Logan Couture just had his best month in the NHL; Pete DeBoer has a theory why

Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News on

Published in Hockey

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Logan Couture couldn't help but smile. After Erik Karlsson's shot from inside the blue line was redirected by Barclay Goodrow, the puck bounced off Couture's stick just above the crease and past Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.

"We were laughing," Goodrow said of Couture's goal, which came in the second period of Saturday's 4-1 win over the Kings. "We had so many good shifts before that. Hitting the post, cross bar, we were creating a ton of chances and then a little fluky bounce like that goes in the net."

Couture had a lot of feel-good moments last month, which, statistically, was the best of his 11-year NHL career.

His overtime goals helped the Sharks beat the Vegas Golden Knights and New York Islanders in successive games. He had a three-assist night against the Detroit Red Wings and most recently, a two-goal performance in a 4-2 Sharks win over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

Couture established new career highs with 11 assists and 18 points in a single month, and perhaps not coincidentally, the Sharks have won 11 of their last 13 games.

Per statistician Darin Stephens, Couture's 18 points were the third most ever recorded by a Sharks player in November, trailing only the 20 points Joe Thornton had in 2009 and the 19 points Vincent Damphousse had in 2000.


Couture's work ethic never wavered. But after a frustrating first month, his production in November rarely slowed down.

"I didn't realize I had that many points (in November)," Couture said. "But when the team's winning, individually, you're successful. I think those two go together.

"Obviously our team didn't have the month of October that we wanted, I didn't have the month that I wanted. It's good to help turn it around."

Going into Tuesday's game against the Washington Capitals, Couture, with 28 points in 28 games, is now on pace to set a new career high in points.


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