San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) celebrates his third period goal with teammate center Kyle Wellwood (20) as Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27) skates past at left during the third period of their NHL hockey game at the Verizon Center in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. The Sharks beat the Capitals, 2-0. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Logan Couture broke a scoreless tie with 8:05 to play, Antti Niemi had 25 saves for his second straight shutout, and the San Jose Sharks ran their defensive-minded winning streak to four games Tuesday, beating the Washington Capitals 2-0.
Ben Eager led Couture just enough for the rookie center to take the pass in open ice at the left circle and put the shot through the legs of goaltender Michal Neuvirth.
Dan Boyle added another goal, this time from the right circle with 5:53 to go, as the Sharks extended their points streak to nine games and improved to 3-0 on their seven-game road trip.
The Capitals, whose offensive struggles have threatened to cancel out the team’s improved defensive play, were shut out for the eighth time this season and the second time in five games.
The Sharks play again Wednesday night in Columbus.