One of the reasons Logan Couture is perhaps the Sharks’ most indispensable player is his proficiency on the penalty kill. He regularly takes shifts while the team is shorthanded, and is a big reason that group ranks fifth in the NHL. A big part of penalty killing, though, is blocking shots. Getting in front of 100 mile-per-hour howitzers is a requirement, and Couture has no problem with that part of the gig, either. In fact, he’s ninth in the NHL among forwards with 60 blocked shots in 57 games (tied with Joe Pavelski), and is the only player among the top 19 that has played in fewer than 60 games. It’s also why he missed most of Monday’s game in Calgary and all of Tuesday in Edmonton. He’s questionable to play against the Jets on Thursday, too, still feeling the effects of getting in front of a pair of Mark Giordano blasts. But, don’t expect him to change his approach whenever he’s healthy enough to return. “That's just the way we are. We're proud hockey players. The guys who penalty kill on our team are a proud group,” Couture said on Thursday. “We want to be the best penalty kill in the league. We know we have to block shots for that to happen.” Couture isn’t the only one, of course. Moments before Couture was struck in the foot on Monday against Calgary, Tommy Wingels was hit by a Giordano blast, too, forcing him to miss the end of the first period. Adam Burish’s regular season is over after a Jeff Petry shot got him in the left hand on Tuesday, disfiguring two of his fingers.
Shot-blocking dangerous business for Couture, Sharks
CSN Bay Area | Mar 28