Sharks stay perfect with 5-3 win over sluggish Maple Leafs

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Logan Couture had two goals and an assist and Adin Hill made 30 saves in San Jose's 5-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night, keeping the Sharks perfect in the young season.
Timo Meier, Jonathan Dahlen and Erik Karlsson provided the rest of the offense for San Jose (4-0-0), which played for the third time in four nights, including a 2-1 victory Thursday over the Ottawa Senators.

"It was another team win," Meier said. "We're finding our identity."

Jason Spezza, Ondrej Kase and John Tavares scored for Toronto (2-2-1). Michael Hutchinson stopped 26 shots for the Leafs, who have scored just 11 times in the first five games.

The Leafs' Auston Matthews, who returned from offseason wrist surgery in Monday's 2-1 overtime loss to the New York Rangers, is without a point through two outings.

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"I think we could be a really dominant line," he said. "We're still a work in progress chemistry-wise. It's not going to happen overnight."

After a sleepy opening period, the offensive floodgates in the second period. Couture scored his second goal of the season at 2:31 after winning an offensive zone draw when he sent home a Marc-Edouard Vlasic wraparound attempt.

Spezza, who lost the faceoff on Couture's icebreaker, replied with his second of the year 56 seconds later…
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