An Ageless Wonder Has A Night For The Ages

Conventional wisdom says that the NHL is a league suited for rookies, and that a nineteen-year veteran’s best days on the ice are likely behind him. (Obviously, these naysayers never heard of Gordie Howe, but that’s another post entirely.) It’s true that 37-year-old Patrick Marleau has racked up many career milestones, including two Olympic gold medals for Team Canada. Nevertheless, in the San Jose Sharks’ 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche last night, Marleau had the best offensive performance of his career thus far. He became the oldest NHL player to score four goals in a single period, and only the 12th to do so in NHL history. Consider that he scored on each shot he took in the third, and the achievement is even more impressive:

After scoring a natural hat trick (plus one) the night before, Marleau managed to net the game-winning goal against the Winnipeg Jets tonight. With two more tallies, he’ll reach 500 goals in his career. Of course, Patty took it all in stride:

[Update on 2/2/17: Patrick Marleau scored his 500th goal tonight in Vancouver!]

Joe Thornton reaches 1,300 NHL career points!

In the San Jose Sharks’ 6-1 victory over the (somewhat flu-decimated) Colorado Avalanche on Monday night, Joe Thornton picked up two assists. As a result, he became the 33rd player in NHL history to reach 1,300 career points (367 goals and 933 assists, for those of you who are keeping score). It’s great to see Thornton (and Patrick Marleau) going strong in the later stages of their careers, at a crucial time for the Sharks. Of course, Thornton seemed to take it all in stride: