After Logan Couture’s two-goal performance in Game 2 of the Western Conference final, that’s how many goals separate the San Jose Sharks standout from matching the franchise record for goals in a single post-season. Following his shorthanded and then-game-tying goal Monday, Couture now has 13 tallies in 16 games this post-season, and with the third-round meeting between the Sharks and St. Louis Blues primed to go at least five games, chances are that Couture will find the goal column at least one more time to match Joe Pavelski for the most tallies in one playoff run in San Jose’s franchise history.
If he keeps this up, too, there’s a chance that Couture will manage to narrow the gap between himself and franchise leader Patrick Marleau. Say the Sharks win this series in seven games and move onto the Stanley Cup final and play at least six games in that series. Given his current scoring rate, Couture would be expected to find twine another nine times before the post-season is through and bring his post-season total to 22 goals. His career total would then be 56 goals, putting him a dozen shy of Marleau’s 68 but well within striking distance given Couture has plenty of tread left on the tires and the Sharks are a perennial playoff outfit.
With Couture in pursuit of the Sharks’ all-time marks, here’s a look at the current single season, all-time and active playoff snipers for each franchise:
Single Season: Corey Perry, Andy McDonald – 10 goals
All-Time: Ryan Getzlaf – 37 goals
Active: Ryan Getzlaf – 37 goals
All three categories are headlined by the usual suspects. Teemu Selanne was the all-time leader until he was surpassed by Getzlaf during the 2016-17 playoffs. And Andy McDonald was on fire in the two seasons coming out of the lockout, as is apparent given his 10 goals in 21 games for the Stanley Cup-winning Ducks in 2006-07.
Single Season: Keith Tkachuk, Rick Tocchet – Six goals
All-Time: Keith Tkachuk – 19 goals
Active: Oliver Ekman-Larsson – One goal
Maybe if the Coyotes would have made the post-season at any point during the tail-end of Shane Doan’s career, the longtime captain could have surpassed Tkachuk in one or both categories. Unfortunately, Doan wasn’t able to add to the laundry list of franchise marks he holds in Arizona. Oh, and Ekman-Larsson holds the active total by default. He is the only current Coyote to have scored in the post-season for Arizona.
Single Season: Cam Neely – 16 goals
All-Time: Cam Neely – 55 goals
Active: Patrice Bergeron – 37 goals
David Krejci doesn’t hold a single one of these marks, but his 12-goal post-season in 2010-11 was the most in a playoff run by any Bruin since Neely’s franchise-best 16-goal post-season in 1990-91. Krejci is also one goal behind Bergeron for the lead among active Bruins. The 36 goals Krejci has scored also tie him with Ray Bourque on the all-time list. Talk about stepping it up at the right time.
Single Season: Gilbert Perreault – 10 goals
All-Time: Gilbert Perreault – 33 goals
Active: Jason Pominville – 12 goals
First through fourth on the all-time list is a clean sweep by Sabres cornerstones from the 1970s. Perreault is the all-time leader, and he’s followed by Rick Martin, Danny Gare and Rene Robert. The only modern-era player in the top-five is Chris Drury, and that’s thanks entirely to back-to-back post-seasons in which he scored nine and eight goals.
Single Season: Joe Mullen – 16 goals
All-Time: Joe Mullen – 35 goals
Active: Sean Monahan – Eight goals
Before you ask, Jarome Iginla isn’t far behind top spot in the all-time or single-season categories. ‘Iggy’ had his best goal-scoring playoffs in 2003-04, lighting the lamp 13 times for the Flames as they came within one win of the Stanley Cup. He ended his time in Calgary with 28 goals all-time, too, which is fourth behind Theo Fleury, Joe Nieuwendyk and Mullen.
Single Season: Rob Brind’Amour – 12 goals
All-Time: Eric Staal – 19 goals
Active: Justin Williams – 11 goals
It took Staal two post-seasons to score 19 goals in the post-season. Talk about efficiency. As far as the active lead goes, though, Williams already has some company. In his first post-season with the franchise, Teuvo Teravainen’s seven goals have him within striking distance, especially if Carolina can get back on track in the Eastern Conference final against Boston.
Single Season: Jeremy Roenick, Darryl Sutter – 12 goals
All-Time: Bobby Hull – 62 goals
Active: Patrick Kane – 50 goals
Given all the success Chicago has had in the modern era, it’s somewhat surprising that the single-season marks date back to the mid-1980s and early-1990s. That’s not to say this generation’s Blackhawks haven’t come close to toppling Roenick or Sutter. Kane had 11 goals during the 2014-15 Cup run. Patrick Sharp led the way with 11 on the 2009-10 championship team. And Dustin Byfuglien, now of the Winnipeg Jets, also managed 11 goals during the 2009-10 post-season.
Single Season: Joe Sakic – 18 goals
All-Time: Joe Sakic – 84 goals
Active: Nathan MacKinnon – 11 goals
It’s not a gap between Sakic and the next-best Avalanche post-season goal scorer, it’s a chasm. Peter Forsberg is second all-time, but take a stab at the distance between the two. What do you think? Five goals? 10 goals? 15 goals? The answer is 26 goals. Sakic was a force to be reckoned with at the best of times, but a goal-scoring machine to be feared in the post-season.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Single Season: Matt Duchene, Artemi Panarin – Five goals
All-Time: Cam Atkinson, Boone Jenner – Seven goals
Active: Cam Atkinson, Boone Jenner, Artemi Panarin – Seven goals
The franchise has been around long enough that there should be some separation at the top, but the Blue Jackets’ inability to turn any playoff run into a deep one has kept any one player from taking the outright lead. With Panarin potentially on his way out, though, Atkinson seems the safest bet to start to put some distance between himself and the next-best playoff lamp lighter.
Single Season: Steve Payne – 17 goals
All-Time: Mike Modano – 58 goals
Active: Jamie Benn – 11 goals
Steven Payne was generally a steady scorer, particularly during the early years of his career, but he was never the kind of prolific scorer who would be pegged as a leader of the Minnesota North Stars’ attack. That’s exactly what he was during the 1980-81 playoffs, though, when he scored 17 goals in 19 games for the Stanley Cup finalists North Stars. That one post-season accounted for nearly half of the 35 goals he scored for Minnesota during his time with the franchise.
Detroit Red Wings
Single Season: Johan Franzen, Henrik Zetterberg – 13 goals
All-Time: Steve Yzerman – 70 goals
Active: Darren Helm – 11 goals
All right, technically, the highest scoring active player is Zetterberg, who scored 57 goals across 13 playoff runs with Detroit. But Zetterberg’s career is over despite the two seasons remaining on his contract. That means the honor shifts to Helm. It’s only a matter of time, though, before one of the young guns – Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha or even Filip Zadina – takes the lead.
Single Season: Jarri Kurri – 19 goals
All-Time: Jari Kurri – 92 goals
Active: Leon Draisaitl – Six goals
Expecting ‘The Great One,’ weren’t you? Wayne Gretzky doesn’t hold either the single-season or all-time records, but he’s close. Gretzky had 17 goals during the 1984-85 post-season, which was the same year Kurri torched netminders for 19 tallies. Gretzky’s 81 goals are also second in Oilers franchise history, tied with Glenn Anderson.
Single Season: Dave Lowry – 10 goals
All-Time: Dave Lowry, Ray Sheppard – 10 goals
Active: Aleksander Barkov – Two goals
Lowry was the offensive star of the Panthers’ magical run to the 1995-96 Stanley Cup final, his 10 goals leading the way for Florida. It remains the single-best post-season performance by a single Panther in the post-season and ties him with then-teammate Sheppard for the most playoff goals in franchise history.
Los Angeles Kings
Single Season: Wayne Gretzky – 15 goals
All-Time: Luc Robitaille – 41 goals
Active: Jeff Carter – 26 goals
There’s Gretzky. You had to figure he’d be on the list one way or another. He nearly shared top spot for single-season production for Los Angeles, however, as Marian Gaborik’s 14-goal effort in 2013-14 was the best modern run by any King.
Single Season: Marian Gaborik – Nine goals
All-Time: Zach Parise – 14 goals
Active: Zach Parise – 14 goals
He’s been with the organization since the lockout-shortened season, but Parise is already the franchise’s top post-season goal scorer. The gap between Parise and Gaborik is narrow, however. Only two goals separate the two, with Mikko Koivu third all-time with 11 goals.
Single Season: Yvan Cournoyer – 15 goals
All-Time: Maurice Richard – 82 goals
Active: Brendan Gallagher – 10 goals
Frank Mahovlich surpassed Jean Beliveau set the franchise mark in 1970-71 when he scored 14 playoff goals. Cournoyer then surpassed Mahovlich two seasons later. And in the time since, only one Canadien has come close to the single-season mark, let alone cracked double digits: Mike Cammalleri. His 13 goals during the 2009-10 playoffs are the third-most in a single playoff run in franchise history.
Single Season: Filip Forsberg – Nine goals
All-Time: Filip Forsberg – 23 goals
Active: Filip Forsberg – 23 goals
A clean sweep for Forsberg, who is inarguably the greatest goal scorer the franchise has had in its relatively short history. He already has a 10-goal lead on Ryan Johansen, and no other active Predator is within a dozen goals of Forsberg’s franchise-best 23 playoff goals.
New Jersey Devils
Single Season: Claude Lemieux – 13 goals
All-Time: Patrik Elias – 45 goals
Active: Travis Zajac – 11 goals
Few players turned it on in the post-season quite like Lemieux, who posted a double-digit goal total in the playoffs three times in his career. His 13-goal performance during the 1994-95 post-season won him the Conn Smythe Trophy, but his best overall performance came two years later when he scored 13 goals and 23 points in 17 games with the Avalanche.
New York Islanders
Single Season: Mike Bossy – 17 goals
All-Time: Mike Bossy – 85 goals
Active: Josh Bailey – Eight goals
The picture of consistency. Bossy is the franchise leader with 17 goals in a single post-season, and he hit the mark in three consecutive seasons. In 1980-81, Bossy had 17 goals and 35 points. He registered 17 goals and 27 points the following post-season. And he followed that up with 17 goals and 26 points the year after that. His 51 goals across those three seasons would make him the franchise leader for 19 different franchises.
New York Rangers
Single Season: Mark Messier – 12 goals
All-Time: Rod Gilbert – 34 goals
Active: Chris Kreider – 23 goals
Messier’s franchise-best 12 goals came during the Rangers’ 1993-94 Stanley Cup run, but so did another four of the eight-best playoff goal scoring performances in New York’s history. Brian Leetch scored 11 that season, Adam Graves had 10, and Alex Kovalev and Steve Larmer had nine each.
Single Season: Daniel Alfredsson – 14 goals
All-Time: Daniel Alfredsson – 51 goals
Active: Jean-Gabriel Pageau – 12 goals
Remember those powerhouse Senators teams from the mid-2000s? Well, despite how good those teams were, Alfredsson is the only player in Ottawa’s history to post a double-digit goal total. In fact, the only player other than Alfredsson to score more than seven goals in a single playoff is Pageau, who had eight during the Senators’ run to the conference final in 2016-17.
Single Season: Reggie Leach – 19 goals
All-Time: Bill Barber, Rick MacLeish – 53 goals
Active: Claude Giroux – 24 goals
Leach was absolutely unstoppable during the 1975-76 post-season as the Flyers sought back-to-back Stanley Cup victories. Though Philadelphia fell short, Leach won the Conn Smythe for his efforts. He remains the only non-goaltender to win the post-season MVP honor as a member of the losing team.
Single Season: Kevin Stevens – 17 goals
All-Time: Mario Lemieux – 76 goals
Active: Sidney Crosby – 66 goals
Soon Lemieux’s name could be erased from this list entirely. Stevens already hold the single-season mark, but Crosby could overtake ‘Super Mario’ for the franchise lead in a season or two. It’s not even out of the question that it happens next season if the Penguins go on a run. Crosby’s 15-goal post-season in 2008-09 was proof positive he can light the lamp in bunches in the playoffs.
San Jose Sharks
Single Season: Joe Pavelski – 14 goals
All-Time: Patrick Marleau – 68 goals
Active: Joe Pavelski – 48 goals
Don’t sleep on Tomas Hertl. The young Sharks scorer already has 23 career playoff goals, which puts him in a tie for fourth all-time with Joe Thornton. His .39 goals per game pace in the post-season is only narrowly behind the .42 pace Couture has posted through his career.
St. Louis Blues
Single Season: Brett Hull – 13 goals
All-Time: Brett Hull – 67 goals
Active: Vladimir Tarasenko – 27 goals
A big win Monday has the Blues back on level ground in the conference final, and a series victory opens up the possibility for Hull’s 13-goal record to fall. Jaden Schwartz already has nine goals in the post-season, and with the way he’s been scoring since the end of the opening round, he’s up there with Couture as the hottest goal scorers in the playoffs.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Single Season: Tyler Johnson – 13 goals
All-Time: Martin St-Louis – 33 goals
Active: Nikita Kucherov – 29 goals
Two double-digit seasons and a third with seven has Kucherov on the cusp of overtaking St-Louis for the most post-season goals in franchise history. If this past playoff performance was an anomaly – and the Lightning are sure hoping it was – Kucherov will get his shot to take the all-time lead next season.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Single Season: Dave Andreychuk – 12 goals
All-Time: Wendel Clark – 34 goals
Active: Auston Matthews – 10 goals
Matthews is already tied for 33rd in franchise history in post-season goal scoring, and he’s probably only three or four seasons from breaking into the top-five on the all-time list. That’s particularly true if Matthews can become the Maple Leafs’ first double-digit post-season goal scorer since the trio of Andreychuk, Clark and Doug Gilmour scored 12, 10 and 10, respectively, in 1992-93.
Single Season: Pavel Bure – 16 goals
All-Time: Pavel Bure, Trevor Linden – 34 goals
Active: Alex Edler – Eight goals
No shock to see Bure atop this list, but what we want to know is this: how many years does it take Elias Pettersson or Brock Boeser to top the list? Both are young, pure scorers on the rise, and once Vancouver’s fortunes turn around, it might only be a matter of time before we see a new franchise leader.
Vegas Golden Knights
Single Season: Jonathan Marchessault – Eight goals
All-Time: Jonathan Marchessault – 12 goals
Active: Jonathan Marchessault – 12 goals
Mark Stone spent only a couple months as a member of the Golden Knights and already he’s halfway to matching Marchessault’s total. If not for the controversial major penalty that resulted in a Game 7 collapse by Vegas against San Jose, maybe Stone has already set the new single-season mark. He was only two away as it was.
Single Season: Alex Ovechkin – 15 goals
All-Time: Alex Ovechkin – 65 goals
Active: Alex Ovechkin – 65 goals
The second clean sweep on the list. (Coincidentally – and surely Capitals fans need no reminding – Forsberg was originally a Washington pick, too.) Ovechkin has opened up a 29-goal lead on the next-best playoff goal scorer in franchise history. That’s incredible.
Single Season: Mark Scheifele – 14 goals
All-Time: Mark Scheifele – 16 goals
Active: Mark Scheifele – 16 goals
And the third clean sweep. Scheifele’s single-season output is going to stand for a long while, and chances are he’ll only build on his all-time mark as his career continues. As it is, he’s doubled up his closest competition, Patrik Laine, who has scored eight playoff goals in Winnipeg.