Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/27/13

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)
SAN JOSE -- The Sharks' revamped penalty kill was put to a stern test on Sunday night and passed with flying colors. San Jose killed all seven Vancouver power plays and got a nightly goal from Patrick Marleau en route to a 4-1 victory at HP Pavilion. The Sharks extended their franchise-best start to 5-0 in the process. The Sharks took advantage of Vancouver's slow start to grab a 2-0 lead less than four minutes after the opening faceoff. Joe Thornton scored his third goal of the season after pickup on a poor clearing attempt by Vancouver defenseman Jason Garrison and beating Canucks goalie Cory Schneider just 43 seconds into the game with the teams skating four aside. Alex Edler's attempted clear landed right on the stick of Joe Pavelski, who ripped a forehand from the slot off of Schneider's glove for a 2-0 lead at 3:26. The Canucks cut the deficit in half when Alex Burrow's drive from the right side was first stopped by Antti Niemi, but slipped past the San Jose netminder at 11:05 of the second period when the rebound caromed off the skate of Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle. San Jose answered quickly however when Marleau extended his goal-scoring streak at the outset of the season with his ninth on the power play at 14:27. A Logan Couture drive ricocheted off of Garrison to the skate of Marleau and past Schneider. Pavelski scored his second of the game at 8:14 of the third period on the power play.
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