ST. LOUIS — The following purpose that Sharks middle Logan Couture scores within the playoffs will put him in a tie with Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby for essentially the most objectives scored by any participant in anyone postseason during the last 22 years.
Proper now, except the Sharks win all of it, Couture in all probability couldn’t care much less.
Couture’s been on a blistering tempo because the playoffs started greater than a month in the past, and particularly because the begin of the Western Convention Remaining in opposition to the St. Louis Blues
Couture enters Recreation Four of the convention remaining on Friday with 5 objectives in three video games as he leads the NHL with 14 objectives and 20 factors. Crosby had 15 objectives when the Pittsburgh Penguins gained the Stanley Cup in 2009 and Alex Ovechkin had 15 final season when the Washington Capitals gained their first Cup.
Since 2010, Ovechkin leads all playoff scorers with 50 objectives. Couture is subsequent on the listing with 48 and Crosby and Sharks captain Joe Pavelski every have 42.
That’s all nicely and good, however for Couture, “These guys have gained and I haven’t. So these numbers don’t imply something except we win the Stanley Cup.”
Couture has taken on a bigger share of the scoring load because the convention finals started. He has 5 of the Sharks 13 objectives this spherical, with Joe Thornton, Erik Karlsson and Timo Meier every have two.
Tomas Hertl, Evander Kane and Pavelski have mixed for one purpose, with Pavelski’s approaching a 5-on-Three energy play in Recreation 1.
After Couture scored with 1:01 left within the third interval on Wednesday to tie Recreation 4, which the Sharks 5-Four in extra time, coach Pete DeBoer mentioned, “Simply type of get numb to it. You shouldn’t. I feel it’s a kind of playoffs runs we’ll look again at years down the street and say, wow, what a competitor, what a frontrunner.
“However if you’re within the warmth of the second, he’s simply doing what he does.”
Joe Sakic had 18 objectives for the Colorado Avalanche of their run to the Stanley Cup in 1996. The NHL all-time report for a objectives in a single postseason is 19, a mark shared by Reggie Leach, who did it in 1976 with the Philadelphia Flyers, and Jari Kurri, who equaled that mark in 1985 with the Edmonton Oilers.
“He does a number of stuff for us that helps us win video games,” Meier mentioned. “He clearly comes up with huge objectives but additionally does a implausible job defensively, performs all three zones. He performs an trustworthy recreation. As a teammate, it’s clearly unbelievable to have a man like that on the staff.”