Posted November 21, 2011 on AP on Fox

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 19: Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on January 19, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Patrick Marleau kept San Jose rolling and Colorado stumbling at home. Marleau had his first hat trick in two years, Thomas Greiss stopped 36 shots and the Sharks beat the Avalanche 4-1 on Sunday night. Joe Pavelski also scored and Joe Thornton and Mark-Edouard Vlasic had three assists each for the Sharks, who swept their two-day, two-game road trip. Marleau played a large part in those wins, totaling five points in the two games. ''He gets a lot of points every year but it's the little things he does that don't show up on the scoresheet,'' said Vlasic, who got the first assist on all of Marleau's goals. ''He gets rewarded tonight with three goals. It's nice to see.'' Marleau scored the first two San Jose goals and added an empty-netter with 43 seconds left to notch the fourth hat trick of his career. He nearly got the third goal with six minutes left but couldn't get a clean shot on net. ''I got slashed right at the same time I was shooting,'' Marleau said. Matt Duchene had a...
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