Patrick Marleau, a former Seattle Thunderbird, has scored twice in each of the San Jose Sharks' first four games — tying a league record for consecutive multigoal games to start a season.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — About the only thing Patrick Marleau is struggling with so far this season is finding an explanation for his record start.
Marleau, a former standout for the Western Hockey League Seattle Thunderbirds, became the second player in NHL history to open a season with four consecutive multigoal games, striking twice on the power play in the first period in the unbeaten San Jose Sharks’ 4-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
“I’ll keep taking them if they keep coming,” the 33-year-old said. “That’s for sure.”
Marleau has scored exactly two goals in each game this lockout-shortened season, joining Ottawa’s Cy Denneny in 1917-18 as the only players to open a campaign with four multigoal games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
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“I don’t know if he can keep scoring two goals every night. But he can keep his play up the way it’s been,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said of Marleau.
“He’s been skating extremely well. A ton of confidence. He’s prepared to shoot the puck. He’s engaged physically. It’s a great reward for him. He came focused to play.”
Marleau has outscored San Jose’s opponents, who have seven goals in four games.