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500 For Patrick Marleau

by Ann Frazier /

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. 

Embed - Twitter: Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Raise your hand if you're also sitting on the edge of your seat whenever Marleau is on the ice. ��

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.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: #Marleau500

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:

Tweet from @NHL: Congrats Patrick Marleau on career goal #500!

Tweet from @NHLPA: 5���0���0��� @NHL goals for Patrick Marleau. Congratulations!

Tweet from @brodiebrazilCSN: FIVE HUNDRED!Congrats to Patrick Marleau!#sjsharks

Tweet from @Bakes_Jamie13: Patty Marleau with goal # 500 all with the @SanJoseSharks WTG Patty! "It's Marleau Time".

Tweet from @c_marleau: Words can't express how happy I am for this guy, his level of dedication for the sport & the @SanJoseSharks.You are one incredible man. #500

Tweet from @OwenNolan11: Congrats Patty on 500 goals that's awesome. I remember long ago when I had an assist on your first goal. Keep going! @SanJoseSharks

Tweet from @Burnzie88: @SanJoseSharks Congrats To Patty... great guy and ridiculous athlete... what a Beast! #500club #funruntime

Tweet from @ddems2: Was just a matter of time. What a milestone, well deserved Patty ����


Tweet from @sjsharkie: Congrats to the guy on the right for 500 goals, now let's see the guy on the left get 1000 assists. #Marleau500 #LookHowYoungTheyAre

Tweet from @PremierBradWall: Congrats to pride of Aneroid, Patrick Marleau on 500th goal. Joins only 2 other SK-born NHL greats Gordie Howe & Bryan Trottier. #Marleau500

Tweet from @LeanHamNeeson: @NHL @SanJoseSharks Greatest Shark of all time. Started in the NHL at age 18 wearing Teal. Congrats Patrick!

Tweet from @ImplodingCookie: @NHL Future HOFer. I've literally grown up watching this guy. He's been with the Sharks three years before I was born. Greatest Shark ever.

Tweet from @sharxfan: @SanJoseSharks Congrats to Mr. Shark Patrick Marleau on goal 500. As a fan since day one I've seen many of them, so THANK YOU. #Marleau500

Tweet from @JamieHersch: Congrats to Patrick Marleau!!!! 500 goals... all with one team. What an amazing accomplishment!! ������������������@SanJoseSharks

Tweet from @Grandmapavs8: I really don't know what a # is but I guess I need to #Marleau500

Here's Patrick Marleau speaking to the media after the historic game.

Video: Sharks forward Patrick Marleau speaks to media

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