TOP SCORERS HELP SHARKS EVEN WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
Logan Couture (0-2-2), Brent Burns (2-0-2) and Joe Pavelski (0-1-1), who rank first through third, respectively, in the NHL in scoring in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, each found the score sheet to help the San Jose Sharks even the Western Conference Final against the St. Louis Blues at 1-1.
* Couture (7-12-19 in 14 GP) set the Sharks record for points in a single postseason, besting the mark set by Igor Larionov in 1994 (5-13-18 in 14 GP). His 19 points also are four shy of matching the 2015 playoff leaders (Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning: 13-10-23 and Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks: 11-12-23).
* Burns (6-12-18 in 14 GP) set San Jose records for goals and points in a single postseason by a defenseman, surpassing marks set by Mike Rathje in 1995 (5 G in 11 GP) and Dan Boyle in 2011 (4-12-16 in 18 GP). Burns also broke several Sharks records during the 2015-16 regular season, setting single-season marks for goals (27), assists (48) and points (75) by a defenseman, as well as shots on goal (353).
Video: SJS@STL, Gm2: Burns nets a pair in Game 2 win
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Burns' second multigoal game of the 2016 playoffs (also Game 4 at NSH: 2-0-2) made him the 11th defenseman in NHL history with two such performances in one postseason - and the second with two on the road (also Denis Potvin, New York Islanders, 1975).
* Pavelski (9-6-15 in 14 GP) has at least one point in 10 of 14 games in the playoffs. His nine goals are tied for the League lead (Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning) and tied for the most in one postseason by a Sharks player (Patrick Marleau, 2006; Pavelski, 2010).
JONES STELLAR AS SHARKS ADD TO ROAD SUCCESS
Martin Jones (26 SV) earned his second career NHL postseason shutout to help the Sharks to their third win in four visits to Scottrade Center overall in 2015-16, including victories in two regular-season games (Feb. 4: 3-1 W and Feb. 22: 6-3 W).
* Jones, who got his first NHL playoff shutout in Game 7 of the second round against the Nashville Predators (20 SV), became the second goaltender in Sharks history with multiple shutouts in a single postseason (Evgeni Nabokov: 3 in 2004).
* The Sharks became the second team to shut out the Blues in St. Louis this season (50 GP, regular season and playoffs). Jhonas Enroth and the Kings did it Nov. 3 (3-0 W).
Video: SJS@STL, Gm2: Jones blanks the Blues in Gm2 of WCF
* San Jose, which set a franchise record for road wins (28-10-3) during the 2015-16 regular season, are 4-4 away from home in the playoffs.
* Overall, road teams are 37-39 this postseason after winning only 38 games during the entire 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs (38-51).
Sharks forward Tommy Wingels scored his first career NHL playoff game-winning goal 2:07 after the opening faceoff . . . Teammate Dainius Zubrus had 1-1-2 for his first playoff points since Game 4 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, when he played for the New Jersey Devils . . . The Sharks went 2-for-5 on the power play and are 15-for-50 (30 percent) overall this postseason . . . Twelve-year-old hockey fan Wyatt Nelson got to call play-by-play for part of Game 2 in St. Louis. Wyatt attended the game with his father, Gerry, who went blind in 1988 . . . Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko led all skaters with six shots after becoming a father earlier in the day . . . NHL LiveWire: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was mic'd up for his overtime goal in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final.
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