SAN JOSE The Sharks' Logan Couture had just gone tumbling into the boards, gotten up gingerly, grabbed his left calf and headed immediately through the tunnel into the locker room without stopping on the bench.
So what was his coach thinking four minutes into the second period of Game 3 in the Western Conference semifinals Saturday night when his star player disappeared in obvious pain?
"When's he going to be back? Simple as that," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Sunday.
When, not if?
"Yeah, when," McLellan said. "With Logan, it's always when."
The answer turned out to be the 18:47 mark of the same period, when Couture jumped over the boards during a timeout to test his injured leg and triggered a roar from the attentive crowd.
Couture went on to skate one 27-second shift before the period ended, an even nine minutes in the third and the entire overtime, in which he gave the Sharks 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. San Jose can even the series against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 on Tuesday night at HP Pavilion.
Sunday, wearing workout shorts that revealed swelling on his left knee, Couture treated his accomplishment matter of factly.
"It's playoffs. Everyone plays through injuries. The four years I've been here, I've seen guys play through a lot of injuries," said Couture, mentioning Joe Thornton and Ryane Clowe in the 2011 postseason. "Stanley Cup is what you're playing for. Whatever it takes."
McLellan ruled out forward Marty Havlat for Game 4. Havlat left Saturday's game in the first period because of a lower body injury.
Senators 2, Penguins 1 (2 OT) in Ottawa Colin Greening scored 7:39 into double overtime, and Ottawa rallied for a victory over Pittsburgh that cut the Senators' series deficit to 2-1. Daniel Alfredsson got Ottawa even 1-1 by scoring a short-handed goal with 29 seconds left in regulation just after the Senators pulled goalie Craig Anderson for an extra skater.
Bruins 5, Rangers 2 in Boston Johnny Boychuk broke a tie midway through the second period, and Boston scored two goals in the third to beat New York and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.