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Anaheim Ducks v San Jose Sharks

Sharks avoid disaster vs. Ducks as Couture comes up big


Logan Couture gave the San Jose Sharks life despite spending some time at a hospital on Saturday.

Couture scored two goals in San Jose’s 6-4 win, which ended a four-game losing streak and averted a near-disaster as the Anaheim Ducks almost came back after falling behind 5-1. Anaheim brought the score to within one goal before the Sharks added an insurance tally.

Couture scored San Jose’s first two goals despite dealing with a mystery ailment that cast some serious doubt over his chances to play on Saturday. Obviously, the Sharks were glad he did.

Seriously though, things got pretty tense for San Jose in the third period.

As the Mercury News’ Dave Pollak points out, Anaheim generated a 10-1 shot advantage during one especially tense stretch. Antti Niemi had to make some big saves and discussion about Sharks head coach Todd McLellan’s job security cropped up again:

From an impressive stretch that covered a bit more than five minutes of game time, Corey Perry (two goals, one assist) and Ryan Getzlaf (one goal, two assists) combined for three unanswered goals and looked like they might take over the game on their own.

The Sharks managed to lock it up in part thanks to a 6-4 empty-netter from Matt Nieto. While Couture’s sickness storyline was the best story of the game, Tommy Wingels might have been the best player; he generated one goal and three assists and generally made a lot of things happen on the ice.

San Jose probably would have enjoyed a smoother ride to the finish line, yet the bottom line is that they beat their California rivals and ended their losing streak. We’ll see if they can build on this.

Update: Couture manages to play for Sharks

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Update: Apparently it was a false alarm, as Logan Couture managed to play against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.


The 25-year-old didn’t skate this morning and looks to be a game-time decision, as CSNBayArea.com’s Kevin Kurz reports.

“He showed up, wasn’t feeling real good,” Head coach Todd McLellan said. “We’ll see how he is at game time. He’s questionable.”

In grand opaque hockey update tradition, “wasn’t feeling good” could mean anything from an injury to an illness.

It would be a shame if Couture is indeed dealing with a setback, as it seemed like he was getting his game together lately. Couture scored three points in the last four games after suffering through a five-game pointless slump.

Mike Brown may draw back into the lineup in Couture’s absence. Kurz points out that Tyler Kennedy was also placed on IR today.

Here are what San Jose’s lines looked like this morning with Brown in and Couture out, according to the Mercury News:


That’s a thinner group of offensive forwards, but maybe they’ll band together with pickings being a little slimmer?

Get your game notes: Sharks at Sabres

Buffalo Sabres v San Jose Sharks

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Buffalo Sabres hosting the San Jose Sharks at 7:30 p.m. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• BUF is looking for back-to-back wins tonight for the first time since a 3-game win streak last Feb. 25-28, after beating TOR, 6- 2, at home on Saturday. The Sabres have the worst record in the NHL this season and had a league-low 21 wins last season, but two of those victories last season and one of their victories this season have come against the Sharks.

• BUF won 2-1 at SJ on Oct. 25 – its first of two regulation wins this season – when C Cody Hodgson and LW Nicolas Deslauriers scored back-to-back goals a little more than two minutes apart in the third period.

• BUF has a 7-game win streak vs. SJ and is 15-1-0 all-time vs. SJ at home. SJ last won at BUF on Dec. 2, 2005.

• BUF has an NHL-worst mark of 1.47 goals/game, but has scored 9 goals in its last two games.

• In their 6-2 win against the Maple Leafs on Saturday, it was the first time the Sabres scored 4 or more goals since their 4-2 win over the Sharks on Feb. 28 last season. Per Elias, the Sabres’ 40-game span with less than 4 goals scored was the third longest streak of its kind in NHL history. Only the Pittsburgh Pirates (45 games) and Chicago Blackhawks (60 games) recorded longer streaks, both of which came during the 1928-29 season.

• SJ has gone 6-8-1 in its last 15 games after starting the season 4-0-1. The Sharks are 3-3-0 on their current 7-game road trip – tied for their longest trip of the season – and will end their road trip tonight. After tonight, they will have played 16 of their first 21 games on the road, the highest percentage (76%) of road games in the first quarter of a season in franchise history. They will also play 7 straight on the road from March 17-29.

• Despite G Alex Stalock (knee) being placed on the injured reserve last Wednesday, SJ has allowed just 3 goals in their last 3 games after giving up an average of 2.8 goals/game through their first 17 games of the season.

• G Troy Grosenick, called up after Stalock’s injury, recorded 45 saves in his first career start on Sunday, as SJ beat CAR 2-0. Grosenick is the first goaltender in Sharks franchise history and 24th ever to record a shutout in his NHL debut and his 45 saves are a franchise record for an NHL debut.

• Grosenick, who led Union College to its first Frozen Four in 2012 (Union College lost in first round), went undrafted and was still a free agent as of April 2013.

• G Antti Niemi, who has a 2.61 GAA this season, started the two games prior to Grosenick and could also start tonight.


•  33rd regular-season meeting and second of two meetings this season between SJ and BUF.

• BUF won the first meeting 2-1 at SJ on Oct. 25.

• BUF has won the last 7 straight meetings with SJ, outscoring the Sharks 23-3 in those games.

• BUF leads all-time series 21-6-5.

• SJ: C Joe Thornton has 35 points in 46 career games vs. BUF, including 10 points on the power-play.

• SJ: G Antti Niemi has a 0-3-1 record, 3.23 GAA and .882 SV% vs. BUF in 4 career starts.

• BUF: RW Chris Stewart leads the Sabres with 10 points in 20 career games vs. SJ.

• BUF: LW Matt Moulson has 5 points in his last 6 games vs. SJ, including the game-winning goal the last time the teams met in BUF on Feb. 28.


• C Joe Thornton, the first overall draft pick in 1997 by the Bruins, leads the Sharks this season with 18 points (7G-11A) and is riding a 6-game point streak. He had been the Sharks’ captain since the start of the 2010-11 season, but lost his captaincy this summer because SJ was in the process of becoming a “tomorrow team.”

• SJ has 4 alternate captains this season: Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

• D Brent Burns, who opened the season with a 5-game point streak, is second among all NHL defensemen with 17 points and is tied for the second-most points on SJ. Burns returned to his original home on the blue line this season after scoring 22 goals as a forward last season.

• C Joe Pavelski, a member of the last two U.S. Olympic teams, has a team-high 8 goals this season after scoring a career-high 41 goals last season. He’s the other player tied with Burns at 17 points.

• C Logan Couture had 16 points in his first 15 games this season, but he has 0 points in his last 5 games.

• Earlier this season, Couture told the San Jose Mercury News he was disappointed about not being named one of the Sharks’ four alternate captains: “I think it’s human nature to be disappointed. Any player would be in this situation. But you can’t let it affect you, and I won’t. I’m going to come in and do the exact same thing I would if I had a letter or didn’t.”

• G Antti Niemi, who won a Stanley Cup with CHI in his first full NHL season in 2009-10, has started 14 of SJ’s 20 games this season, posting a 7-6-1 record with a 2.61 GAA. But he is 1-4-0 in his last five games.


• C Zemgus Girgensons and C Tyler Ennis are tied for the team lead with 6 goals apiece and both players have 4 points each in the last two games. Girgensons, 20 years old, is the highest-drafted Latvian player in NHL history, having been picked 14th overall by the Sabres in the 2012 draft.

• LW Matt Moulson had 3 points in his last game after having just 5 points through his first 18 games of the season. Moulson signed a five-year, $25 million deal with the Sabres over the summer.

• Moulson on his contract with BUF: “I don’t think I’ve ever had a multi-year deal like that. So maybe that’s in the back of your mind trying to live up to that. You just realize you have to go out there and play hockey. I think I found that confidence again.”

• Moulson is married to Alicia Backman, whose sister, Jaclyn, is married to Kings G Jonathan Quick, making the two hockey players brothers-in-law.

• RW Drew Stafford, the longest-tenured Sabre, is tied for the team-lead with 12 points (4G-8A). When Stafford was 21 and starting his career, the Sabres were a Presidents’ Trophy team (2006-07 season). But now, at age 29, he’s in the final year of his contract with a franchise that finished with its worst record in 42 years last season.

• RW Brian Gionta has 3 assists through 19 games, but has yet to score a goal in his first season with BUF – the longest goal drought of his career. Gionta scored 20+ goals seven times in his 12 seasons with MTL/NJ.

• G Michal Neuvirth and G Jhonas Enroth have split time in the net this season. Neuvirth is 3-5-1 in 9 starts and Enroth is 1-8-1 in 10 starts. Neuvirth, who is expected to start tonight, won his first career game as a Sabre on Oct. 25 against the Sharks, making 29 saves in the process.


]• SJ: C Joe Thornton is 42nd on the all-time career points list with 1,212 – just 4 behind Jeremy Roenick, who is tied with Larry Murphy for 40th with 1,216 points. Thornton and NJ RW Jaromir Jagr are the only two active players to have recorded 1,200 or more points.

• BUF: Allowing an NHL-worst 3.53 goals/game. Third-period woes: BUF has allowed an NHLworst 28 goals in the third period, while SJ has allowed 22, which is 4th worst in the NHL.


•  SJ: Alex Stalock (knee) was placed on injured reserve last Wednesday. There is no timetable in place for his return yet.

• BUF: D Josh Gorges (lower-body) is “weeks away” from returning to the Sabres’ lineup, according to Sabres GM Tim Murray.

Roussel doesn’t care about his reputation

Antoine Roussel

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety billed Antoine Roussel $5,376.34 for his sucker punch to San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun Saturday night.

“Obviously you don’t want to hurt anybody like that,” Roussel told the Dallas Morning News after he was fined. “I thought it was a fair fight for a second. When I saw he was tied up, I broke off.”

Braun is fortunately okay as he logged 20:55 minutes on Sunday.

Sharks forward Logan Couture remarked in his postgame interview that Roussel’s “kind of known for that,” which led to a reporter asking the Stars forward if he thinks he has that kind of reputation.

“I don’t care,” Roussel said.

He’s accumulated 337 penalty minutes in 134 career games, but this was the first time he received a fine or suspension. He has four goals, eight points, and 43 penalty minutes in 14 contests in 2014-15.

Sharks’ late surge powers them past Islanders

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The San Jose Sharks and New York Islanders spent most of Saturday’s contest tied, but the Sharks stepped up in the second half of the third period to earn a 3-1 victory.

After enduring a four-game losing streak, the Sharks have now come away with seven of a possible eight points.

Antti Niemi has played between the pipes for that recent stretch. He started the season in a battle for the starting gig with Alex Stalock and while that contest isn’t over, Niemi has done plenty lately to reassert himself as the Sharks’ top goaltender.

Logan Couture deserves a lot of credit for tonight’s win too as he was the one that finally broke the 1-1 tie at 11:50 of the second period.

James Sheppard chipped in an insurance goal less than four minutes later.

Although this was clearly a great night for San Jose, Jason Demers might find himself in the department of player safety’s sights. He delivered a check to the head of Cory Conacher in the third period and while there is a height difference there, Demers did appear to elevate his elbow:

Conacher temporarily left the game, but returned before its conclusion.

The Islanders have now dropped three straight games and are 6-5-0 this season.