As terrific as Tuukka Rask has been in net for the Boston Bruins, he has some company in the Conn Smythe conversation from the West Coast.
The red-hot Logan Couture's brilliant playoffs performance has the San Jose Sharks in position for a return to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in the last four years and the 30-year-old Guelph, Ont., native on the precipice of franchise history.
Through 16 games this spring, Couture leads all scorers with 13 goals and 19 points. With his second of two goals in the Sharks' Western Conference Final Game 2 loss to the St. Louis Blues, Couture notched his 100th career postseason point in his 112th playoff game. He is now the 12th active player in the NHL with 100 or more playoff points.
NHL ACTIVE PLAYOFF LEADERS
|Sidney Crosby (PIT)||186||164|
|Evgeni Malkin (PIT)||168||162|
|Joe Thornton (BOS/SJ)||130||175|
|Patrick Marleau (SJ/TOR)||127||191|
|Alex Ovechkin (WSH)||126||128|
|Patrick Kane (CHI)||123||127|
|Ryan Getzlaf (ANA)||120||125|
|Jonathan Toews (CHI)||110||128|
|Nicklas Backstrom (WSH)||106||123|
|Justin Williams (PHI/CAR/LA/WSH)||101||154|
|Logan Couture (SJ)||100||112|
|David Krejci (BOS)||100||124|
|Joe Pavelski (SJ)||99||131|
Currently in his ninth playoffs, Couture holds a 0.89 points-per-game in the postseason, up from 0.76 in the regular season.
This kind of play for Couture when the chips are down isn't anything new for the former Ottawa 67's man. Since 2010, only Ovechkin (50) has more goals than Couture (47) in the playoffs.
And another record is in sight for Couture. He needs just a single goal to tie teammate Joe Pavelski's record for most goals in a single playoffs - set in 2016 - by a Sharks player and that could come as soon as Wednesday night's Game 3.
As the series shifts to St. Louis, the Sharks will look to reverse a troubling trend when it comes to playing on the road. Not only have the Sharks been a paltry 2-4 away from the SAP Center, their power-play has been an anemic 1-for-16 on the road.
Game 3 is set for 8 pm et on Wednesday night at the Enterprise Center.