Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton have found the perfect way to silence the talk about whether their window for success is closing in San Jose.
With Marleau scoring goals at a record pace to start the lockout-shortened season and Thornton at his playmaking best, the Sharks have won their first five games to get off to the best start in franchise history.
They'll look to continue their impressive play Tuesday night, when they host an Anaheim Ducks team that has also played well in the early going.
The fast start comes nine months after the Sharks got eliminated in five games in the opening round of the playoffs by St. Louis. The step back after two straight trips to the Western Conference finals raised questions about whether a club led by 33-year-olds in Thornton and Marleau had missed its opportunity to win a Stanley Cup.
"Every year you have to earn respect," Thornton said Monday. "It's not given to you. We've had good years in the past. Obviously, people might be doubting us a...