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Sharks’ Couture on Sedin whack: ‘I’ll take it all day’ for PP chance

May 6, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT

Logan Couture will take the hits for a chance to score.

That’s what the Sharks forward said following a 5-2 win over the Canucks in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal, during which San Jose went 3-for-8 with the man advantage.

“I’ll take it all day,” Couture told the San Jose Mercury News. “They can do whatever they want. They’re going to end up in the box and I’ll gladly take the power play chance and try to score.”

Couture, who finished the game with 2G-2A, referenced this shot to the face from Canucks captain Henrik Sedin early in the third period, with the Sharks leading 4-1 and the Canucks visibly frustrated:

(H/T to HFBoards)

Almost on command, it was Couture who converted the power-play opportunity, scoring just 21 seconds into the man advantage.

The 24-year-old has been a thorn in Vancouver’s side throughout this series. He’s tied for the playoff scoring lead with six points (through three games) and has been an absolute beast in the faceoff circle, winning 64.7 percent of his draws.

He also showed the experience of a player beyond his age. Rather than get caught up in the emotions of Game 3 (like, say, every member of the Senators and Canadiens), Couture focused at the task at hand.

“Enjoy this for a couple minutes, come to the rink tomorrow, get ready for the next game,” Couture said following the win. “They’re going to give everything they have, their season is on the line.”


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  1. 19to77 - May 6, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Take note, Vancouver, Couture’s got more grit and jam than your entire roster.

    • ibieiniid - May 6, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      if hockey doesn’t work out, he’s got a future in theater too.

      • tfaltin - May 6, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        I think it’s working out just fine for him. Nice try though.

    • imleftcoast - May 6, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Yeah, provided he gets away the whole game with crosschecking, holding and tripping the Sedins. Then he can dive to the ice likes he’s been shot, and get the retaliation call that apparently is all referees are now allowed to call. Scooping the puck out of your net isn’t even a penalty anymore.

      • 19to77 - May 6, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        A Canucks fan, criticizing other teams’ players for diving. If you look up the definition of “ironic” in the dictionary… well, I don’t need to spoon-feed you the rest.

      • dropthepuckeh - May 6, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        It was a penalty whether he went down or not and he’s lucky he wasn’t hurt on the play. Hearing any Canuck fan complain about diving is a joke almost as bad as the whining about the the poor Sedins being held.

        Do you guys hear that noise?? Window closing on any chance of a Cup with this team in Vancouver. Slam!

      • imleftcoast - May 6, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        Is this the new standard for Crosby? If you look up “bandwagonjumping”, you’ll see a mirror.

    • shoobiedoobin - May 6, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      That says a lot considering Couture is a little diving pansy. He hit him so hard he didn’t even HAVE to dive here.

      • sjsblitz - May 6, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        Must’ve learned it from Kesler huh? Dont stare at your broom too long on Tuesday

      • shoobiedoobin - May 6, 2013 at 4:21 PM

        not a canuck fan, just an outsider who can see both teams are full of whiny pathetic divers.

        may as well play this series at the pool.

  2. sharksman - May 6, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Nice right to the face, would be great if that was mma

  3. jjregan21 - May 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    I feel like that JFK style reaction is a little over the top

  4. spochiefsfan - May 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    No embellishment call? He reacted worse than Sid getting hit in the jaw via the Orpik shot. Flippity FLOP!

    • elvispocomo - May 6, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      Yeah, bad move by Henrik for sure – not like him at all – but that was pretty terrible acting to embellish the high stick as Couture goes down in a heap. Surprised he didn’t throw his gloves and/or stick up in the air.

  5. nogoodtomedead - May 6, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Embellishment- maybe- he still got clocked in the back of the head with a hockey stick- it’s hardly the kind of flops some players come up with. And against Vancouver- can anyone complain?

  6. barkar942 - May 6, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Sedin should be suspended for a hit intentionally targeting the head. That was no accident.

  7. Stiller43 - May 6, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Agreed it was a penalty… Dont get how that shot makes your feet FLY out from under you though.

  8. steverolley - May 6, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    someone got high sticked in a hockey game

    thats the best you can come up with PHT

    • ibieiniid - May 6, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      give ’em a break. they’ve put out 7 stories since noon ET. and I’m not sure what time zone they’re in… but that almost surely includes a lunch hour too. how many articles have YOU written today?

      • imleftcoast - May 6, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        Their mom got the high-speed Internet, and the computer in the basement is working awesome now.

      • Mike Halford - May 6, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        still on dial-up but mom stopped using the phone during the day, so we’re good.

      • chicagobtech - May 6, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        Mike, please be careful with comments like that. I nearly laughed the slice of bread I was eating out my nose.

      • ibieiniid - May 6, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        you’re the man Halford. cept for the CHI sweep call. =P

      • imleftcoast - May 6, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        A+ response. Good to have you posting here, rather than behind the Province paywall, and free to write about things other than the telenovela playing out in Vancity (and after May 7).

    • Mike Halford - May 6, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      we also reported on hockey ticket prices.

      • ibieiniid - May 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        and a flying elephant….. wait.

    • tfaltin - May 6, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Hey Steve, you took time out of your day (I would doubt you get paid to cruise forums) to criticize someone who was actually doing their job. Do I need to cue up the Alanis Morissette?

      • ibieiniid - May 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        some people do actually. might not be in my…. ahem, THEIR job description but some people have that kind of time at work.

  9. thehighcountrybear - May 6, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    The sniper who felled Marian Hossa at Rogers Arena is continuing to stalk Canucks game…?

    Cheap shot?

    Of course, but not likely to cause any brain damage.


    9.5s from all but the surly French judge who, seasoned by forty one years of Canadien’s hockey, was only able to award a 4.2.

    Forget his penchant for diving, Couture is some kind of good…just don’t bring up Datsyuk’s birthday present in casual conversation, touchy subject?

    If the Sedins could find a bit more junk yard dog in their games, Canucks might rally-back and make a series of it yet…

    • ibieiniid - May 6, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      once again, I agree with a point that you make, and am completely flabbergasted…. no….. flummoxed by the rest of what you say.

  10. thehighcountrybear - May 6, 2013 at 3:47 PM


    Rather than being flabbergasted and flummoxed, articulate cause for your seemingly chronic affliction…

    then stalk some other men; like several of the limp dicks appearing in the Hawks, Penguin and Wild boards, you give me a first-class case of the creeps.

    Like them, try dating members of the opposite sex; it’ll give you some balance in your life after which you can quit tracking men…

    • ibieiniid - May 6, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      you comment a lot, I comment a lot. we’re bound to comment on the same stories. aaaaaaaand if you’d take notice, I had several comments on this story before yours. not claiming the story as my own to comment on, just claiming that you can’t call a reply on a public comment stalking, even if it happens several times.

      wonder why fans on all these teams’ stories “stalk” you? maybe your definition of stalk is way too broad.

  11. sjsharks66 - May 6, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    That should be a fine or suspension. It is ok though. Their season ends on tuesday.

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