Sharks center Logan Couture finishes as NHL playoffs' top goal-scorer

Ali Thanawalla
Logan Couture hasn't played a game in three weeks, but he still had more goals than anyone else this postseason.
Logan Couture hasn't played a game in three weeks, but he still had more goals than anyone else this postseason.

Sharks center Logan Couture finishes as NHL playoffs' top goal-scorer originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com

While the Stanley Cup Final between the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins ended with St. Louis' Game 7 win on Wednesday, the San Jose Sharks haven't played a game in over three weeks.

Yet, after the conclusion of the postseason, Sharks center Logan Couture still led all players with 14 Stanley Cup playoff goals.

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No one on St. Louis or Boston caught up to Couture over the first six games of the series, and nobody came close in Game 7.

The Blues had two players close to Couture. Jaden Schwartz had 12 goals in St. Louis' Cup-winning run, and Vladimir Tarasenko had 11. Neither needed to score for the Blues to raise Lord Stanley's Cup for the first time in franchise history.

Boston's top two goal-scorers this postseason were Patrice Bergeron, Charlie Coyle, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak who had nine goals apiece. Each played three more playoff games than Couture, but still finished behind him.  

Couture's teammate, Tomas Hertl, wasn't too far behind him and finished fourth in the Stanley Cup playoffs with 10 goals. 

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It's still kind of remarkable that the Sharks aren't alive based on how well they played on offense. As expected, the Bruins and Blues have scored the most goals this postseason, with 73 and 70, respectively. But the Sharks lit the lamp 58 times in 20 games. The next closest after that? The Carolina Hurricanes, who scored 39 times in 15 games. The problem for the Sharks? They allowed an NHL playoff-high 66 goals.

For the second time in the last four years, San Jose was eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup champion. That won't offer much solace headed into a pivotal offseason.

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