Patrick Marleau is in the midst of his 19th NHL season with the San Jose Sharks. He has experienced and accomplished quite a bit over the course of his career, but he had never scored four goals in a single game. That is until Monday night, when he only needed one period to do it.
Heading into the third period of the Sharks-Avalanche contest in Denver, the game was tied 1-1. Then, Marleau lit up the Avs for four goals (including a natural hat trick) in the final frame of regulation. The 37-year-old completely took over the game and essentially gave his Sharks a win single-handedly.
That makes Marleau the first player in the NHL with four goals in the third period of a game since Mario Lemieux did it with the Penguins in 1997. Coincidentally, that's the year that Marleau was drafted into the league.
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