The San Jose Sharks beat the visiting Vancouver Canucks 4-1, improving to 5-0 for the first time in franchise history.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Joe Pavelski knew the game was going to get intense. He didn’t realize it would happen so early.

Pavelski had two goals, Patrick Marleau scored again — though only once — and the undefeated San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 Sunday.

The game became feisty before the puck dropped as Ryane Clowe and the Canucks’ Alexandre Burrows got into it at center ice.

“We know there is a lot at stake when we play them,” Pavelski said. “The intensity was set … I’d like to say at the first puck drop, but it was before that.”

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The Sharks, who have been in the league since 1991, are 5-0 for the first time.

Marleau, a former standout for the Western Hockey League Seattle Thunderbirds, had multiple goals in the first four games of the season — the first NHL player to accomplish that feat since Ottawa’s Cy Denneny in the 1917-18 season.

“It would have been nice to keep it going,” Marleau said. “But I got a lucky one tonight and I’ll take it.”

Burrows scored for the Canucks, who had a three-game unbeaten streak end.

Fights between Clowe and Zack Kassian in the first period and Douglas Murray of San Jose and Aaron Volpatti in the third were bloody.

Chicago rises to 6-0

CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks are off to the best start in their 85-year history.

Defenseman Nick Leddy scored at 2:45 of overtime and Corey Crawford made 29 saves as the Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 and improved to 6-0.

Before this season, Chicago’s best start was 5-0 in 1971. Duncan Keith of Chicago and Johan Franzen scored in regulation.

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