10/19 00:15 CDT Logan Couture has hat trick to lead Sharks past Sabres 5-1
Logan Couture has hat trick to lead Sharks past Sabres 5-1
By JOSH DUBOW
AP Sports Writer
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) --- Logan Couture had his third career hat trick and the
San Jose Sharks scored three times on the power play to beat the Buffalo Sabres
5-1 on Thursday night in their first game back from a five-game road trip.
Couture and Joonas Donskoi scored power-play goals 27 seconds apart in the
first period following a double-minor against Kyle Okposo for high sticking.
Couture added an even-strength goal in the third period off a feed from Evander
Kane and capped the night with an empty-net goal.
Joe Pavelski also scored on the power-play in the third, giving the Sharks
three goals with the man advantage after having just two in the first six games.
Martin Jones made 24 saves for the Sharks.
Jake McCabe scored the lone goal for the Sabres, who fell to 1-2 on their
five-game Western swing. Carter Hutton made 34 saves.
The Sharks have had a rough go on the power play early this season as they work
on incorporating Erik Karlsson into the unit. San Jose converted just 2 of its
first 21 chances with the man advantage before capitalizing early against the
Sabres when Okposo was called for high-sticking Rourke Chartier.
Late in the first power play, Karlsson's shot from just inside the boards
deflected off Donskoi and into the net to give San Jose the lead and another
chance with the man advantage.
The Sharks didn't take long to convert that one as Couture won an offensive
zone draw and got the puck back from Brent Burns on top of the circle and beat
Hutton for his second goal of the season.
That was part of seven power-play chances in a penalty-filled first period that
featured only 8:35 of even-strength play. The Sabres were unable to convert
their three chances, generating just two shots on goal and one off a post by
Buffalo's best chance came in a flurry late in the period, but Jones made a key
save and Couture blocked a shot by Marco Scandella when Jones was out of
The Sabres got on the board early in the second when McCabe beat Jones with a
shot from the circle that went through a screen.
NOTES: Couture also had hat tricks against Vancouver in 2016 and the Islanders
in 2017. ... Kane had two assists in his first game against the Sabres since
being traded to the Sharks last February. ... San Jose last scored three
power-play goals in a game on Dec. 21, 2017, vs. Vancouver. ... Sharks C Joe
Thornton missed his fifth straight game with swelling in his surgically
repaired right knee.
Buffalo: Visit Los Angeles on Saturday.
San Jose: Host Islanders on Saturday.
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