Dan's Thought of the Day - 3/11/2013

Monday, 03.11.2013 / 10:02 AM PT
By Dan Rusanowsky - Sharks Broadcaster / Great White Bites
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Patrick Marleau became the 88th player in NHL history to reach 400 goals in his career, but only the 30th ever to record his first 400 goals with one team. Of course, he’s the first Shark to score all 400 goals in a San Jose uniform.

That is a tremendous accomplishment, and he deserves many congratulations for it. But beyond that, it is equally impressive how he did it.

You see, Patrick’s 400th goal won’t be on a “play to tell your grandchildren about.” It wasn’t as the result of a major deke on a goaltender, a blazing dash up the ice, or that quick release of a heavy shot that we have known Marleau to take.

No, Patrick Marleau’s 400th goal came as the result of hard work, intelligent positioning, and, yes, a quick reaction with his stick. It was a deflection of a Justin Braun shot, with Joe Pavelski setting up traffic in front of Semyon Varlamov, that did the trick.

You may or may not remember that Patrick’s first NHL goal, scored at America West Arena on October 19, 1997, was also in the slot on a very quick reaction in front of the net. That’s one thing that hasn’t changed over the years: if you go to the hard working areas, you’re going to get chances, but you have to have the presence of mind and the quick hands that Patrick Marleau has to do it 400 times or more in the NHL.

In a unique twist, Patrick seems to like scoring big milestone goals against Russian born goaltenders. His first goal in Phoenix was scored on Nikolai Khabibulin, and his 400th came against Semyon Varlamov last night in Colorado.

What’s most gratifying is how well Patrick is playing in all areas of the game this season. The bodycheck that he threw against St. Louis captain David Backes on Saturday is a case in point. He’s doing everything that he can in all three zones of the ice to help his team win.

Congratulations on the milestone, Patrick. We look forward to celebrating more with you.



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PACIFIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
2 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
3 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
4 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
5 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
6 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
7 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 53 25 27 17 52
J. Thornton 53 12 35 16 47
B. Burns 53 18 28 -13 46
P. Marleau 53 17 18 -17 35
J. Ward 51 15 17 -11 32
M. Vlasic 50 7 23 8 30
T. Hertl 52 10 16 4 26
J. Donskoi 48 9 16 2 25
J. Braun 51 1 17 8 18
L. Couture 23 5 12 4 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Jones 25 15 3 .915 2.38
A. Stalock 3 5 2 .884 2.94
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