When Patrick Marleau gets hot, he gets really hot. On January 23, Marleau was probably around the temperature of the surface of the sun.
Playing the Colorado Avalanche, the Sharks entered the third period tied 1-1. And then Patrick Marleau scored. And scored again. And then again.
"Hatrick Marleau" had made an appearance; or, as Randy Hahn so eloquently said, a Natty Hatty for Patty.
But Marleau wasn't finished. No, after Martinsen scored for Colorado, Patrick Marleau added his career-best fourth goal of the game.
In the past 70 years, only three players in the NHL have scored four goals in the third period of a game: Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Patrick Marleau.
Some of his teammates, in a way that only Sharks players can, tweeted out their congrats after the game.
Of course, Patrick Marleau isn't the only one on the Sharks to have scored four goals in a game.