Mikael Granlund

Granlund helping fill Hertl, Couture Sharks leadership void

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Editor's Note: Sheng Peng will be a regular contributor to NBC Sports California’s Sharks coverage. You can read more of his coverage on San Jose Hockey Now, listen to him on the San Jose Hockey Now Podcast, and follow him on Twitter at @Sheng_Peng

PITTSBURGH – Mikael Granlund isn’t Tomáš Hertl or Logan Couture.

But on and off the ice, he’s been a true leader since the Sharks traded Hertl on Friday. On the same day, Couture shut himself down for the season.

On Saturday, Granlund’s game-winning blocked shot sealed a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators, snapping a nine-game losing streak.

Thusday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, he assisted on Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Klim Kostin goals, and almost set up another that was waved off because of an Alexander Barabanov high stick, and hit a post.

He also made a dramatic comeback from a scary second-period injury.

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