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Marleau Sharks Player of the Month

by Tony Khing / San Jose Sharks
What did Patrick Marleau do for the Sharks in March?

Anaheim Ducks' Lubomir Visnovsky, right, and San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau compete for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
He led the team in scoring for the month with 19 points (11 goals and eight assists). Three of his 11 goals were game-winners, one coming in overtime on March 8 vs. Nashville. On March 23 at Los Angeles, he scored two goals in the final four minutes of regulation, including the game-tying goal at 19:55. Marleau’s tally enabled San Jose to earn one point against their Pacific Division rivals.

When the Sharks clinched a playoff spot in Thursday’s 6-0 win over Dallas, Marleau set a franchise record with 12 shots on goal and also scored two goals. In his last eight games, he’s got 14 points (eight goals) and in 27 games since the All-Star Break, Marleau is a plus-14 and has 30 points (17 goals).

All numbers worthy of being selected as the Sharks Foundation Player of the Month for March.

“He’s scored some big goals for us,” center Joe Pavelski said. “He’s stepped up for us every game and he’s more than deserving of it.”

“He’s been great,” rookie center Logan Couture said. “He’s really taken over games. There’s a couple of games where he’s really saved us. Like the game in L.A., where he scored those late goals in the third. We see Patty every day, so we know what he does. In the room, he’s a quiet leader. He’s someone I look up to as a leader and a person. A great leader and a great teammate.”

Marleau first won the award in November 2002. He also received the honor on December 2003, November 2005, January 2007, October 2008 and October 2009.

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