San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau is hitting major milestones and making franchise history with regularity this season.
On Monday, the veteran became the first player in San Jose franchise history to score 1,100 points with the club when he scored in the first period against the Anaheim Ducks.
Forward Dylan Gambrell started the play when he beat Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf to the puck behind Anaheim’s own net. The puck squirted into the corner, where Marleau picked it up and slapped it on target. The soft shot wasn’t necessarily intended as a quality scoring chance, but Marleau got the best bounce possible.
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The puck ricocheted right back to Marleau’s stick as he followed his shot toward Ducks goaltender John Gibson, and the Sharks legend roofed it right past Gibson’s glove for his team’s second goal of the game and a milestone point in his career.
Marleau has hit a few milestones since he rejoined the Sharks franchise at the beginning of the season. He reached the 1,700-game milestone earlier this month and became the first Sharks player to play 1,500 games for the club in October. In addition to being the first Shark to score 1,100 points, he holds the franchise’s record for goals scored (517).
Marleau has played the fifth-most games in NHL history (1,704), but 164 of them (and 84 of his career points) were earned between 2017-19 with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Joe Thornton, Marleau’s longtime teammate, needs 57 more points to hit 1,100 with the Sharks.