San Jose is sliding in the NHL standings, but Sharks captain Logan Couture is still bullish on his squad’s chances this season.
The Sharks fell behind the Golden Knights 3-0 before rallying and sending the game to overtime Friday night, only to see Vegas’ Max Pacioretty score the game-winning goal in sudden death overtime, resulting in 5-4 loss at SAP Center. San Jose is now 1-3-1 on its seven-game stand, and the team is eight points removed from a playoff spot.
But Couture knows his team is still right in the playoff race, with teams stacked closely together in the standings. Here’s part of what he said postgame on Friday, per the San Francisco Chronicle.
“The way the division is this year if you lose three or four in a row you’re going to fall out of it. But if you win two, three or four in a row you get right back in it. We need a streak like that.”–Logan CoutureSan Francisco Chronicle/Ross McKeon
Couture surely plans to put his theory to the test right away. The Sharks face the Golden Knights again on Saturday night and will try to start a winning streak. They’ll need more big plays from Couture, such as the goal he scored Friday night to make the score 3-2 Vegas before the game eventually slipped away.
Another key on Saturday will be in goal for San Jose. Starting goalie Martin Jones was pulled after Vegas scored its third goal early in the second period on Friday.
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