Sharks' Marleau, Vlasic win gold with Canada

Sharks' Marleau, Vlasic win gold with Canada
February 23, 2014, 11:30 am
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Patrick Marleau and the Sharks resume their season on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center against the Flyers. (USATI)

SAN JOSE -- Three out of four Sharks players that went to the Olympics are returning with hardware.

Patrick Marleau and Marc-Edouard Vlasic were both a part of Team Canada’s dominant run. The Canadians were a perfect 6-0 in the tournament, including Sunday’s 3-0 defeat of Sweden to win their second consecutive gold medal.

Marleau, who was also a part of Canada’s 2010 gold medal team in Vancouver, finished with four assists and a +3 rating, with 14 shots on goal and two penalty minutes. Vlasic was scoreless with a +3 rating in his first Olympic competition.

Finland captured the bronze on Saturday, although Sharks goalie Antti Niemi did not see any game action in the tournament. Boston’s Tuukka Rask and Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen both played ahead of Niemi.

Joe Pavelski and Team USA were defeated finished without a medal, losing 5-0 to Finland in the bronze medal game. Pavelski had one goal and four assists, a +1 rating and eight shots in six games for the Americans in his second Olympic appearance.

All four Sharks players are expected to meet the team in Philadelphia, where the Sharks will practice on Wednesday. The season resumes on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center against the Flyers.