Behind the scorching stick of Patrick Marleau, the San Jose Sharks are one win away from their best start in franchise history. Standing in the way are the Vancouver Canucks, a team they've had trouble with over the past two seasons.
The Sharks will try to remain one of the league's three unbeatens Sunday when they host the Canucks, who have 10 of the last 13 meetings including playoffs.
San Jose (4-0-0) has matched its start from 2008-09, when it went on to claim the Presidents' Trophy. Chicago and New Jersey, both also in action Sunday, are the only other clubs without a loss.
Marleau has been a huge reason for the success, outscoring the Sharks' opponents on his own 8-7. He had two more goals Saturday in a 4-0 win against Colorado to join Ottawa's Cy Denneny in 1917-18 as the only other player to open a season with four straight multigoal games.
The franchise's all-time leader in goals, Marleau had never totaled more than three in his first four games of a season. He also has...