At 37 years old and nearing 500 career goals, there aren’t a ton of things Patrick Marleau has failed to accomplish.* Still, he did something he’s never done – and few players have managed to do – in the San Jose Sharks’ 5-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night.
The amusing thing is that it was a mundane night for Marleau and the Sharks heading into the third period.
They carried a 2-1 lead against the Avs before Marleau’s magical period really kicked into gear. In less than eight minutes of game time, Marleau managed an out-of-left-field natural hat trick:
He didn’t stop there, either, as he also hit the four-goal mark for the first time in his career … and again, it was in the same period.
That’s his first four-goal game (and period, naturally). It’s been a long, long time since someone enjoyed a period like Marleau did:
Speaking of history, this massive night indeed places Marleau close to another impressive feat. He’s now at 497 career goals, three away from the elusive 500 mark.
To underscore how unexpected this outburst was, consider this: Marleau generated zero goals and one assist in his previous seven games.
As the Sharks enjoy an era fueled by the ascent of Brent Burns and the passing of the torch from the likes of Marleau and Joe Thornton to a group including Logan Couture and Martin Jones, it seems fitting that Marleau – a player receding from the team’s spotlight – totally stole the spotlight on Monday.
The Sharks probably won’t complain, either. He helped them seal their fifth consecutive win, putting San Jose in a strong position to regain the lead in the Pacific Division.
Pretty good stuff from a guy who rapidly faded from relevance after being stripped of the Sharks captaincy.
* – How dare you make Stanley Cup jokes on a happy occasion for Sharks fans?