February 6, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Logan Couture, 39, of the San Jose Sharks Center runs back onto the bench after scoring a goal in the first half against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
The San Jose Sharks have already shown that there is no end to their game this season.
After two comebacks in the third period of the last three games, the Sharks will be looking to end their 12-game road trip to start the season again on a positive note when they face the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
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San Jose started the third half on Friday 3-1 behind the Anaheim Ducks before beating 5-4 in a shootout.
The Sharks fell 3-2 in the middle of the third round against the Kings on Tuesday before equalizing 45 seconds from time and finally winning another shootout.
“I’m proud of that so far,” said Sharks striker Logan Couture. “We’ve put ourselves in difficult positions, whether it’s 3-1 against the ducks and coming back, or (Tuesday) night where we give one up and find a way to score. Definitely proud of the way we fought to the end in most, if not all of these games. “
The Kings hope to end a five-game losing streak (0-4-1).
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Weakened by injuries and COVID-19, they are overseeing a potential hand injury to defense attorney Drew Doughty that occurred late Tuesday, but they are receiving solid contributions from other veterans.
Dustin Brown had two goals and one assist on Tuesday. The 36-year-old right winger is tied for the NHL leadership with five power play goals.
Anze Kopitar, who has worked with Brown for the past 15 seasons in Los Angeles, also scored a goal on Tuesday and leads the Kings with 15 points (three goals, 12 assists).
“I am expecting a lot from the experienced players at the moment, they have to lead the youth through some rocky streets,” said Kings coach Todd McLellan. “Of course we are like any other team, we are dealing with injuries, we are dealing with COVID problems, they have to come to the rink every day and set the tone. Your professionalism is very important. “
The Kings may have no choice but to rely on their young defenders when Doughty is away for a long time.
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“Obviously (Doughty) plays a lot of minutes for us. If he goes down we’ll have to cover a lot of minutes and make up,” said Mikey Anderson. “I thought the group did a good job Tuesday night. We had a lot of communication there towards the end to try and close it. He’s a great player, it takes us a lot of minutes and we had to try to fill that. I thought the other guys we all did a good job there in the end. “
The Sharks were happy with the game from Couture, who scored a goal in three games in a row and also scored in the shootout on Tuesday.
“(Couture) has been busy with the training camp as our NHLPA representative and the game on the ice,” said San Jose coach Bob Boughner. “He’s handling it incredibly. He’s the guy who shows up every night to play right. Mostly play against the best players on the other team. It’s a lot louder (this year). He is developing into a great captain. “
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