sfgate.com photo: The San Jose Sharks Patrick Marleau gets congratulations after scoring in the second period of Monday night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks at SAP Center in San Jose
By Jerry Feitelberg
It’s a shame Patrick Marleau didn’t pick a song for the first game the San Jose Sharks decided to use individual player songs, because he’d have a nice personal soundtrack to a few NHL milestones. Marleau scored a pair of goals in the Sharks 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in a return to action following the All-star break, moving into the top 25 all-time in goals and top-50 in points.
Stefan Noesen scored a pair of goals for the Sharks as well, and Erik Karlsson dished his 600th career point on an assist, but the night belonged to Marleau. He became just the 4th player all time with 22 consecutive 10+ goal seasons, joining Gordie Howe, Mark Messier and Alex Delvecchio. He also netted his 1,100th and 1,101st points in San Jose teal and picked up career game-winning goal 101 as a Shark (109 in total).
It was Stefan Noesen who opened the scoring for the Sharks on a deflection 1:55 into the game but Marleau’s veteran savvy led to the Sharks’ next strike. Marleau picked off an errant Ducks pass in the slot before beating John Gibson for his 9th goal of the year.
It was also Marleau’s 650th career goal, moving him into a tie with Guy LaFleur for 26th place all time in goal scoring. The goal was also Marleau’s 1,100th as a Shark and tied him with Rod Brind’Amour for 50th all-time in points with 1,184.
Ondrej Kase scored the first of the Ducks goals short-handed 9:04 into the second, but Marleau responded on a wrist shot with 4:28 left in the 2nd to move past LaFleur and Brind’Amour for his place in history. By edging past LaFleur. Marleau found himself moving further up the ladder. His second goal places him in 25th place, tied with Mike Modano’s 651 career tucks.
It also put him in the company of the aforementioned Hall of Famers by having 22 double-digit goal total seasons.
Noesen scored his 2nd goal of the game 2:28 into the third, with Erik Karlsson assisting for his 600th career point. A late power play goal by the Nick Ritchie of the Ducks soured an otherwise strong showing from Aaron Dell who made 26 saves on the night.
The Sharks look to continue the second half push against the team that smoked them heading into the All-star break when the Vancouver Canucks come to the Bay Area Wednesday night.