NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Wild Sprugeon gets hat trick in 5-3 win; Blues Perron gets 24th goal in 5-1 win; plus more

photo from startribune.com: Minnesota’s Ryan Hartman (38), Marcus Foligno (17) and Jared Spurgeon (46) celebrate a goal against the Oilers during the second period.

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington:

#1 The Minnesota Wild’s Jared Sprugeon got a natural hat trick on Friday night against the Edmonton Oilers 5-3. The Wild also got goal help from Kevin Fiala and Carson Soucy as the Wild pick up their second straight win.

#2 The St Louis Blues David Perron found the back end of the net again scoring his 24th goal as the Blues defeated the Dallas Stars 5-1. Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop left early in the contest after allowing multiple goals.

#3 The Boston Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored a pair of goals in the Bruins 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames, Bergeron is on a roll scoring 21 times in 32 games

#4 The New York Rangers got three goal win over the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2, the Rangers Mike Zibanejad scored a goal and had two assists. The Rangers will be on back to back games hosting the San Jose Sharks tonight at MSG.

#5 The Chicago Blackhawks edged the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Friday night, the Hawks Alex DeBrincat got a third period goal and also in overtime to put Chicago over the top 2-1

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

 

NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum: NHL could be back for Winter Olympics; Bruins’ Lauzon set for hearing over using stick on player’s head; plus more

yahoo.sports.com file photo: Fans in Beijing cheer the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks at the 2017 NHL China Games, with the NHL saying they hope to return for pre-season games in 2020 and possibly have NHL talent in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

NHL podcast with Daniel

1 Report: NHL, IOC nearing possible agreement for league to return to Winter Olympics

2 Bruins’ Jeremy Lauzon to have hearing with NHL over a body check

3 NBC’s Keith Jones expects Sharks to trade Brenden Dillon, and other veterans

4 Carolina tops Vegas in shootout, spoils home coaching debut for Peter DeBoer

4 Blues to retire Chris Pronger’s No. 44

NHL podcasts with Daniel are heard each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

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

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: NJ’s Severson puts goal in wrong net; Rinne allows 3 goals in Preds loss, plus more

nhl photo: New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson (28) back handed a goal into his own net as New Jersey goalie McKenzie Blackwood (29) could only watch. The goal was the game winning goal for Toronto.

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Toronto goaltender  Michael Hutchinson said that lucky bounces go your way which it did for Toronto when New Jersey defenseman Damon Severson backhanded the puck into his own net to give Toronto a 5-4 win on Friday night.

#2 Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry stopped 30 shots as the Penguins won their fifth game out of six. Pekka Rinne for the Nashville Predators allowed three goals and was pulled as the Pens beat the Preds 5-2.

#3 The St Louis Blues David Peron scored at 3:14 in overtime to give the Blues the win over Winnipeg Jets 5-4. Tyler Bozak scored twice for the Blues to help with their five goal tally.

#4 What happened to the San Jose Sharks they led after two periods 2-0 but the Los Angeles Kings came roaring back to victory with three unanswered goals two in the third period to tie the game and Jeff Carter to score the game winner in overtime.

#5 The Boston Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored two goals and Jaroslav Halak stopped 26 shots against the Buffalo Sabers in a 3-0 shutout. For Bergeron it was his third straight game to scored two goals.

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

 

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

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Ovechkin hit on Drouin fires up Habs to score 4 times in 2nd period; Marchand scores twice for Bruins’ win over Leafs; plus more

foxsports.com photo: The Montreal Canadiens respond to the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin’s thunderous hit on teammate Jonathan Drouin and later scored four goals in the second period in Friday night’s game at the Belle Centre in Montreal.

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 There’s one way to fire up the Montreal Canadiens. That’s to watch the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin try and take out the Habs’ Jonathan Drouin, who ended up seeing stars after an Ovechkin hit. The Canadiens regrouped, came out and scored four goals in the second period in their 5-2 win over the Caps.

#2 Brad Marchand scored twice in the third period as the visiting Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2. The Bruins’ Charlie Coyle and Zdeno Chara also scored goals for Boston.

#3 New Jersey’s MacKenzie Blackwood was all the difference in goal as the Devils goaltender stopped 38 shots in New Jersey’s win over the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. The Pens played without their offensive star Sidney Crosby.

#4 The Ottawa Senators’ Filip Chlapik got a second period goal and goalie Anders Nilsson stopped 26 shots for the Sens in their 2-1 trimming of the Philadelphia Flyers. The Senators were able to kill off four-minute power play late in the game.

#5 The Columbus Blue Jackets’ Zach Werenski got an overtime goal at 3:34 as the Blue Jackets picked up a win over the St. Louis Blues 3-2. Vladislav Gavrikov scored his first NHL goal for the Jackets.

Matt Harrington does the NHL podcast each Saturday and is a San Jose Sharks beat writer for http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Sharks will not be part of NHL Global Series in Prague next season; Bolts just get by Sabres in Stockholm; plus more

illustration from nhl.com: 2020 NHL Global Series in Finland

Matt joins Sports Talk for the NHL podcasts each Saturday.

#1 The San Jose Sharks, who have many European star players, will not be part of the 2020 NHL Global Series held in Prague next season. The Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning will meet in Stockholm tonight for the first of two games. In the early part of October at the start of the NHL season in 2020, it’ll be the Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators playing twice in Prague, while Colorado and Columbus face off later in the season at Hartwell Arena in Helinski.

#2 The Lighting and Sabres battled in Stockholm Friday to a Lightning 3-2 win. The Bolts’ Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy both scored. Both games in Stockholm between the two teams are sold out in Sweden as part of the NHL Global Series.

#3 The Edmonton Oilers came away with a 4-0 shutout at the Rogers Centre. The Oilers’ Mikko Koskinin stopped 26 shots in goal and Ale Chiasson scored and had an assist in a win that snapped their two-game losing streak against New Jersey on Friday night.

#4 The Detroit Red Wings, who had been struggling, shocked the Original Six Hockey World Friday night with a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins. The Wings’ Robby Fabbri scored twice in his first game with the Red Wings. it was a win that snapped the Red Wings’ four-game losing streak. Most shockingly, they beat a very tough and challenging Bruins team.

#5 The Winnipeg Jets’ Kyle Connor found the back of the net and got an assist in the Jets win over visiting Vancouver 4-1. The Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck stopped 31 Canucks shots.

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

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: Sharks come off a 1-4 road trip, host Jets Friday night at the Tank

Photo credit: @sharks_fanly

On the Sharks podcast with Len:

#1 Len in short the Boston Bruins (9-1-2) made short work of the San Jose Sharks (4-8-1) with two goals in the first and three goals in the second period are teams learning about the Sharks weakness crash the net early apply the mercy rule in the third period.

#2 How much does it really show now that the Sharks just might have made a mistake in their off season dealing of Gustav Nyquist, Justin Braun, Joe Pavelski, Joonas Donskoi, just to make room for one player Erik Karlsson is this the kind of criticism that the team is hearing now 13 games into the season and four game below .500.

#3 Talk about the road trip the Sharks lost four of their last five games if you include their loss before the trip that was to Buffalo it would five out of six loses was team unprepared for this trip or they simply lack the talent to win against teams like Buffalo, Toronto, Ottawa and Boston?

#4 We talked about Nyquist, Braun, Pavelski, and Donskoi the former players on this team but what about the man they made some cap room for Karlsson how much of the weight of the team is his?

#5 The Winnipeg Jets (6-7-0) come into San Jose suffering a defeat on Tuesday night in Anaheim 7-4. The Jets have won three of their last six games the Sharks have lost three straight going into Friday night but with home ice Jets and Sharks who has the upper hand in this contest?

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

Bruins pounce on Sharks in dominating 5-1 win

Photo credit: @NHLBruins

By Marko Ukalovic

BOSTON, Mass- The San Jose Sharks got into penalty trouble early and often and the Boston Bruins made them pay for their indiscretions in a 5-1 victory — that featured five different goal scorers — on Tuesday evening at TD Garden.

Boston is currently undefeated in their last eight games (6-0-2), while San Jose limps back home licking their wounds after a disappointing 1-3-1 Northeast road trip. Once again the Sharks’ defensive woes were the story of the game as the Bruins had numerous scoring chances during the game.

Boston (9-1-2) drew first blood on the power play just under eight minutes into the first period. A failed clearing attempt by Brenden Dillon found the stick of Patrice Bergeron who faked a shot and sent a cross ice pass over to David Pastrnak who was all alone on the left side when he buried a one-timer past Sharks goalie Martin Jones for his 12th goal of the season, which leads the NHL, at the 7:49 mark.

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer challenged the call for offsides, but after the video review, the officials upheld the goal, which resulted in a minor penalty and second consecutive power play opportunity, which the Sharks were able to kill off.

The Bruins capitalized on their third power play opportunity late in the opening 20 minutes. Brad Marchand sent the puck back up to the point where Torey Krug touched pass it over to the David Krejci, who wristed a one-timer underneath the arm of Jones for his first goal of the season at the 17:51 mark.

“We’re definitely going through a tough time right now,” said captain Logan Couture. “You gotta go through some adversity at some point in the year. It’s been too long to stay in the rut. We gotta respond at some point.”

San Jose (4-8-1) opened up the second period with a power play goal of their own to cut the deficit to 2-1. After a faceoff win, Erik Karlsson fed the puck over to Brent Burns  from the point. Burns made one move and lasered a wrist shot under the arm of Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask for his third goal of the season at the 1:31 mark. Burns leads the Sharks with 13 points.

Boston regained their two-goal lead seconds after a tripping penalty to Tomas Hertl had ended. Krejci gathered the puck after a deflection and sent a shot-pass over to Charlie Coyle, former Sharks draft pick, who had inside position on Marc-Edouard Vlasic and  knocked it home from the crease for his second goal of the season less than four minutes later at the 5:21 mark.

Chris Wagner took advantage off a turnover by Tim Heed to give the Bruins a 4-1 lead. Heed’s attempted cross ice pass heeled off his stick over to of David Backes, who quickly outletted a pass up the ice that sent Wagner on a breakaway. Wagner made one move before sliding the puck past Jones’ five-hole for his first goal of the season at the 8:31 mark.

“It was a game of mistakes,” said Burns. “It’s tough (to get the offense going) when you’re playing in your own zone a lot against a team like that. They’re going to capitalize (on their chances).”

Boston scored its third unanswered goal of the period when Wagner won a battle along the boards and sent the puck back up to the point where Brando Carlo wristed a knuckle-ball of a shot that appeared to glance off a Sharks’ body and went over the left shoulder of Jones for his second goal of the season at the 16:50 mark.

Despite the goals scored, it could have been much worse in the second period if not for some incredible saves from Jones in a four-minute stretch where he faced numerous odd man rushes from Boston thanks to the pourous San Jose defense. Boston outshot San Jose 18-6 in the middle frame.

Things got chippy in the third period when Evander Kane went up high on Charlie McAvoy with Zdeno Chara going after Kane and Dillion coming to the aid of his forward. Both Chara and Dillon received minor penalties for roughing. Fights from Barclay Goodrow/Brett Richie and Couture/Marchand ended their nights early as they were all given game misconduct penalties after their scrums.

“We’re a little fragile right now,” said DeBoer. “You can see that. You’re at the end of a road trip and you take eight minor penalties, five in the first two periods, against the best power play in the league. We have to be smarter in helping ourselves.”

Rask finished the game with 16 saves on 17 shots to earn the win. Jones, who should have received a purple heart medal after the game, stopped 36 of the 41 shots he faced in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose went 1/3 on the power play. Boston was 2/8. The Sharks came into the game with the number one penalty kill in the NHL and had killed off 14 penalty kills in a row before Pastrnak’s power play goal.

Bergeron recorded his 499th assist of his NHL career.

It was the first game in NHL history that featured three players (Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton and Chara) with an over combined 4700 career games played.

UP NEXT: The Sharks return home to host the Winnipeg Jets on Friday, November 1 at 7:30 pm in the SAP Center.

Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Blues-Bruins involved in hard-fought finals; Warriors cry for Durant; plus more

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On Headline Sports with Tony Renteria:

#1 The St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins played a long hard fought NHL Finals that went seven games in a back-and-forth series.

#2 How much of the injuries to the Golden State Warriors Kevon Looney, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant played in their struggle to win games in the finals?

#3 Talk about Warriors team president Bob Meyers, who cried after game five when Durant went down with the Achilles injury. Meyers taking much of the responsibility for the decision on putting Durant back in now lost for at least a year.

#4 The New England Patriots are filing tampering charges against the Houston Texans for trying to talk to the Patriots Director of Player personnel Nick Caserio. The Texans general manager Brian Gaine attended a post Super Bowl ring celebration at Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s house as did Caserio. Some conversation or interest of Caserio took place and hence the tampering suit.

#5 When you have mob names like the Surgeon (Louis Alfredo Rivas Clase) and a woman named the Venezuelan or Red, these are just two of the names that help coordinate the shooting of former Red Sox star David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic. It was also reported that two other men were involved and a total of six people were involved in the planning of the shooting of Ortiz.

Tony Renteria does Headline Sports each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com