Sharks 4, Avalanche 0: Patrick Marleau became the second player in NHL history to begin a season with four consecutive multi-goal games and Thomas Greiss turned aside 24 shots for his first career shutout as host San Jose breezed to its seventh straight victory over Colorado.
Marleau, who had two goals and an assist on Saturday and eight for the season, matched Cy Denneny of the 1917-18 Ottawa Senators for the honor. Captain Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist to set a franchise record with 11 points after four games as the Sharks (4-0-0) remained undefeated.
Defenseman Brad Stuart's hit on captain Gabriel Landeskog with 4:20 remaining in the first period set off fireworks between the teams. The reigning Calder Trophy winner retreated to the locker room with an apparent left leg injury before returning in the second period.
Stuart and defenseman Ryan O'Byrne tangled after the brutal hit, with the latter receiving a total of 19 penalty minutes. Marleau made the most of the ensuing four-minute power play by cleaning up a rebound before netting his second just 1:18 later as San Jose seized a 2-0 lead.
Marleau set up Thornton just 2:32 into the second period for his team's third power-play goal of the game. The Sharks went 3-for-6 on the man advantage on Saturday to improve to 10-for-24 on the season.
Rookie defenseman Matt Irwin netted his first NHL goal with 2:55 remaining in the second period. Greiss made the offense stand up by stopping eight shots in the first period, five in the second and 11 in the third.
Semyon Varlamov finished with 22 saves before being pulled prior to the third period for the Avalanche, who saw their modest two-game winning streak come to an end.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Prior to Marleau's outburst, Owen Nolan was the fastest member of the Sharks to reach the eight-goal plateau to start a season. Nolan needed eight contests to accomplish the feat in 1999-2000. ... Thornton's nine assists through four games bested his previous team record of eight, which was set in 2009-10. Thornton's 763rd assist put him in a tie for 37th place on the NHL's all-time list with Chris Chelios. ... C Scott Gomez made his debut with San Jose after signing a one-year contract on Wednesday. Gomez registered three shots on goal and finished plus-1.