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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
The Sharks didn't say anything about also passing an advanced placement exam. But that's how good they played. They controlled the action for all but five or six shifts all night. Five different Shark players scored the five goals, including such franchise stalwarts as Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau.
Yet of all the Shark ghostbusters, Logan Couture carried the biggest proton pack against Nashville. When he scored Thursday's third goal early in the second period, it cemented in Nashville's mind that this was not going to be a fight they could win. When Couture followed that up with two assists in the third period, he completed one of the greatest series ever played by a San Jose Shark.
Specifically, Couture's 11 points over the seven games against the Predators set a franchise record. Not so specifically, the attitude he carried onto the ice each game -- to block a shot or induce a turnover and never let up even when he might be having a tough night in the faceoff circle -- was the compass of the series.
"He just really wants to win," said teammate Joel Ward of Couture. "He's so tenacious on the puck, battles so hard."
The San Jose Sharks defeated the Nahsville Predators 5-0 in Game 7 of their Western Conference Semifinal, and as such, San Jose advances to the Western Conference Final, where they'll play the Blues beginning Sunday.
Joel Ward's 2-0 goal and Logan Couture's 3-0 goal are indicative of how the game went for Nashville in their own zone--quite poorly, especially if your names were Shea Weber or Roman Josi:
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson today released the following statement regarding Sharks forward Logan Couture.
"In Wednesday night's game in Edmonton, Logan suffered trauma to his right thigh, creating a Charley-horse effect which prohibited him from returning to the game.
Upon returning to San Jose, it was discovered that there was a small arterial bleed in the area. Last night, Logan underwent a successful procedure in San Jose to close the artery and is expected to make a full recovery.
At this time, there is no projected time frame for his return to the ice but we do not expect this to be a long-term recovery.
Fortunately, this injury is completely unrelated to his previous ankle injury."
From the San Jose Sharks:
Sharks center Logan Couture was injured in practice and left the Prudential Center on crutches wearing a protective boot on his right foot and ankle early Thursday afternoon.
Couture did not wish to comment on the injury. Sharks coach Pete DeBoer and general manager Doug Wilson had already left the home arena of the New Jersey Devils and were not immediately available for comment.
The Sharks practiced at the arena Thursday and Couture began the session at his normal spot on the second line with wingers Joel Ward and Patrick Marleau. The Sharks play the Devils on Friday night.
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
Logan Couture’s status for the Sharks’ game against Boston on Thursday remains unclear, after the center suffered an apparent head injury against the Flyers on Tuesday night.
Todd McLellan offered a brief update on the center after an optional practice on Wednesday in which Couture did not participate.
“Felt better today,” McLellan said. “There’s still protocol that we need to adhere to. He’ll get through the day. We’ll see how he is in the morning. I can’t even venture to guess which way it will go. We obviously want him in and we know he wants to play, but we have to make sure that he is in a good state and feels good.”
Below, watch how the injury happened...
“The letter thing is I think overblown by people on the outside. Within this room, we’re confident going forward. If we have a captain, if we don’t have a captain, if someone else is the captain, we don’t really care. There’s enough leaders in here to do a good job.”
-Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks. Much more on the Sharks from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo.
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at The Hockey News,
Logan Couture doesn't have to look far to be reminded of the San Jose Sharks' playoff collapse against the Los Angeles Kings.
His surgically repaired right hand still has scars from last month's surgery, and the recovery has been slow. He expects the hand, injured in a fight with Kings centre Mike Richards, to be OK by training camp.
And Couture works out with Kings defenceman Drew Doughty, who was set to have his day with the Stanley Cup on Friday. Doughty doesn't chirp his good friend, but that doesn't stop Couture from thinking about the painful first-round series loss.
"I think every time I see hockey on TV or read about it in the paper," he said.
The Sharks were in command of the series, up three games to none. But they proceeded to become the just the fourth team in NHL history to blow that lead. The Kings won the Cup, and the Sharks were left to wonder what went wrong.
Couture doesn't ponder what he and his teammates could've done differently. The thoughts are more simple than that.
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson today issued the following statement regarding forward Logan Couture.
"Last week, Logan underwent successful surgery to repair a hand injury suffered in a fight in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against Mike Richards. The procedure went as expected and Logan will be ready for the start of training camp."
added 5:41pm, Video of the fight is below...
via the Situation Room Blog,
At 8:49 of the third period in the Sharks/Flyers game, video review was inconclusive in determining whether Logan Couture's shot completely crossed the goal line. Therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no goal San Jose.
You decide and although the goal really did not matter for the Sharks, they won 7-3, it would have been a hat trick for Couture.
Watcht the play below...
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson today issued the following statement regarding forward Logan Couture (@Logancouture).
"For the past several weeks, Logan has been dealing and playing with an upper body injury. Despite his efforts to play through it, the injury has not responded as we had hoped and Logan has made the decision to undergo a surgical procedure to repair the problem.
"While the timing of the procedure is not ideal, Logan feels it is in his and the team's best interest to get the problem rectified now. Logan will undergo surgery on Wed., Jan. 8 and we will have a better update on the recovery time following the procedure."
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
Sharks forward Logan Couture will undergo a procedure to repair a hand injury Wednesday is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks, a team source disclosed late Monday night.
The news casts doubt on Couture's ability to play in the Sochi Olympics. The Canadian team will be revealed Tuesday, and Couture was considered a top candidate for the team.
However, he still could be selected, as the rules allow teams to name players, then replace them if injuries prove to be a problem.
from Kevin Kurz of CSN BayArea,
Speaking with CSN Bay Area’s Brodie Brazil on Sunday, Couture was asked if the labor battle, which mercifully ended after 113 days, is now just “water under the bridge.”
“I can only speak for myself, but I would say no to that,” Couture told Brazil. “It’s definitely not water under the bridge. I understand it took both parties to go through this, but there are still some hard feelings towards the other side. I was able to be in some meetings and really realize what they were trying to do. We fought hard to get what we got. Basically we were fighting to give back less than they wanted, to take more and more and more from us. I wouldn’t say it’s water under the bridge, no.”
Monday, a charity golf event kept at least some Sharks away from the 10am practice. Acolatse and Greiss were the only Sharks there until 11, when McLaren ventured out. Acolatse entertained us early with some subtle trick shots, and later Nolan gave Greiss some unrelenting grief. I haven’t seen Greiss for a while, so I won’t make too much of that. Like, I won’t hope Nolan ends up with some team more distant than the Canucks. Well, maybe I’ll hope for that just a little bit.
Tuesday, Sharks far outnumbered visiting skaters. Finally! Tikhonov, Stuart, Nolan and Cheechoo were there again, but there was only one other visiting skater, and two extra goalies.
Last night, Ray Ratto broke the news that Logan Couture and the Sharks had agreed to a 2 year contract extension. This morning, Twitter tells us that the numbers are $2.75M for the first year and $3M for the second. That sounds eminently reasonable considering what Couture brings to the team. By signing early for a reasonable sum, Couture follows in the footsteps of some of the team’s most prominent players, though following usually isn’t his style.
I don’t put much stock in talk of Couture contracting sophomoritis this season. Being picky about details, I might say this is only sort of his second NHL season. He played a lot in the 2009-2010 season. Maybe the end of last season was his sophomore slump. If that’s all we had to fear I can live with that. More importantly, I don’t believe he’s wired that way.
From the Q&A session with coach Todd McLellan and Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks.
*today’s Canucks transcripts here.
Q. (No microphone.)
COACH McLELLAN: I thought that line wasn’t very sharp. It was a little sluggish, didn’t produce a lot. Not a direct reflection on Logan by any means, because there were three of them there. But they can be better.
Q. Joe Thornton is always the center of the attention. He’s been criticized for his playoff performances in the past. Can you talk about his performance in this year’s playoff?
COACH McLELLAN: I’ll go backwards and start from last year. Last year I thought he showed good signs of growth, the ability to lead the team. As a result, when we were looking at our vacant captaincy, he proved to us last year he was a deserving candidate. We picked him.
Throughout the year he’s had an excellent season. Many will say his numbers are down, which they obviously are. But ultimately I think the results are up when you look at his play. That may sound strange, but I truly believe he’s come a long way. His leadership ability in the locker room is very strong. I think he does it as much by example now on the ice as he does it verbally in the locker room. He’s come a long, long way.
We’ve said it several times this season – that the Southleast is no more. With 308 combined points in the standings, Tampa Bay, Washington, Carolina, Atlanta and Florida comprise the Eastern Conference’s top division by that standard. Only the Pacific Division (321 points) has had more success as a group this season in the entire league. There’s even a fighting chance that four Southeast Division clubs could make the playoffs.
Suffice it to say, anyone still knocking the hockey played down here in this corner of the continent can be officially discredited. Clearly, anyone in that category hasn’t been paying attention this season.
Beyond team accolades, when the book is closed on the 2010-11 season, the Southeast Division has a legitimate chance for representation in almost every major year-end individual award. Some have sturdier ground to stand on than others in that respect but several individuals from Southeast clubs look to at least be in the conversation for some hardware in Vegas in late June.
Since premature awards speculation has started to heat up at a few other media outlets – always fun to keep tabs on ESPN’s Trophy Tracker but no Tampa Bay love in the Adams race, really? – here’s a list of potential trophy candidates from the Southeast Division, in no particular order.
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Logan Couture the recipient of the hit did not return and there is no update this morning.
Will the NHL look at this hit?
added 9:26am, via Nick Kypreos tweet,
The #NHL will not discipline #Leafs Colton Orr for kneeing #Sharks Logan Couture. They concluded Orr established position prior to contact.