Patrick Marleau scored his third goal in three games Wednesday night, but he became a focal point of discussion for another reason. Less than two weeks after his former teammate, Jeremy Roenick, called Marleau "gutless" on television following a 4-3 loss to Detroit on May 8, the Sharks assistant captain decided to go toe-to-toe with Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa with just over two minutes remaining in the second period in Game 2 of the Western Conference final. It was Marleau's first fight since 2007 and just the sixth of his career. "Well, I haven't fought too many times, but I'm the one who dropped the gloves," he said. The two squared off in a rather one-sided fight; Bieksa landing the majority of punches and ending the bout with a takedown. Marleau was able to grin about it afterward. "I have an older brother," he said. The scrap infuriated Sharks forward Ben Eager, who was seen yelling at the Canucks bench right before he took a boarding penalty on Daniel Sedin just 1:34 later. Eager's mood or views on the fight didn't change much when he met with the media for the postgame scrum. Eager, who fought Bieksa in 2009, referred to the Canuck as a "phony" and that he had declined previous invitations to fight. "He was a coward then, and that hasn't changed," he said, referring to when the two played junior hockey in Ontario.
In a rarity, Sharks' Patrick Marleau drops the gloves
San Jose Mercury News | May 19