Patrick Marleau cooled off, but only a little. The Sharks? They stayed red hot.
For the first time this season, Marleau failed to score two goals. But he did notch one as San Jose beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Sunday in a fight-filled contest that had a touch of nastiness before the first puck dropped.
With the victory, the Sharks improved to 5-0 for the season, making them one of only four NHL teams without a loss.
Marleau, who tied an NHL record from 1917 by opening the season with four multiple-goal games, admitted to being a little disappointed to see that personal streak end.
"Yeah, it would have been nice to keep it going," he said. "Definitely."
But nobody -- Marleau included -- was complaining about a decisive victory over a Vancouver team that has developed into one of San Jose's biggest rivals since the Canucks eliminated the Sharks in the 2011 Western Conference finals.
All of San Jose's goals came from its top line with Joe Pavelski picking up two and Joe Thornton adding the other.
Forward Alex Burrows scored the lone Vancouver goal while Sharks goalie Antti Niemi earned his fourth victory, making 23 saves.
It was Burrows who was in the middle of things at the opening faceoff, as he and Logan Couture waited for the puck to drop.
"He dug his head into my face so I lifted his helmet up, and he sucker punched me," Couture said. "Then Clowe came in."
San Jose Sharks stay perfect with 4-1 win over Vancouver Canucks
San Jose Mercury News | Jan 28