Couture, Niemi carry Sharks to shutout of Canadiens

Updated: October 26, 2013

Montreal, QC ( – Logan Couture lit the lamp twice and
Antti Niemi turned away all 22 shots he faced, as the San Jose Sharks defeated
the Montreal Canadiens, 2-0, at Bell Centre.

After losing their last game 2-1 to Boston with 0.8 seconds remaining, the
Sharks were hungry for a win. Niemi earned his second shutout of the season,
the second in his last three games.

Patrick Marleau assisted on both goals, while Joe Thornton and Tyler Kennedy
both had a helper as San Jose posted its third win in four and second during
the first three tilts of a five-game road trip.

Carey Price made 33 saves for the Canadiens, who have lost three of their last
four after winning four straight.

Couture was the first San Jose player to record a two-goal game in Montreal.
since Owen Nolan did so in 1999.

He opened up the scoring with a power-play goal at the 6:20 mark of the second
period. Marleau dished a pass across the ice to Thornton, who fired a shot
towards Price. Couture was there to deflect the puck home for his fifth of the

The second goal came from a strange bounce off the glass. The carom fooled
Price and landed on the stick of Couture, who quickly threw it into an open
net with 4:09 played in the third.

“The second goal was a lucky bounce off the boards for the insurance marker,”
said Couture.

The Sharks finished the game strong by generating offense and keeping the puck
away from the Canadiens, not allowing the hosts to pull Price in favor of
an extra attacker.

“They are a fast team. They played really well and managed the puck well. They
don’t give you a lot and play well defensively, but we were right there. We
had our chances in the second. Their goalie made some good saves at the right
times,” said Montreal coach Michel Therrien.

Game Notes

These clubs had not met since Dec. 1, 2011 … This was San Jose’s first visit
to Montreal since Dec. 4, 2010 … San Jose’s victory was their third all-time
win in Montreal, first since Dec. 17, 2002 … Niemi earned his 25th career