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post Playoff History – The Marleau Years

May 10th, 2011, 3:20 pm

Filed under: blog — Written by Doug


The Marleau Years Have Been Kind When Up Three Games


Something to chew on before Game Six. Here is a record of San Jose Sharks teams with Patrick Marleau on them in playoff series they have lead going into Game Six.

1999-2000 vs. St. Louis – SERIES WIN 4-3.

Sharks are the eight seed here and were leading this series 3-1 going into Game Five. They dropped Games Five and Six and it appeared the heavily favored Blues would win, but the Sharks won Game Seven in St. Louis 3-1. Marleau didn’t play a factor in this series.

2001-02 vs. Colorado – SERIES LOSS 4-3

Sharks take a series lead with a win on the road in Game Five, but drop the final two games to lose the series to the favored Avalanche. Marleau had zero points in both the final two games after notching 11 points in the previous ten playoff games.

2003-04 vs. Colorado – SERIES WIN 4-2

This scenario should feel the most familiar and give us a degree of hope tonight. The Avalanche were huge bullies on the block and chock full of superstars and the Sharks ran out to a 3-0 series lead. The Sharks then then lost Game Four 2-1 in OT and Game Five 2-1 in OT at the Tank, sending the Avs home to Colorado believing they could win the series and causing Sharks fans to see deja vu. The Sharks went to the Pepsi Center and won Game Six 3-1 with a huge second period.

2007-08 vs. Calgary – SERIES WIN 4-3

The Sharks broke the series deadlock with a win at home in Game Five, but dropped Game Six in Calgary 2-0. We all remember the Game Seven win at the Tank and JR’s explosion of four points in the win.

2009-10 vs. Colorado – SERIES WIN 4-2

The exorcism of Dan Boyle and the Craig Anderson Lifetime movie finally ended in Game Six after the Sharks woke up and spanked the Baby Avs the final two games of the series. They won, on the road, in Game Six to close this **** out.

2010-11 vs. Los Angeles – SERIES WIN 4-2

Our memories aren’t this short are they? The Sharks had the chance to close out LA at home in Game Five and could not do it. In fact, they got embarrassed by Kyle Clifford, no less. The boys finished the job in OT in Game Six…and here we are…

2010-11 vs. Detroit – UNKNOWN

The track record from The Marleau Years is there. In this situation, the Sharks have won five out of six series historically, beating two damn good teams in St. Louis and the 2003-04 Avalanche in the process. I know, different roster means different results and Marleau is the only guy still around from that Colorado series, but the core of this team has been here twice before in the last 12 months – and won both times when they were up three games.

Keep the faith.

6 Comments to “Playoff History – The Marleau Years”

  1. MichaelJT says:

    Marleau is a player who has made in the 6 to 7 million dollar range for many seasons, and he is relied upon to be a top line producer on our team. Therefore, to determine whether he sucks or not, I shall compare him to players on the other teams who make similar or less cash, and are relied upon to be top players on their teams.

    2007 vs Detroit, Marleau is outplayed badly by Zetterberg and Datsyuk, both of whom had lower cap hits than he did, I believe. If memory serves. They do now, anyhow.
    2008 vs Calgary, Marleau is outplayed badly by Iginla, and even Phaneuf.
    2008 vs Dallas, Marleau is outplayed badly by Brenden Morrow, Ribeiro, and many others, all of whom made less money than him.
    2009 vs Anaheim, Marleau is outplayed badly by a rookie Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf, and Corey Perry, all of whom made and make less money than he does.
    2010 vs Colorado, if I am remembering right, Marleau was awful. There is no real example on Colorado of who actually dominated him, because half their top forwards were injured, and the other half were left with low-skill linemates. Still, I would venture to say Stastny, Duchene, and Hejduk for the short time he played, all outplayed him.
    2010 vs Detroit, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Franzen, possibly all injured, all had as many or more points than Marleau did in the 2010 playoffs, even though they all played 2 less games than San Jose did. Also, even though San Jose beat Detroit in just 5 games, those 3 Detroit players I believe were all somewhere between +3 and +11 I believe for the playoffs, whereas Marleau ended the playoffs a -3. Marleau did at least get a few easy open net goals in this series, but..
    2010 vs Chicago, Byfuglien outplayed him, and in terms of two-way play and consistency throughout games, Toews and Bolland and plenty others outplayed him. However, he did at least score a few goals in this series, so maybe this can be his one example where he didn’t actually get dominated by the players on the other team making the same money.
    2011 vs LA, Justin Williams only had his legs for 1 game, but that one game, game 1, he badly outplayed Marleau. Once Williams lost his legs, LA didn’t really have a top line player, but hey, even their defensemen, Doughty and Johnson, seemed to have more of an offensive impact on the series than Marleau, and he was outplayed by many of the Kings forwards, even the much less skilled Clifford and Richardson.
    2011 vs DET, well, he still has a chance to show up. If he has a good game 7, it won’t change how he played the first 6 games, but he can at least have a good game 7. We’ll see if he does. I won’t comment on his play as compared to the injured Datsyuk and the injured Zetterberg until after the series ends, one way or another.

    But, suffice it to say, basically since the lockout, Marleau consistently has gotten dominated by his mirror players on the other teams. The 6 million dollar go-to players on the other team always outplay Marleau. I’m not saying that makes him gutless, or a heartless person, just that for whatever reason, he never seems to carry this team like the 7 million dollar players on other teams do, and on top of that, not only does he not dominate like a 7 million dollar player should, he doesn’t even play well. He gets completely outplayed, every postseason. It doesn’t matter what team we play, what star players they have, their star players alawys seems to dominate this one of ours named Patrick Marleau.

  2. MichaelJT says:

    Is there a podcast coming tonight?

  3. Tom says:

    Hope everybody is doing ok?

    • Emily Hall says:

      Just in case game 7 doesn’t turn out the way I hope, I’m having my husband hide anything with sharp edges. But other than that, I’m hanging on.

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