The Sharks posted a resounding 5-2 victory Saturday night to run their win streak to four, and while HP Pavilion was loud throughout the evening, it was the quietest Shark who made the most noise. Patrick Marleau
posted the games’ first two goals and in the process broke the 300 goal barrier.
“Three hundred goals is quite an accomplishment,” said Joe Thornton
. “He’s played great from day one for this team. I can’t say enough about Patty.”
“Patty’s been in the game so long, he’s been such a great player that the milestones just keep coming,” said Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan. “I know he got his 25th goal tonight and that’s a heck of a start for a very important player for our hockey club.”
On both tallies, all Marleau had to do was knock in the puck as he simply went where goal scorers go.
“Patty’s goals were the right spot at the right time,” said Thornton.
Marleau now has 300 goals, but he would trade it for one of something else hockey related.
“It’s a good feeling,” said Marleau. “I would trade them in for a ring any day.”
The Sharks are now undefeated against their division rival on the season, but they are not getting ahead of themselves.
“They have some key guys out,” said Thornton.
HAVE TO CALL IT
For his second consecutive tally, Ryane Clowe
scored with a little lady luck on the bounce. On Saturday it was due to a shot ringing off two Ducks defensemen.
“I haven’t scored the last two goals,” quipped Clowe. “Why not let someone else put it in for you? I’m just trying to shoot a lot and get a lot of pucks on net.
The Sharks gave a lot of credit to their physical morning skate to helping set the tone on the evening.
Fitting that on Canada’s Boxing Day that there would be multiple fights on the evening.
Thornton has figured in the scoring on nine of the last eleven Sharks goals (3-6=9) against Anaheim which spans three games. Thus far, he has 11 points (4-7=11) on 16 San Jose goals vs. Anaheim this season. He leads the NHL with 54 points (10-44=54).
It is the nature of a coach to always see something which can be fixed, but following the Saturday win, McLellan would have to look a bit harder.
“We certainly liked our start and a lot about the game all the way through,” said McLellan. “We were really happy this morning when they showed up very alive and very alert. I thought the first 35-40 minutes we were the faster team because we moved the puck.”
The Sharks Foundation will be selling Mystery Pucks at the Jan. 2 and Jan. 4 contests.
With one goal and two assists Saturday, Dany Heatley has 26 points (12-14=26) in his last 21 games.
DUCKS HEAD COACH RANDY CARLYLE
“We aren’t creating a lot of offense right now. We’ve been getting chances, but we aren’t finding a way to put the puck in the net.”
“When we have offensive zone chances, we hit a post or we’ll get scoring chances and then we don’t seem to find a way to prevent the opposition from taking the momentum.”
“We had all kinds of shots. On one power play we had six scoring chances. We just didn’t find a way to put it over the line. That’s the difference with a 2-0 game. It makes it 2-1 and then we get back into it.”
“Lots of great players, you have to be prepared to battle them in a lot of areas.”
The Sharks will host Phoenix on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be found at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at ticketmaster.com. The game will be on CSN California, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.