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Martin, Marleau, Jones help Sharks top Penguins

by Wes Crosby /

PITTSBURGH -- Paul Martin scored his first goal of the season, against his former team, and Patrick Marleau scored his 1,000th NHL point to help the San Jose Sharks defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 at Consol Energy Center on Saturday.

Martin Jones made 38 saves, and Brent Burns scored twice for San Jose (12-8-0), which has won the first five games of a six-game road trip. The Sharks, who were without coach Peter DeBoer because of a personal matter, play at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.

Marleau became the 83rd NHL player to reach 1,000 points, and 16th player to reach that mark playing with one organization, with the secondary assist on Burns' first goal. The 36-year-old played his 1,349th game with the Sharks since he was the No. 2 pick in the 1997 NHL Draft, held at Pittsburgh's Civic Arena.

“I guess just having everybody coming up and congratulating me and throwing different numbers out there, it starts to take a little bit of shape how big it kind of is," Marleau said.

Martin, who returned to Consol Energy Center for the first time since spending five seasons with Pittsburgh, gave San Jose a 3-1 lead with a slap shot that hit off Marc-Andre Fleury's blocker and Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy before crossing into the net 8:27 into the third period. The defenseman also had an assist.

"I think, just in general, just to come in here and get the win, two points, it was a good team road win for us tonight," Martin said. "Anytime you get on the scoresheet, it always makes it a little more enjoyable. … I get [Fleury] to bank it off [Lovejoy] and I'll take it. I guess I have to thank them for helping me out."

The Penguins honored Martin with a video tribute during the first period, resulting in an ovation from the crowd. Martin, who said he did not expect it, raised his stick and applauded the crowd.

"It was touching," Martin said. "I was flattered and humbled. It meant a lot to me … I think anytime you've been somewhere for a long time and you have people who are your fans or appreciate what you've done or the work you've put in, it's always something you take with you. I enjoyed my time here."

Jones' 11th win tied him with Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby for the NHL lead.

"They came out hard, but I thought we did a really good job," Jones said. "They were taking a lot of shots, but I don't think we were giving up any Grade A stuff. So we did a good job kind of weathering the storm a little bit and played a pretty solid game from there."

After Penguins forward Phil Kessel tied the game 1-1 on a power play 8:38 into the second period, Burns scored his second goal of the game for a 2-1 lead. He took a wrist shot from the blue line that deflected off traffic past Fleury with 6:54 remaining.

Kessel's goal, which came on a wrist shot from just outside the San Jose crease, tied Malkin for the Penguins lead with seven.

"I think we had some good looks," Kessel said. "They just didn't go in tonight."

Pittsburgh (12-8-0) had won two in a row since holding a closed-door meeting following a 4-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils Nov. 14.

"If there's one thing in the game for me, it's our loose puck recovery around the net," Penguins coach Mike Johnston said. "Some of those rebound chances … I thought we had to be hungrier."

Burns, who leads NHL defensemen with seven goals, gave San Jose a 1-0 lead 7:54 into the first period after Marleau set up Joel Ward in the right faceoff circle. Ward one-timed a shot that bounced off Fleury's pad to Burns near the opposite circle, where he took a wrist shot toward an open net.

"His blue-line play, his ability to pull the puck across the blue line, it might be the best in this League," Sharks assistant coach Steve Spott said. "We know that. He's got a quick release, a hard release, and we know when he has it, let's make sure we get bodies to the net."

San Jose was outshot 39-29 Saturday, but Marleau, who reached 1,001 points (462 goals, 539 assists) with another assist and has 13 points in 20 games, said he was impressed by its ability to win while not playing as well as it could.

"I think we haven't been our best," Marleau said. "There's different guys stepping up and playing key roles and [Jones] has been playing great. But finding a way to get those points, those wins, is big. You're not going to have it every night. I think the last game against [the Philadelphia Flyers (a 1-0 win)], we saw that and we still found a way to get it in overtime and tonight, we played a pretty strong 60 minutes against a very powerful offensive team with a lot of good players over there."

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