NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Aves get key win over Canes 3-2 in Carolina; Flyers win five straight 5-2 over Rangers in Philly; plus more

washingtonpost.com photo: Avalanche have a 19-44-3 record (41 points), which puts them on pace for the worst season in franchise history since relocating in 1995.

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Samuel Girard nailed a goal at 2:37 to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the home team Carolina Hurricanes. Tyler Jost of the Aves scored twice to help Colorado extend their winning streak to five games.

#2 The Philadelphia Flyers continue to roll with a 5-2 win over visiting New York Rangers at Wells Fargo Center. Claude Giroux scored twice and the Rangers lost Chris Kreider to a fractured ankle.

#3 Alex Stalock stopped 24 shots getting his fourth shutout of 2019-20 season as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-0. The Wild dominated from the puck drop.

#4 The Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson saved 28 shots against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a narrow 3-2 win at the Duck Pond in Anaheim. The Pens who come into San Jose tonight are on a five game losing streak.

#5 The Las Vegas Golden Knights picked up a 4-2 win against the Buffalo Sabers on Friday night as the Knights Reilly Smith scored two goals to pace Vegas to victory.

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

NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum: Ovechkin joins 700 goal club; Sharks Marleau and Thornton on trade block; plus more

photo from whec.com: Alexander Ovechkin celebrates his 700th goal scored on Saturday

NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum

1 Alex Ovechkin finally gets career goal No. 700

2 Sharks’ Marleau and Thornton find themselves ranked high on the TSN Trade Bait Board

3 Injury-riddled Blue Jackets still in hunt for East Wild Card

4 Blues’ D Bouwmeester releases statement after cardiac episode

5 Zamboni driver becomes emergency NHL goalie

NHL podcasts with Daniel Dullum are heard every Sunday 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 Matt Harrington: Sharks edge Jets in 3-2 win; Pens Zucker scores twice in 4-1 win over Montreal; plus more

photo from sfgate.com: San Jose Sharks’ Stefan Noesen (11) draws a high-sticking penalty with this check on Winnipeg Jets’ Tucker Poolman (3) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

#1 The San Jose Sharks picked up their third win in four games defeating the Winnipeg Jets Saturday night 3-2. The Sharks Marcus Sorenson, Melker Karlsson and Timo Meier score one goal each.

#2 Jason Zucker of the Pittsburgh Penguins scored twice in his first game as a Penguin It was Zucker’s 15th and 16th of the season after coming to Pittsburgh in the 4-1 win  over the Montreal Canadiens.

#3 The New York Rangers got a 2-1 lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets when Chris Kreider found the back of the net in the Rangers 3-1 win. Rangers goaltender Alexander Georgiev stopped 36 shots.

#4 The Carolina Hurricanes Andrei Svechnikov got a second period goal the goal marked the sixth consecutive game for Svechnikov in his point streak. The Hurricanes picked up the 5-2 win over the New Jersey.

#5 The St Louis Blues Jay Bouwmeester may have played his last game after going into cardiac arrest in Anaheim medical staff re-started his heart by a defibrillator and had to have a battery powered device that will send an electrical shock to his heart in the event of a irregular heart beat

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

NHL podcast with Joe Lami: Blues Bouwmeester making progress; Oshie scores on deflection for Caps win; plus more

photo from abcnewsgo.com: The Vegas Golden Knights Jonathan Marchessault (61) back right nails the game winner to defeat the St Louis Blues in Las Vegas on Thursday night at T Mobile Center

On the NHL podcast with Joe:

#1 After the collapse of teammate Jay Bouwmeester on the bench in a cardiac episode in Anaheim the game was postponed. The St Louis Blues played the Vegas Knights on Thursday night and lost 6-5. The Knights Jonathan Marchessault scored at 2:30 in overtime for the game winner.

#2 The Washington Capitals got by the Colorado Avalanche in overtime as the Caps TJ Oshie deflected a shot for a goal with just 2:04 left in the game and came back from two goals down to win 3-2

#3 The Tampa Bay Lightning got a two goal win over the Edmonton Oilers. The Bolts Andrei Vasilevskly stopped 29 shots in the 3-1 win. Yanni Gourde scored on a break away at 13:01in the second period that ended a 35 game drought

#4 The Calgary Flames shutout the Anaheim Ducks 6-0 with two goals scored a piece by Mikael Backlund and Mark Jankowski. The Flames had goalie Cam Talbot who stopped 44 shots.

#5 Buffalo Sabers won on a squeaker 4-3 beating the Columbus Blue Jackets as Victor Olofsson scored his second goal at 2:44 in overtime for the win.

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

 

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Elvis stops 16 shots as CBJ’s shutout Wings; Leafs Tavares’ goals crucial in 5-4 win; plus more

photo from the startribune.com: The Minnesota Wild’s Joel Eriksson Ek gets a wrap around goal against the Dallas Stars on Friday night at 27 seconds left in the game

NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Elvis Merzlikins is in the building the Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender stopped 16 shots for his fifth shutout of the season blanking the Detroit Red Wings 2-0

#2 The Toronto Maple Leafs got scoring help from John Tavares who scored twice. The second coming in the overtime stanza at 4:53. The Leafs Austin Matthews picked up a goal his 40th goal of the season in the Leafs 5-4 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

#3 Carter Hutton of the Buffalo Sabers got in from of 37 shots and faced 21 shots in the third period as the Sabers edged the New York Rangers 3-2

#4 The Minnesota Wild Joel Eriksson Ek got a wrap around goal with just 27 seconds left in the game it was Ek’s second goal of the game in the Wild’s 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars

#5 Will the San Jose Sharks be able to move Brenden Dillion. NHL teams are measuring his trade value how valuable is he to a team and what will the Sharks expect for him?

Matt Harrington does the NHL 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 Mary Lisa Walsh: Sharks host former teammate Pavelski and Dallas tonight at SAP Center

espn.com file photo: Former San Jose Shark Joe Pavelski says it’ll feel awkward coming back to San Jose to play against his former teammates the Sharks on Saturday night

On the Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 After losing to the Washington Capitals and the St Louis Blues in games the Caps and  made a come back on the San Jose Sharks (20-22-4), the Sharks picked up where they left off defeating Columbus Blue Jackets (21-16-8) on Thursday night a team they beat before going into Washington and St Louis.

#2 The Sharks picked up the crucial victory without their team captain Logan Couture whose meant so much to the team

#3 The Sharks Joe Thornton stepped up and scored on a power play goal it was a goal that inspired the Sharks to rally around Thornton

#4 The Sharks contributed with a goal each to help add to the goal total the Sharks getting two goals in the second period and one in the third

#5 Former Shark Joe Pavelski and the Dallas Stars come to SAP Center tonight it’s going to be a special night for Pavelski a long time Shark who contributed many great moments as they Sharks will honor Pavelski with a scoreboard tribute.

Join Mary Lisa does the Sharks podcasts each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Without Couture Sharks Beat Blazing Blue Jackets 3-1

sfgate.com photo: San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (19) skates with the puck against Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov (44) and goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (90) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020

By Matthew Harrington

SAN JOSE–Despite missing their captain and top line center, the San Jose Sharks (20-22-4) managed to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 Thursday night at the SAP center.

Joe Thornton scored a power play goal and Kevin Labanc and Brent Burns tallied even-strength markers for San Jose. Aaron Dell made 30 saves to pick up his 7th win of the season, only giving up a goal to Sonny Milano off a turnover in an otherwise stellar showing.

Columbus (21-16-8) has only lost two games in regulation over their last 16 games, but both the losses in regular time are at the hands of the Sharks. San Jose also beat the Blue Jackets 3-2 in Columbus last Saturday.

Earlier in the day, the Sharks announced Logan Couture would be out for at least 6 weeks after fracturing his ankle in a game against the St. Louis Blues. For all the doom and gloom that came with the Sharks looking at substantial time without their lone All-Star this year, Thursday didn’t feel like the beginning of the end. Instead, San Jose looked energized to try to build momentum while awaiting his return.

The Sharks fired 33 shots on netminder Elvis Merzlikins and even managed to pick up a power play goal despite missing Couture from the top power play unit. Kevin Labanc, one of the forwards who will be expected to step up and help shoulder the offensive load, started his two-point night by scoring off a rebound 1:01 into the 2nd period.

Later in the period, Joe Thornton scored a very un-Jumbo goal on the power play. With the umbrella shifting, Thornton found himself at the point with the puck. Barclay Goodrow was providing the perfect screen, so the model of the paradigm of pass-first decided instead to shoot the puck. Thornton’s shot beat Merzlikins up high for a 2-0 Sharks lead with 6:32 left in the middle period.

Late in the second, Brent Burns was dogged by Gustav Nyquist and chose to clear the puck out of his corner by wheeling it back up the middle. He didn’t feel the pressure from Milano crashing in while being dogged by his former teammate, so he turned the puck over to Milano right in the slot. Milano dodged the Dell poke check and slipped the puck in the net to ruin Dell’s shutout.

Burns atoned later in the game, scoring a backhand goal of his own off a rebound of a Kevin Labanc shot 2:09 into the 3rd. Labanc picked up an assist for a two-point night and the Sharks held the Blue Jackets scoreless over the remainder of the game to win their first game without their team leader in points.

Saturday night the Sharks welcome back a familiar face to the Shark Tank, with another former captain Joe Pavelski making his first appearance in San Jose since signing with the Dallas Stars in the offseason. Patrick Marleau will be appearing in career game 1,700.

Sharks Beat Blue Jackets 3-2; SJ puts two straight wins together

mercurynews.com photo: Columbus Blue Jackets’ Gabriel Carlsson, left, of Sweden, and San Jose Sharks’ Timo Meier, of Switzerland, battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.

By Mary Walsh

The San Jose Sharks defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. Shark goals came from Barclay Goodrow, Evander Kane and Kevin Labanc. Sharks goalie Aaron Dell made 21 saves in the win. Both Blue Jackets goals came from Zach Werenski and Elvis Merzlikins made 25 saves for Columbus.

After the game, Sharks interim head coach Bob Boughner said:

I just like the way we’re playing as a 20-man unit. We’re all on the same page, and we’re doing some good things, we’re managing our game. It’s a little bit of a more mature game I think lately. And we’re giving ourselves a chance to win every night which is the most important thing.

This win was the second after the team’s abysmal loss to Detroit Tuesday. Asked whether the Sharks know what they need to do here at the midpoint of the season, Sharks forward Barclay Goodrow said:

We know how we have to play to win hockey games. You know, we’ve seen it throughout this year. When we’re not playing the way we should be playing then it’s not a good look for us and then we’re not a successful team. It’s just a matter of bringing that game every night.

The first period was scoreless, though Sharks forward Joel Kellman put the puck in the net. Kellman carried the puck across the line and took a shot past the defenseman, putting the puck over the goalie’s pad and into the net. Unfortunately, the goal was called back for offside.

The Sharks out-shot the Blue Jackets 11-9 in the first and each team killed a penalty.

The second period was much more eventful. The Sharks scored the first goal to count at 7:05 of the period. The Blue Jackets had just completed a power play when Barclay Goodrow came flying out of the box. He picked the puck up in the Blue Jackets’ zone and and had no one between him and the goalie. He used a little backhand shot to slip the puck past Merzlikins. It was Goodrow’s seventh goal of the season and Tomas Hertl got an assist.

The Blue Jackets tied it up at 8:50. They moved the puck around the offensive zone for a long shift before Zach Werenski took a backhand shot from the slot and beat Aaron Dell. Assists went to Boone Jenner and Nick Foligno. It was Werenski’s 12th goal of the season.

The Sharks took the lead back with a goal at 14:40. Timo Meier brought the puck across the line along the wall and made a pass to the center slot where Evander Kane had just arrived. Kane did not hesitate to shoot and he beat Merzlikins on the glove side. Assists went to Meier and Radim Simek. The goal was Kane’s 15th of the season, tying him with Hertl for the team lead in goals.

The Blue Jackets out-shot the Sharks 12-6 in the second period and had one power play.

Kevin Labanc scored the game winner at 16:59 of the third period. Erik Karlsson sent the puck up the ice where Marcus Sorensen chased it into the zone. He was knocked away from the puck around the face-off circle but Joe Thornton was right behind him to pick up it up and send it to the slot where Labanc was ready for the shot. Assists went to Thornton and Karlsson.

Zach Werenski narrowed the lead a few seconds later by shooting in a rebound that Sonny Milano created with a shot from the blue line. Assists went to Milano and Seth Jones.

The Sharks out-shot Columbus 11-2 in the third period. They had a good face-off game, winning 59% of them. Barclay Goodrow (14 draws) and Tomas Hertl (23 draws) both won more than 60% of their face-offs.

Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns led the Sharks in shots with four each, while Werenski led both teams with five. Neither team got any shots on net during the power play.

The Sharks next play on Sunday against the Washington Capitals in Washington DC at 9:30 AM PT.