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Monday, January 9, 2017

Sharks Milestone Game Saturday Night

     Saturday night the Sharks played the Red Wings at home.  This was a milestone game for the 2016-17 season in that it is the first game this season that the Sharks have managed to score more than four goals.  Saturday night's win over Detroit ended with a score of 6-3! Before Saturday night the Sharks were one of only a few teams in the NHL who had not yet broken the 5 point barrier this season.  The other notable accomplishments for the Sharks last night were Captain Joe Pavelski who, with the 2 goals he made, hit 600 career points last night!  Pavelski is now one of only three Sharks players to hit the 600 point milestone.  Pavelski now has 281 goals and 600 points in 765 career games.  Season to date he now has 15 goals and 37 points in 40 games so far. The achievements do not stop there however, Patrick Marleau made his 493rd NHL goal as San Jose Shark as well!  Marleau is now only 7 goals away from hitting the 500 career goal benchmark, so hopefully we will see him achieve goal 500 before the end of the 2016-17 season.  Patrick Marleau holds the record for most career goals, of course at 493, as a Shark as well as all time points leader for the team at 1055 points.  The two major milestone records that are not Marleau's for the Sharks organization are most points in a season, which honor is held by Joe Thornton, at 114 points in the 2006-07 season; and most goals in a single season still held by Jonathan Cheechoo at 56 goals in the 2006-07 season.  All of these milestone achievements are likely to stand with their currant owners for many years to come.  The final milestone achievement of the game came from defenseman Micro Muller who was brought up from the San Jose Barracuda to fill in for the injured Marc-Edouard Vlasic.  Muller scored his first goal of the season and only his 2nd ever NHL goal, at the close of the first period of the game giving the Sharks a 2-1 lead.  From that point forward in the game the Sharks never lost hold of the lead.  Muller is a young player and has not had a standout showing in the rare occasions that he has had the opportunity to play on NHL ice.  After his experience while Vlasic and Schlemko have been out however, he seems to be settling down a bit more and is now actively contributing to the team both offensively and defensively.  So while he will inevitably go back down to the Barracuda this season when Vlasic and or Schlemko return, he may well see more Sharks ice time in the future!   Congratulations to both Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski for their record nights, and to the entire Sharks team for both breaking the 5 point game scoring barrier and remaining number one in the Pacific division at the half way point of the season.  We look forward to the second half of the season and hopefully a strong playoff showing this year as well!

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