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Sharks drop Penguins for 5th straight win

The San Jose Sharks defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 Saturday, recording their fifth straight win on the road and bringing them to a tie with the Los Angeles Kings atop the Pacific Division standings. The Sharks close out their six-game eastern swing on Sunday when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Brent Burns scored twice to lead the way for the Sharks (12-8-0), and Paul Martin scored his first goal of the season in his first matchup with his former team. But, the biggest name on the scorecard belonged to Patrick Marleau, who registered his 1,000 career point with the secondary assist on Burns’ goal at the 7:54 mark of the first.

Marleau became the 83rd player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-point mark, and just the 16th to do so playing with one team. Playing in his 1,349th career game, Marleau reached his milestone in Pittsburgh, the same city where he became the second-overall pick of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

Martin Jones was once again in goal, and made 38 saves in posting his fifth straight win. For the season, Jones now has 11 wins, tying him for the league lead with Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals.

The Sharks played shorthanded, not on the ice, but behind the bench, as head coach Peter DeBoer missed the game due to a personal matter.

After the Sharks jumped to a 1-0 lead on Burns’ first goal, the Penguins came back with an equalizer as Phil Kessel scored on a power play at 8:38 of the second. But, Burns got the lead back less than five minutes later and the Sharks never looked back.

While the Sharks struggled on the power play, going 0-4, with the exception of Kessel’s goal, the Sharks shut down the talented Pens’ power play, going 5-6 on the penalty kill.

After the road trip finale on Sunday in Columbus, the Sharks return home Wednesday to host the Chicago Blackhawks in the first of a three game home stand, one that concludes with a rematch with the Penguins on December 1.

Photo Credit:  Joe Sargent/Getty Images

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