Timo Meier and Logan Couture each had two goals and an assist for the San Jose Sharks in a 6-3 win against the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final
Couture took a cross-crease feed from Gustav Nyquist, burying a one-timer in behind Jordan Bennington to open the scoring just 3:31 into the game. Couture then added to his night by freeing the puck on a great poke-check on Colton Parayko, sending it to Timo Meier who scored a filthy goal. Couture finally capped off the game with another goal, this time into an empty-net. He has a league-leading 11 goals during the postseason, with 17 points in 15 games. In fact, since 2010, only Alexander Ovechkin’s 50 goals during the postseason bests Couture’s 45. Meier added another with Joe Pavelski and Kevin Labanc also scoring in the win.
The St. Louis Blues, simply, have to learn how to slow down the speed of Sanjose. The Game 1 plan played into the hands the Shark attack perfectly.
The Sharks must also play a full 60 minutes, because this will definitely be harder going forward in the series.