Patrick Marleau made sure Thursday night that the Phoenix Coyotes weren't going to ruin the Sharks' home opener in this lockout-shortened season.
Two third-period goals by Marleau sandwiched around one by Marty Havlat gave the Sharks a 5-3 victory over the Coyotes in the first NHL game at HP Pavilion in nine months.
It was Marleau's third consecutive two-goal performance and gave San Jose a perfect 3-0 record so far.
The Sharks were trailing 3-1 with less than 11 minutes left when the comeback began.
"There was still a lot of game left then, and we knew that," said Marleau, whose six goals lead the NHL. "We wanted to go down there and get pressure on them. We let that go away from our game."
Marleau's game-winner came with 1:53 to play with linemates Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton getting the assists. Thornton's four-point night gave him the NHL scoring lead with nine points.
Thornton "made a great play coming back, picked up a loose puck," Marleau said. "I kind of just took off. He found Pav, and Pav was able to slide it over to me. I just tried to get it away as quick as possible, and it found a way in."
Logan Couture scored the Sharks' first goal and a power-play empty netter by Thornton with 2.8 seconds left wrapped up the scoring. Steve Sullivan, Antoine Vermette and Lauri Korpikoski tallied for Phoenix.
San Jose Sharks rally past Phoenix Coyotes
San Jose Mercury News | Jan 25