Logan Couture and Timo Meier each had two goals and one assist to help the San Jose Sharks to a 6-3 win against the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final at SAP Center on Saturday. The Sharks lead the best-of-7 series 1-0 and are 7-2 on home ice in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, one victory from tying their record for most in a postseason (8-4 in 2016).
Couture leads the NHL with 11 postseason goals, three behind Joe Pavelski's Sharks record (23 points; 14 goals, nine assists) set in 2016. His 17 points are two ahead of Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand (15 points; five goals, 10 assists) for the League lead. The Sharks forward also had an NHL-high 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in 2016 to help San Jose reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time.
Video: Clutch Performance: Couture leads Sharks in Game 1
Pavelski scored his 48th playoff goal to pass Chris Drury for sixth place on the all-time list among United States-born players. The Sharks captain (99 points; 48 goals, 51 assists) is also one point from becoming the 97th NHL player with 100 in the postseason. Behind him is Couture (98 points; 45 goals, 53 assists), who is two points from the milestone.
Dynamic duo on defense
Sharks defensemen Brent Burns (15 points; five goals, 10 assists) and Erik Karlsson (13 assists) each had an assist in Game 1 and have a combined 28 points in 15 playoff games. They're the first defensive tandem to total at least 28 points after 15 games since Paul Coffey (17 points; five goals, 12 assists) and Nicklas Lidstrom (15 points; four goals, 11 assists) did it for the Detroit Red Wings in 1995.
Burns is the seventh NHL defenseman with at least 15 postseason points at age 34 or older and second with the Sharks (Dan Boyle, 16 points in 2011). Karlsson (50 points; six goals, 44 assists in 63 games) is the 16th NHL defenseman with 50 points in 63 or fewer games and first since Sergei Zubov in 1998 (59 games).
Hurricanes, Bruins set for Game 2
The Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins play Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final at TD Garden on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS) with Boston leading the best-of-7 series 1-0. Since the conference format started during the 1981-82 season, teams that take a 2-0 lead in the conference finals are 30-2 (93.8 percent).
Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho (10 points; five goals, five assists) has scored in each of his past three games (five points; three goals, two assists). Two players in Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers history have a longer goal streak in the playoffs: Bates Battaglia (eight points; four goals, four assists in four games in 2002) and Ray Sheppard (six points; five goals, one assist in four games in 1999).