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During a five-on-five drill Couture went down in the corner and looked to be in significant pain. After taking several moments to sit up, he was helped off of the ice by Brent Burns and Brenden Dillon, and was putting no weight whatsoever on his right leg which was being elevated by a team trainer.
The San Jose Mercury News reported Couture left the arena on crutches with a protective boot on his right foot.
Sharks general manager Doug Wilson told CSN Bay Area that Couture was being evaluated and an update was not expected until Friday.
The 26-year-old is one of San Jose’s alternate captains and one of the key players behind their 3-0-0 start to the season where they’ve outscored opponents 12-1.
He has one assist but anchors San Jose’s second line with wingers Patrick Marleau and Joel Ward. Last season he was San Jose’s second-leading scorer with 67 points in 82 games.
An injury to Couture means third-year pro Tomas Hertl could jump into the second-line center spot.
Through two games, the 21-year-old Hertl has two goals. He burst onto the scene two years ago with 15 goals in 37 games before suffering a knee injury. Last season he had just 13 scores in 82 games.
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