EDMONTON, Alberta Patrick Marleau wasn't reading too much into his two opening-night goals that sparked the Sharks to Sunday's 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames.
"It's one game," he said Monday after he and his teammates practiced in preparation for today's game against the Edmonton Oilers. "You've got to string a bunch together and stick with it. It was just great to be back on the ice."
Marleau, like many of his teammates, did a disappearing act last spring, going without a point in a five-game playoff series loss to St. Louis. He did have 30 goals and 64 points during the season, but those were dropoffs from the 37 goals and 73 points in 2010-11.
But Marleau wasn't ready to start treating this abbreviated 48-game season as any sort of shot at redemption.
"You really don't think about what's gone on in the past," he said. "I'm just focusing on what's ahead."
Blues 4, Predators 3 (SO) in Nasvhille, Tenn. T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen scored in the shootout for St. Louis, which had the only goals in a shootout that lasted only two rounds. Brian Elliott, who came off the bench in the second period, stopped Craig Smith and Martin Erat to get the win.
Red Wings 4, Blue Jackets 3 (SO) in Columbus, Ohio Rookie Damien Brunner scored in the fourth round of a shootout to lead Detroit over Columbus before an announced record regular-season crowd of 19,206.