SAN JOSE, Calif.
-- It was a year ago today that Patrick Marleau
took a pass from Joe Thornton
at 6:59 of the third period and scored what turned out to be the winning goal in Game 5 against Detroit at HP Pavilion, as the Sharks wrapped up their Western Conference Semifinal series.
The Sharks and Red Wings meet again tonight at HP in another Semifinal Game 5, with San Jose again holding a 3-1 series lead, and if Marleau scores, it will be his first goal of the series, as well as his first point.
Marleau owns the franchise record for career goals (47) and points (80) in the playoffs and has three career postseason hat tricks. He led the team in goals (37) and points (73) during the regular season. For the Sharks, there would be no better time than tonight for Marleau to get back to doing what he does best.
"He has to eventually hit the score sheet," Sharks coach Todd McLellan
said Sunday morning, after a team meeting and video session at HP Pavilion. "And he will. He's done some good things away from the puck in the faceoff circle, penalty kill. He's used his speed throughout the series to get to some loose pucks. But eventually -- he's got such a tremendous shot, we rely on him to score goals, and he'll get on the score sheet, and it will work in our favor."