Somewhere Jeremy Roenick is pinching himself to see if this is all a dream. Patrick Marleau, the player Roenick has so often attacked as being “soft,” sent the Sharks to the second round of the NHL Playoffs Tuesday night with a goal in overtime to seal the sweep of the Vancouver Canucks.
Joe Thornton took a power-play shot that managed to sneak past Vancouver goalie Cory Schneider but was coming to a stop. Only, it didn’t come to a stop because Marleau, following up the play, was able to tap it into the goal for the game winner. With the overtime winner, Marleau has scored a goal in each of the four playoff games that San Jose has played so far this post season.
A little vindication perhaps, although Marleau would likely never admit it.
San Jose was staked to an early 2-1 lead through the first 20 minutes of hockey with Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski each scoring goals in the first period. Mason Raymond added a goal for Vancouver.
After the Canucks managed to take a brief 3-2 lead in...