NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum: Trouble is just the Cherry on top for Don Cherry; Crosby out six weeks after hernia surgery; plus more

ottawacitizen.com: This image of Don Cherry was taken a day after he was fired from CBC Sports for referring to immigrants as “you people” on Hockey Night in Canada telecast in early November. Here Cherry tries to explain himself for what happened in the interview.

On the NHL podcast with Daniel:

1 Fallout continues from firing of Don Cherry

2 Pens’ Sidney Crosby out minimum 6 weeks after sports hernia surgery

3 Lightning’s Steven Stamkos joins 400-goal club

4 Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper fights Calgary’s Matt Tkachuk, shuts out Flames

5 Coyotes create special experience for 8-year-old cancer patient

6 Coyotes’ radio analyst Paul Bissonnette gets chance to back up lacrosse boast

Catch Daniel Sundays for the NHL podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Joe Lami: Sharks break out with 3-2 win over Oilers; Bruins’ Halak stops 26 shots for 3-0 shutout of Wild; Preds score 3 unanswered goals for 3-2 win; plus more

Photo credit: @SanJoseSharks

On the NHL podcast with Joe:

#1 Gustav Nyquist of the San Jose Sharks got it figured with a goal in the second period at 18:48 to break a 2-2 deadlock in Edmonton for a 3-2 win on Thursday night. The Sharks have now won two in their last four games after suffering a long seven-game losing streak.

#2 Boston Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak stopped 26 shots against the Minnesota Wild in a 3-0 shutout. Bruins goals from Joakin Nordstrom, Bradon Carlo, and Connor Clifton.

#3 The Vancouver Canucks scored two goals from Niklaus Granlund and Tanner Pearson in the first period against the Nashville Predators, but the Preds came right back with three unanswered goals, a goal in the second period from Colton Sissons and two in the third from Nick Bonino and Ryan Johansen for a 3-2 Nashville win.

#4 It took overtime to do it, but the Colorado Avalanche got by the visiting Winnipeg Jets 3-2 when the Avs’ Eric Johnson score the game-winning goal in OT at 1:49. The Avs head to San Jose for a Saturday night game with the Sharks at SAP Center.

#5 The Arizona Coyotes got a three-goal win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night 4-1. The Yotes got goals from Richard Panik in the first period, two goals from Derek Stepan in the second period, and from Oliver Eckman-Larsson in the third period.

Joe Lami does the NHL podcast each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum: Yotes-Wild battle for Wild Card; Caps’ Ovi makes it a 50-goal season; Sharks win! Get home ice in first round; plus more

photo from arizonarepublic.com: The Arizona Coyotes Derek Stepan (21) and the Colorado Avalanche’s Alexander Kerfoot (13) anticipate the puck in last Friday night’s game. The Coyotes and Minnesota Wild are tussling for a Wild Card berth.

On the NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum

1 Coyotes, Wild battle for shot at second West Wild Card berth

2 Washington’s Alex Ovechkin posts his eighth 50-goal season

3 Sharks end losing streak, secure home ice for round one

4 Islanders clinch East playoff spot with 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabre

5 Houston and Cincinnati in the NHL? It almost happened in the 1977 NHL-WHA merger talks

Join Daniel on the NHL podcast each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Canes stop postgame celebrations, Wild skate past Knights in 3-2 win; Yotes drop three points behind Avs; plus more

smirfitts.com file photo: The Carolina Hurricanes propose to stop celebrations like these after getting criticism from other teams saying “it’s not professional”

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 The Carolina Hurricanes have put an end to the postgame celebrations called the “Storm Surge.” They also will not bring it back in the event they were to get into postseason. Was there a behind the doors nudge by the league or someone that said these kind of celebrations had to stop?

#2 The Minnesota Wild got a one-goal win over the Vegas Golden Knights, a team Matt will be seeing tonight. Devan Dubnyk stopped 32 shots for the Wild. The Knights, even though they lost Friday night’s game, clinched because the Arizona Coyotes lost their game.

#3 Speaking of the Arizona Coyotes, they dropped a shootout when the Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon’s goal was the gamer. The Avs move close to a wild card spot with the win.

#4 The Nashville Predators’ goalie Pekka Rinne stood on his head for 60 minutes, stopping 42 Pittsburgh Penguin shots. Rinne was closing in on his fifth season shutout until the Pens’ Nick Bjugstad scored with 1:03 remaining in the game.

#5 The Detroit Red Wings got a 4-0 shutout over the New Jersey Devils. The Wings used two goalies for the shutout: Jonathan Bernier and Jimmy Howard.

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

NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum: Two different goals, Yotes-Isles battle it out Sunday; Chara hits 200 goal milestone; Hawks-Flyers open in Prague next season; plus more

nhl.com file photo: The Arizona Coyotes and the New York Islanders in this Tue Dec 18th photo at Gila Arena in Glendale AZ played Sun Mar 24th at Nassau Coliseum at Uniondale N.Y.

NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum:

1 Coyotes, Islanders have key game today with different goals, and they’re playing at Nassau Coliseum

2 Bruins’ Zdeno Chara snags career goal No. 200

3 Blackhawks to open next season in Prague against Philadelphia

4 UFA’s Karlsson, Panarin, Bobrovsky can finish the season strong, then cash in

5 ‘Ron Burgundy’ joins Kings booth in LA game vs. Sharks

Hear the NHL podcasts each week with Daniel at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum: Yotes roll hottest team in Pacific Division; Sens fire coach Boucher; Fast like a Lightning Bolt to 50 wins; plus more

photo from yahoosports.com: The Detroit Red Wings Andreas Athanasiou (72) skates in front of the Arizona Coyotes Mario Kempe (29) Saturday night in Glendale

NHL with Daniel Dullum:

1 Coyotes win eighth straight game, in thick of West Wild Card race

2 Basement-dwelling Senators fire Boucher as coach

3 Lightning match NHL record for fewest games to 50 wins

4 Flames raise Jarome Iginla’s No. 12 to the rafters

5 Knights’ Fleury gets NHL-best seventh shutout this season against Ducks

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

The Captain humbled by number retirement by Coyotes

Photo credit: @pjbreenphoto

COMMENTARY
By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Sunday, February 24, 2019

GLENDALE, Ariz. — During the last few seasons of his NHL career, Shane Doan occasionally mentioned his love for the game. So much, he said, “I’ll play in a no-checking rec league.” Now retired for two seasons, Doan said that, in fact, he located one.
“It’s in north Scottsdale. I play once a week or so,” Doan explained on the night his number was retired by the Arizona Coyotes. “We have fun.”

Asked if other players were a little intimidated by having an NHL veteran in the league, Doan smiled and said, “I don’t shoot!”

In his 21 seasons in the NHL, Doan did plenty of shooting in his 1,540 games for the Winnipeg/Arizona franchise, scoring 402 goals, 570 assists and 972 points — all team records. But as one former teammate after another pointed out in their comments, it was more than the numbers that made Doan a special teammate.

Tyson Nash, a former teammate who does commentary on Coyotes TV, said during the lengthy pregame ceremony, “When I look up at that jersey, it won’t be the goals, assists and points. I will remember the stories, the dinners, the card games, the celebrations, the losses, the inside jokes, the wrestling matches, the smile.

“He’s the best person I ever got to call my friend, my teammate and my captain. I love you buddy,” Bettman said, “As I got to know Shane over the years, I’ll tell you a couple of things: 1) He is truly a great guy with incredible integrity, and 2) this franchise wouldn’t be here without him.”

Video tributes came from a list including everyone from former Diamondback Paul Goldschmidt to former teammates Jeremy Roenick and Keith Yandle to Garth Brooks.
Roenick said, “Not only was he a phenomenal hockey player, he was an incredible leader, teammate and most importantly, a great friend. Shane Doan, you are what people aspire to.”

Other touches: Doan’s No. 19 also painted on the ice behind each goal cage in the trapezoid. There was no shortage of banners throughout the crowd that also had a noticeable number of banners, including “Doan’t Stop Believing’,” while many had simple Thank you’s. Both the Jets and Coyotes players wore No, 19 on the back of their jerseys during the pregame skate, which will be put up for charity auction.

After comments from Bettman, Coyotes President and CEO Ahron Cohen, current Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson, former Coyote Daniel Briere, Doan stepped to the podium at center ice.

“Being with one organization for 22 years was very special,” he said, adding that he wanted to thank his parents for “dedication, support and their work ethic.”

Doan gave a shout out to the commish, and the team’s numerous former owners (including the NHL itself) “for having the vision to put a team here.”

Addressing his approach to hockey and life, Doan recalled an old, favorite proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. And the only reason that I’m here and the only reason I’m celebrated is because of everything that everyone sacrificed around me.”

Doan mentioned his children, saying, “My kids sacrificed so much for me. … My children are truly amazing. They’re funny, they have empathy, they love each other. They are truly phenomenal.”

On his wife, Andrea, “I met her in the parking lot at a 7-11. Couldn’t take my eyes off of her!

“Strong tough, married a hockey player. She had to be! The game was always demanding of our time. Andrea was always great for me in every single way.”

Doan said, “Hockey taught me when I’m tired to keep going. It humbled me, and gave me more joy than I could ever imagine. … I played because of The Creator. I didn’t choose any of these things, but I benefited from them all.”

In true Doan style, he said, “I was never a superstar, I just kept hanging around, which is good; I would have been a lousy cowboy anyway. So, I kept playing hockey.”

Doan received a custom No. 19 golf cart, unveiled with Oliver Eckman-Larsson, and a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle, With that, his No. 19 was raised to the rafters with thunderous applause, cheering and another standing ovation.

When Doan and the Coyotes parted ways in 2017, it didn’t end well when the veteran reluctantly waived his no-trade clause near the trading deadline and there were no takers. Soon after, the Coyotes informed Doan they weren’t bringing him back. He retired soon afterward. Time healed that wound, and the time finally arrived for the Coyotes to honor “The Captain.”

After the ceremony, Doan, as is his nature, said “I had a hard time even walking out onto the ice because I didn’t feel comfortable with all the attention.”

As the chairs and mats were being removed, the public address announcer proclaimed, “One more time, Give it up for the Captain — Shane Doan!” Frankly, the crowd didn’t have to be asked.

NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum: Coyotes retiring Doan’s number 19; Flyers take in the fresh air in outdoor game; Trades ahoy starts today; plus more

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On the NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum:

1 Coyotes retiring Shane Doan’s No. 19

2 Flyers stun Pittsburgh in outdoor OT

3 Teams getting busy before trading deadline

4 Innovations allow NHL to host an outdoor game almost anywhere

Catch the NHL podcast with Daniel each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum: Sharks take out a very improved Coyotes team; Hawks get some daylight win; Who are these guys? Flyers win 7 straight; plus more

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NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum:

1 Who would have thought — Sharks and Coyotes in key Pacific game

2 Blackhawks tip Wild in OT, have difficult decision to make on future

3 Flyers on a roll — beat Edmonton in OT for seventh straight win

4 Antoine Vermette retires after 14 NHL seasons

5 RIP Andy Hebenton — one time NHL record holder for consecutive games played

Daniel hosts the NHL podcast each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sharks Beat Coyotes 3-2 in OT

Photo credit: @SanJoseSharks

By Mary Walsh

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks returned from their post-All Star break to beat the Coyotes 3-2 in overtime. Sharks goals came from Kevin Labanc, Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns. Coyotes goals came from Josh Archibald and Conor Garland. Sharks goalie Martin Jones made 31 saves in the win, while Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper made 32 saves in the loss.

The first penalty of the game went to San Jose at 3:53, a slashing penalty to Brenden Dillon. The Sharks killed that off efficiently and came out of it with some energy. Offensive pressure from the Sharks produced a Coyotes penalty at 7:30, a holding penalty to Ilya Lyubushkin. The power play did not produce much

In the last three minutes of the first period, Evander Kane had a great chance which he pretty much created with his speed on the way to the net. Kuemper stopped most of the shot but it did slip underneath him. It would have gone in had the goaltender not spun around, spotted the puck and swatted it away.

In the final five seconds of the period, Arizona’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson was called for interference on Joe Pavelski. As a result, the Sharks finished the first and started the second period on a power play.

At the end of the first period, the shot count was 10-8 Sharks.

Tim Heed was carrying the puck out from behind the Sharks net when Christian Fischer came up behind him and knocked the puck off of his stick. The loose puck was snatched up by Conor Garland, who caught Martin Jones out of position for the first goal of the game. That was 9:56 into the second period.

The Sharks responded at 12:09. Kevin Labanc and Joe Thornton converged on the Coyotes net while Marcus Sorensen carried the puck around the boards. Sorensen gave the puck to Brent Burns in the middle of the blue line. Burns took a shot which got to Thornton but did not go in. Labanc found it as it came out on the other side of the goal mouth and knocked it in from a tight angle. Assists went to Thornton and Burns.

They added a second goal just 44 seconds later. Timo Meier attacked the net after Logan Couture poked the puck through the neutral zone for him. Meier’s shot did not go in but Joe Pavelski was a few strides behind Meier and he arrived in position just in time to shoot the rebound in. Assists went to Meier and Couture.

The Coyotes scored under 30 seconds later, but the goal was called back after a standard review for whether or not the net was off its moorings (it was not), followed by a coach’s challenge for goaltender interference. Richard Panik, the shooter, did make significant contact with Jones, pushing him into the net.

Tim Heed was called for holding with just over five minutes to go in the second. The Coyotes had an extended delay on the penalty, before Barclay Goodrow finally blocked a shot and disrupted the unrelenting Arizona possession. The Sharks penalty kill was very aggressive, not giving the Coyotes any time to speak of in the o-zone. At 18:47, Justin Braun was called for holding, and that penalty kill was a little less effective. The Coyotes were able to set up and spend some time on the attack. The power play would carry over into the third period.

The shot count for the second period was dead even at 14 each.

The Sharks killed the rest of that penalty off but at 1:46, Brent Burns was called for high sticking. While he was trying to knock down a high puck, he caught Josh Archibald with the heel of his stick. With all but 40 seconds of that killed off, a line change between Logan Couture and Evander Kane caused a too many men penalty to the Sharks and a brief 5-on-3 power play for Arizona.

As the two man advantage ended, Brent Burns came out of the box at speed and caught a pass for a short-handed breakaway. Not long after, Couture and Hertl had a two on one short handed chance but they didn’t score either.

The ensuing even strength play tilted gradually in Arizona’s direction. Their fourth line finally broke through to tie the game with a goal from Josh Archibald at 7:10. Assists went to Mario Kempe and Lawson Crouse.

Arizona kept the pressure on and the Sharks had their hands full on defense for some shifts. As the period wore on, the game moved faster until the final couple of minutes during which there was so much north-south movement it almost looked like three on three. If that was an attempt to avoid overtime, it failed.

Arizona outshot San Jose in the third 11-9.

To start overtime, the Sharks seemed to have trouble making their passes connect. Luckily for San Jose, the Coyotes did not have much better luck in that regard. Finally, both teams tightened up, but it was San Jose who made it count. Tomas Hertl dropped the puck to Brent Burns, who pulled the puck in to draw the goalie to him, then pushed the puck back out in front of him and put it in the net off the far post. Hertl got an assist on the goal. The time of the goal was 3:14.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic returned to the lineup paired with Tim Heed, while Justin Braun was with Brenden Dillon. Vlasic had 23:59 of ice time, one shot on goal and finished a minus one in the game.

The Sharks will now head out for a four game road trip, starting on Tuesday in Winnipeg against the Jets at 5:00 PM PT.