With his 671st career NHL game, all in San Jose, Captain Patrick Marleau
moved into a tie with Mike Rathje for first place on the Sharks all-time games played list. Topping the all-time games played mark for a franchise is not something draft picks dream of, but it is a testament to what a player means to a sports organization.
“You never think about it,” said Marleau. “You’re just coming in with your eyes wide open. I’ve been here a long time.”
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?
Curtis Brown caught some good natured grief for missing the empty netter Saturday night that would have provided free Round Table Pizza to all in attendance. On Monday, he atoned for the pizza, scoring San Jose’s fourth tally.
“Tonight it was redemption for Curtis Brown,” said Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson. “Twice he missed the empty net the other night and cost people some pizza.”
Brown’s tally was his six of the campaign and he only had five in 71 games in 2005-06.
“I want to help any way I can,” said Brown. “I’m getting a lot of good opportunities here and you can’t go wrong being out there with Joe (Thornton).”
BIG SPECIAL TEAMS PLAY
San Jose used their vaunted power play to score two of their four tallies to seal away the contest, but it was again special play by the penalty killers that proved to be the difference as the ‘Yotes went 0-5 on the advantage.
Following a huge stop of San Jose on a five-on-three, the Coyotes were awarded a five-on-three of their won that could have been the opening tally.
“They could have used the five-on-three for a rallying point,” said Wilson.
On the night, San Jose finished two-for-nine while up a man.
“We wanted to force them to hook us,” said Brown.
The Sharks were on top of their game, putting 22 shots on net in the first period, and would have led by more than 1-0 after the first if not for the play of Curtis Joseph.
“He gave them a chance after 20 minutes,” said Brown.
On the defensive side, the Sharks held Phoenix to just 14 shots after 40 minutes.
“Tonight we didn’t allow too many odd-man rushes like we did last week,” said Brown.
And as usual, when called upon, the Vesa Toskala pulled off the big save, this time on Mike Comrie.
“The save Vesa had on Comrie was huge,” said Wilson. “They didn’t have many chances, but that could have given them life and made it 1-1.”
The Sharks will play the second of back-to-back nights on Tuesday, being the club that travels for the second contest. That doesn’t bother the Sharks Captain though.
“I like to get right back at it,” said Marleau. “Sometimes it’s a benefit, especially after losses. They might be thinking we’re tired, so we need to go play a smart game.”
5 TO 9
Rookie forward Joe Pavelski
’s tally gave him five goals in nine career NHL games.
Thornton and Marleau each posted three points on the night.
The Sharks flew immediately after the contest and will face Los Angeles at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. The contest will be aired on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.