop looking for you?”

After the game, Marleau reminisced, “When you hit a mark like this, you start thinking about everybody who’s kind of helped you along the way” and commented on “even getting congratulated from some of the other guys on the other team.”

It was his seventh goal and eighth point during his five game point streak, as Marleau became the 45th NHL player to accomplish the 500 goal feat. If you narrow it down to players who stayed with just one team, he becomes just the 10th player, according to Sportsnet.

Boedker drew the penalty at 9:15 of the first. 15 seconds later, it paid off.

The two recent NHL All-Stars who helped Marleau get Goal 499 added their magic. Brent Burns made the longer pass, as he went behind the net on the other end of the ice and passed it to Joe Pavelski before the far blue line. Just before Pavelski reached the far left faceoff circle, he made the shorter pass passed to Marleau in the right faceoff circle.

The call this time from Randy Hahn was, “Patrick Marleau, Mr. San Jose Shark, scores his 500th National Hockey League goal!”

Not to be forgotten, Pavelski was involved with his fourth goal since returning from the All-Star break. If you include the All-Star games, he has three goals, four assists and seven points during his four game point streak.

San Jose started the game with a 3-0 shot advantage until Vancouver got their first shot with 15:25 left to go in the first frame.

Marleau’s goal came on the team’s fifth shot.

Chris Tierney had his first two goal game, scoring his first of a rebound from David Schlemko’s shot from the point. It came at 15:59 of the first.

Period two featured the Sharks’ Martin Jones versus the Canucks, as Vancouver more than doubled their shot total from the first, with a total of 16 shots. The Canucks had three shots and a block when they were shorthanded during an Alexander Edler penalty. Making 32 saves, Martin Jones’ .970 save percentage tonight was his best since November 23rd.

Burns scored his eighth straight goal on the road 53 seconds into the third period, when he was fed by Tomas Hertl and Joe Thornton.

Philip Larsen broke Jones’ shutout bid with the 3-1 goal at 6:35.

Tierney sealed the win at 14:41 on another power play. It was challenged first but then overruled. Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Joel Ward earned the assists.

Game notes: Boedker and Tierney led with five shots. Teammate Justin Braun led with five blocks. Vancouver’s Ryan Miller has given up at least two goals in each of his last three starts (all losses), facing at least 30 shots apiece. With this just the first of five matches versus the Canucks and two more of them in Vancouver, the fact that San Jose had their ninth straight win in Vancouver, the most by any opponent (EliasSports), bodes well if things continue. Next up is Arizona on Saturday at 7:30pm.



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