May 3, 2013
Couture a scoring threat in playoffs
By RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

San Jose Sharks Logan Couture looks at puck over the head of Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo during Game 1 of their NHL Western Conference quarter final hockey playoff in Vancouver, British Columbia May 1, 2013. (REUTERS/Andy Clark)

Brad Stuart remembers all too well Logan Couture's breakout playoff performance a couple of years ago.

Stuart was with the Detroit Red Wings when Couture, in his second pro season, went on a torrid scoring spree in which he tallied in four consecutive games to lead the San Jose Sharks to a seven-game victory in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

“He was just another young kid coming up that could skate and had some skill. Other than that, I didn't know him well,” Stuart recalled of the centre who is now his teammate. “Any time a young kid hurts you in the playoffs … you don't expect that to happen. We saw flashes he was a good player and it was tough to say how good of a player he could become, but we're seeing it now.

“He's become really good.”

How good Stuart believes Couture can become may be even scarier for opponents of the Sharks, including the Vancouver Canucks squad they're facing in the opening round playoff series.



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