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Couture Leaves Game After Butt-End High Stick



Credit: NBCS Bay Area

The San Jose Sharks were coasting to a 4-2 victory over the Kings when disaster struck.

An already-quiet SAP Center got even more quiet as Logan Couture lay there on the ice for over a minute. Erik Karlsson was the first Shark to get over, and he kneeled down to check on the captain. It wasn’t looking good.

Good news for the San Jose Sharks, Couture eventually managed to get up mostly under his own power. Carter was assessed a two-minute minor for high sticking, and San Jose finished off their 4-2 victory over Los Angeles.

Rudolfs Balcers, who was on the ice when Couture and Jeff Carter collided, reported after the game, “I heard him say he’s good.”

Regardless, Bob Boughner was unable to give much of an update during his press availability, saying Couture was still being looked at. However, Boughner did note that Couture himself indicated that the butt-end of Carter’s stick struck him.

“He looked okay in the room,” Evander Kane added, “which was a good sign.”

So it seems like Couture is fairly lucid — the hit certainly looked more damaging at first glance.

Hopefully, it’s disaster averted for the San Jose Sharks. We’re not likely, however, to get an update until Friday. The Sharks will not practice tomorrow, instead, they’re going straight to Phoenix. Their next game is against the Arizona Coyotes on Mar. 26.

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[…] The San Jose Sharks were coasting to a 4-2 victory over the Kings when disaster struck. Captain Logan Couture took a Jeff Carter buttend to the neck area, leaving him down on the ice for minutes while the SAP Arena remained silent. (San Jose Hockey Now) […]

Douglas Fowler

Looked accidental to me


Didn’t look like an intentional dirty hit. Hopefully he is OK. Not to get off topic. EK65 has played decently. But he is not earning the big bucks and let that goal get by him. His stats this year are a joke. I am growing tired of waiting for him to be that difference maker. Like our play recently. Glad to see Jones get on a roll. He seems like a good guy.I hope he keeps playing well.


I’m starting to come around on EK65, he’s never going to score like Burns, but he’s an excellent passer, like the 1 he had to Kane to win the OT game.

david barnard

whether or not Carter intended to hit LC in the head only a mind reader (or his admission) can discern. the act itself was clearly intentional as he pre-loaded and swung his arms/stick in a reverse butt stroke motion, directing the butt end of the stick at LC’s upper torso/head.

nothing on the official site of the NHL that i could find about it. pathetic.

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