NHL: San Jose 9, Detroit 4

Jan. 5, 2007 at 6:03 AM
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SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Patrick Marleau scored a goal and had three assists to become San Jose's all-time leading point scorer during the Sharks 9-4 romp over the Detroit Red Wings.

Ryane Clowe and Mike Grier each had two goals for the Sharks and Marleau, who has scored 454 points for the Sharks, was among five other players with a San Jose goal Thursday night.

Detroit roared to a 3-0 lead, chasing Sharks starting goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, before San Jose scored nine unanswered goals.

Josh Gorges scored the Sharks' lone first-period goal and by the 6:16 mark of the second, the score was tied. Jonathan Cheechoo, on the first of San Jose's team-record six power-play goals, made the score 3-2 and Clowe tied it with his first goal.

Christian Ehrhoff gave the Sharks their first lead with a slap shot with 5:51 to go in the period and Joe Pavelski added a power-play goal for a 5-3 lead at the second break.

Greir scored the first of two third-period goals 6:03 into the period and 83 seconds later Marleau converted a pass from Joe Thornton, who had four assists. Both those goals were in power plays.

Grier and Clowe added power-play goals in the game's final 10 minutes.

The Detroit goals came from Jiri Hudler, Tomas Holmstrom and Jason Williams in the first period and Brett Lebda added a score after San Jose was ahead 9-3.

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