Patrick Marleau Domination Continues: Watch Sharks Forward Tie NHL Record

Mark JonesSenior Analyst IJanuary 26, 2013

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 26: Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks congratulates Patrick Marleau #12 after Marleau scored a goal in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at HP Pavilion on January 26, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The Sharks' old dog is up to some very new tricks.

Patrick Marleau is now 33 years old with 1,121 career NHL appearances under his belt—and every single one of them has come with the San Jose Sharks.

He's scored 395 career goals, all for the Sharks. He's tallied 79 game-winners, all for the Sharks. He's won 11 playoff series, all with the Sharks.

And now, 16 years since his rookie season in the Bay Area, he's tied the NHL record for, in essence, the hottest start to a season ever.

Marleau scored two goals in the Sharks' season opener against Calgary.

Then he scored two goals in the Sharks' second game, at Edmonton.

Then he scored two goals in the Sharks' home opener versus Phoenix.

Then he scored two goals in a Saturday matinee with Colorado.

That's eight goals.

In four games.

The only other NHL player to do that in his first four games of the season was Ottawa's Cy Denneny—in the fall of 1917. 

As Marleau continues his incredible streak of domination, San Jose sits 4-0-0 with 19 goals for and a mere seven against. They're currently tied with Chicago for first place in the Western Conference.

As the cliche goes, who says an old dog can't learn a new trick—and who says Patrick Marleau can't tie an NHL record in his 1,121st career game.

Watch out, Canucks. You're up next.


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