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Sharks blank Jets, 4-0

Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News on

Published in Hockey

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Spots for the 2017 NHL All-Star game won't be handed out until January. But through the first quarter of the season, two candidates have plainly emerged for the San Jose Sharks.

Both played a major role in the Sharks' 4-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets at SAP Center on Saturday.

Logan Couture scored twice for his fourth multi-goal game of the season and goalie Martin Jones made 38 saves for his second shutout as the Sharks earned an important victory before they start a four-game road trip next week. Marc-Edouard Vlasic assisted on both of Couture's goals.

Couture scored once at even strength and added another shorthanded and now has a team-leading 13 goals in 22 games.

Jones stopped 16 shots in the second period, including four on the penalty kill, as he bounced back from a so-so showing Friday night against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Tim Heed scored on the power play and Tomas Hertl added an empty-netter as the Sharks improved their record at home to 7-6-1. San Jose begins its road trip Tuesday in Philadelphia, followed by games against Florida, Tampa Bay and Washington.

 

Couture's shorthanded goal gave the Sharks a 3-0 lead at the 13:13 mark of the second period.

Hertl knocked a loose puck into the neutral zone where Couture collected it and went in on a breakaway, beating Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck with a backhand shot through the legs.

Couture had 25 goals in 73 games last season, as he didn't notch his 13th goal until the 41st game.

Just as impressive has been Couture's work without the puck, as he and Hertl have formed the Sharks' top shutdown duo among the forward group.

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