Logan Couture has been the 1st star in 3 of the Sharks 5 playoff wins this year!
Last game Logan changed the energy in the HP Pavilion when he emerged from the dressing room near the end of the 2nd period to let everyone know he was fine as he did a little loop during the TV break. Everyone was watching including his coaches, teammates, the Kings players and coaches, the fans, broadcasters and anyone else associated with the game. He then went on to be the best player on the ice and score the OT winning goal.
Jonathan Quick has been the 1st star in 3 of the Kings 6 playoff wins this year!
Quick made a couple of mistakes in games 1 and 2 vs St. Louis and then stole game 3 for the Kings as they got back into the series. This version of the LA Kings relies on Quick, almost too much. While shots are not the sole indicator they do tell a story when you watch a team that doesn't have territorial edge for most of the games it has played in the playoffs, which is the case for the LA Kings. They were outshot in 4 of the 6 games vs the Blues and outshot 177 to 149 in the series. Against the Sharks the shots have been tied once and the Sharks outshot LA the other two times. The shots for the series are 106 to 78 for San Jose who looks like the better team.
The Sharks need Logan Couture as he has emerged as a superstar in this league. This season and playoffs are a bit of a coming out for him and he is handling the added attention as the pro that he is.
The Kings don't just need Quick to be amazing, they rely on it happening. He's good enough to steal a game and help propel his team to a series win as he did against the Blues.
This series is not Couture vs Quick but you sure get the impression that how they go, so goes their respective teams.
The best players and leaders make others better and that's exactly what these players are doing for their teams.
Bring on game 4, and let's see who is going to be the first star tonight.