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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.

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