San Jose Sharks Bite Nashville Predators–Sharks and Patrick Marleau Red Hot

Michael DeSantis@@dtrain2495Senior Analyst IMarch 9, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 23:  Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks during the NHL game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on February 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Sharks defeated the Penguins 3-2 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Sharks beat the Predators 3-2 in overtime last night, thanks to yet another goal by Patrick Marleau. Earlier in the game, Ryane Clowe scored his 19th, and Justin Braun scored his second goal. When the game went to overtime, Marleau beat Rinne at 3:24 into the extra period. 

With that victory, the Sharks have now won nine of their last 10 games. After a mediocre start to the season, the Sharks are now 39-22-6, for 84 points. They lead the Pacific Division, and are in third place in the Western Conference, only behind Vancouver and Detroit.

As for Patrick Marleau, he now has 27 goals, and 24 assists, for 51 points. He once again leads the Sharks in goals, and has scored four goals in six games, two of them being game winners. 

Marleau is now one of four players in NHL history to have recorded three overtime goals in a 10 game span. For five out of nine years, Marleau has led the team in goals. 

The Predators aren't enjoying Marleau's recent surge, as this is the second game in a row between the Sharks and Predators that Marleau has ended the game with an overtime game winner on a breakaway of some sort.

Marleau is back where he belongs, atop the Sharks' goal scoring leaderboard, ahead of rookie Logan Couture by two, and Dany Heatley by five. 

Hopefully, Marleau and the Sharks keep surging into the Playoffs, and Patty Marleau may be able to lead this team deep into the postseason.