On Tuesday night in Minnesota, the San Jose Sharks had their top three scorers split up onto three different lines.
On Tuesday night, the Sharks came away with a 4-1 victory.
Back home on Thursday, the Sharks' lines would remain the same heading into their match-up with Dallas.
Head coach Todd McLellan told the media he decided to keep the new combinations together simply because they "worked the other night".
While McLellan did also hint that he wasn't sure if the new look lines would continue to work, a second straight win suggests the re-tooled combinations might be here to stay.
As the saying goes, "if it ain't broke don't fix it."
Now the catalyst for San Jose's short term success has been flying under the radar, quietly making a name for himself over the last few games.
Logan Couture, San Jose's ninth overall draft choice back in 2007, hadn't shown up much on the score-sheet since his most recent call up--registering just one assist in four prior games--but was able to chip in his second career goal against Dallas, putting the Sharks up by the eventual 3-0 final.
Yet even before finding the back of the net against the Stars, Couture had been showing impressive play in the offensive zone, especially along the boards and below the goal line.
The native of Guelph, Ontario displays a strong pair of hands and stick handling ability, enabling him to shield off defenders and set up teammates with crisp passes.
Now this notable showing from Couture shouldn't come as a surprise to Sharks fans as San Jose's top prospect was easily one of the top-5 players in the AHL this season, tallying an impressive 53 points in 42 games.
And with that extra offensive punch Couture brings to the table, the idea of Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton, and Patrick Marleau playing on separate lines for an extended period of time isn't far-fetched.
Come playoffs, the Sharks will need to have a balanced attack and since Couture fits in best at the center position, spreading out the talent over three lines could prove to be the best option.
The Sharks may end up eventually bringing the "big three" back together but doing so would mean Couture would most likely play on a third line without much offensive talent on his wings.
As an AHL All-Star, Couture is clearly not projected to be a typical third/fourth line type of NHL player. Without question, Couture is a scorer and a play-maker, albeit, a young one at that.
And if Couture were to play alongside the likes of Manny Malhotra, Scott Nichol or Jed Ortmeyer, his impact would be minimal.
But by keeping the rookie alongside an established NHL star in Heatley and a proven winger in Setoguchi, the Sharks' "third line" is arguably top-line quality.
Wait, did I just say the Sharks could feature a top-line quality trio that includes neither Thornton or Marleau?
Yes, I did, and it is quite the realistic possibility.
Plus, having this wide range of scoring talent will make San Jose extremely difficult to defend.
It almost reminds Bay Area fans of the 1994 San Francisco 49ers. With star players all over the field, who were NFL defenders suppose to stop? Jerry Rice and John Taylor at wide receiver, Brent Jones at tight-end, Ricky Waters at tailback, William Floyd at fullback were all phenomenal talents. Not to mention, quarterback Steve Young could take off an run at any moment.
Similarly, with the talent spread out in the current Sharks lineup, opponents have to think to themselves, "who do we stop?"
Having three different top quality forward lines gives the Sharks scoring depth they have really never had before, not even earlier this season.
Over the past four years in particular, the Sharks only had two lines capable of providing consistent scoring.
And last year, as well as throughout most of this season, the Sharks relied almost entirely on their top line for offense.
Unfortunately, Stanley Cup winning teams rarely rely on their top lines for as much scoring as the Sharks have this season.
Good news is that this year's Sharks have the depth to change that aspect of their team, and with the talent spread around, it will only give them a better chance to overcome their label of "regular season darlings".
Without Couture providing this offensive boost, putting together three quality scoring lines would have been nearly impossible.
However, Couture's presence in the lineup has given the Sharks a new offensive threat that might just end up being the secret weapon which propels them to extended playoff success.