Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/25/13

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 26: Patrick Marleau #12 and Ryane Clowe #29 of the San Jose Sharks watch from the bench during 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)
SAN JOSE -- Patrick Marleau is out to change his reputation as a notoriously slow starter during this lockout-shortened season. For the third consecutive game to start the season, Marleau scored two goals, the latest pair in dramatic fashion as the Sharks rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the final half of the third period for a 5-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night. "It feels good, I won't lie," Marleau said. "It's been a good three games, but there's a lot more to go." Marleau beat Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera from the bottom of the right circle off a pass from Joe Pavelski at 18:07 of the third period before Joe Thornton added an empty-net goal at 19:57. "I tell everyone I come in contact with that Patty Marleau is the most skilled player I've ever practiced and played with," San Jose's Logan Couture said. Phoenix (1-3) took a 3-1 lead early in the third period when Lauri Korpikoski slipped a shot behind bewildered San Jose goalie Antti Niemi at 7:28. Two min...
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