Marleau, who scored his first career goal in the Cup finals, won't even get so much as a hearing for the controversial hit that ultimately knocked Rust out of the game with an upper-body injury. All that came of it was a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head.
Marleau played an active role in clinching his first Stanley Cup Finals appearance since being drafted second overall back in 1997, and now has 12 points in 18 playoff contests. While the 36-year-old isn't quite what he used to be, he's still a dangerous offensive player who will be highly motivated to win a championship in the twilight of his career. Don't be surprised if he delivers a terrific performance against the Lightning-Penguins winner.
Marleau found twine, tacking on a power-play helper and a plus-2 rating during Thursday's 5-0 win over the Predators in Game 7.
Marleau continues to be a solid contributor for the Sharks in the postseason, totaling four goals and five assists in two rounds of play. The 36-year-old veteran isn't turning back the clock by any means, but three multi-point outings during the playoffs is enough to keep him in the realm of options.
Marleau now has seven points in 10 playoff games and is one of the reasons the
Patrick Marleau scored the lone goal for the San Jose Sharks in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Predators in Game 3.
Marleau opened up the scoring the first period, but the Sharks went cold from there on out. The 36-year-old veteran was able to reach the scoreboard for the first time in this series, bringing his total for the playoffs up to two markers and three apples. Three points have come on the power play for the 1997 No. 2 pick, which has been Marleau's bread and butter since the regular season -- 25 of 48 points came on the man advantage.