The Sharks have won two in a row. Both victories have been by shutouts. But the most important part of Tuesday’s night’s 3-0 victory may have been the return of Sharks Captain Patrick Marleau. The normally durable center has always been an NHL iron man, so it is rare when injury forces him out of the lineup. Thus, he obviously enjoyed his return.
“It was nice being out there,” said Marleau.
Tuesday night the Captain returned and Sharks fans saw close to a 100 percent full lineup (Mark Smith is still on the injured reserve list). And Marleau liked what he saw playing with Craig Rivet and Bill Guerin, who was his winger in his return.
“It’s going to be nice with a couple of more games,” said Marleau. “We should create a lot more offense.”
More than his just line, Marleau liked what he saw from everybody.
“That’s four really solid lines rolling,” said Marleau. “That keeps everyone fresh and can be really dangerous. I liked what I saw.”
The defensemen created offense and chances came from every line, but Marleau was especially impressed with Nabokov’s second straight shutout.
“He’s been playing great lately,” said Marleau. “The guys have been playing really well in front of him and he’s made the key saves at key times.”
NEXT GAME The Sharks next game will be Friday night at HP Pavilion in a 7:30 p.m. start against the Vancouver Canucks. The non-televised game will be available on 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com. Limited tickets are available at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com.