Couture's OT tally gets Sharks back in the series
Logan Couture limped off the ice in the second period, but returned to net the game-winner for the Sharks in overtime. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
SAN JOSE – Despite a pronounced limp leaving the locker room, Sharks Game 3 hero Logan Couture said he would be fine for Game 4 on Tuesday when San Jose tries to even its series with the Los Angeles Kings at HP Pavilion.
Couture left the ice about five minutes into the second period after going awkwardly into the boards on a hit from the Kings’ Jeff Carter. He avoided putting weight on his left side as he struggled to get to the bench and up the tunnel to the locker room. Couture returned to the bench late in the second, and took the final shift of the period in a four-on-four situation.
Was there ever any doubt he would come back?
“No, I was fine,” Couture told CSNCalifornia.com. The center wasn’t made available to the media following the game, presumably getting treated for his injury.
His goal at 1:29 of overtime, lifting the puck high over the Jonathan Quick, gave the Sharks life. A 3-0 series hole would have been nearly impossible to recover from.
[RECAP: Sharks 2, Kings 1 (OT)]
“Just a good play by Patty, and was able to get it upstairs,” Couture said.
Todd McLellan also expects Couture in the lineup for Game 4, saying: “Based on his smile in the locker room, I’m assuming he’ll be fine.”
Forward Marty Havlat, who left the game after the first period and did not return, is doubtful for Game 4, according to McLellan. Havlat had not played since Game 1 of the Vancouver series on May 1.
McLellan said: “Logan got banged up a little bit, obviously, but he came back and was able to play. Obviously, we are very thankful for that.
"Marty is injured again.”