Marleau hits milestone in heartbreaking loss
DENVER – Patrick Marleau scored his 400th career goal in the NHL on Sunday in Denver, becoming the 30th player in NHL history to score his first 400 with a single team.
Marleau’s team-leading 13th of the season came when he tipped a Justin Braun shot past Semyon Varlamov at 19:20 of the second period. Ryane Clowe was also credited with an assist after he won a battle for the puck along the boards in the offensive zone.
“Great play by Clowie on the boards, a couple battles to get the puck and then he got it up to Brauner and Brauner made a good shot," Marleau said. "[Joe Pavelski] was right in front of the goalie, so he didn’t really see it and I was able to get a stick on it.”
Does it mean anything?
“It’s a nice thing to get. Hopefully, there’s a lot more where that came from.”
The Sharks trailed the Avalanche after two periods, 2-1, and went on to lose 3-2 in overtime.
Marleau, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, is way ahead of Owen Nolan, who sits in second place with 206 goals.
Of his 400 goals, 10 have come at Colorado’s Pepsi Center, including a hat trick here last season.