On a night that was supposed to be all about Dany Heatley, it was Patrick Marleau who stole the show.
Appearing in his 900th NHL game -- all with the same team -- Marleau scored twice to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 5-2 win against the Ottawa Senators at HP Pavilion. Once again, his line with Heatley and Joe Thornton was nearly impossible to stop.
"It's just fun going out there with two All-Stars," said Marleau, who now has 19 goals this season.
Milan Michalek , who was sent to Ottawa in the deal that brought Heatley to San Jose in September, scored twice against his former team. He was cheered after scoring both goals, while Jonathan Cheechoo, who was acquired in the same deal, got a warm ovation when his picture was shown on the video board early in the first period.
"It was pretty cool," Cheechoo said. "I played a lot of games in this rink, so it was neat. Yeah, you hear the fans. They were always supportive. The fans were always great to me, so coming back and playing here again so soon was great."
Heatley -- who demanded a trade during the offseason and has 18 goals for San Jose -- certainly didn't seem fazed by skating against the Senators, as he fired six shots on goal in the first period and setting up Marleau's first goal of the game at 7:06 of the opening period. He also assisted on Marleau's second tally, which came midway through the second.
"There wasn't much talking," Heatley said when asked if he noticed any animosity from his former teammates. "I talked to a couple of guys on TV timeouts briefly, but mostly it was just focusing on the game. It wasn't really strange at all. I'm glad we got the two points."
His demeanor left Sharks coach Todd McLellan impressed.
"I thought he handled it just the way we knew he would," McLellan said. "He was very mature. He faced everybody he needed to face and then he went out and let his play do the rest of the talking. I thought he was very good tonight. He worked hard on both sides of the puck."
Jamie McGinn scored 55 seconds after Marleau in the first to give San Jose a 2-0 lead, but Michalek beat Thomas Greiss with 7:57 left in the period to cut the deficit in half.
San Jose fired back with a pair of tallies. Marleau made it 3-1 at 11:06 of the second before Ryane Clowe notched his sixth goal of the season just 2:19 later. Michalek scored again via the power play at 15:54 to make it a 4-2 game after 40 minutes.
"I would have exchanged the two goals for two points. That would have been better," Michalek said. "It was a little weird during warm-ups, but then I was able to just play."
Greiss stopped all 10 shots he faced in the third and Manny Malhotra iced the victory with an empty-net tally at 19:44.
"That's tough for a young goaltender to go in after having a two-week hiatus," McLellan said of Greiss, who finished with 25 saves. "I thought he played extremely well. He made a number of good saves."
Material from wire services and broadcast media was used in this report.
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