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Marleau scores highlight-reel goal for 997th career point as Sharks beat Panthers 5-2

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Patrick Marleau scored a highlight-reel goal for his 997th career point and the San Jose Sharks beat the Florida Panthers at home for the first time in nearly 10 years, 5-2 on Thursday night.

Brent Burns, Joonas Donskoi, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Chris Tierney also scored for the Sharks, who had lost four straight in their own building against Florida since winning on Dec. 8, 2005, in Joe Thornton's second home game with the franchise.

Alex Stalock made 31 saves to earn his first win of the season as San Jose won for just the third time in nine games.

Vincent Trocheck and Brandon Pirri scored for the Panthers, who have lost the first two on their three-game California swing after dropping a shootout in Anaheim on Wednesday. Al Montoya made 27 saves.

Marleau moved a step closer to the 1,000-point milestone with a memorable goal early in the second period. He took the puck at centre ice and skated in on Alex Petrovic in the offensive zone. Marleau danced around Petrovic and then, while being hooked, dragged the puck around Montoya for a goal that made it 3-1.

The Panthers answered late in the period when Brian Campbell set up Pirri for a one-timer that gave Florida its second road power-play goal of the season.

But the Sharks responded. After an apparent goal by Donskoi was wiped off when Florida coach George Gallant successfully challenged that Thornton was offside on the play, San Jose restored the two-goal lead when rookie Nikolay Goldobin set up Vlasic for his first goal of the season with a minute remaining in the period.

The Sharks killed two penalties in the third to maintain the margin and then sealed the victory with Tierney's empty-net goal.

San Jose opened the scoring in the first when Burns beat Montoya with a wrist shot from the point. Burns almost set up a goal earlier in the shift with a slick stickhandling move, but Donskoi was unable to finish. The puck made its way back to the point, and Burns shot through a screen from Thornton to give the Sharks the lead.

Donskoi got his goal a few minutes later when he poked in a loose puck after a wild scramble in front of the net following Joe Pavelski's shot from the slot.

Trocheck got Florida on the board less than 2 minutes later when he won a faceoff and skated around Stalock for the easy goal.

NOTES: Pavelski had his five-game goal streak snapped, one shy of tying the San Jose record. ... The Sharks went 0 for 2 on the power play and have not scored on 15 chances at home this season. ... Panthers forward Dave Bolland was scratched after injuring his hand Wednesday. ... The Sharks called up forwards Goldobin and Micheal Haley from the AHL. Haley got into a first-period fight with Shawn Thornton.

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