San Jose Sharks: Settling the Argument on Whether Patrick Marleau Is Clutch

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San Jose Sharks: Settling the Argument on Whether Patrick Marleau Is Clutch
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Over the years, the San Jose Sharks have had their share of early playoff exits. Many analysts and some fans point fingers at the big guys like Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau.

Marleau has been labeled as a choker before. But, the fact of the matter is, he is no such thing.

Let's start with some numbers. This season, eight of his 26 goals have been game winners, which is fourth best in the league. Marleau leads the league in game winners since a few seasons ago.

He has 76 game winners in his career, as a matter of fact.

More importantly, he is a clutch playoff performer, like some people refuse to believe. He has 13 game-winning goals in 124 games. He has 52 playoff goals total, so 25 percent of his playoff goals are game winners. Of course, those don't include tying the game and hat tricks he's scored.

In both the regular season and playoffs, he's scored many timely goals, whether they won the game in regulation or overtime. Some of his goals have even tied the game late for the Sharks.

A lot of Sharks fans probably do agree with me, but there are some people out there who still think Marleau is not a big game player.

I'll link some of his clutch goals in the upcoming slides and give a brief explanation on each.

Just so you guys know, most of these videos will be recent because it's hard to find older videos of Marleau's goals.

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