Logan Couture steps up for big playoff moments for Sharks

5:33 p.m. EDT June 10, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) โ€” In the biggest games this postseason, Logan Couture has often been San Jose’s best player.

While goalie Martin Jones’ 44 saves to protect a lead were the main reason why the Sharks staved off elimination with a 4-2 win at Pittsburgh in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, Couture’s play early in the game was why San Jose played with a lead for the first time this series.

“Great players have that ability,” coach Peter DeBoer said Friday. “I put him in that category. … I think Logan has the ability to raise his level of play when the chips are down. I think he’s done that for us the entire playoffs. It’s a great gift to have. Not everyone has that ability.”

Couture had a goal and two assists in the first period alone for his fourth three-point game of the postseason. The first three came in San Jose’s clinching wins in the first three rounds, including Game 7 against Nashville in Round 2 when the Sharks also were facing elimination.

The most recent also came when San Jose was on the brink of being eliminated. Now, instead of packing up for the summer, the Sharks are preparing for Game 6 at…

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