NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Pavelski to be honored with video tribute tonight from old team Sharks; Penguins edge Avalanche 4-3; plus more

defendingbigd.com file photo: The Dallas Stars Joe Pavelski (8) (wearing Sharks uniform)  is returning back to San Jose to visit his old team the Sharks at SAP Center tonight

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 The Sharks no doubt miss former team captain Joe Pavelski who is now coming back to San Jose tonight as a Dallas Star and the Sharks plan to honor Pavelski who played in San Jose for 13 season with a video tribute.

#2 The Sharks have not been the same since Pavelski’s departure they have free falled and have had a rough slide in December and are trying to right the ship this month.

#3 What was one of the biggest reasons why the Sharks couldn’t resign Pavelski?

#4 The Pittsburgh Penguins got a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche the Penguins got goals from Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust and 28 saves from goalie Matt Murray.

#5 For the Carolina Hurricanes Lucas Wallmark and Martin Necus scored just 63 seconds apart  and the Canes goaltender Petr Mrazek saved 32 shots for his third shutout of the season in their win over the Arizona Coyotes 3-0.

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


NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum: Sharks drop tough game to LA comeback Sat to beat Flyers; Ovechkin to skip All Star game; plus more

sfgate.com photo: The Philadelphia Flyers Shayne Gostisbehere (53) defends against the San Jose Sharks Marcus Sorenson (20) on Saturday night Dec 28 at SAP Center

NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum:

1 Sharks drop a tough OT game to Kings on Friday night, beat Flyers next night 6-1 Saturday

2 Ovechkin to skip All-Star weekend – again

3 Key Pacific Division showdown between Coyotes and Golden Knights

4 Maple Leafs’ Ilya Mikheyev out for at least 3 months after wrist laceration

5 Annual New Year’s Day outdoor showcase coming up in Big D at the Cotton Bowl

Join Daniel every Sunday for the NHL podcast 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

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Sharks and Blues face off tonight at SAP; Sharks coming off loss to Arizona

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On the Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 The San Jose Sharks loss to the Arizona Coyotes is one of the games that Sharks head coach Bob Boughner would soon like to forget a 3-2 loss that saw the Yotes score a goal in each of the first, second and third periods on Tuesday night.

#2 The Sharks blew a 6-3 opportunity with 43 seconds left after the Coyotes committed two penalties and the Sharks pulled their goalie to try to boost the offense, but they couldn’t take advantage and failed to score and lost the game.

#3 The Sharks have failed to take advantage of the man advantage, scoring only once out of 15 times in their last five games.

#4 Tuesday’s game also saw the Sharks’ Tomas Hertl score twice, but the Sharks couldn’t capitalize as the Coyotes edged out three goals. Hertl put it all out there, but the Sharks just couldn’t get over the edge.

#5 The Sharks, who have lost seven of their last eight games and will try and get in the win column Saturday against the St. Louis Blues. Mary Lisa sets this one up for us.

Sharks podcasts with Mary Lisa are heard every Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: Sharks have now lost 7 of last 8 games; Can’t hold Yotes in 3-2 loss

Photo credit: @SanJoseSharks

On the Sharks podcast with Len:

#1 Not enough offense for the Sharks on Tuesday night, despite scoring a goal in each of the first and second periods at SAP Center against the Arizona Coyotes.

#2 The Coyotes got goals from Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Carol Soderberg, and Derek Stepan. Arizona scored one goal in each of the first, second and third periods.

#3 How frustrating is a loss like this losing by just a goal, playing a close game, but not able to pull the trigger against Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper, who stopped 26 shots against the Sharks?

#4 Head coach Bob Boughner has coached for a total of four games since taking over for former head coach Peter DeBoer and is 1-3.

#5 The Sharks host the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night at SAP Center as the Sharks and Boughner try to string some wins together.

Len Shapiro does the San Jose Sharks podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Missed Opportunity Costly in Sharks 3-2 Loss to Coyotes, Hall has Game-Winning Assist in Arizona Debut

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By Matthew Harrington

SAN JOSE — Despite fresh faces behind the bench drawing up the plays, the San Jose Sharks power play remains dismal. On Tuesday night, it hit the low point of the season against the Arizona Coyotes. Trailing 3-2 at home, the Sharks were gifted a 6-on-3 for 43 seconds after a pair Coyotes penalties and the goalie pull but failed to generate a single shot on goal. San Jose is now 1 for 15 on the man-advantage over their last five games, going 0-for-4 Tuesday with three shots on goal. Tomas Hertl scored the two Sharks goals and Taylor Hall netted a point in his Coyotes debut. Darcy Keumper was named first star with 26 saves.

In a night where officiating was spotty, enforcement of a rule new to the NHL in 2019 that is fairly black-and-white led to the first Arizona penalty in crunch time. Coyotes defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin had his helmet knocked off in a scrum along the boards, but continued to play on after the puck left the corner. In a new rule this season, since he was not directly involved in the play he needed to grab his helmet or exit the ice but he chose to play on. Brad Richardson would cross-check Tomas Hertl in the back during a scrum for a loose rebound to set up the fatal 6-on-3 that ultimately amounted to nothing.

The Coyotes set up a tense final minutes of the game after Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored with 2:37 left in regulation after his shot ricocheted off Brenden Dillon’s shinpad wide of the far post and went in. Before that, Dillon was beat out on a race to a loose puck by Hall whose effort led to a game-winning assist in his first game since being traded to Arizona Monday afternoon.

The Sharks erased Arizona leads twice, once in the first two periods each. Carl Soderberg scored 4:57 into the contest, but Tomas Hertl answered back on a snapshot that rattled around the net behind Keumper with 2:34 left in the first.

Derek Stepan scored his sixth goal of the year and second against the Sharks this year 9:11 into the second, but Hertl again answered, going bar down on Kuemper from the left face-off dot to the blocker side with 6:05 left in the period. Hertl now has four of the seven goals the Sharks have scored since interim head coach Bob Boughner took over three games ago.

Aaron Dell started in his second game in a row after winning against Vancouver Saturday. He made just 16 saves on 19 shots, though he was hardly at fault on any of the goals. The Sharks now have lost 7 of their last 8 and are six points back of Calgary for the final wild card spot.

The Sharks play host to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday at 7:30 pm PST.

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Oilers get two key goals in win over LA; Pens’ Jarry turns aside 33 Yotes shots in shutout; plus more

photo from edmontonjournal.com: Kings defensemen Drew Doughty clears the puck in front of Edmonton Oilers defensemen Kris Russell during the second period at Rogers Place Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Leon Draisaitl and Alex Chiasson both had a goal each and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night 2-1. The win for the Oilers put them in first place in the Pacific Division.

#2 Tristan Jarry stopped 33 shots in the Pittsburgh Penguins victory over the Arizona Coyotes 2-0. Phil Kessel, a former Penguin, couldn’t score off his former teammate in the loss.

#3 The Montreal Canadiens edged the New York Rangers 2-1 on Friday night. The Habs’ Nate Thompson got a goal with less than two minutes left for the eventual game-winner.

#4 Kirby Dach, in a shootout, got the gamer with a fifth round goal and got the Chicago Blackhawks a win 2-1 over New Jersey. Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford prevented the Devils’ Jack Hughes from scoring for the final attempt in the shootout.

#5 Sportsnet was commenting on Brian Burke, who was a general manager for Vancouver, Anaheim, Toronto and now is team president in Calgary. Said that the league’s salary cap has been great for the sport, but it’s killed trade talk.

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

NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum: Ex-players coming out to testify against Peters; Sharks have won back-to-back road games; plus more

file photo from the latimes.com: Bill Peters, ex-head coach of the Calgary Flames, was resigned on Friday, and has a number of his ex-players coming out to testify that he was abusive physically and racially.

On the NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum:

1 Flames coach Bill Peters out amidst racism, abuse allegations

2 Sharks win back-to-back Pacific Division road games in LA and Arizona

3 Tavares gets 400th NHL assist, scores overtime winner for Leafs over Buffalo… Toronto 4-1-0 since coaching change

4 Caps’ Ovechkin gets three-goal game with two empty-netters

Catch Daniel for all NHL podcasts each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com; Daniel is also a Stanford Cardinal beat writer

Penalty kill unit key to Sharks’ 4-2 win over Coyotes

Photo credit: @SanJoseSharks

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, November 30, 2019

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Killing penalties is an unglamorous, but necessary part of success in hockey. San Jose has one of the best penalty-kill units in the NHL and proved it again Saturday.

The Sharks overcame an early deficit on Timo Meier’s go-ahead goal, killed off back-to-back power plays in the third period, and defeated Arizona 4-2 in a key Pacific Division contest.

Both teams were playing the second game of back-to-backs — the Sharks beat the Kings 4-1 in Los Angeles on Friday, while the Coyotes lost in Las Vegas in an overtime shootout with the Golden Knights.

“Big resiliency,” is how Sharks coach Peter DeBoer described his team’s effort. “In a back-to-back game, it could have been 4 or 5-0 in the first five minutes. Then we settled down and got to our game. I thought the next 50 minutes was some of the best hockey we’ve played this year.

“We talked about these games (against Los Angeles and Arizona) being four-point games. These are opportunities to close the gap (in the division standings) of which you don’t get very many. So, we wanted to take advantage of both of these games.”

With San Jose leading 3-2 in the third period, San Jose’s Erik Karlsson was cited for tripping at 6:55 and Radim Simek got the gate for delay of game at 9:11, essentially giving the Coyotes a four-minute power play.

Arizona, which finished November with 19 points (8-5-3), was unable to put together an effective power play, and did not capitalize.

“Our PK has been big all year,” DeBoer said. “Not only do we do a good job on it, it really grabs the momentum for us and saps it from the other team. Those are big momentum moments there in the third, and we got a lot of energy from those kills.”

Logan Couture, who scored the first and fourth San Jose goals, said the penalty kill has “won us many games. I was saying the other day, imagine our kill was at 85 percent with all the penalties that we’re taking. We would have lost a lot of these games that we were able to win. Credit to the killers, the system has been great and our goaltenders have been spectacular on the kill.”

The Coyotes wasted little time getting on the board. Nick Schmaltz beat Sharks goaltender Martin Jones at 1:33 for his fifth goal of the season. Less than a minute later, Derek Stepan also scored his fifth goal, giving Arizona a quick 2-0 lead.

Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said, ‘For seven or eight minutes, I think it was our best hockey of the year and the crowd was in it. For whatever reason, after a couple of breakaways, we slowed it down again, a couple of blown coverages, and then it just kind of unraveled.

“You could tell guys were getting tight and I’m not sure why. San Jose is a veteran team and they’ve been in tough games before … 2-0, they weren’t going to panic and they didn’t.”

Logan Couture’s seventh tally of the season cut the Sharks’ deficit to 2-1 at 11:01 of the first period. Couture’s shot from the slot just outside the right circle beat a screened Antti Raanta, with assists going to Erik Karlsson and Evander Kane.

San Jose got the equalizer at 2:55 of the second period when Dylan Gambrell circled around from behind the net and flipped a low shot at a sharp angle from the bottom of the right circle, beating Raanta to the stick side.

Moments later, the Sharks took their first lead of the game on Timo Meier’s redirection at 8:52. From the faceoff in the left circle, Marc-Edouard Vlasic won the draw, passed to Tomas Hertl at the left point, whose shot was steered in by Meier, who was parked to the left of the crease.

With the Coyotes employing a sixth attacker in the final minute, Couture popped in an empty-net goal at 19:31.

After a shaky start, Jones settled down at stopped 21 of 23 shots. Raanta finished with 26 saves, as the Sharks outshot Arizona 30-23.

“Martin’s been big here lately,” DeBoer said. “I think his season has mirrored our team’s season, getting off to a slow start and then finding our game. I think he’s done the same thing.”

The Sharks return home for a Tuesday game against Washington, then embark on an eastern road trip to Carolina, Tampa Bay, Florida and Nashville.

Attendance at Gila River Arena was 15,485.

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: CBJs Nyquist scores hat trick in win over Pens; Knights get game winner from Tuch beat Yotes; plus more

photo from fresnobee.com: Columbus Blue Jackets forward Gustav Nyquist, left, of Sweden, celebrates his third goal of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with teammate forward Nick Foligno during the third period in Columbus, Ohio, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Gustav Nyquist scored a hat trick and Nick Foligno scored two goals as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2

#2 Vegas Golden Knights edged out the visiting Arizona Coyotes 2-1 as Alex Tuch scored a regulation goal and later scored a shootout goal for the win.

#3 The Washington Capitals’ Dmitry Orlov scored the game winning at 3:03 in the overtime stanza that defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Saturday night

#4 David Krejci got a game winner for the Boston Bruins scoring an overtime goal at 1:40 and David Pastrnak scored his 24 goal of the season the league leading goal scorer in the NHL as the B’s beat the New York Rangers 3-2 Saturday night.

#5 The San Jose Sharks have won 9 of their last 11 and have been a house on fire on Saturday they defeated the Los Angeles Kings behind a key goal from rookie Noah Gregor his first goal with San Jose and defensive goaltending by Martin Jones who stopped 33 shots.

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