has spent his entire 10-year career with San Jose and considering the Sharks have only been around 15 years, he is pretty well versed on the franchise’s history. With that in mind, Marleau probably knows what he is talking about when he says that the 2006-07 Sharks – who have set overall and road win records – are the best Sharks club ever, he is probably on to something.
“It’s a little bit different now,” said Marleau. “When I first got here, we had to play hard every game and we could still lose. This year, when we lost, it’s because we didn’t play hard or had mental mistakes. Most people I’ve been around this team say it’s the best team since I’ve been here.”
And that best Sharks team ever, which has two Pacific Division banners flying in the HP Pavilion rafters, has quietly moved within four points of the Anaheim Ducks with eight contests remaining.
“It’s something we’ve let slip away a couple of times this year, but we’re starting to get the feeling,” said Marleau. “Basically, if we play together the way we have, everything will take care of itself.”
By everything, Marleau means the playoffs, no matter who the opponent is or what the Sharks seed is.
“It’s a tight race and it is still up in the air who is playing who,” said Marleau. “Our team is on a roll and feeling good. Everyone feels we can win every night and that is what it takes.”
Marleau and the Sharks will be certainly tested tonight, heading into Atlanta for a match up with the playoff poised Thrashers. The Sharks have not faced a playoff-bound team since their March 9 overtime loss to Vancouver but are ready for a pair of games against tough Southeast Division opponents.
Atlanta currently sits on top of the Southeast and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes – who the Sharks will play on Saturday – are in possession of the eight and final playoff spot in the east.