Logan Couture never panicked throughout a career-worst 11-game goal-scoring drought, which he’s broken with authority over the last three games, scoring one gorgeous goal in each.

Bracken Kearns, well, he wasn’t sure he’d ever get an NHL goal at all. He equaled Couture’s feat with his third marker in as many games, though – the first three of the 32-year-old’s career – in San Jose’s 5-1 dismantling of Edmonton on Thursday night at SAP Center.

Both of their goals came in the second period, increasing the Sharks’ lead to 4-0 over the last place Oilers, and helping the club quickly move past a convincing defeat of its own two nights earlier in Anaheim.

“We were just ready to go as soon as the puck dropped, and I thought for a full 60 we kept the pressure on and dictated the pace of the game tonight,” said Joe Thornton, who added to his league-leading assist total with two more.

Coach Todd McLellan was angry with his club following the 6-3 loss to the Ducks on Tuesday, challenging his team to look in the mirror as individuals and decide what they bring to the team. The message was likely aimed more at the third and fourth line players, as the Sharks are looking to shore up their bottom six while dealing with a multitude of injuries.

On Thursday, not only did Kearns get another goal, but John McCarthy got his first point in 22 games this season and James Sheppard and Andrew Desjardins also appeared on the scoresheet with assists.

“The role players played some pretty good roles tonight,” McLellan said. “You saw shots that were blocked. There was some physicality, they won battles, they checked well. That was a good sign. The go-to offensive guys were productive. It was a team effort.”

After Brent Burns and Patrick Marleau staked the home team a 2-0 first period lead, Kearns made it 3-0 when a puck found its way to him in the high slot and he quickly put it on net.