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Ex-Shark Patrick Marleau returns as a Leaf and helps beat Ducks, 3-1

By in Press Enterprise on November 2, 2017

By Eric Stephens

ANAHEIM – Patrick Marleau was the goal scorer the Ducks coveted in free agency over the summer and the chances of landing him were at least a possibility in that the longtime San Jose star was open to leaving.

The Ducks didn’t get Marleau and the winger they’re all-too-familiar with hurt them Wednesday night.

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Marleau snapped a tie game 69 seconds into the third period and the Toronto Maple Leafs used that goal to get a 3-1 win in front of an announced crowd of 15,628 at Honda Center.

Marleau was on the market in July after completing his 19th season with the Sharks. The 38-year-old winger was open to a return but also free to consider other possibilities, particularly with a winning team that would offer him a three-year contract.

The Sharks were unwilling to go there. So were the Ducks, who also would have gladly signed him for two years. But the Maple Leafs reeled him with an $18-million lure that San Jose and Anaheim weren’t going to come close to paying.

Two nights after being honored with a long ovation in San Jose for all the goals he scored with the Sharks, Marleau scored the 513th of his career when he beat Ducks defenseman Jaycob Megna to a shot that had been blocked and swept a backhand shot past John Gibson. It made him the eighth player in NHL history with 100 game-winning goals.

“I’ve been around a while, I guess,” Marleau said.”It’s pretty cool to say you’ve got 100 of them so hopefully there’s a lot more where that came from.”

It was also his 31st in 109 regular-season games against the Ducks. To add insult, Marleau got the only assist on Leo Komarov’s empty-net score as the Leafs gained […]    

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