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Marleau scores key goal, silences biggest critic

Posted on: May 13, 2011 1:02 am
Edited on: May 13, 2011 1:20 am
Patrick Marleau shoved more than just the puck into the net with eight minutes left in regulation of Game 7 on Thursday night.

The San Jose Sharks forward tossed aside --- at least for one night --- the allusion that he is a playoff no-show, something that former NHL player tuned broadcaster Jeremy Roenick hammered home days earlier and a theory carried on as he failed to score in the series. But Marleau made his one goal --- and only point in the second-round series --- count as his tally off the scramble in front of the Detroit Red Wings’ net turned out to be the game-winner in a 3-2 victory.

“The job isn’t finished yet,” Marleau said in interview on Versus. “I like the way (the series) ended, that’s for sure.”

It wasn’t too pretty the last few days for the Sharks and for Marleau in particular. The Sharks lost three games in a row and were in danger of becoming the fourth team in NHL history to blow a 3-0 series lead. Marleau was called “gutless” --- twice --- by Roenick, a former teammate of Marleau’s in San Jose.

But even the outspoken Roenick could do nothing but applaud Marleau’s performance, although he hinted that his play in the second period was a little off. You can’t argue with that assessment, especially as Marleau failed to clear the puck on multiple occasions late in the second frame.

In the playoffs, however, it’s all about how you finish. Marleau not only scored the decisive goal in the decisive game, he also cleared the puck from his knees as time ticked down. He also drew a slashing penalty on a whack by Niklas Kronwall.

“This is the kind of play you need at the end of games and Patrick Malreau was there to make them tonight,” Roenick said. “Listen, I have no problem telling somebody when they did something bad. I have no problem when they come back at me and show something good. The only reason I'm tough on Patrick Marleau is because I know how good he is. I know what’s he capable of doing. He showed me tonight by getting the big goal, making the big plays when it was needed and that's why the San Jose Sharks won.”

Here's a look at the video via Yahoo! Sports' Puck Daddy blog:

It looked like Marleau proved some of critics wrong last year when he scored on overtime of Game 3 and tacked on the game-winner in Game 5 in the second round against the Wings last year. He was also the rare Shark to play well against the Chicago Blackhawks in the next round, compiling five goals and an assist as San Jose was swept.

Let’s see how long Thursday’s performance stays fresh in the minds of pundits.

-- A.J. Perez
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:42 pm
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Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:24 pm

Marleau scores key goal, silences biggest critic

Roenick always shoots off at the mouth....I would not call Marleau " gutless " in fact any hockey player at the NHL level made it there due to talent, hardwork, and some guts. The problem for the Sharks has been key players not making plays in the past. Things have changed with Todd Mckellan at the helm. Players are stepping up in different situations over last year's playoffs and again this year.

Good for Marleau to finish off the Wings last night but maybe better than the goal was his clearing the puck to ice the game. Some nice hits as well in the 1st period. Let's face facts that this was one hell of a series and either team could have one. I'm glad the SHARKS took it. 8 more wins and you get to raise the CUP!!!!! 

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2011 12:53 pm

Marleau scores key goal, silences biggest critic

BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!  My kid could have scored that goal.  Marleau & Heatley were both heartless in that series.  They should give thier paychecks to Thornton & Setoguchi for carrying them in that series.  Good luck to the Sharks in the next round.  Thornton vs Kesler should be fun to watch.

Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: May 13, 2011 9:36 am

Marleau scores key goal, silences biggest critic

Hey Roenick, take the game winning hockey puck from game 7 and shove it up your _s_!!!!!!!! 

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