SAN JOSE -- With two goals in a span of 1:59, Stanley Cup playoff leading goal-scorer Logan Couture brought his Sharks right back into Game 2 of the Western Conference final Monday night.
Thirteen seconds after San Jose winger Marcus Sorensen was called for interference for tripping up St. Louis Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson in the Sharks' offensive zone, Couture turned SAP Center's chants of "Ref, you suck!" into cheers when he snuck his backhand shot through St. Louis goaltender Jordan Binnington's five-hole on a short-handed breakaway.
The Sharks, trailing 2-0 and facing a potential three-goal hole at the time, had life.
Couture was not done there. Just 12 seconds after Sorensen's penalty expired, Couture grabbed an outlet pass from Timo Meier for another breakaway. Then, from the top of the left face-off circle, Couture snapped a shot through Binnington's five-hole to tie the game at two goals apiece.
With 13 goals this postseason, Couture leads the NHL and is only one goal shy of matching Joe Pavelski's franchise record for a playoff run.
A record-tying goal from Couture on Monday would also tie the game. The Blues broke the deadlock just under 10 minutes after Couture's second, thanks to Robert Bortuzzo's back-hand effort.