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The Sharks were 61 seconds away from a two-games-to-one hole in the Western Conference final. 

But with 1:01 remaining in regulation of Game 3 against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night, Sharks center Logan Couture scored to force overtime at Enterprise Center. With San Jose goaltender Martin Jones pulled, Sharks captain Joe Pavelski redirected a shot at Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington and Couture was there to bury the rebound. 

The goal, Couture's 14th of the postseason, tied Joe Pavelski's franchise record for a single Stanley Cup playoffs. It was also Couture's fifth of the Western Conference final, and he became the 13th player in Sharks history to score five goals in a single playoff round. Pavelski, meanwhile, picked up his 100th career postseason point with the primary helper. 

Couture had been largely blanketed by Blues defenseman Colton Parayko through the first two periods, and he entered the third with no shots on goal or shot attempts. The goal was Couture's fourth shot on frame of the period, and his fifth attempt. 

San Jose led by two goals in two separate instances, only to allow four goals in the second stanza. But thanks to Couture's goal, the Sharks had a chance to take the series lead themselves in overtime. They did 5:32 in to the extra session, thanks to Erik Karlsson's controversial second goal of the night.