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Sharks Locker Room: Couture on ‘Soul-Searching’ Over Break, Quinn Didn’t Love Labanc’s Return Game

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The San Jose Sharks played with heart on Valentine’s Day, but they couldn’t shoot down the Pittsburgh Penguins, losing 3-1 despite a 39-28 shots advantage.

Logan Couture played his 900th NHL game, all with the San Jose Sharks, and spoke after the game about that milestone, the “soul-searching” he did over the All-Star break, and the refs missing Jake Guentzel’s high stick on him before the Guentzel game-winner.

Head coach David Quinn didn’t love Kevin Labanc’s performance, but he loved his squad’s overall effort. He also gave an update on Kaapo Kahkonen, who was supposed to back up tonight, but was pulled in favor of Eetu Makiniemi last minute.

 

Logan Couture, on how the refs explained missing Jake Guentzel’s high stick on him before the Guentzel goal:

They said it was Mario’s stick [at first].

I think they may have caught the replay. And then they said they couldn’t see it. They had to look through guys.

They’re human. They make mistakes. I think they realize they screwed that one up. But you can’t go back in time to change it. It is what it is.

Couture, on Aaron Dell’s performance:

He’s played great. He’s an NHL-caliber goaltender, and there’s a reason why he’s played, I don’t know how many, 150 some games in this league. He’s got the skill to do it. So we believe in him.

Couture, on his 900th NHL game:

I still vividly remember my first game in Philadelphia, walking into the room. I tell my friends when they ask what it’s like to play in the NHL that the lights are 10 times brighter than you think and the music’s 10 times louder than you think. I cherish every single day I get to play in this league.

Couture, on playing all 900 of these games as a member of the San Jose Sharks:

Yeah. This organization means a lot to me, so I’m happy to be here.

Couture, on if he did any soul-searching on the recent bye/All-Star break:

No, I went to Napa. I had a glass of wine. (laughs) Maybe I did some soul-searching in a bottle or two, if that’s what you call it.

David Quinn, on Dell:

He was very good. Like I said, both goalies were very good.

Quinn, on Kevin Labanc’s return performance:

Yeah, I didn’t love that line.

Quinn, on the San Jose Sharks’ effort tonight:

I thought we had execution, I thought we had energy, I thought we played a good hockey game. Obviously, not happy with the result.

I know our home record isn’t anywhere near what we need it to be and our road record is better. Believe me, we sit and look at it. I don’t think we’ve played much different at home.

Quinn, on Timo Meier’s goal with Marcus Pettersson hanging on him:

He’s an elite player in this league. He’s a very difficult guy to contain. He had some chances tonight. It’s a big-time goal, a power forward goal.

Quinn, in Kaapo Kahkonen, who was supposed to back up tonight but was pulled last minute for Eetu Makiniemi:

We just held him out for tonight, but he’ll be ready to go Thursday, we anticipate.

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