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Marleau hasn’t been much help in first round

Apr 20, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 19: Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks takes a shot against Billy Elliott #1 and Kevin Shattenkirk #22 of the St. Louis Blues in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on April 19, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

The San Jose Sharks have put themselves into a corner, and Patrick Marleau is one of the reasons why. Marleau was one of their top players in the regular season, but the St. Louis Blues have held him off the scoresheet so far in their first round series.

The Sharks tried to shake things up in Game 4 on Thursday by putting Marleau on the second line with Ryane Clowe and Marty Havlat. Marleau felt they had good opportunities, but in the end, Marleau’s biggest contribution was taking a bad penalty that resulted in the Blues’ game-winning goal.

“I’m trying to focus on the next shift and next play,” Marleau said. “Obviously, it would be nice to have some points and get some wins for us, but there’s another game ahead of us and hopefully we can do it there.”

If Marleau can’t bounce back in Game 5 on Saturday, then that might be it for the Sharks playoff run.

  1. sjsharks66 - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    He is never good in the playoffs. I like patty, but we need someone else to take his place.

    • fruitsareedible - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      His goals per game in the playoffs is higher than the regular season. He’s one of the top playoff goal scorers in the league in the past decade. Yes, he’s having a crappy series, and yes, he’s had crappy series before this. But to say he’s never good in the playoffs is just ridiculous hyperbole.

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:52 PM

        I said it this summer and I will say it again. They traded the wrong players (and the farm) and brought in guys who are questionable to help. Burns is very much a good offensive boost from the blue line but a huge liability on D and then trading Setoguchi was stupid plus Coyle and last years 1st. Heatley for Havlat is a fair deal but Havlat’s history of being made of glass might not have been the best but what could they have done else ???

        They needed to move either Joe or Marleau, didn’t and now they are looking to fail again.

        No chance next year is any different seeing as all of their tradeable assets have decreased in value excpet Couture

  2. mydadyourmom - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    This guy is terrible when games matter.

  3. AlohaMrHand - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Marleau Thornton and Couture have been invisible this series.Cant just put it in one player.

    • fruitsareedible - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      You mean Marleau and Pavelski, right? Neither of those guys can win a faceoff right now, Marleau’s been taking dumb penalties the last two games, and Pavelski has been pretty shoddy defensively.

      Honestly, how has Thornton been invisible this series? Is it him being one of two centerman that can consistently win a draw? Is it him defensively helping to shut down Backes’ line? Is it him actually continuing to push play hard deep into the 3rd period when most of the team stopped playing 15 minutes earlier? I really want to know.

  4. bleedingteal4life - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Nemo can’t hang with Elliott

    • nogoodtomedead - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      I don’t want to take away from Elliott- he’s had an amazing year and a great series- but the Sharks tend to make goalies look really good. We’re the kings of 40 shots with 2 goals.

  5. anhloc - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    he scored points in bunches THEN disappear the rest….
    would you want a player to give you two or three points in one GAME? ( THEN disappear the rest)
    I, PERSONALLLY, prefer star player to give me two, three points in multiple games, the reason being it would lesson the pressure for the rest of the team ….IT’S A HUGE DIFFERENCES IN TEAM MENTALITY.

  6. finfan88shark - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    The fan favorite (lol) disappeared the last 20 regular season games as well. While this guy might have been a decent playoff performer he no longer is. The guy is just stealing 6.8 million from the team, yet fans still love his dopey lost in the clouds smile. And sharks ownership loves it because he puts fans in the stands. Know other team actually wanting to win a cup would want this overpaid heartless bum on their team.

    • dreadpiratesteve - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      Couldn’t agree more. Too bad he has a full No Move Clause. There is almost no way to get rid of him until his contract expires. Is he talented? Sure. Does he play up to the talent consistently? Not even close. Anyone who says otherwise is either deluded or just another talking head for the Sharks.

  7. shutyourfivehole - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Marleau is “soft”. When the going gets tough, Marsh-Marleau goes away. It’s time to part ways with Patricia, NMC / NTC or not. His mentality has affected the team terribly.

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