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Couture finally scores, will Pavelski and Marleau follow?

Apr 17, 2012, 1:17 AM EDT

Logan Couture AP

One of the San Jose Sharks biggest strengths going into their first round series against the St. Louis Blues was their triple threat of Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, and Patrick Marleau. All three of them finished the season with at least 30 goals.

Their presence provided the Sharks with the potential for a balanced attack that might be capable of penetrating even the Blues’ superb goaltending and defense. However, for the most part that hasn’t been the case.

With three games of this first round series in the books, Pavelski and Marleau have failed to score even one goal between them. Couture finally found the back of the net with just 17 seconds left in Game 3, but it was too little, too late as the Blues still earned a 4-3 victory.

The Sharks were only able to score three goals in four games against the Blues in the regular season. By comparison their six goals in three postseason contests is an accomplishment, but it hasn’t been enough.

Maybe Couture’s goal and San Jose’s late surge in Game 3 will provide the Sharks with some momentum going into Game 4. They could certainly use it, because while this series isn’t over yet, they don’t want to be in a situation were they’re down 3-1 heading back to St. Louis.

  1. rebel21das - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Crickets……… sincerely a San Jose Shark fan. Honestly, just hoping the Sharks wake up at some point in this series or it will be another wait till next year moment for us SJ fans.

  2. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    looks like they traded the wrong players this summer and brought the same in, while trading the farm in Coyle and last years 1st round pick (possible Phillips)

    How many goals would Setoguchi have provided this post season??? He seemed to be the one bright spot in the Sharks playoff failures.

  3. finfan88shark - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    Any see Patrick Marshmallow at all this series or the last month and a half. When you make 6.9 million you should at least show up to work.

    • fruitsareedible - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      I think Marleau had a pretty decent game and actually showed a bit of aggressive play (though it’s terrible that I’m happy with ‘pretty decent game’ from Marleau at this point in the year). As a Sharks fan, I’m just waiting for the yearly “Patty played the last month and playoffs with a torn/injured/broken X” to explain his play again.

  4. bleedingteal4life - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Sharks are getting out-goalied. As long as Elliot is in the net there will be trouble. We want halak :P

  5. geo91 - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    And cue JR to rip Marleau

  6. danphipps01 - Apr 17, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Don’t feel bad, Sharks fans. Your annual chokefest is going pretty much unnoticed because it’s hidden in the shadow of the ones happening to teams that people thought could actually win this year.

    • sharks123 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      Seriously? The final four two years in a row and knuckleheads are still tallking about the choking. You need to download the latest version of reality.

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