NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum: Will Hertl’s All Star success inspire downtrodden Sharks in second half; Why Ovechkin and Crosby stayed away from All Star game; plus more

mercurynews.com photo: Tomas Hertl (48) of the Pacific Division representing the San Jose Sharks waves to the fans at the Enterprise Center in St Louis

On the NHL podcast with Daniel:

#1 When someone like Pacific Division’s Tomas Hertl comes from out of nowhere and hits four goals in the NHL All Star could that inspire an already down San Jose Sharks team coming into the second half of the season?

#2 Taking a look at the three on three format of the All Star game is that still an exciting attraction or does it take away from the tradition of hockey and should the NHL go back to the five on five in the All Star game.

#3 Sydney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, Mark Fluery of the Vegas Knights all were missing from the All Star game, Crosby just came off an long injury and Ovechkin opted to take the All Star break off.

#4 Daniel talk about some of the top teams in the NHL who are vying for the playoffs like the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lighting, Washington Capitals, and Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference and in the Western Conference St Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks, and Edmonton Oilers.

#5 Daniel address some of the top three goal scorers in the NHL this season, from the Boston Bruins David Pastrnik 37, from the Capitals Alex Ovechikin 34, and Austin Matthews from the Toronto Maple Leafs with 34.

Daniel does the NHL podcasts each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sharks’ Hertl bags five goals as Pacific wins NHL All-Star 3-on-3 crown; scores five goals total in two games

photo from nbcsports.com Tomas Hertl (48) of the Pacific Division and San Jose Shark wasn’t on the NHL All Star radar he was a replacement for the Sharks Logan Couture who got inured. Hertl scored five goals on Saturday night

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, January 25, 2020

San Jose’s Tomas Hertl wasn’t selected as the most valuable player of the 2020 NHL All-Star 3-on-3 competition at Entrprise Center in St. Louis, but he deserved to be in the conversation.

Hertl scored five goals on the night — four in the Pacific Division’s 10-5 semifinal win over the Central Division — and one more in the Pacific’s 5-4 winner-take-all victory over the Atlantic Division.

The Pacific team gets to divvy up the $1 million winner’s prize.

Hertl was a replacement player for the All-Star competition, replacing injured Sharks teammate Logan Couture. His fourth goal was the final round game-winner, assisted by Edmonton Oilers Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid.

Hertl scored three of his goals in the second half against the Central Division, all against goalie Connor Hellebuyck of Winnipeg.

MVP honors went to David Pastrnak of Boston, who collected six points on four goals and two assists. Pastrnak received a car for his efforts. He and Ottawa’s Anthony Duclair each had a hat trick in the Atlantic Division’s 9-5 win over the Metropolitan Division in the East semifinal.

Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk, who grew up in St. Louis, scored two goals and added two assists.

Prior to the 3-on-3 games, 11-year-old Blues fan Laila Anderson had the honor of introducing the St. Louis players — Jordan Binnington, Ryan O’Reilly, David Perron and Alex Pietrangelo.

Former Blues players and Hockey Hall of Fame members Wayne Gretzky and Brett Hull served as honorary coaches.

As part of the festivities, Green Day performed, with F-bomb laced vocals from Billie Joe Armstrong. Seven-second delay took care of the editing for the NBC television audience.

NHL All Star Game podcast with Matt Harrington: All Star 3 on 3 hockey creates more offense; creates more room for players

nypost.com photo: The New York Islanders Mathew Barzal wins the fastest skater during the NHL All Star Game skill competition during this weekend’s events in St Louis who is hosting the game

On the NHL All Star Game podcast with Matt:

#1 The All Star Game format is in effect three games makes for a long afternoon how has the format been working since it’s inception now in it’s fifth season

#2 Is the three on three format really a scorers delight as stated by nhl.com?

#3 The NHL says that there’s more three on three hockey being played right now is that something that the NHL would like to adopt?

#4 With three on three it does create more offense and the puck isn’t tied up as much, will it result in more scoring?

#5 Will the NHL ever go back to the old East vs. West format five on five or is three on three hockey with three 20 minute games here to stay?

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

NHL All Star Game podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Rating the NHL All Star players

theathletic.com file photo: The Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby (88) celebrates a goal against the Winnipeg Jets at PPG Arena on Tuesday Jan 14th in a 7-2 win. The Penguins defeated the Red Wings on Saturday Jan 18th 2-1.

On the NHL All Star Game podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 After Sydney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins came back from his injury he scored three goals in three games for the Pens showing he didn’t miss a step.

#2 The Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin is sitting out this All Star game in St Louis, Ovechkin has sat out past All Star games resulting in a one game suspension and a fine. Which alright with Ovechkin whose really after some All Star break rest and relaxation

#3 The Edmonton Oilers Conner McDavid is making his fourth All Star appearance McDavid has played in 27 goals, 49 assists, in 76 games.

#4 The Washington Capitals also will be represented by right winger TJ Oshie so far this season having a marvelous campaign with 18 goals, 16 assists, for 34 points.

#5 The San Jose Sharks will be represented by Tomas Hertl with 15 goals, 20 assists, and 35 points scored. Hertl is replacing the injured Logan Couture.

Mary Lisa does the San Jose Sharks podcasts each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com



NHL podcast with Len Shapiro: Sid skates like a Kid 3 goals 3 games since his return; Steel gets the breakaway for Ducks win; plus more

photo from athletic.com: The Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby (88) celebrates a goal against the Winnipeg Jets at PPG Arena on Tuesday in a 7-2 win. The Penguins defeated the Red Wings on Saturday night 2-1.

On the Sharks podcast with Len:

#1 Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby scored on a power play goal at 1:33 in overtime that got the game winner over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night. Crosby who was out for 28 games showed he never missed a step scoring three goals over three games.

#2 The Anaheim Ducks scored a game winner in over time as Sam Steel took the puck on a breakaway at 1:36 to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Erik Gudbranson scored a goal as the Ducks goalie Ryan Miller stopped 25 shots.

#3 The Tampa Bay Lighting’s Anthony Cirelli got his first NHL hat trick in the Bolts 7-1 laugher over the Winnipeg Jets. Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov scored two goals in the six goal win.

#4 The San Jose Sharks Patrick Marleau wants to retire as a San Jose Shark and does not plan to move to another team like he did when he went to Toronto for two seasons. Marleau can still skate and teams have inquired about Marleau’s services but the Sharks are all in in keeping Marleau for as long as he wants to play.

#5 The NHL All Star game is next Saturday in St Louis some of the biggest and brightest stars on ice will skate for the Pacific, Metropolitan, Central and Atlantic divisions.

Len Shapiro does the Sharks podcasts each Wednesday and is filling in for Matt Harrington on the NHL podcast today at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum: Coyotes big take on getting Hall; NHL All-Star captains Ovechkin, Pastrnak, MacKinnon and McDavid; plus more

espn.com file photo: Former New Jersey left winger Taylor Hall, who was dealt to the Arizona Coyotes this week is featured in Daniel’s NHL podcast.

On the NHL podcast with Daniel:

1 Coyotes pull trigger on big trade, landing 2018 NHL MVP Hall from Devils

2 Ovechkin, Pastrnak, MacKinnon and McDavid are All-Star captains

3 Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper out for extended period with lower-body injury

4 Islanders’ Clutterbuck out indefinitely after wrist surgery

5 Sidney Crosby donates gear to youth hockey programs in Nova Scotia

Daniel Dullum does the NHL podcast each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com