NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: NHL games continued to be postponed due to Covid; Ovechkin moves into 7th on all time goal scoring list

The Washington Capitals Alexander Ovechkin moved past Mike Gartner on the all time NHL goal scoring list to seventh place on Thursday (file photo from hotsr.com)

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Taking a look at some of the postponements in the NHL. The Minnesota Wild have shut down facilities and games due to Coronavirus concerns. Six players are on the NHL Covid-19 protocol list for the next four games and the Wild have their next four games postponed.

#2 Matt a total of 22 NHL games have now been postponed spanning 16 of the 24 NHL teams stateside. If the NHL wanted to get this season going without a hitch wouldn’t have been much safer with at least four bubble cities in Canada with no US travel to make this work or four bubbles in Arizona and Florida to make it work?

#3 The Arizona Coyotes and St Louis Blues will play their series at Enterprise Arena in St Louis on Sunday and Monday after a number of NHL games have been postponed. Arizona was supposed to have played the Wild on Saturday and Sunday and the Blues were suppose to play the Colorado Avalanche this weekend. The Avalanche postponed their games with the Blues because of Covid-19 protocols and the Aves have now postponed four games. The Aves and Wild’s games have been postponed through Feb 11th.

#4 Matt talk about the achievement of the Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin who scored on the New York Rangers on Thursday to move past Mike Gartner into seventh place on the all time goal scorers list.

#5 The San Jose Sharks were supposed to open their home season in Glendale but that was canceled when their opponents the Las Vegas Golden Knights had Covid-19 protocol issues. The Sharks have not played on game in San Jose yet but are scheduled to be there for their first home opener on Sat 13th.

Join Matt Harrington each Saturday night for the NHL podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

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Sharks Lose 5-3 to Coyotes Despite 3 Point Game for Meier

The San Jose Sharks Timo Meier (28) stick handling the puck, the Arizona Coyotes Christian Fischer (28), and the Sharks Logan Couture (39) in pursuit at Glendale Arena on Sat Jan 16, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Mary Walsh

The San Jose Sharks lost 5-3 to the Coyotes in Arizona Saturday afternoon. Arizona goals came from Phil Kessel (2), Barrett Hayton, Jakob Chychrun and Clayton Keller scored for Arizona. Timo Meier, Tomas Hertl and Ryan Donato scored for San Jose. Antti Raanta made 31 saves for the win Martin Jones made 19 saves in the loss.

After the game, Sharks Head Coach Bob Boughner said:

We spent a lot more time in their end in the O-zone, we played a little faster I thought. You know, they got a little bit of puck luck tonight. They were the better team in the first game. I thought we played a lot harder and a lot more structured in this game.

The Sharks led the game in many respects but not on the scoresheet. They outshot the Coyotes 34-26, they had four power plays to Arizona’s 3. San Jose scored in two of four power plays and killed two of three penalties. The glaring bad stat was in the faceoff circle. They won just 40% of them. The only Sharks skater to win more than half of his draws was Patrick Marleau, who took five draws and won four. Tomas Hertl won 7 of 18, and Logan Couture won 5 of 11. No one else took more than three or won more than one.

On the subject of faceoffs, Boughner said:

It’s something we gotta get way better at. I think that we struggled in the faceoff circle even in the first game. You know, it’s an important part of the game and I thought our puck movement was better off of won faceoffs. But we lost too many, and you’re chasing the puck all night.

The Sharks scored first at 3:34, with a power play goal from Ryan Donato. Conor Garland was in the box for tripping Marc-Edouard Vlasic. High in the slot, Timo Meier bobbled a shot but got it right back and sent it through traffic and off of Ryan Donato. Assists went to Meier and Mario Ferraro.

Arizona responded with their own power play goal at 12:31. Evander Kane was in the box for tripping Tyler Pitlick. Phil Kessel tried to send the puck in and it went off of Nikolai Knyzhov. It came right back to Kessel and he moved around the Sharks defense to make a backhand shot that went through before slipping past Martin Jones. An assist went to Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Barrett Hayton gave the Coyotes a lead at 14:41. After a lot of play behind the net, Conor Garland made a quick pass to the Hayton in the slot. Assists went to Garland and Nick Schmaltz.

Timo Meier tied it back up less than a minute later. Meier was moving down the wall with the puck, while Kevin Labanc skated down the slot with Jakob Chychrun defending. Meier made the pass and it hit Chychrun and bounced into the net.

Arizona scored twice in the second period, the first a shot from the blue line from Ekman-Larsson. His shot went right through four skaters before hitting Phil Kessel on its way into the net. It was Kessel’s second of the game, with assists to Ekman-Larsson and Christian Dvorak.

Jakob Chychrun scored at 8:56. A clean face-off win in the offensive zone gave Chychrun a shot with lots of traffic as the face-off broke up. Derick Brassard got the assist.

Clayton Keller added to the Coyotes lead just 2:39 into the third period. After Brassard won another offensive zone faceoff, Ekman-Larsson held the puck at the blue line before trying for a tip from Keller in the slot. Martin Jones stopped that but Keller came right down for the rebound and put that one in. Assists went to Ekman-Larsson and Brassard.

Midway through the third, Boughner pulled Martin Jones and put Devan Dubnyk in. After the game, the coach explained that that was only to give Dubnyk sme ice tine before their next game. Since it did not come right after the fifth goal, it did not look like a reaction to Jones’ play in particular.

The Sharks had a power play start in the final minute of play, and scored their own goal right off of an O-zone faceoff. Just eight seconds into the power play, Tomas Hertl tipped Timo Meier’s shot from the top of the circle. Assists went to Meier and Erik Karlsson.

Roster changes: Jacob Middleton was in for Nick Meloche on the blue line.

The Sharks now travel to St. Louis for their next game at 5:00 PM PT on Monday, against the Blues.

Sharks Start Season with 4-3 Shootout Win Over Coyotes

The San Jose Sharks Tomas Hertl (48) jubilant after scoring against the Arizona Coyotes he is joined by Evander Kane (9), John Leonard (right of Kane), and Nilolai Knyzhov (71) in the first period (AP News photo)

By Mary Walsh

The San Jose Sharks started the 2021 season with a 4-3 shoot-out win in Arizona against the Coyotes. Tomas Hertl scored twice, John Leonard got two assists in his first NHL game. Evander Kane scored the Sharks’ third goal and Logan Couture scored the game-winner in the shootout. Conor Garland, Clayton Keller and Phil Kessel scored for Arizona. Martin Jones made 34 saves for the win, while Darcy Kuemper made 32 saves in the loss.

After the game, Logan Couture said: “I thought we were sloppy at times but I thought we did a lot of things really well. We had some speed through the neutral zone and that one line, Tommy Hertl’s line, created some nice goals. And Joner made some big-time saves when we had those breakdowns.”

Martin Jones did a lot of work during the long layoff and looked good Thursday. After the game, he said: “I think I took full advantage of the time and I put in a lot of work. So, it was nice to be able to play well in the first game but, you know, it’s one game, we gotta keep working at it here. There’s a lot of things that we can clean up.”

Couture gave a post-game nod to the rookie Sharks, saying: “Some guys played their first NHL game tonight, I thought they were terrific tonight.” Those first-timers were John Leonard and Nicholas Meloche. Leonard had two assists in his 13:14 of ice time. Meloche was a +1 in his 5:43 on the blue line.

Tomas Hertl scored twice in the first period for the Sharks, the first a power play goal at 12:43. Logan Couture took a shot from the boards, which bounced arond in the crease before Hertl put it away. Assists went to Evander Kane and Couture.

The second goal came with just over three minutes left in the period. John Leonard had just thrown the puck to the net, creating a rebound for Hertl to put away. Assists went to Leonard and Kane.

The Coyotes rallied in the second, Conor Garland scored for the Coyotes on a power play at 16:51 of the second period. Joel Kellman was in the box for tripping Derick Brassard. It was the Sharks’ third penalty in a row. The Coyotes were able to move the puck cross-ice several ties before Christian Dvorak’s shot found Garland’s tick for a tip in front of the net. Assists went to Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun.

Going into the third period, Evander Kane had two assists. With an aggressive charge to the net, and a Coyote on one arm, he scored the Sharks’ third goal a little past the midway point of the third period. Assists went to John Leonard and Tomas Hertl.

The 3-1 lead held up well into the third period.

Clayton Keller scored for the Coyotes’ with just 3:30 left in the third. Finding himself alone in the high slot, he caught the puck as it came out of a skirmish in front of the net and put it over Jones’ right shoulder before the goalie could get across. Assists went to Garland and Chychrun.

Phil Kessel tied the game up with just four seconds left in regulation. Under a lot of pressure with the Coyotes net empty, Martin Jones made a couple of good saves before it got by him. The Coyotes had three skaters in front of him and they all got a shot before Kessel’s went in. Assists went to Alex Goligoski and Clayton Keller.

The Sharks got a power play at 3:13 of overtime, when Clayton Keller was called for tripping Kevin Labanc. The Sharks OT power play started with Logan Couture, Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson and Tomas Hertl. After a shot went over the glass, Kane came onto the ice with Timo Meier and Ryan Donato, with Karlsson staying on. Neither unit scored before time ran out, in the power play and the period.

Each team scored on their first shot in the shootout, first Arizona’s Nick Schmaltz and the San Jose’s Ryan Donato. After that, Martin Jones stopped Clayton Keller and Conor Garland missed. Logan Couture scored to close it out.

The modified season has the Sharks playing against the Coyotes again on Saturday before moving on to St. Louis.

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: New Jersey shocks Blues ends 8 game win streak; Jets shutout Vegas 4-0; plus more

photo from stlouisdispatch.com: New Jersey Devils’ P.K. Subban, right, handles the puck as he is defended by St. Louis Blues’ Oskar Sundqvist, of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in St. Louis.

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington:

#1 Good things come to end at some point and the St Louis Blues eight game winning streak ended at eight games and who would have thought the New Jersey Devils would have been the team to beat them 4-2 on Friday night. The Devils scored with help from Dakota Mermis his first NHL goal and defenseman Connor Carrick his first of the season.

#2 The Winnipeg Jets shutout the Vegas Golden Knights 4-0 as Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves to do it. Hellebuyck leads the NHL in shutouts this season with six.

#3 The Calgary Flames edged the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 the Flames got scoring help from Johnny Gaudreau, TJ Brodie, and Mikael Backlund. The Flames Matthew Tkachuk got an assist on each of the goals.

#4 The Anaheim Ducks just got by the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1, Carter Rowneyu and Adam Hendrique both scored and goaltenders John Gibson and Ryan Miller stopped 30 shots for the Ducks.

#5 Vancouver Canucks got a three goal win over the Colorado Avalanche 6-3. Zack MacEwen scored two goals and Adam Gaudette picked up two assists at Rogers Centre on Friday night

Join Matt on the NHL podcast each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Joe Lami: Caps Ovechkin just one goal short for 700 club; Knights Martinez gets first goal in first game; plus more

Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals who scored his 699th goal of his career on Thursday night in Washington just one short of the 700 club (photo from wikipedia.com)

On the NHL podcast with Joe:

#1 The Vegas Golden Knights Alec Martinez had a goal and an assist in his first game with the Knights that help defeat the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Thursday night at T Mobile Center

#2 The Winnipeg Jets Mark Scheifele who went 12 games without a goal made up for lost time with a hat trick scoring three power play goals in the Jets victory over the Ottawa Senators 5-1

#3 The Toronto Maple Leafs shut out the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 as the Leafs goaltender Frederik Anderson stopped 24 shots. The Leafs Jake Muzzin score a goal with two assists.

#4 The Philadelphia Flyers Kevin Hayes got an overtime goal at 3:51 that was the difference in the Flyers 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Toronto. Stefan Matteau Jr scored his first goal since March 10, 2016.

#5 The St Louis Blues got a 1-0 shutout against the Arizona Coyotes as the Blues Ryan O’Reilly scored the games on goal and goaltender Jordan Binnington made 14 saves  for the shutout.

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

 

NHL Podcast with Joe Lami: Will Sharks 3 goal win turn the corner?; Knights clobber Panthers 7-2; plus more

photo from sfgate.com: San Jose Sharks’ Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) and Edmonton Oilers’ Josh Archibald (15) race for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta.

NHL podcast with Joe Lami:

#1 The San Jose Sharks looks like they’ve turn a corner with a win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night 6-3 and two goals scored by Timo Meier

#2 The Vegas Golden Knights Mark Stone found the back of the net twice, Stone also helped out on the big offensive night for the Knights with three assists in Vegas’ win over the Florida Panthers 7-2

#3 The Carolina Hurricane’s Andrei Svechnikov and Sebastian Aho both scored a goal each in the Canes win over the Arizona Coyotes in a two goal victory 5-3

#4 The New York Islanders Kieffer Bellows scored two goals in a night to remember for Bellows his first two goals of his NHL career that lent a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings

#5 The Nashville Predators got a one goal win over the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Thursday night as the Preds Mikael Granlund scored a goal and picked up an assist

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

NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum: Sharks feel the big hurt with Hertl out; Coyotes in trouble on pre draft scouting with NHL office; plus more

The San Jose Sharks Tomas Hertl (48) gets tangled up on a play that injured his knee that took him out for the season against the Vancouver Canucks on Wed Jan 29th at SAP Center in San Jose photo from mercurynews.com

On the Sharks podcast with Daniel:

1 Sharks’ Tomas Hertl injured, out for remainder of season

2 Report: Coyotes possibly in hot water with NHL and the Commish on pre-draft scouting issues

3 NHL trade deadline coming up on February 24. Rumors are underway

4 Las Vegas to host 40th anniversary of 1980 Olympic Miracle on Ice

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

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: Hertl to represent Sharks at All Star game; Sharks shocking 3 game sweep loss on the road

nhl.com file photo: Tomas Hertl of the San Jose Sharks will represent the team at the All Star game in St Louis this Saturday

On the San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro:

#1 The San Jose Sharks are coming off a three game loss from their last road trip into the All Star Break taking a look at the first of those three loses they dropped a tough one to the Arizona Coyotes 6-3 allowing three goals in the third period.

#2 In the Sharks second loss on the road they were completely manhandled by the Colorado Avalanche in a 4-0 shutout it was a game where they just couldn’t get any offense going

#3 In the third and last game of the trip the Sharks couldn’t but watch the Vancouver Canucks score on them and there was that terrible third period where they surrendered three goals.

#4 The Sharks hope to get back on their winning ways again as they face off against Anaheim at SAP Center on Monday night.

#5 Talk about Sharks All Star representative Tomas Hertl who will be appearing in St Louis this season 46 games, 15 goals, 20 assists.

Join Len for all the Sharks podcasts each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Sharks just ain’t right without Couture

news.yahoo.com file photo: San Jose Sharks Logan Couture (39) skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets Seth Jones (3) in Saturday’s Jan 4th game in Columbus

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 The loss of Logan Couture has struck this team on many levels but his leadership is vastly missed.

#2 Couture is very well depended on by his teammates and TSN says Couture is expected to be out for the next six weeks a long time when you depend someone like that.

#3 The Sharks last two games have risen concerns they were defeated on Tuesday night in Arizona by the Coyotes 6-3 and let in three goals in the third period that made the difference for the Coyotes.

#4 Then on Thursday a 4-0 shutout loss to the Colorado Avalanche it was all Aves as they scored twice in the first period and twice the second period Shark goaltender Marty Jones faced 38 shots and allowed in all four goals.

#5 The Sharks conclude this rugged three game road trip tonight in Vancouver as they face the Cancuks at Rogers Place Mary sets this one up for us.

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

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: Sharks can’t hold a tie game Coyotes rally in third period for 6-3 win

nhl.com photo: The Arizona Coyotes Derek Stepan (21) and the San Jose Sharks Evander Kane (9) get ready for the puck to drop in Glendale on Tuesday night

On the Sharks podcast with Len:

#1 The San Jose Sharks and the Arizona Coyotes were all knotted up in a 3-3 duel that was all the Yotes needed to come back and score three goals in the third period for a three goal win 6-3 on home ice in Glendale.

#2 The Coyotes Taylor Hall and Phil Kessel both found the back end of the net Tuesday night against San Jose both scoring twice and were the difference in the Coyotes offense

#3 The Sharks knew going into this one in Glendale the Coyotes would be a tough customer and after this game was tied up the Sharks were counting on their defense but the Coyotes used their game plan to stay in the Sharks zone camp out there and score three late goals to help them win it.

#4 For the Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell 38 saves, four goals let in and a rough night in front of the net for Dell

#5 The Sharks will try and regroup and head onto Colorado on Thursday night Len sets up this game

Sharks podcasts are heard every Wednesday with Len Shapiro at http://www.sportsradioservice.com