SAN JOSE The Sharks are enjoying a day off on Tuesday, but theres a good chance Logan Couture is still aching a bit from an incident in Monday nights 4-2 win over the Kings.
On a Sharks power play, Couture was standing in front of the net when he was cross-checked to the back of the head by Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell at 16:19 of the second period. Couture immediately crumpled to the ice, but play continued on a delayed penalty call. Couture was able to make it back to his feet before the whistle, but was visibly shaken.
Its pretty sore. Standing in front you expect to get cross-checks to the lower back, not to the back of the head, said after the game. I dont understand, after Mitchell was screaming at me, saying I was faking it.
"Theyre trying to take head shots out, and the guy cross-checks you in the back of the head. It shouldnt be part of the game.
The Sharks, and Couture got the last laugh. San Jose took advantage of its two-man advantage with a goal by Dan Boyle, and Coutures insurance goal in the third period made it a 4-1 game.
Its always nice to score. I like playing against L.A., and I like the rivalry. They dont like us and we dont like them, said Couture. Scoring a goal and helping the team win is special.
Whether or not Mitchell hears from the NHL disciplinary office is unclear, but Kings coach Terry Murray may have a word. Murray was not pleased with some of the penalties his club took in losing its fifth straight game.
They are a good hockey club and they rely on their power play, said Murray of the Sharks. Thats why they are a good team, and they feed off of it.