Putting Patrick Marleau’s hot start in perspective


Nobody in the NHL is having a better start to the season than Patrick Marleau. 

The Sharks have opened the abbreviated campaign 4-0, thanks in large part to Marleau’s torrid pace out of the gate.

Marleau added two more goals in the Sharks 4-0 win over the Avs on Saturday to bring to his league-best tally to eight (Chicago’s Marian Hossa follows with five). He’s scored twice in each of San Jose’s games.

How impressive of a start is that? As of writing, Marleau by himself has more goals than six other teams this season: Panthers (7), Oilers (7), Flames (7), Blue Jackets (6), Flyers (5), Kings (4).

Yes, Patrick Marleau alone has twice the number of goals than the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings do.

He’s also now the second player in NHL history to score at least twice in each of the first four games of a season.

What’s more, the entire Sharks first line is off to a fantastic start. Marleau is now tied for the league lead in points with 11. Who’s he tied with? His line mate Joe Thornton. Joe Pavelski also has 8 points. Gah, step your game up, Pavelski.

H/T Fear the Fin

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