One word best describes Thursday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks: historic.
On February 2, the San Jose Sharks outplayed the Canucks in the first meeting of the season to go on to a 4-1 win, but that wasn't the news of the night. To open the scoring, Patrick Marleau netted his 500th NHL goal, joining 44 other players in that exclusive club.
Patrick Marleau had been slowly approaching the 500 mark the entire season, having entered with 481 goals. But the chase for 500 kicked into high gear on January 23, when Marleau scored 4 goals in a period and accelerated a hot streak that would last through his milestone marker.
Entering Thursday's game, everyone was ready for Marleau to join the club - it was just a matter of time at that point.
Luckily, the Sharks fans at home and in Rogers Arena in Vancouver didn't have to wait long.
The Sharks were on the power play, when Burns sent a stretch pass up to Pavelski from deep in his own zone. Pavelski and Marleau entered the zone on a two-on-one, and Pavelski passed the puck to Marleau, who received the pass and fired over the shoulder of Ryan Miller to score #500.
Marleau became only the 17th player to score his first 500 goals with one team, doing it all as a member of the San Jose Sharks. He is also the first player to score 500 goals as a Shark.
Video: SJS@VAN: Marleau goes top shelf for 500th career goal
"When you hit a mark like this you start thinking about everybody who's helped you along the way," Marleau said after the game. "And playing with one club and playing with a lot of a guys for a lot of years on this team, it means a lot to share this with them."
Reactions to Marleau's accomplishment came quickly and from all over the league:
Here's Patrick Marleau speaking to the media after the historic game.
Video: Sharks forward Patrick Marleau speaks to media