San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro : Sharks open four game road trip after struggling with Florida last Monday

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky blocks a shot from the San Jose Sharks in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in San Jose, Calif

On the Sharks podcast with Len:

#1 The San Jose Sharks have been involved some blow outs, close loses and rough games and the loss to the Florida Panthers was no exception in a three goal defeat 5-3 on Monday.

#2 Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves for the Florida Panthers and it was enough for him and the Panther defense to stop the Sharks for the two goal win

#3 Dylan Gambrell, Kevin Labanc and Timo Meier scored a goal a piece for San Jose it was enough goals to win a game but not this one

#4 The Sharks were coming off a two game win streak and the Panther were coming off a two game win streak so Panthers really grinded it out for the win

#5 The Sharks hit the road to face New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers Len sets up the road trip

Len does the Sharks podcasts each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Short-handed Sharks Fall to Desperate Panthers 5-3

photo from sfgate.com: Florida Panthers’ Mike Hoffman, right, celebrates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in San Jose, Calif.

By Jerry Feitelberg

SAN JOSE–The desperate Florida Panthers started the first game of the dreaded three-team California gauntlet with a 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks in a Monday matinee. Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves and Evgenii Dadonov, Mike Hoffman and Colton Sceviour scored for the Cats while Dylan Gambrell, Kevin Labanc and Timo Meier scored for San Jose who were coming off two-game road winning streak.

Florida avoided a three-game losing streak and now sits three points back of Philadelphia for the second Eastern Conference Wild Card spot.

The Sharks continue to be without a core group of players with Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl and now Erik Karlsson out with injury and Evander Kane in game two of a three-game suspension for an elbowing penalty Friday in Winnipeg.

They may add another player to the walking wounded after Antti Suomela exited the game after the second period after taking a hit from Josh Brown.

Dadonov opened the scoring for Florida when the Sharks defense loosened up enough for him to slip in and take a Frank Vatrano feed to beat Aaron Dell 4:52 into play. Gambrell picked up the equalizer, his fourth goal of the year, on a pass from Suomela right into the slot 11:30 into the period.

The Sharks fell behind 2-1 halfway through the game when Mike Hoffman picked off a d-to-d pass in his defensive end and went end-to-end before burying the puck 22nd goal of the year. A wild third period started with Colton Sceviour firing a puck on Dell, following up on his rebound and scoring at 10:04.

Kevin Labanc answered back with a strike with 5:26 left in regulation to open up a six minute span that saw teams swap four goals. Anton Stralman, Meier and Vincent Trocheck all scored down the stretch for the 5-3 final.

Next up for the Sharks is a four-game road swing through the Tri-State area, facing off against the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers before returning home to the Shark Tank to face the Devils once again February 27th.

Sharks, Jones, Shut Out Wild 2-0; Sharks win four out of last five

photo from nbcsports.com:

By Mary Walsh

The San Jose Sharks shut out the Minnesota Wild 2-0 Saturday at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul. It was Martin Jones’ first shut-out of the season. He made 39 saves in the win, with goals from Dylan Gambrell and Melker Karlson. Alex Stalock made 19 saves on 20 shots in the loss.

After the game, Sharks interim head coach Bob Boughner said:

I think you have to give credit to the players. Facing the injuries that we were facing, and, I think, a little bit of adversity, and Jonesy coming in there and doing the job. I know they wanted to play hard for him. I thought we really defended well. You know, we gave up 39 shots and they threw a lot at us but I thought we played hard and I thought Jonesy made the saves that he had to.

Asked about Dylan Gambrell’s goal, he said: “That whole line, the True line, I think they did their job. I had to put Dylan out there as a right-hand shot on a couple of key face-offs against some really good players and he did a really good job. And they chipped in with a goal 5-on-5 and that always helps, if you’re getting some depth scoring. And a lot of our skill is out and guys like that have to step up.”

The Sharks went into Saturday’s game in Minnesota down two more players as well as Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture. Evander Kane received a three-game suspension for an elbow in Friday’s game against the Jets. Kane’s comments on the NHL’s decision can be found on Twitter. The NHL may have a public response to those comments but they have not made one yet.

Erik Karlsson injured his hand in the same game and the team declared the defenseman out for the rest of the season. The Sharks filled out the roster with Antti Suomela and Tim Heed, who have both played with the Sharks this season. Heed last played on January 16 and Suomela played on February 1.

The Wild out-shot the Sharks in the first period 10-8, though the Sharks had two plus power plays, including a two man advantage for 1:52. They had four shots in those combined power plays. The Sharks also had to kill one penalty, allowing one shot to Minnesota’s top-ranked power play. The Sharks did very well in the face-off circle, winning 74% of them.

The shot disparity continued in the second period, with the count at 14-6 Wild. There was a single penalty in the second, an illegal stick penalty to Kevin Labanc. Labanc lost his stick in a collision along the boards and Timo Meier pushed it back to him with his own stick. The move by Meier made it illegal for Labanc to use that stick. the Wild got credit for one shot on that power play.

The face-off contest went to Minnesota in the second, with the Wild winning 67% of them.

The Sharks scored at 3:08 of the third when Brent Burns’ shot went off of Dylan Gambrell in front of the net. It was Gambrell’s third of the year with Burns and Antti Suomela getting the assists.

The Sharks had one more penalty to kill in the third, and again they allowed just one shot on goal.

The Wild pulled Stalock from the net for the extra skater with 1:36 to go in the third. Melker Karlsson and Patrick Marleau had shots at the empty net but the Wild defense was there to prevent those goals. Karlsson and Barclay Goodrow had another chance, this time as a two-man breakaway. Goodrow gave the puck to Karlsson for the shot and Karlsson took it. Goodrow got the assist.

The third period face-off battle went to the Wild as they won 62% of them. The shot count was also in their favor 15-7. The lion’s share of the Sharks face-offs were taken by Joe Thornton (won 13 of 19) and Barclay Goodrow (won 9 of 22).

The Sharks will next play on Monday in San Jose against the Florida Panthers at 1:00 PM PT.

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Sharks look to win back to back games in Minnesota tonight

photo from sfgate.com: The San Jose Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell (30) puts the stop on the Winnipeg Jets Mark Scheifele’s (55) shot attempt in Saturday night’s contest in Winnipeg

Mary Lisa on the Sharks podcast:

#1 Mary Lisa the Sharks win against the Jets on Friday night being their third win in four games is this any indication that the Sharks could be back on track.

#2 The Sharks showed no signs of giving up from start to finish with the Jets ahead after two periods the Sharks jumped right back in the game to take the 3-2 eventual win

#3 The Sharks Timo Meier got the number star of the game who scored a goal Timo has been playing some solid offense lately and has been able to find the back of the net

#4 The Sharks Marcus Sorenson scored in the first period to get things started and Melker Karlsson scored in the third period every goal mattered in this one

#5 The Sharks are in Minnesota tonight how tough is it to play back to back nights and try and pull out two straight victories on the road like this?

Join Mary Lisa for the Sharks podcasts each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Sharks edge Jets in 3-2 win; Pens Zucker scores twice in 4-1 win over Montreal; plus more

photo from sfgate.com: San Jose Sharks’ Stefan Noesen (11) draws a high-sticking penalty with this check on Winnipeg Jets’ Tucker Poolman (3) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

#1 The San Jose Sharks picked up their third win in four games defeating the Winnipeg Jets Saturday night 3-2. The Sharks Marcus Sorenson, Melker Karlsson and Timo Meier score one goal each.

#2 Jason Zucker of the Pittsburgh Penguins scored twice in his first game as a Penguin It was Zucker’s 15th and 16th of the season after coming to Pittsburgh in the 4-1 win  over the Montreal Canadiens.

#3 The New York Rangers got a 2-1 lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets when Chris Kreider found the back of the net in the Rangers 3-1 win. Rangers goaltender Alexander Georgiev stopped 36 shots.

#4 The Carolina Hurricanes Andrei Svechnikov got a second period goal the goal marked the sixth consecutive game for Svechnikov in his point streak. The Hurricanes picked up the 5-2 win over the New Jersey.

#5 The St Louis Blues Jay Bouwmeester may have played his last game after going into cardiac arrest in Anaheim medical staff re-started his heart by a defibrillator and had to have a battery powered device that will send an electrical shock to his heart in the event of a irregular heart beat

Matt Harrington does the NHL podcasts each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sharks Beat Jets 3-2 in Winnipeg; Sharks win three of last four games

photo from sfgate.com: The San Jose Sharks Brendan Dillion (4) goes airborne after having a collision with the Winnipeg Jets Nikolaj Ehlers (27) as the Sharks Evander Kane (9) is in the background in Friday night’s game in Winnipeg

By Mary Walsh

The San Jose Sharks defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 Friday, in Brent Burns’ 1,100th NHL game. Sharks goals came from Marcus Sorensen, Melker Karlsson and Timo Meier. Aaron Dell made 30 saves in the win. Jets goals came from Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler, with Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck making 32 saves in the loss.

After the game, Sharks interim head coach Bob Boughner said:

You’re never going to come in and play the Jets and not give up some chances, with the team they have and the offense. But I thought we did some really good things away from the puck. I thought that we had guys climbing above and not giving too many odd-man rushes. And there were spurts in the game that we were really good defensively, and when they had their chances, Deller was there to make the big stop.

Timo Meier has three goals and four assists in the last six games, including the game-winner Friday. Of this streak, Evander Kane said: “He’s playing heavy. You know, he’s skating. He’s a big powerful guy with a good scoring touch. When he goes hard to the net, he can finish. So that was another example of that tonight.”

In the first period, the Sharks out shot the Jets 13-3. At 14:51, Marcus Sorensen scored in a chaotic scrum in front of Connor Hellebuyck. Assists went to Alexander True and Dylan Gambrell. The Jets challenged the goal for goaltender interference but the challenge was unsuccessful, giving the Sharks their first power play.

The second period was something of a reversal, with the teams even in shots at 11, but the Jets scoring twice.

Their first goal came on a power play at 8:21, with Evander Kane in the box for interference. From right in front of the net, Kyle Connor was able to put a shot between his legs and over Dell’s shoulder, into the top corner. Assists went to Blake Wheeler and Neal Pionk.

Blake Wheeler scored less than two minutes later. His shot went past a moving screen and into the top corner. Andrew Copp found him with a pass from the corner, and a second assist went to Nikolaj Ehlers.

The Sharks ended the second period on a power play when Josh Morrisey was called for holding Timo Meier. They started the third with 1:54 remaining on that power play. The did not get any shots on net in that power play.

At 5:18, Melker Karlsson did score, in a quick give and go play with Joel Kellman. The give and go had the Jets defense discombobulated enough that when Karlsson got to the front of the net and received the puck no one was in his way. Assists went to Kellman and
Stefan Noesen.

Timo Meier added another for the Sharks, just 1:29 later. Brent Burns sent the puck to the net where Kevin Labanc tried to get to it. Dmitry Kulikov was in his way so he couldn’t get control of it. The puck trickled out to the side of the blue paint, where Meier found it and put it in the net. Assists went to Labanc and Burns.

The teams played 4-on-4 at 6:55 when Marcus Sorensen went to the box for roughing against Jack Roslovic, and Roslovic went for cross-checking Sorensen. The Sharks killed Evander Kane’s second penalty of the game at 13:17 of the third, and held on to their lead for the rest of the period. The Jets pulled their goaltender with about two minutes to go. Those final minutes were marked by many good saves from Aaron Dell and some missed clearing opportunities for the Sharks, but they kept the puck out of the net.

The third period shot count was 16-11 Jets. The face-off contest went to the Jets 53%-47%.

The Sharks next play on Saturday in St Paul against the Minnesota Wild at 2:00 PM PT.

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: After getting knocked around by Flames Sharks looking to ratchet up defense Friday in Winnipeg

The San Jose Sharks Maxim Letunov (84) attempts to put one past the Calgary Flames goaltender David Rittich (33) glove side during the first period at SAP Center on Monday night. (photo from sfgate.com)

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len:

#1 It’s pretty hard to explain how the Calgary Flames opened up the game with three goals in the first period against the San Jose Sharks

#2 Did the three goal period against the Sharks pretty much take any wind out of the Sharks sails for the rest of the game

#3 For Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell was it a matter of having a bad off night or was it a matter of the Flames taking all the liberties they want?

#4 For the Sharks it wasn’t for a lack of effort they got shots from from Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson who both scored

#5 The Sharks will try again in Winnipeg on Friday on the start of a two game road trip, talk about how you see this game on the road

Len Shapiro does the Sharks podcast each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Flames Burn Sharks 6-2, Tkachuk Dives and Dazzles

photo from sfgate.com: Calgary Flames’ Mark Jankowski, top right, celebrates after scoring a goal against San Jose Sharks goalie Aaron Dell, bottom left, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in San Jose, Calif

By Matthew Harrington

SAN JOSE–The Calgary Flames fourth line and power play were lethal Monday night at the SAP Center, with the Flames topping the host San Jose Sharks 6-2. Matthew Tkachuk scored a highlight reel goal, each member of Calgary’s fourth line scored and the Flames converted on three of six power play opportunities. Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns scored for San Jose. Aaron Dell made 31 saves, but the Sharks were outshot 37-36 in the loss.

Calgary had a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes thanks to Milan Lucic’s sixth goal on the man advantage and goals from fourth liners Tobias Rieder and Zac Rinaldo. Karlsson scored his 6th goal of the year with 7:13 left in the period to cut the lead and Brent Burns scored a power play goal on their lone opportunity 4:51 into the second. Calgary’s third bottom liner scored halfway through the second on a backhanded for a 4-2 Flames lead.

Matthew Tkachuk arguably took a dive early in the third period, then scored a goal that will surely be the talk of the league tomorrow morning. Much like his OT winner in Nashville earlier in the year or Tomas Hertl’s fourth goal against the Rangers years ago, Tkachuk pulled the puck between his legs and fired top shelf for a 5-2 lead. Mikael Backlund added a goal just six minutes away from the end of regulation for the 6-2 final.

The Sharks’ league-leading penalty kill was put to the test, sending a man to the box six times. Lucic, Tkachuk and Backlund all scored for a 50% PK conversion night for the Sharks. San Jose will have a while to think about this contest, they won’t play again until Friday against Winnipeg in the Great White North.

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Can Sharks stay consistent after huge win in Edmonton?

photo from mercurynews.com: Big night for the San Jose Sharks Timo Meier (28) scoring two goals gets congratulations from teammates Patrick Marleau (12) and Barclay Goodrow (23) in Edmonton on Thursday night

On the Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 The San Jose Sharks got lots of help in their 6-3 victory on Thursday night against the Edmonton Oilers the offense look spruced up and they attacked the Edmonton zone without much hesitation

#2 The Sharks got two goals from Timo Meier, Meier which help pave for the win inspite of some of the troubles that the Sharks have gone through Meier has stayed consistent

#3 The Oilers Conner McDavid said that the team was flat and emotionless after the Sharks scored twice in the second and third periods to pull away

#4 The Oilers did open up the game with two goals and it looked like the Sharks were back to their old ways again but got inspired when they cashed in for two goals to come away in the first period with a 2-2 tie.

#5 The Sharks face Calgary again as they both met last Tuesday night, the Flames are coming off a tough 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers Mary tells us how she sees the match up for the Flames and Sharks on Monday night

Join Mary Lisa each Saturday for the Sharks podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sharks chomp into Edmonton 6-3 to match season-high six goals 

San Jose Sharks celebrate one of their six goals on Thursday night in Edmonton against the Oilers (globegazette.com photo)

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ It was a replay scorewise of the first time San Jose and the Oilers met this season, as the Sharks won again 6-3.

That date was on November 12. Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl scored then, but not this time, as the NHL’s leading point getter was shut out.  San Jose used three two-period goals to achieve victory behind netminder Aaron Dell, who faced at least 31 shots in his third straight game.

The Sharks kept the trend going with a fifth straight road victory when in Edmonton. 

San Jose’s Timo Meier nearly had his second career hat trick, but instead settled for a game-high two goals and one assist. The last time he had a three-point night was when he had his first career hat trick, on December 28. 

13 different Sharks had points on the night. 

One game removed from their NHL debut, San Jose’s Maxim Letunov had his first goal and teammate Alexander True earned his first assist. 

The Oilers had a Constant push in the Sharks’ zone, which led to their first goal. Dell was able to stop McDavid’s first attempt less than a minute earlier. Regarding the scoring play, while fishing the puck from the boards, Radim Simek sent the puck to Edmonton’s Ethan Bear at the blue line, who passed it to McDavid. McDavid then swung the puck towards Dell again, from far away, who sent the puck to Darnell Nurse. The puck then somehow found Sam Gagner, who had been seated in the slot, and he converted at 4:04.

Not too long after, the second player in NHL points this season, unthwarted by earlier, managed to score his 30th goal. He did it in his McDavid fashion, taking a pass from Nurse, located in the Oilers’ zone in the neutral area, and then using his speed to singlehandedly fly by two skaters en route to the net at 5:20. 

Nurse received a penalty at 8:15 for throwing his stick to replace goalie Mikko Koskinen’s. 

The game stayed 2-0 until Meier tipped Brent Burn’s shot at 11:01 to halve Edmonton’s lead. 

San Jose killed off a penalty to Burns at 13:21 and then the Sharks got their second and third power play at once as Oscar Klefbom got a double minor for high-sticking Melker Karlsson at 16:33.  With Burns initially credited for the goal, the credit shifted to Evander Kane who was up in front. The play came about due to well timed puck movement. Joe Thornton made the cross-ice pass to Burns, who shot from the top of the left faceoff circle. The goal was also significant in that the timely conversion gave the Sharks their first with the man advantage in their last 12 tries.

The second period featured more of the newer Sharks, as they went ahead and then upped their lead even more with another two-goal period.   

Letunov replied with a smile after he netted the rebound off Erik Karlsson’s shot three seconds before 7:07. The rookie fought and spun around with two defenders in front of him. 

After the puck went high up in the air behind the net, True recovered it. He found Stefan Noesen camped near the net and fed him for a quick wraparound goal at 12:31.

Meier struck again at 5:05 of the third to make it 5-2. Kevin Labanc attracted three players to him, sent the puck off the boards and then took down one of the three players earlier. That opened the shot for Meier, who aimed from the left faceoff circle. 

Bear then broke San Jose’s five-goal streak at 6:33, in a similar spot to Meier, but from the other faceoff circle, pushing the score to 5-3.

To cap the scoring, Meier threw the puck behind the net to Thornton, who in turn patiently fed him. Meier initially had a hat trick, but the scoring switched again, this time to Labanc, who was jostling up front.

Up Next: With a perfect road trip, the Sharks will now return home for a single game, as they see the Calgary Flames for the second time in three at 7:30pm Monday.