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Couture hopes ‘devastating loss’ can motivate Sharks

Jul 22, 2014, 1:42 PM EDT

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Before the San Jose Sharks did it in the 2014 playoffs, the last NHL team to blow a 3-0 series lead, the 2010 Boston Bruins, went on to win the Stanley Cup the following year.

Logan Couture is hoping the Sharks can do in 2015 what the B’s did in 2011.

“Obviously it was tough, the way we finished last year, but I’m really hoping this summer guys build off it and come back a lot stronger, a lot hungrier,” Couture told Sportsnet 590 The Fan today. “It’s probably the toughest loss I’ve been through… It was pretty devastating. It’s really stuck with me the whole summer.”

Couture also went to bat for Joe Thornton, saying the Sharks’ captain “doesn’t deserve the heat that he’s taken” in the wake of San Jose’s most recent, and most painful, postseason disappointment.

San Jose kicks off the 2014-15 regular season on Oct. 8 in Los Angeles, where the Kings — the team that fought back to eliminate the Sharks — will raise their second Stanley Cup banner in three years (on NBCSN).

Related: Wilson explains the ‘rebuild’ in San Jose

  1. hockey412 - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Technically it was four devastating losses, all right in row, there…

    • sjsblitz - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      1 series loss, overall.. Dont be a tool, we know it was 4

      • hockey412 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        Relax, I’m a Pens fan…just being a smart-a$$. I’ve suffered an equally devasting series of losses. I was lashing out. :)

      • stepanup - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        Only the 4th made the others devastating…

  2. JoeAvg - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    If opening night doesn’t give them an empty pit for a stomach and a fire in their behind, there’s no hope. Shame for them it has a whole season to dissipate.

  3. jhnyr45 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Give him the C

  4. shutyourfivehole - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Same ol’ Sharks. Another gut-wrenching loss for the fans, more blah-blah-blah from the guys who keep picking up their paychecks. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  5. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Making a bid for the “C” or at least principle “A”? Think he has some justification.

  6. blomfeld - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    “We could see the fear in their eyes” … Drew Doughty

    Friends, the simple fact is that we SC Champion LA Kings inflicted a ‘hideous’ defeat upon the San Jose Sharks, no two ways about it. And therefore there now exists the very ‘real’ possibility of them suffering from the ‘debilitating’ symptoms PTSD in the coming years. And that’s something which we’re ‘not’ happy about.

    “May God assuage the pain and suffering of those whom we’ve left in our glorious wake” … Psalm 12:7


    Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may develop after a person is exposed to one or more traumatic events, such as sexual assault, warfare, serious injury, or threats of imminent death that result in feelings of intense fear, horror, and powerlessness. The diagnosis may be given when a group of symptoms, such as disturbing recurring flashbacks, avoidance or numbing of memories of the event, and hyper-arousal, continue for more than a month after the occurrence of traumatic event.

    Take care Shark friends and God speed …

    Blomfeld, on behalf of LA Kings Nation / Vancouver Chapter

    • hookersdontsnuggle - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      How long have you had this typed up waiting for a chance to paste this into a thread?

      Don’t try so hard. No one cares.

  7. hookersdontsnuggle - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    can’t wait to hear sjsharks66’s take on this!

  8. patthehockeyfan - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    George Santayana said that those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

    Not so in this case. Keep bringing it up, keep reminding yourself, keep the picture in your head. You are doomed to repeat history.

    I like the Sharks (I’m an LA Kings’ fan). The Sharks have to stop thinking about the playoffs. If they keep the image of losing in their heads, they’ll make it a self-fulfilling prophecy, and they’ll repeat.

    Let it go, guys! Move on!!

    • jjl9999 - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      I don’t think they have to remind themselves. Everyone else will continually bring it up until the Sharks are out of the playoff picture.

  9. lopo - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    I think the Ducks made similar comments after losing in the 2013 playoffs to the Red Wings in 7. Lotta good that did them this year.

  10. billiam55 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    ill be pretty amazed if they beat LA opening night. seeing them raise their banner should motivate them.

  11. chitown26 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Having that banner raised right in your face might give you something to fight for.

    But you have to have heart in the first place. I’m not sure they do.

  12. sjsharks66 - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Waiting for my opinion? Alright, your prayers have been answered. I think he could wear a C. If anyone besides Thornton wears the C it should be Pavelski or Vlasic. Giving Couture the C is like giving it back to Marleau. Sorry, just not exactly captain material. Maybe this year, he will play with a fire in his belly like he did when he fought Richards and was trying to lead during the Sharks collapse. Maybe then, he will have a C.

    • thundabolt - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:11 AM

      Explain what exactly doesn’t make him captain material? Do you not see the emotion he plays with every shift? Also, if you think he’s going to be Marleau all over again if he’s captain, go watch the postgame interviews after Game 7. While the rest of the team was collectively talking about how the team underachieved, Couture was the only one who singled himself out as on the guys who didn’t perform.

      Exact dressing room quote: “Personally myself, I didn’t play the way I wanted to. I’m one of the guys counted on big time for this team to be successful. I didn’t get the job done when we needed to.”

      That’s the type of guy you want as a captain, someone who will call themselves out when it’s not the easiest thing to do and try to ignite the team in any way that they can.

      Really 66, before you go around mindlessly calling for Wilson’s head on a stick and for the Sharks to trade the future of the franchise (Couture, ironically), be sure you actually have valid arguments to back up your statements.

  13. spitfisher - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Doesn’t everyone get a trophy in San Jose?

  14. purpleguy - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    At what point will motivation following tough playoff losses actually result in meaningful playoff victories for this team?

  15. skr213 - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Couture said it was a tough loss?? Fire Wilson!!

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