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McLellan on Couture: He ‘elevated his play again’ in Game 1

May 2, 2013, 7:55 AM EDT

Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture, Joe Thornton Getty Images

If there was a player for San Jose heading into the Canucks-Sharks series that was worth keeping an eye on it was Logan Couture. We pointed out how he’s been an elite player recently and his performance in the Sharks 3-1 win in Game 1 proved it true.

Sharks coach Todd McLellan was equally as impressed with his play as Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com shares.

“Logan elevated his play again tonight,” McLellan said. “Very good in all three zones, was a catalyst on the power play, very good on the penalty kill. It sounds like we’re talking about a hell of a player, and that’s what he is.”

A hell of a player and a hell of a performance as Couture had a goal and an assist in the victory. Having him playing at this kind of level alongside other top stars like Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau shows why the Sharks are one of the more dangerous teams in the playoffs. That’s a lesson the Canucks learned quickly last night.

  1. sjsharks66 - May 2, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Logan is on fire right now. I really hope he beefs up a bit though. Especially playing along the boards.

  2. tfaltin - May 2, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    The best thing for Couture individually would be for Jumbo Joe to move on. He’s entering his prime and needs #1 Center minutes. That said, he’s a great #2 center right now, and the depth of forwards (and Niemi) the Sharks have is why I picked them in 6.

    • mstrcool - May 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      No way Couture is entering his prime the guy is only 24, another 2 or 3 years and yeah. I fully expect Logan to wear the C one day but not before Jumbo gets a cup or retires as I honestly do not see him being traded again and letting him walk as a FA doesn’t seem plausible either….. of course if we end up losing this series then all that goes out the window and anything can happen.

  3. jpelle82 - May 2, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    couture is a hockey player man, he is like a callahan for nyr in my mind. he’s made for the playoffs. blocks shots, plays d, kill penalties, can score, can pass. he’s gonna be captain of this team one day.

  4. lvshark22 - May 2, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    People used to wonder why I talked about him so much when he first came into the league in 09-10 season. Now everybody knows who he is. Keep up the good work Logan!

  5. lvshark22 - May 2, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    People used to wonder why I talked about him so much when he first came into the league in 09-10 season. Now everybody knows who he is. Keep up the good work Logan!

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