NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum: Kane banged up from fight, is day to day; Flames, Sharks, Knights’ playoff race; Jets’ Wheeler lights the lamp; plus more

@SanJoseSharks file photo: Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Evander Kane of the San Jose Sharks mix it up back on Tue Feb 26th at TD Waterhouse Garden in Boston. Kane was injured in this brawl and is day to day.

On the NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum

1 Evander Kane expected to miss Sharks game against Chicago.

2 Flames and Sharks battle to see who avoids Knights in playoffs.

3 Blake Wheeler scores four goals as the Winnipeg Jets beat surging Columbus Blue Jackets.

4 Carolina Hurricanes and Montreal Canadiens try to create space in NHL East races.

5 Remembering Ted Lindsay, Detroit Red Wings great, Players Union pioneer and NY Rangers all-time leader in games played and Harry Howell number ten on the all-time Rangers top 100 list and finished up in the WHA and played for the Oakland Seals he played in 1400 games. He passed away at 86.

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

NHL podcast with Joe Lami: Bruins get a one-goal win over Panthers; Pens shutout CBJ’s 3-0; Hawks shutout Sabres 3-0; plus more

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On the NHL podcast with Joe:

#1 The Boston Bruins just got by the Florida Panthers 4-3. Patrice Bergeron scored twice including the gamer for the Bruins.

#2 The Pittsburgh Penguins got a 3-0 shutout over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Pens’ Sidney Crosby scored a goal and Pens goaltender Matt Murray stopped all 25 shots.

#3 Chicago Blackhawks get a big win Thursday night in overtime 5-4 over the Buffalo Sabres. The Hawks’ Artem Anisimov scored twice and goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 35 of 39 shots.

#4 The New York Islanders’ Valtteri Filppula scored twice 4-2 as the Islanders defeated the Ottawa Senators.

#5 The Detroit Red Wings top the New York Rangers and that ended a eight-game loss streak for the Red Wings. Red Wings won in a shootout 3-2.

NHL podcasts with Joe Lami are heard each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sharks Beat Blackhawks 5-2, M. Karlsson Scores 2

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By Mary Walsh

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks beat the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 Sunday night. Despite the absence of Erik Karlsson, the Sharks still got three goals from Swedish players in the third period. Melker Karlsson scored two and Marcus Sorensen scored one. Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier added two more for the Sharks. Martin Jones made 28 saves for the win. Dylan Strome and Erik Gustafsson scored for Chicago and Cam Ward made 29 saves in the loss.

Both Erik Karlsson and Evander Kane missed a second game in a row with injuries. After the game, Sharks Head Coach Peter DeBoer talked about winning without them in the lineup:

Take out two critical pieces like that out of somebody’s team and you’re in tough. But I thought our fourth line was excellent tonight, I thought Tim Heed’s been playing great hockey for us. That’s what good teams do on nights when guys are out or nights when a line is off a little bit, another line picks it up. I thought Tommy Hertl and his line were real good tonight so, you know, that’s part of winning hockey.

Tomas Hertl gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 12:16 of the first. He carried the puck into the zone, pestered somewhat by Duncan Keith, and when Cam Ward went down to block the shot, slipped the puck around him. Tim Heed got the assist.

Chicago tied it up in the final minute of the period with a goal from Dylan Strome. A few good offensive shifts from Chicago was followed by a neutral zone turnover by the Sharks. That gave the Blackhawks a two on one of Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat. Strome looked like he would pass, but he shot and beat Jones on the blocker side. DeBrincat and Brent Seabrook got the assists.

At the end of the first, Chicago held the lead in shots 11-7. The Sharks had won 67% of the face-offs.

Early in the second, Timo Meier gave the Sharks the lead back. He started by sending the puck around the boards to Tim Heed before moving to the slot. Then, from above the hash marks, he tipped Heed’s shot, sending the puck just under the goalie’s glove. Tomas Hertl screened Ward so the goalie really had no chance to see the shot coming. Assists went to Heed and Joonas Donskoi.

Erik Gustafsson tied it back up at 6:40. After a little give and go up by the blue line with Jonathan Toews, Gustafsson moved to the middle of the ice and took a shot right up the middle, going through three skaters aligned in a perfect screen. The puck brushed the underside of Jones’s sleeve as it went in. Assists went to Toews and Keith.

The Sharks outshot the Blackhawks 14-12 in the second period, but their face-off win percentage dropped to 53%.

4:27 into the third, the Sharks took the lead back with a great shot from Marcus Sorensen skating to the net. Joe Thornton and Joonas Donskoi had spent a spell around the net and boards. Thornton and Donskoi got the assists.

During a delayed penalty against Chicago, Melker Karlsson extended the lead to 4-2. It was a well-deserved goal for a fourth line that had been close to scoring several times in the game. Karlsson tipped a Brent Burns shot tipped from the hash marks. The time of the goal was 8:16, with assists going to Burns and Micheal Haley.

Karlsson scored again at 17:38. The Chicago net was empty when Karlsson picked Goodrow’s clearing shot out of the air. He broke away and took his shot from the Chicago blue line. Assists went to Goodrow and Haley.

The Sharks killed three of three penalties, one per period and had one power play during which they did not score. They allowed eight shots on the three penalty kills and got one on the power play. The final shot count was 34-30 Sharks and they won 51% of the face-offs.

The win puts the Sharks just three points behind the Pacific Division and Western Conference leaders, the Calgary Flames.

The Sharks next play on Thursday against the visiting Montreal Canadiens at 7:30 PM PT.

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Kings snap 10 game skid; Lightning tie NHL record for 50 wins; Oilers Koskinen stops 30 shots for shutout; plus more

photo from yahoo.com: Kings beat Blackhawks 6-3 to halt 10-game losing streak on Saturday night at Staple Center against the Chicago Blackhawks

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 The Los Angeles Kings finally snapped out of it and won a game after losing ten games straight the Kings Andre Kempe scored a goal and an assist as the Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3. Kings head coach Willie Desjardins said it’s been a long time and it feels good just to win.

#2 The Tampa Bay Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov led the Bolts with a goal and an assist as they won their 50th game in 66 games defeating the Ottawa Senators 5-1. With the win the Lightning tie the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings for the fastest team to win 50 games in a season.

#3 The Edmonton Oilers Mikko Koskinen stopped all 30 Columbus Blue Jacket shots and the Oilers Leon Draisaitl got a goal and two assists for the 4-0 win.

#4 Brad Marchand got the Boston Bruins only goal and B’s goaltender Tuukka Rask stopped all 20 New Jersey shots in the Bruins 1-0 shutout of the Devils.

#5 The Toronto Maple Leafs had an offensive extravaganza from John Taveres and Mitch Marner who scored a goal each and had two assists in the Leafs 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabers. It was Toronto’s fourth win in five games.

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

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: Sharks have the date circled ready to battle the Blackhawks Sunday

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On the Sharks podcast with Matt:

#1 The San Jose Sharks’ Marcus Sorenson scored twice on Saturday night as the Sharks and Joe Pavelski scored his 36th goal of the season.

#2 Sorenson was out for the last two game of the Sharks last road trip due to taking a puck in the face, but returned on Friday.

#3 Evander Kane has been getting banged up. In the game against the Boston Bruins on the last road trip, Kane got into a fight with the B’s Zdeno Charo, but Kane is battling.

#4 Erik Karlsson has been suffering with a groin injury. How’s his progress and also talk about Gustav Nyquist and what his acquisition has meant to the team.

#5 The Sharks host the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday and Patrick Kane has been playing lights out and Corey Crawford has been in the nets and some nights standing on his head.

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

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: CBJs Bobrovsky gets in front of 22 shots to blank Sens 3-0; Flames win fourth straight; Jets turn up the offense on Knights; plus more

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On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 The Columbus Blue Jackets shutout the Ottawa Senators 3-0 behind goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky who stopped 22 shots and it was done on Ottawa ice. The Blue Jackets’ Matt Duchene, who was just dealt to the CBJs from the Sens, said he enjoyed his last game in Ottawa, but in a different uniform.

#2  The Calgary Flames did it again with their fourth straight win, thanks to a go-ahead goal by the Flames’ Andrew Mangiapane at 3:29 to give the Flames a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

#3 The Winnipeg Jets’ Patrik Laine scored twice and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stopped 31 shots as the Jets defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 6-3. The Jets lead the Central Division and Jets head coach Paul Maurice picked up his 685th win to pass Pat Quinn for eighth place on the coaches winningest list.

#4 J.T. Compher got two for the Colorado Avalanche. On his second goal, Compher scored on a breakaway to break a tie and get the go-ahead goal to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3. The Hawks’ Patrick Kane scored his 39th goal of the season and extended his 20-game point streak.

#5 The San Jose Sharks brought back Michael Haley from the Florida Panthers. Some wondered why? Haley proved necessary when things got rough when the Sharks ended up getting into a line brawl towards the end of Thursday’s game in Pittsburgh and expect Haley to pay off in the home stretch of the season when things get physical and rough.

Matt does the Sharks podcasts each Saturday 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

NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum: Players union and owners ready to work on CBA; How concussions are an issue in the NHL; A look at NHL trades; plus more

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On the NHL podcast with Daniel:

1 Rick Nash retires from Bruins after 15 NHL seasons, cites concussion issues

2 Ahead of the deadline: Flyers, Blackhawks, Coyotes, Lightning make deals

3 Patrice Bergeron happy to be left off NHL All-Star Game roster

4 Pair of antelope among the gifts for Sharks’ Defenseman Brett Burns on 1,000th NHL game

5 Blue Jackets’ Aremi Panarin offered lifetime supply of vodka to stay in Columbus

6 NHL and players association had meeting about the World Cup and Collective Bargaining

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

NHL podcast with Joe Lami: Wild get defense and four goals to beat Leafs; B’s bomb tough Flames; Sabres keep pouring it on 4-3 over Panthers; plus more

msn photo: Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Michael Hutchinson (30) looks on as Minnesota Wild players celebrate a goal by Zach Parise (11) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 in Toronto.

On the NHL podcast with Joe:

#1 The Minnesota Wild (19-17-3) got goals from Charlie Coyle, Mikko Koivu, Jerod Spurgeon, Zach Parise in a Wild 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs (26-12-2).

#2 The Boston Bruins (25-14-4) beat Calgary (25-13-4) 6-4. Bruins goals; John Moore (2), Jake Bebrusk (12), Brad Marchand (14 & 15), and David Pastrnak (25)

#3 The Buffalo Sabers (22-13-6) got by the Florida Panthers (17-16-6) 4-3, Panther goals, Jeff Skinner (27) and (28), Tage Thompson (5), Sam Reinhart (9)

#4 The Carolina Hurricanes (17-17-5) got by the Philadelphia Flyers (15-20-5) 5-3, Hurricane goals Dougie Hamilton ((4), Justin Williams (8), Teuvo Teravinen(9) and (10), and Warren Foegele (5)

#5 The New York Islanders (22-13-4) got by the Chicago Blackhawks (15-21-7) 3-2 in overtime. The Hawks have now lost two in a row. The Isles got goals from Matthew Barzal (11 & 12) and Devon Towes (1).

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

Sharks Beat Blackhawks 7-3 in Chicago

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By Mary Walsh

The San Jose Sharks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 7-3 Sunday in a much-needed road win at the United Center. After a shaky first few minutes, the Sharks took over with goals from Melker Karlsson, Marcus Sorensen, Evander Kane, Barclay Goodrow, Kevin Labanc, Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl. In all, 13 Sharks earned points in the game, six of them earning more than one. For Chicago, goals came from Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini.

Both teams used both of their goalies, with San Jose’s Martin Jones being replaced after giving up three goals on four shots in the first period, and Chicago’s Corey Crawford leaving the game after an injury in the first period. Sharks’ Aaron Dell did not give up a goal on 16 shots, while Blackhawks’ Cam Ward made 30 saves on 35 shots. San Jose’s special teams were perfect with four penalty kills and two goals on two power plays.

After the game, Sharks forward Logan Couture commented on how the team has improved lately:

We’re playing the right way now. There’s less cheating, less chances being taken in bad areas of the ice. Defensively I think we’ve played some very strong hockey, and when we do that, it may be hard to realize but it always leads to offense. You’re always going to score more goals when you’re defending well. It’s just the way this game works, you don’t think it when you’re on the ice, but that’s the way it works.

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer talked about his fourth line of Melker Karlsson, Barclay Goodrow and Lukas Radil after the game: “Melker consistently gives me the same game. You know, his production maybe isn’t there all the time but I think you know what you’re getting from him every time he puts his uniform on and he’s going to do whatever he can to help you win a game. You know, that fourth line has some chemistry and they’re making a difference in games. That’s the first time we’ve had that in a while so it feels good.”

The Blackhawks scored first and last in a goal-laden first period. In the first four minutes, Chicago scored twice. First, Alex DeBrincat got his 14th of the season at 2:34. The Sharks were on a change as Erik Gustafsson carried the puck into the neutral zone. He made a pass to the Sharks blue line where DeBrincat waited and DeBrincat took the shot from just over that blue line. The puck trickled through Martin Jones. Less than one  minute later, Dylan Strome defelcted a shot from Connor Murphy that came from above the faceoff circle. Assists went to Murphy and Patrick Kane.

The Sharks got one back, courtesy of Melker Karlsson at 9:58. Lukas Radil and Barclay Goodrow caused a turnover in the neutral zone, allowing Brent Burns to take the puck and send it away from the Sharks zone to Radil near the Chicago blue line. Radil made a quick cross-ice pass to Karlsson. Karlsson took the shot from inside the faceoff circle and beat Corey Crawford over the pad. It was Karlsson’s third of the season, with assists to Radil and Burns.

The Sharks tied it up with their next shot less than a minute later. Joe Thornton stole the puck in the neutral zone and gave it back to Justin Braun. Braun moved the puck quickly to Kevin Labanc, who sent it cross-ice to Thornton. Thornton found Marcus Sorensen in front of the net. Sorensen used a backhand to sneak the puck under Crawford fr his sixth of the season. Assists went to Thornton and Labanc.

Chicago retook the lead at 12:54 of the period. Brendan Perlini scored off of an ugly play that started with a breakaway by Dylan Sikura. Sikura got tangled up with Justin Braun and fell on his way to the net, but he continued to drive the puck forward. Meanwhile, Perlini won a race against Marc-Edouard Vlasic and tapped the loose puck around Jones’ skate. Assists went to Sikura and Brent Seabrook.

The Sharks switched goalies at this point, putting Aaron Dell in net.

With 1:30 left in the period, Corey Crawford was bowled over by Dylan Strome after Strome tried to slip between Logan Couture and Evander Kane as they converged on the net. Kane was called for goaltender interference. Strome was called for slashing Couture. Crawford left the game and Cam Ward came in. A tripping penalty 44 seconds later on Timo Meier turned the 4-on-4 into a 4-on-3, which carried over into the second period, but none of the penalties altered the score.

The Sharks tied it back up 4:21 into the second period with a power play goal from Evander Kane. Chicago was short-handed for playing with a broken stick, attributed to David Kampf. Kevin Labanc took a stick to the eye early in the power play. It was not observed by officials but Labanc had to leave for repairs.

With under 30 seconds left in the power play, Brent Burns took a shot from above the faceoff circle. The shot came off of Ward’s pads and went right up the middle to where Kane was waiting to swat it back in. It was Kane’s 10th of the season, with assists to Burns and Erik Karlsson.

Barclay Goodrow gave the Sharks their first lead of the game at 7:36 of the period. After a great shift from the Sharks’ fourth line, Justin Braun took a shot from the blue line that went off of Goodrow who was screening Cam Ward. It was Goodrow’s fifth of the season, with assists to Braun and Melker Karlsson.

Logan Couture stretched the Sharks’ lead out to two with his 11th of the season at 16:16. After a nice keep-in by Joe Pavelski up on the blue line, Evander Kane kept the puck away from two Blackhawks below the goal line before getting the puck up to Brenden Dillon on the blue line. Dillon took the shot and Couture deflected it over Ward’s shoulder. Assists went to Dillon and Kane.

The Sharks scored a second power play goal at 13:03 of the third period, with Chicago’s Patrick Kane in the box for tripping. Tomas Hertl kept the puck in at the corner, then moved it along the blue line to Burns. Burns juggled it a bit, just keeping it on the right side of the line. Burns then moved down the slot, threatening a shot, before passing it to Kevin Labanc. Labanc caught the pass just above the hash marks and beat Ward high on the short side. It was Labanc’s fourth of the season, with assists to Burns and Hertl.

Tomas Hertl got on the board with the Sharks’ seventh of the game at 18:27. The Blackhawks were pushing hard in the last couple of minutes, but Timo Meier broke the puck out and took it down behind the Chicago net. Meier put the puck in front of the net, where it came out to Erik Karlsson for a shot. That one came back out for Meier to shoot, but he broke his stick. It went back below the goal line to Logan Couture, who found Hertl coming in for his shot. Couture got the only assist on that one.

The Sharks next play on Tuesday in Minnesota against the Wild at 5:00 PM PT.