(SportsData) – San Jose center Patrick Marleau was held below two goals for the first time this season in the Sharks’ 4-1 win over Vancouver on Sunday.
By scoring two goals in each of the Sharks’ first four games, Marleau had tied the NHL record set in 1917 — the league’s first season — set by Hall of Famer Cy Denneny of the original Ottawa Senators. Denneny’s streak came in single games against the Montreal Canadians, the Toronto Arenas and two against the Montreal Wanderers.
The NHL started the 1917-18 with four teams and ended with three after the Wanderers withdrew when their rink burned down.
Marleau scored twice in wins over Calgary, Edmonton, Phoenix and Colorado before the Canucks held him to one goal. In addition to his league-leading nine goals, Marleau has four assists. With 13 points, Marleau is tied for the NHL lead with Sharks teammate Joe Thornton.
The Sharks are 5-0 and one of two teams that have won every game since the NHL’s lockout-shortened season began. The Chicago Blackhawks are the other, with six straight wins to open the season.
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