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Young talent showcased in Edmonton
Couture upstages Oilers' young-guns
3/20/13 - By Mike Lee -

The road has not been a welcoming place for the San Jose Sharks this season. Having lost five straight, San Jose hobbled into Edmonton on Wednesday night, on the third leg of their five-game road trip, but they clawed their way back from a two-goal deficit for the Sharks in the 3rd period to extend things to overtime and the shootout. Logan Couture scored a pair of goals in regulation and another in the shootout to help the Sharks retain the eight seed in the current playoff standings.

Couture lamented after the game that he was "sick of hearing about all the young talent in Edmonton," when he goes home to Canada in the off-season. Couture gave the Canadian media a taste of the kid of young talent playing south of the border.

The Sharks young centerman scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season to help San Jose stay close to an Oilers team that seemed destined to take the two points. Couture tied the game at 1-1 in the 1st period, by throwing the puck on net into a gaggle of bodies parked in front of Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk. The puck hit a skate in the scrum, deflecting between Dubnyk's pads.

Couture also helped San Jose cut into the Oilers 3-1 lead in the 3rd period afer Ryan Whitney was sent off for interference 6:12 in. Couture one-timed a Dan Boyle pass from a spot near the right dot, slicing the puck between Dubnyk and the near post.

The heroics were left for the shootout, where Couture snapped a shot over Dubnyk's left shoulder after racing in on net with authority. Couture's goal came in response to Jordan Eberle's shootout goal in the 2nd round of the shootout. San Jose was able to end the game on a Dan Boyle goal, by virtue of Couture's goal and Antti Niemi's stop on Ales Hemsky in the 3rd round. Boyle cut from left to right, deeking Dubnyk before waiting out the Oilers goaltender and sliding the puck past an outstretched glove.

Edmonton took a 1-0 lead on a Gagner power play goal with a shot through traffic from the left side after Boyle was sent off for a phantom tripping penalty.

The Sharks penalty kill buckled down early in the 2nd period after Martin Havlat took another questionable penalty after laying a check on Hemsky along the left wing boards. Havlat argued the penalty, earning another two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct, and a 10-minute misconduct. Edmonton failed to score on the power play, but would bite the Sharks later in the period.

Nick Schultz was sent off for interference at the midway mark of the period, but San Jose failed to capitalize. Things turned really sour for the Sharks when the Oilers grabbed a loose puck right as Schultz was existing the penalty box to create an odd-man rush. Schultz took a feed from Lennart Petrell on the left side then sent a cross-ice pass to Shawn Horcoff for the painful deposit past Niemi.

Rookie defenseman Matt Irwin got another NHL level lesson 4 minutes into the 3rd period when Ryan Jones picked his pocket behind the Sharks net, then wrapped the puck around the right post and past Niemi. Irwin shouted in disgust with his miscue.

After Couture cut the Oilers lead to 3-2, Tommy Wingels tied it at 9:15 of the 3rd, snapping a shot past Dubynk from the slot after Scott Gomez stripped Ryan Smyth along the left wing boards.

Game Notes: Michal Handzus, Ryane Clowe and Justin Braun were all scratched. It was the first game Handzus has missed all season. Marc-Edouard Vlasic played in his 500th career NHL game.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 1 0 2 0 1 4
EDM 1 1 1 0 0 3
1st period - 1, EDM, Gagner 12 (Yakupov, Whitney), 10:47, (pp). 2, SJ, Couture 13 (Havlat), 14:19.
2nd period - 3, EDM, Horcoff 4 (Shultz, Petrell), 12:07.
3rd period - 4, EDM, Jones 1 (unassisted), 4:07. 5, SJ, Couture 14 (Thornton), 6:50, (pp). 6, SJ, Wingels 2 (Galiardi), 9:15.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - EDM: Gagner (miss), Eberle (goal), Hemsky (miss). SJ: Pavelski (miss), Couture (goal), Boyle (goal).
1st period - Murray, SJ (interference), 5:48; Boyle, SJ (tripping), 10:11; Desjardins, SJ (roughing), 18:52; Jones, EDM, (roughing), 18:52.
2nd period - Havlat, SJ (interference), 2:36; Havlat, SJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 2:36; Havlat, SJ (10 min misconduct), 2:36; Schultz, EDM (interference), 10:00; Wingels, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 18:31.
3rd period - Whitney, EDM (interference), 6:12.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 27 24
EDM - Dubnyk 34 31
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 9 8 17 0 34
EDM 5 8 12 2 27
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 2
EDM 1 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Shawn Horcoff
Logan Couture
Ryan Jones
Referees: Furlatt, Lemelin. Linesmen: Lazarowich, Kovachik.
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