NHL Stanley Cup podcast with Len Shapiro: Canadiens await next opponent after sweeping Jets; Trotz calms down Isles to 3-2 series lead; plus more

Montreal Canadiens right winger Tyler Toffoli is congratulated by his teammates after scoring the clinching goal in the overtime stanza to defeat and sweep the Winnipeg Jets in four games at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Mon Jun 7, 2021 in game 4 (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Len Shapiro:

#1 The Montreal Canadiens swept the Winnipeg Jets in four games on Monday night with a 3-2 win. Tyler Toffoli who scored at 1:39 in over time sent the Canadiens to the next round. The Habs have won seven straight games since being down 3-1 to Toronto.

#2 New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz is a genius of sorts the Isles who had a three goal lead were starting to lose control but Trotz calling a time out and calmed everyone down and the Islanders skated out and played their game getting a one goal 5-4 win over the Boston Bruins taking a 3-2 lead.

#3 The Tampa Bay Lightning are headed to the next round of the playoffs after getting a 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night in Carolina taking the series 4-1. The key to the game 5 win comes from the help of Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy who stopped all 29 shots for the shutout.

#4 Offensively the Lightning got scoring help from Ross Colton and Brayden Point who scored a goal each and it was enough to win game 5 to advance. Len, talk about Colton and Brayden’s scoring on Tuesday night for the win.

#5 The Vegas Golden Knights Mark Stone got a crucial goal early in overtime on Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche for a 3-2 win breaking a 2-2 deadlock. Both goaltenders Marc Andre Fleury for the Knights and Phillipp Brubauer for the Aves were playing standing on their heads in this nail biter.

Join Len for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Matt Harrington: Canadiens jump to 2-0 lead; Knights avoid going 0-3; plus much more

Montreal Canadiens’ Artturi Lehkonen (62) and Shea Weber (6) celebrate Tyler Toffoli’s (73) goal against the Edmonton Oilers in the second period of game 2 of round two of the playoffs on Fri Jun 4, 2021 in Edmonton (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup podcast with Matt:

#1 The Montreal Canadiens (2-0) wasted no time jumping to a 2-0 series lead over the Winnipeg Jets (0-2). The Canadiens who had a successful previous series against the Toronto Maple Leafs that they won in seven games have really come into this series with a head of steam.

#2 The Canadiens took game 1 rather handedly 5-3 on Wednesday and on Friday night got an amazing shutout in a well played defensive game 1-0. Habs goalie Carey Price stopped all 30 shots for the shutout and they got their only goal in the second period by Tyler Toffoli which stood up for the win.

#3 The Vegas Golden Knights (1-2) avoided going 0-3 with a one goal win over the Colorado Avalanche (2-1) 3-2 on home ice at T Mobile Center in Las Vegas. The Knights got scoring from William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, and Max Pacioretty.

#4 Matt, talk about tonight’s games we’ll start with game 4 between the Boston Bruins who lead the series over the New York Islanders 2-1 the Islanders have home ice at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale.

#4 The Carolina Hurricanes are down 1-3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning (3-1) as they faced off today in Tampa Bay for game 4. The Bolts come away with a 6-4 win over the Canes with game 5 Tuesday night at Carolina.

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

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Mary Lisa; Knights head back to Vegas down 0-2; Avalanche open game with two goals get 3-2 win in OT

The Colorado Avalanche’s Phillipp Brubauer has had quite a series holding the Vegas Golden Knights to just one goal in game 1 and help keeping the puck out of the net in the overtime stanza for the win on Wed Jun 2, 2021 in game 2 in Denver (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast:

#1 Mary, the Vegas Golden Knights who normally can hold their own were whipped in game 1 of the series by the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday 7-1 and lost a close game 3-2 on Wednesday night now down 0-2 in the series.

#2 The Knights defense improved over the course of game 1 to game 2 but their offense in both games definitely absent.

#3 How much credit does Avalanche goaltender Phillipp Brubauer deserve, in game 2 Wednesday night he stopped 39 out of 41 close enough to hold it together for the Avalanche.

#4 The Knights are noted for the offensive prowess but Brubauer is a goaltender who can frustrate you.

#5 Game 3 is Friday night at the T Mobile Center on the Vegas Strip will having home ice and being down 0-2 change the picture a bit for the struggle Knights as the Avalanche take some momentum into game 3.

Join Mary Lisa each Thursday during the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Matt Harrington: Lightning vs.Hurricanes and Knights vs. Avalanche in game 1 Sunday

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Luke Schenn (2) congratulates center Barclay Goodrow, right, along with defenseman Victor Hedman (77), center Yanni Gourde (37) and center Blake Coleman (20) on Goodrow’s crucial goal that put the Lightning ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes in the third period in Carolina (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Matt:

#1 The Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes open up the best of seven round two of the playoffs today in Carolina. The Hurricanes are coming off a 4-2 series win against Nashville Predators in a game 6, 4-3 win. The Lighting won this rather handedly 2-1.

#2 Matt, talk about the Lightning’s Barclay Goodrow and Braydon Point who both scored for the Tampa Bay today.

#3 Talk about game two between the Bolts and Canes Tuesday for game 2 any pressure on the Hurricanes as this one is on home ice for Carolina down 0-1.

#4 The Vegas Golden Knights have had a very impressive post season their coming off a 6-2 win against the Minnesota Wild taking a 4-3 series first round win.

#5 The Colorado Avalanche are coming off a four game sweep over the St Louis Blues they’ve been off since Sunday 7 full days off will that handicap them going into a series with a team like the Golden Knights?

Join Matt for the Stanley Cup Playoff podcasts each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sharks Defeat Avalanche 3-2, Hertl Scores Twice in 500th Game

The San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates scoring in the second period against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Phillipp Brubauer (31) at SAP Center in San Jose on Wed May 5, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Mary Walsh

The San Jose Sharks won 3-2 after a tight game against the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday. The Sharks’ Tomas Hertl scored twice in his 500th NHL game and Erik Karlsson added the game winner on a power play. Josef Korenar made 30 saves for his third NHL win. Tyson Jost and Andre Burakovsky scored for Colorado, with Philipp Grubauer making 30 saves in the loss.

The first period was scoreless. Colorado took two penalties in the period, giving up six shots to the Sharks power play. The Sharks took one penalty and gave up two shots to the Avalanche power play. The shot count for the period was 12-10 Sharks. Colorado won 12 of 21 face-offs.

The second period was scoreless until the 15:39 mark. Tyson Jost scored the first goal of the game by picking up a rebound as he skated across the slot. His backhand shot went over Korenar as the goalie fell forward. Assists went to Patrik Nemeth and Jacob MacDonald.

Andre Burakovsky made it 2-0 at 18:18. Nazem Kadri’s pass found Burakowsky in the face-off circle and Burakowsky took a moment to pick his shot. It went by Korenar on the glove side. Kadri and Conor Timmins got the assists.

Tomas Hertl cut the Colorado lead in half with a goal in the final seconds of the period. Evander Kane carried the puck in and made a pass across the slot just as Hertl arrived at the net to deflect the puck in. Assists went to Kane and Alexander Barabanov.

The Sharks took the only penalty in the second period, but their penalty kill did not allow any shots. Colorado out-shot San Jose 16-9 in the second, but won just 9 of 20 face-offs.

Hertl tied the game at 2:50 of the third period. Evander Kane’s shot created a rebound as Hertl passed in front of the net. Hertl found the puck in his skates and then scooped it into the net while falling to his knees. Assists went to Kane and Nikolai Knyzhov.

Erik Karlsson scored on a power play at 9:18. After several shots form the same spot, and with Grubauer’s stick on the ice behind the net, Karlsson’s shot finally went in. Assists went to Evander Kane and Tomas Hertl.

Colorado took two penalties in the third period, giving up three shots to the Sharks power play. The Sharks out-shot the Avalanche 12-6 in the third and won 9 of 21 face-offs. In all, the Avalanche won 53% of the face-offs in the game.

The Sharks next play on Friday in San Joe against the Arizona Coyotes at 7:30 PM PT.

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: Kane being sued for $15 million from lender; Sharks close out four game home at home with Avs tonight

The San Jose Sharks Evander Kane who filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is being sue for $15 million by a lender (ESPN file photo)

On the Sharks podcast with Len:

#1 Len a lender has sued San Jose Sharks winger Evander Kane for $15 million dollars involving Kane’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy case. Kane has listed $10.2 in assets but is $26.8 million in debt. Kane’s gambling issues have been in some NHL headlines.

#2 The San Jose Sharks (20-26-5) played their last three games against the Colorado Avalanche (32-12-4) which all ended up in loses. The first of the three were play in Denver and in the first game Fri Apr 30th Avs goalie Phillpp Brubauer shutout the Sharks 3-0 with 21 saves.

#3 In the second game against the Avalanche in Denver on Sat May 1 the Avs just got by the Sharks 4-3 the Sharks went all out scoring twice in the third period only to be matched by the Avalanche’s two goals but fell short for the one goal loss

#4 To the Sharks last game at San Jose an overtime loss to the Avalanche 5-4. The Sharks took a 3-1 lead into the third period only to see the Avs score three and take the lead the Sharks managed to tie the game at 4-4 but Colorado would score to win the game in overtime.

#5 Len how frustrating has it got to be for Sharks head coach Bob Boughner to be eliminated for the second straight year and no post season?

#6 Game four of the home at home series in San Jose tonight the Sharks are expected to be playing a lot of their bench and younger players giving Boughner a chance to take a look at some future prospects.

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

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa: Sharks will take a look at youth after being eliminated

The San Jose Sharks Evander Kane who scored two goals against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Phillipp Brubauer (31) had this shot stopped in the third period at SAP Center in San Jose on Mon May 3, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 The San Jose Sharks (20-26-6) couldn’t stop the favored Colorado Avalanche (34-12-4) as the Avalanche caught up to the Sharks twice to win it 5-4 on Monday night.

#2 The loss on Monday was the Sharks second straight season of being eliminated from the playoffs and you can almost be assured of some serious soul searching during the off season.

#3 Evander Kane scored a pair goals, Tomas Hertl picked up two points and Alexander Barabanov picked up his fifth point in five games were some of the Sharks offensive highlights.

#4 The Sharks will complete this two game series with the Avalanche on Wednesday night at SAP Center and most likely head coach Bob Boughner will use the younger players on the team to take a look at the future towards next season.

#5 The Sharks have seen a lot of the Avalanche three times in their last three games and goaltender Phillipp Brubauer who shut the Sharks out in the first game 3-0 last Friday and on Monday night Brubauer allowed four goals and stopped 27 shots enough for the win.

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

Avs Erase Pair of Two-Goals Deficits, Eliminate Sharks from Contention in 5-4 OT Win

It’s a Avalanche of Colorado players celebrating a win against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center and eliminating the Sharks from playoff contention on Mon May 3, 2021 (@mckinnons photo)

By Matthew Harrington

The San Jose Sharks (20-26-6) couldn’t play spoiler Monday night against the Colorado Avalanche (34-12-4), falling to the visiting Avs 5-4 in overtime to face mathematical elimination from the playoffs for a second straight season and allow Colorado (34-12-4) to move within two points of Vegas for the Division lead.

“A lot of young guys are getting chances,” said Sharks coach Boughner when asked to reflect on a second consecutive year without playoffs in San Jose. “Calling it a ‘reset’. It’s not a surprise. You look around the league. , out of 31 teams, the teams that missed the bubble last year are still out. It just goes to show you don’t flip things around in this league in six months or eight months. It takes time. There’s pain involved in that. There’s some growing to do.”

Evander Kane scored a pair, Tomas Hertl picked up two points and Alexander Barabanov picked up his fifth point in five games with the Team Teal, but San Jose (20-26-6) blew a two goal lead. Philipp Grubauer was denied a fourth shutout of the Sharks this season but picked up the win allowing four goals on 27 shots. Andre Burakovsky scored the winner in overtime for a two-point night and the Mikko Rantanen-Gabriel Landeskog-Nathan MacKinnon lined combined for five points.

Trailing 4-2 with almost halfway through the third period, Colorado showed why they’re clear cut Stanley Cup favorites. Mario Ferraro had an opportunity to clear the puck from the Sharks end on the left boards, but MacKinnon picked it off and fed Landeskog in the slot. The Colorado captain right a wrister that beat Sharks goalie Martin Jones to cut San Jose’s lead to 4-3 with 11:01 left in regulation.

In what felt like an inevitable outcome, the Avs pressured the Sharks down the stretch, using a failed Brent Burns clearing chance to tie the game 4-4. Nazem Kadri beat Martin Jones on a sharp angle shot over the near post shoulder with 3:39 left in regulation.

Burakovsky beat Jones just 41 seconds in to the overtime period that was controlled entirely by the Avalanche from the opening faceoff. Burakovsky hopped on the ice, received a Makar pass and sped right down the middle of the ice. He wired a wrister that squeaked through Jones and into the net for a 5-4 win.

“It’s tough to see the way that game ended,” said Boughner. “I thought we should have been celebrating the two points.”

Kane put the Sharks on the board early after Barabanov picked off an Avs pass at their own blue line. He dropped the puck from below the goal line to the slot where Kane was streaking, but Valeri Nichushkin was waiting to clear the puck. His effort rolled to Kane though, he wired the puck past Grubauer for an unassisted goal and a 1-0 lead 3:20 into play.

The Avs took control of the 1st period, answer back just 2:18 later in play, with Gabriel Landeskog winning a faceoff in the Sharks end clean to Nathan MacKinnon waiting on the halfwall. Mackinnon fired a pick on net that rebounded right to Mikko Rantanen for a backhand strike and his 29th goal of the season, with his linemates picking up the assists.

The tie remained in place, but Colorado peppered Sharks netminder Martin Jones, outshooting San Jose 13-5 over the first 20 minutes of play, including an Avs power play. Jones withstood the tilted ice to keep the Sharks and visitors knotted at 1-1.

“The second period I thought we did a better job of managing the puck,” said Boughner. “Our changes were good tonight. We did a lot of good things structurally, bottled up the d zone and did a good job in the neutral zone. There were some good things in there, just unfortunate how it ended.”

Hertl rewarded his goaltender’s first-period heroics, scoring another period opening goal 1:57 into the second period. Patrick Nemeth’s pass went into Tyson Jost’s back skate, allowing Hertl to pick up the errant pass in front of Grubauer. He then put Nemeth on skates with a deke before going back hand to score his 17th of the year and give the Sharks a 2-1 lead.

Kane added to the Sharks lead after being hit with a breakaway pass by Hertl. Kane managed to get a step on Avs stud defenseman Cale Makar, again going backhand on Grubauer while Makar wiped out the Sharks power forward. The puck went into the net though, and Kane picked up his 22nd goal of the year 7:47 into the period and, more importantly for the penalty-ridden Kane, maturity won out as he didn’t seek retribution on Makar for the takeout.

Nichushkin pulled Colorado within one after some sustained offensive pressure. Andre Burakovsky fired a puck that beat Jones but hit off the post and popped up. The Avs forward was ready and waiting for the rebound, beating Jones on his tenth tally of the season 1:18 into the third.

Timo Meier hit the release valve on the mounting third-period pressure at the time, scoring his tenth of the season just 2:14 later, with the top pair of Brent Burns and Mario Ferraro assisting.

“I thought he was more physical,” said Boughner on Meier. “I thought he held on to more pucks and used his speed a little more, his size. That’s the way he has to play. It paid off with a nice shot on that goal.”

The Sharks wrap up the final homestand of the season with a final game against Colorado Wednesday night. Fresh off the loss Boughner couldn’t confirm any lineup changes, but the expectation is that the Sharks will skew towards youth as the play out the string.

Sharks Fall 4-3 to Avalanche, Kane scores 500th Point

The San Jose get swept in the two game set with the Colorado Avalanche losing on Thursday 3-0 and on Sat May 1, 2021, 4-3 in Denver (@Avalanche photo)

By Mary Walsh

The San Jose Sharks lost their final road game of the season to the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 4-3. Nathan MacKinnon, Andre Burakovsky, Patrik Nemeth and Mikko Rantanen scored for Colorado. Devan Dubnyk made 22 saves for the win. Alexander Brabanov, Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl scored for San Jose. Josef Korenar made 39 saves in the loss. Evander Kane scored his 500th NHL point in the third period with an assist on Logan Couture’s short-handed goal.

Josef Korenar made 39 saves on 43 shots Saturday. After the game, Sharks captain Logan Couture talked about the goaltender:

“I thought he kept us in the game. He was probably our best player for the majority of the night. I thought it could have been a lot more than the four that they got. So, he battled for us. We made it a game at the end there but wish we’d helped him out a little bit more throughout the game.”

The first period ended scoreless, with Colorado leading in shots 15-10. There was just one penalty, taken by the Sharks. The Avalanche power play got one shot on goal.

The Sharks scored the first goal of the game, on a power play at 4:25 of the second period. It was their first power play goal in 28 power plays. Barabanov caught a rebound out in the face-off circle and shot it by Dubnyk on the blocker side. Assists went to Tomas Hertl and Erik Karlsson.

Nathan MacKinnon tied the game at 13:08 of the second. The teams were playing four-on-four with Brent Burns and Dan Renouf in the box for penalties taken less than 20 seconds apart. Conor Timmins made a pass across the ice to MacKinnon who was closing fast on the net without anyone in his way. Assists went to Timmins and Mikko Rantanen.

Andre Burakovsky gave the Avalanche the leads at 16:06. Burakovsky caught the puck out of an offensive zone face-off, skated toward the slot and took the shot through some traffic to score. An assist went to JT Compher.

The Sharks killed one penalty in the second period, but were out-shot 12-4 in the period. The Colorado power play had four shots in the second. The Sharks power play had the one shot.

Patrik Nemeth made it 3-1 for Colorado at 9:05 of the third period. His slap shot from the blue line zipped through traffic and into the net. Assists went to Cale Makar and Nathan MacKinnon.

Logan Couture cut the lead by one with a short-handed goal at 9:55. Evander Kane snatched up a fumbled puck at the blue line and skated away from Makar to get a shot on goal. Logan Couture followed in a hurry and put the rebound away.

The Avalanche challenged the goal for goaltender interference. Kane did make contact with Dubnyk without actually entering the blue paint. The NHL did not consider it enough to call back the goal.

Colorado took back their two-goal lead with 4:26 left in the period. Mikko Rantanen’s shot from the blue line went through a lot of traffic and in. Assists went to Devon Toews and Conor Timmins.

With the Sharks net empty, Brent Burns took a quick shot from the blue line at 17:47. The puck went off of Tomas Hertl for his 16th of the season. Assists went to Burns and Barabanov.

The Sharks made a good final push at the end but it was not enough. The Sharks finally won the shot battle for the period, 11-8. The Sharks had one power play and a bit in the third, which added two shots to their tally. Colorado had just one shot on their power play before Couture scored and the unsuccessful challenge ended the power play. The Sharks won just 41% of the face-offs in the game.

The Sharks next play on Monday, in San Jose. They will face the Avalanche again at 7:30 PM PT.

San Jose Sharks podcast with Matt Harrington:Sharks drop 9th of 11 games; Shutout in Colorado 3-0

Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher, left tries to get control of the puck as the San Jose Sharks left winger Evander Kane (9) tries to defend on Fri Apr 30, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the SJ Sharks podcast with Matt:

#1 The San Jose Sharks (20-25-5) get shutout on Friday night against the Colorado Avalanche (32-12-4) 3-0 they got on the scoreboard in the third period but the goal was taken away could you describe what happened.

#2 Martin Jones was in net for the Sharks once again was this a game where he just didn’t get any support in front of him or the Aves were able to take advantage and get some good chances on Jones.

#3 The Sharks couldn’t get anything going on offense I know you talked about their power plays this would have been a great opportunity to do something on the power play.

#4 Much of the credit goes to the Colorado goaltender Phillipp Grubauer faced 21 shots and was able to stop them all.

#5 Sharks and Avalanche face off at 5:00 PM PDT which Sharks team will show up the team that will be fired up after taking a 3-0 shutout loss or the team that took the shutout loss?

Sharks podcasts on Saturday are hosted by Matt Harrington at http://www.sportsradioservice.com