Patrick Marleau enjoyed a historic night and the Sharks won an emotional game Saturday night.
Marleau became the first player in league history to score a goal in his 1,700th game, and it was the winner in San Jose’s 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars at SAP Center.
The Sharks’ second straight win spoiled the return of Joe Pavelski, who played the first 13 years of his career in San Jose before signing a three-year deal with Dallas on July 1.
The Stars’ six-game winning streak was snapped as well.
Brent Burns scored a goal and added an assist and Aaron Dell made 27 saves as the Sharks improved to 5-2-1 in their past eight games.
The Sharks scored the only goal of the second period to take a one-goal lead after 40 minutes.
Seconds after Dallas’ Tyler Seguin exited the penalty box following a hooking minor that expired, Marleau found himself in the right spot to give the hosts their first lead.
Marleau poked a loose puck past Stars goalie Anton Khudobin at 2:56 of the period for his eighth goal of the season.
In addition, at 40 years and 118 days, Marleau became the youngest player to reach 1,700 games played — fifth most in NHL history. He also played in his 831st straight game to break a tie with Dallas’ Andrew Cogliano, a streak that also ranks fifth all-time.
Marleau’s 559th career goal, including 516 with San Jose, moved him to within one of Guy Lafleur for 26th place on the all-time list.
The Stars struck early in the opening period and the Sharks answered late for a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes.
With Evander Kane off for high sticking inside the opening minute, Dallas needed just 40 seconds to convert the game’s first power play. Jamie Benn redirected a Tyler Seguin drive past Dell at 1:32 for a 1-0 lead.
San Jose, which pressured for much of the period but passed up a number of chances to shoot, gained the equalizer on a faceoff play.
Timo Meier’s shot-pass to a pinching Brent Burns was redirected inadvertently off the defenseman’s skate past Khudobin at 15:33. It was Burns’ ninth goal of the season.
The fans showered Pavelski with a thunderous welcome following a two-minute video tribute before the opening faceoff that recounted highlights from his long stay in San Jose.
Briefly: Forward Lukas Radil was recalled from San Jose of the American Hockey League and rookie forward Joachim Blichfeld was assigned to the Barracuda. … Radil and defenseman Tim Heed were healthy scratches.
Ross McKeon is a freelance writer. Twitter: @rossmckeon.
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