NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Covid outbreaks effects numerous NHL teams; Jets Lowry takes over as interim coach; plus more

Nashville Predators left wing Tanner Jeannot (84) watches as teammate left wing Filip Forsberg scores on Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz (39) Thu Dec 16, 2021 in Nashville (AP News photo)

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington:

#1 Not since the beginning of the Covid 19 pandemic in March 2020 has the NHL seen so many games postponed. The NHL has postponed two more teams all games for the Colorado Avalanche (17-8-2) and Florida Panthers (18-7-4).

#2 The Calgary Flames (15-7-6) have shutdown their operations extending it from Dec 24-26. The Flames announced that they have had no further positive tests today. The Flames next scheduled game is against the Edmonton Oilers (17-11-0) on Dec 27th.

#3 Winnipeg Jets (13-11-5) head coach Paul Maurice resigned on Friday saying the team needs a new voice. That new voice was found when Jet’s general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff called new interim head coach Dave Lowry to take over on Thursday. Lowry is the father of Jets forward Adam Lowry.

#4 The Vegas Golden Knights (19-11-0) Jonathan Marchessault got the game winner in round three of a shootout against the New York Rangers (19-7-4) at Madison Square Garden for a 3-2 win. The win was the Knights third straight win.

#5 The St Louis Blues (17-8-5) picked up a home and home sweep against the Dallas Stars (13-12-2) 4-1 on Friday night in St Louis. The Blues Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals and goaltender Charlie Lindgren stopped 26 shots.

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San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Sharks blow past Flames 5-3; Three goal third period put SJ on top

San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48), is congratulated for scoring his third goal in the third period against the Calgary Flames with defenseman Brent Burns (88), defenseman Mario Ferraro (38) and center Logan Couture (39) at SAP Center in San Jose on Tue Dec 7, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 The San Jose Sharks (14-11-1) Tomas Hertl’s hat trick made the difference in the Sharks two goal win over the Calgary Flames (15-6-5) on Tuesday night at SAP Center in San Jose.

#2 Flames center Adam Ruzika said that he was pretty upset to lose a game like this after having a 3-1 lead collapse. The Flames have now lost two in a row.

#3 Hertl shot with lazor beam accuracy there are some nights your fired up and Hertl made all his shots count to surpass the Flames who held the lead at one time 3-1.

#4 Hertl said that coming back from the long five game road trip and to win the first game to start the five game homestand is huge and important.

#5 After losing their last two games on the road in New York and Columbus the Sharks come back with the 5-3 win over Calgary get ready to host the Minnesota Wild (18-6-1) who beat the Edmonton Oilers (16-8-0) 4-1. How do you see this match up Thursday night with the Wild and Sharks at SAP?

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Sharks Beat Back Flames 5-3, Hertl Scores Hat Trick

San Jose Sharks left wing Jasper Weatherby (26) screens Calgary Flames goaltender Dan Vladar (80) to allow a goal by center Tomas Hertl to score in the first period at SAP Center on Tue Dec 7, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Mary Walsh

SAN JOSE– The San Jose Sharks came back from a two goal defecit to win 5-3 against the Calgary Flames Tuesday. The Sharks got goals from Erik Karlsson and Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl scored a hat trick. Logan Couture passed the 600 point mark in his NHL career. Adin Hill, making his fourth start in a row, made 40 saves for the win. Dillon Dube, Johnny Gaudreau and Adam Ruzicka scored for the Flames. Dan Vladar made 22 saves in the loss.

Tomas Hertl’s three goals and one in the previous game signal a shift from a 10 game dry spell, during which he had just two goals. Of this sudden productivity, Sharks Head Coach Bob Boughner said:

“Yeah, he was frustrated for a couple weeks, a few weeks getting chances but not putting it in. We had a talk the other day and he just, good players do that. He’s a heck of a player in this league I think. You knew it was going to come, just like [Bonino] a few weeks ago, we were talking about it. You don’t play that long in the league and have that much success and the switch goes off.”

Calgary’s Dillon Dube started the scoring just 97 seconds into the game. Milan Lucic made a quick pass from the outside to the slot and the puck went off of Dube and also Mario Ferraro right in front of the net. Lucic got the assist.

Tomas Hertl tied the game with his tenth of the season, on a power play at 8:58. Alexander Barabanov made a pass from one face-off circle to Hertl in the other. Hertl took the shot off the pass and put it in the top corner on the short side. Barabanov and Brent Burns got the assists.

Johnny Gaudreau scored his tenth of the season, giving Calgary the lead back at 11:55. Matthew Tkachuk made a nifty between-the legs pass from almost behind the net. The pass found Gaudreau on the doorstepTkachuk and Elias Lindholm got the assists.

Adam Ruzicka scored the first of his career at 4:31 of the second period. Christopher Tanev’s shot created a rebound and Ruzicka kept after it until he could push it around Hill’s skate and in. Tanev and Brad Richardson got the assists.

Erik Karlsson cut the lead down with a break-away goal as he came out of the penalty box. Logan Couture spotted him and got the puck up to him as the penalty expired. Assists went to Couture and Jasper Weatherby.

Logan Couture tipped an Erik Karlsson shot, tying the game again on the power play at 14:27. Jonathan Dahlen got the secondary assist.

Tomas Hertl gave the Sharks a lead with his second of the night at 18:10. Alexander Barabanov’s shot created a rebound close to the goal line. Hertl was there to lift it in.

At 6:29 of the third period, Lane Pederson went into the boards by the bench, head-first, with some help from Milan Lucic. Pederson returned from the dressing room very quickly and no penalty was assessed.

Calgary pulled their goaltender for the extra skater with a little under two minutes left in the third. Tomas Hertl scored his third of the night into the empty net at 18:10.

With just under ten seconds left in the game, Ferraro’s clearing attempt hit referee Michael Markovic in the face and he needed help to leave the ice.

The Flames beat the Sharks in the face-off circle in 59% of the draws. They out-shot the Sharks 43-27. The Sharks power play had two chances and scored on both. Their penalty kill gave up three shots and produced three short-handed shots.

The Sharks next play on Thursday in San Jose against the Minnesota Wild at 7:30 PM PT.

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Jets score lots beat Devils 8-4; Ranger goalies combine for shutout over Sharks; plus more

Winnipeg Jets’ Mark Scheifele (55) and Kyle Connor (81) celebrate Scheifele’s first period goal at the Canada Life Centre in Winnipeg on Fri Dec 3, 2021 (Canadian Press via AP photo)

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Huge night for the Winnipeg Jets (11-8-4) Mark Schiefele who scored a hat trick against the visiting New Jersey Devils (9-9-4) on Friday night at Canada Life Centre in Winnipeg in a 8-4 win. The Jets never let up on the Devils scoring three goals in the first and second periods and two in the thrid.

#2 The New York Rangers (15-4-3) goaltenders Igor Shesterkin and Alexander Georgiev combined for 28 saved goals. Shesterkin had to leave after injuring his right leg in the third period and was replace by Georgiev as the Rangers ended up getting a 1-0 shutout against the San Jose Sharks (13-10-1) .

#3 Max Pacioretty of the Vegas Golden Knights (13-10-0) scored two goals in the second period and the Knights scored four goals in the second stanza which led to a crushing 7-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes (5-17-2).

#4 The Calgary Flames (15-4-5) just got by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks (13-8-4) in a 4-3 shootout. The Flames scored two unanswered shootout goals scored by Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk for the win.

#5 The Seattle Kraken’s (9-13-2) early goals two in each of the first and second periods were just enough to get by the Edmonton Oilers (16-6-0) 4-3. Kraken goals by Alex Wennberg, Yanni Gourde, Colin Blackwell, and Adam Larsson.

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NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Eichel expected back from surgery by Feb; Blackhawks win 3 in a row under new coach

Vegas Golden Knight Jack Eichel underwent successful disk surgery the Knights announced everything went as planned and expect Eichel to make his Knights debut by Feb 2022 (photo from nhl.com)

On the NHL podcast with Matt Harrington:

#1 The Vegas Golden Knights announced that Jack Eichel to make his Vegas debut by mid Feb 2022 Eichel wanted to have disk surgery when played for the Buffalo Sabers but the Sabers wanted Eichel have a fusion procedure. Eichel elected to come to Vegas and get the surgery he was requesting the disk surgery that turned out to be a success.

#2 The Chicago Blackhawks (4-9-2) who had their share of problems with the David Aldrich sex scandal and the team had previously lost 11 out of 12 games now have won three straight games under new head coach Derek King. The Blackhawks since King has taken over are feeling good and much better about themselves and hoping their situation since the scandal can improve.

#3 Washington Capitals (8-2-4) star Alexander Ovechkin continues to set records scoring his 742nd goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets (8-4-0) on Friday night in the first period at 10:19 passing Brett Hull on the all time goals list moving into third place.

#4 Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames had doubts that he would be a stand out All Star hockey player when he first join the NHL back in 1999-98 but Iginla who won two Olympic medals will be inducted with five other NHL players into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Monday. Iginla scored 625 goals and has 675 assists during his career.

#5 Matt, Brandon Coburn has announced his retirement after 16 NHL seasons. Coburn last played for the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders this season. Coburn played for the Tampa Bay Lightning and was the third person to lift the Stanley Cup after the Bolts won the Finals. Coburn started with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2003 and finishes with 49 goals and 185 assists.

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San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa: Sharks three goals in third period put away Calgary 4-1

San Jose Sharks goaltender Adin Hill tries to defend against a Calgary Flames shot which is right in front of him on Tue Nov 9, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 Mary Lisa the San Jose Sharks (7-4-1) opened up the offense scoring three goals in the third period which help lead to their three goal win 4-1 over the Calgary Flames (7-2-3).

#2 This was the first of five games on the road and for Sharks assistant coach John MacLean it was a good way to start the road trip.

#3 Considering that seven players are either out for Covid or Covid protocols and to win a game like this they’ve seemed to put it out of their mind regarding missing that many players.

#4 Sharks goaltender Adin Hill stopped 37 out of 38 shots and Logan Couture said that Hill was tremendous that he played great and that he had some big saves.

#5 The Sharks face off against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night and it will be the third time the two teams have met. The Jets have lost their last two games, they lost last to the St Louis Blues (8-2-1) on Tuesday night in a 3-2 shootout. The Sharks have seen a lot of the Jets in the last 30 days how do you see this match up in Winnipeg.

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Sharks Light Up Flames, Win 4-1

San Jose Sharks’ Nicolas Meloche (right) plows Calgary Flames’ Mikael Backlund (left) into the boards during the first period at SAP Center in San Jose on Tue Nov 9, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Mary Walsh

The San Jose Sharks started this road trip with a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames, scoring three times in the third period. Alexander Barabanov, Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl and Jonathan Dahlen scored for San Jose, and Adin Hill made 37 saves for the win. Brent Burns and Adin Hill each earned two assists in the game and Dahlen’s goal tied him for the NHL rookie lead in goals this season. Andrew Mangiapane scored for Calgary and Jacob Markstrom made 22 saves in the loss.

After the game, Sharks Assistant Coach John MacLean talked about what he saw during the third period:

“It’s always fun when you can feel them just kind of, they’re excited to be out there, and going and cheering for one another and blocking shots and cheering for a good change, cheering for getting a puck deep. That’s when you can see them, you know, playing for one another and that when you know you have a shot.”

Sharks Captain Logan Couture talked about goaltender Adin Hill’s performance in the net: “Tremendous, played great. Big saves, a few times there off tips. Always looked composed. I mean, there were a few times when the puck as bouncing around but he was a rock for us tonight.”

In a scoreless first period, the Sharks were out-shot 8-4, despite having two power plays. Two of their shots in the period came on the power play. In the face-off circle, they won just 4 out of 11 draws.

Alexander Barabanov scored the first goal of the game 47 seconds into the second period. Brent Burns made a pass from the Sharks red line to Barabanov on the Flames blue line. Barabanov made a beeline for the net and beat Markstrom with a quick wrist shot. Assists went to Burns and Hill.

Andrew Mangiapane tied it up 20 seconds later through a melee at the net. Assists went to Milan Lucic and Dillon Dube.

There was an official review after the on-ice official called no-goal. The video review reversed the call. The Sharks then challenged the goal for goaltender interference, as it appeared that Milan Lucic had pushed Adin Hill ‘s pad into the net. The challenge failed and the team had to kill their first penalty of the game.

The Sharks were out-shot again, 19-8 in the second period. They also had to kill three penalties, allowing six shots to the Flames power play. In the face-off circle they improved, winning 46% of the draws.

Logan Couture scored the game winner at 4:18 of the third period. He carried the puck over the blue line and took a shot from the boards that went off of a Calgary defender and into the net. Assists went to Santeri Hatakka and Nicolas Meloche.

With just over a minute left, Adin Hill collected the puck behind the net, and passed it to Brent Burns in the corner. Before taking a hit, Burns sent the puck all the way up the ice. He missed the net, but Tomas Hertl won the race, and put the puck in the empty net with a spin around the Calgary defender.

With 41 seconds left, Jonathan Dahlen scored another into the empty net from deep in the Sharks zone.

The Sharks finally out-shot Calgary in the third, 14-11. The Sharks also won 54% of the face-offs in the third period. Tomas Hertl led all skaters with seven shots in the game.

The Sharks play next on Thursday in Winnipeg against the Jets at 5:00 PM PT.

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Kraken Fluery gets first two goal game; Canes Andersen gets first shutout; Panthers Quenneville may never coach again; plue more

The Seattle Karken’s defenseman Haydn Fluery (4) takes the puck down ice against the Minnesota Wild on Thu Oct 28, 2021 at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle (AP News photo)

On the NHL podcast with Matt Harrington:

#1 The Seattle Kraken’s Haydn Fleury picked up his first two goal game of his career as Seattle won it’s third game of the season against the Minnesota Wild 4-1.

#2 Carolina Hurricanes get a 3-0 shutout and win their first six games the best start in their team history at 6-0-0. The Canes goaltender Frederik Andersen stopped 33 shots by the Boston Bruins. The Hurricanes are doing so well that Andersen became the seventh goaltender in NHL history to win each of the Hurricanes first six games to start the year.

#3 The Colorado Avalanche edged the St Louis Blues 4-3 at the Enterprise Center in St Louis. The Aves got help from J.T. Compher who scored two goals. It was the first time the Blues have lost a game this season.

#4 The Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom saved 45 shots against the Pittsburgh Penguins for a shutout at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh for the Flames fifth win of the season. The Flames are in first place in the Pacific division getting a 4-0 win.

#5 The resignation of former Florida Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville sent shockwaves throughout the NHL. Quenneville was head coach in 2010 of the Chicago Blackhawks when Kyle Beach made claims of being sexually assaulted by assistant coach Brad Aldrich. Aldrich threatened Beach that if he reported the assault his NHL career would be over. Beach went ahead and made the complaints and nothing really was done about it as the Blackhawks were focusing on winning the Stanley Cup at the time.

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

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Flames Coleman suspended; Habs Price out rehabbing; plus more

Calgary Flames Blake Coleman has been suspended two games for this hit on Winnipeg Jets forward Jansen Harkins in Winnipeg on Wed Oct 6, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 The Calgary Flames forward Blake Coleman has been suspended one pre season game and one regular season game for boarding the Winnipeg Jets forward Jansen Harkins on Wed Oct 6 in Winnipeg. Matt talk about the play and Coleman’s suspension.

#2 In what is partly shocking but also one of the good wishes Montreal goaltender Carey Price has entered an assistance program. Carey was working out for his post knee surgery and had to recover from a non Covid 19 illness. Prices wife Angela said putting Price’s mental health comes first.

#3 Ottawa Senators 27 year old forward Brady Tkachuk remains an unrestricted free agent and will not make it to the Senators opening day roster which starts Oct 14, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said Tkachuk was expected to be signed by Sep 22.

#4 The Los Angeles Kings center Quinton Byfield is on the injured reserve list since Wednesday due to a fractured left ankle. Byfield 19, left early in the third period on Tuesday after getting hit by the Arizona Coyotes Christian Fischer. Kings head coach Todd McLellan said Byfield was in good spirits and he was around the rink and the guys which was good.

#5 Matt explain Turner Sports TV contract a seven year deal as NBC is out. How will this impact local live games that used to be televised on NBC.

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NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Flames open up on Sens for 6-3 win; Flyers Elliott throws shutout against Sabers; plus more

The Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott (37) shutout the Buffalo Sabers and stopped 23 shots on the way to a 3-0 victory in Buffalo on Sat Feb 27, 2021 (@PR_NHL photo)

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Matt, let’s take a look at some of today’s action in the NHL the Calgary Flames (10-10-2) are getting some offense as Mikael Backlund, Andrew Mangiapane,  Matt Tkachuk, Elias Lindholm, Sean Monahan, and Juuso Valimaki scored a goal each in their 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators (7-15-1) at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.

#2 The Philadelphia Flyers (10-4-3) goaltender Brian Elliott threw a shutout today against the Buffalo Sabers (6-9-3). Elliott stopped 23 Philadelphia shots for the shutout. You know about goaltending Matt talk about Elliott’s stops between the pipes today in Buffalo.

#3 The Flyers got some scoring help from Sean Couturier, Shayne Gostisbehere, and Scott Laughton each scored a goal a piece for the 3-0 win.

#4 The New Jersey Devils (7-7-2) may have shutdown the Washington Capitals (11-5-4) Alexander Ovechkin from scoring any goals on Saturday but they couldn’t stop the Caps offense from scoring five goals from Nic Dowd, Lars Eller, Garnet Hathaway, Daniel Sprong, and Jakub Vrana for the 5-2 win.

#5  In goal for the Capitals was Vitek Vanecek who stopped 22 out of 24 shots against the Devils on Saturday afternoon.

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