Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/20/13

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 26: Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks warms up before the preseason NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on September 26, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Sharks 2-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
CALGARY -- Patrick Marleau scored twice and Martin Havlat scored once in a three-goal second period to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames in Sunday’s season opener for both teams. The Sharks trailed after a first period in which they were outplayed by a wide margin, but roared back to spoil the return of the NHL to the Scotiabank Saddledome for both the hosts and the sellout crowd. The Flames opened the scoring midway through the first period when Lee Stempniak converted during a power play, but couldn’t extend the lead. Steve Begin hit the crossbar during a shorthanded breakaway and prized rookie Sven Baertschi rang a shot off the post, much to the chagrin of the Flames. That inability to at least double the lead proved costly just past the midway point when Marleau was on the spot after Joe Thornton stripped the puck from Flames defenseman Mark Giordano and gave a perfect pass to Marleau in the slot. After Havlat scored to give the Sharks a...
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