Patrick Marleau scores four in third to lead Sharks past Avalanche


Published 11:48 p.m. ET Jan. 23, 2017 | Updated 2 hours ago

DENVER (AP) — Patrick Marleau had a third period to remember: Four shots and four goals.

Not bad for a 37-year-old veteran.

Marleau’s four-goal flurry in a 13½-minute span helped the San Jose Sharks beat the last-place Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Monday night for their fifth straight win.

The left wing became the 12th player in NHL history to score four goals in a period and the first since Mario Lemieux on Jan. 26, 1997, at Montreal, according to the NHL.

It was the third four-goal game in Sharks history. Marleau joins Owen Nolan (Dec. 19, 1995) and Tomas Hertl (Oct. 8, 2013).

Afterward, Marleau was humble as always as he ended a seven-game goal drought.

“It was a good period to have,” said Marleau, who’s now just three goals shy of No. 500 for his career. “Tonight was a lot of fun.”

Marleau scored in a variety of ways to break open a game tied at 1 heading into the third: He tipped a shot in off the post, scored on a wraparound, lined in a wrist shot and finally lifted a…

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