NHL Podcast with Matt Harrington: Pens Crosby trying to make comeback after wrist surgery; Knights Martinez out with undisclosed injury; plus more news

The Pittsburgh Penguins Sid Crosby is trying to make a come back after having wrist surgery on Sep 8, 2021. He’s trying to return to morning skates and practices. (NHL.com file photo)

On the NHL podcast with Matt Harrington:

#1 Matt talk about how hampered the Pittsburgh Penguins are without someone like Sid Crosby in the line up. Crosby said he’s trying to come back from wrist surgery and has missed two morning skates and practices. Crosby had the surgery on Sep 8th from an injury that he got back on Mar 23, 2014.

#2 Matt talk about the Vegas Golden Knights Alec Martinez who is out with undisclosed injury. Martinez did not play on Friday against the Edmonton Oilers and got the injury during the third period against the St Louis Blues on Wednesday. The Knights did not disclose how long Martinez will be out. Also the Knights forward Mattias Janmark played his first game after coming off Covid 19 protocols.

#3 The Anaheim Ducks Max Jones is out from four to six months with a pectoral muscle injury. Jones who played in two games this season has no points in two games this season and Ducks general manager Bob Murray says it’s a tough blow for the team.

#4 The arena formerly known as the Key Arena now Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle will be open for business on Saturday night for the inaugural season for the Seattle Kraken as they host what could be their rivals the Vancouver Canucks. Matt, amongst the amenities a spacious dressing room, hanging scoreboards, and luxury suites. Should be a great venue for the new NHL team.

#5 The Edmonton Oilers have got off to a great start winning their first four games of the season and having the top three players in categories to lead the league, Conner McDavid with six goals and 11 points and Leon Draisaitl with six assists which explains why their off to such a great start.

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

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: Hill named by Boughner to work between the pipes for tonight’s opener

The San Jose Sharks goaltender (33) Adin Hill will get the start against the Edmonton Oilers in the home opener at SAP Center in San Jose on Sat Oct 16, 2021 (Mercury News file photo)

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro:

#1 Len, Sharks head coach has named Adin Hill to start in goal on Saturday night against the Winnipeg Jets but it’s not an indication that he will be the starter is this a test drive.

#2 The Sharks open a five game road trip starting in Montreal on Tuesday night will Boughner look at alternating goaltenders throughout the trip to get an idea who may have the hot hand?

#3 “My message was, I don’t think I’m making anybody a (No. 1) or a 1A,” Boughner told the Mercury News “These guys will have to compete all year for the net.”

#4 Len talk about the other goaltender James Reimer he was in goal for the Sharks minor league affiliate the Barracuda loads of experience with 173 wins and 131 loses, 11 years of NHL experience and Boughner is hoping these goaltenders can be reliable all season long.

#5 The Edmonton Oilers star player Conner McDavid who led the Oilers with 33 goals last season, got two points and two assists against the Vancouver Canucks last Wednesday at Rogers Place in Edmonton. The Oilers picked up an opening night win 3-2 in a shootout that’s a narrow contest how much of contest will the Oilers offense put up when they skate against Hill in net for the Sharks?

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

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Sharks goalie Dubnyk can’t stop Wild in 4-2 loss; Caps pull off OT win with four players missing; plus more

The celebration would be short but in the first period the San Jose Sharks Matt Nieto (83) who scored is congratulated by Erik Karlsson (65) and Patrick Marleau (12) against the Minnesota Wild on Fri Jan 22, 2021 at the Xcel Energy Center (AP News photo)

On NHL podcast with Matt Harrington:

#1 The Minnesota Wild (5-3-1) and the San Jose Sharks (4-3-2) at the Xcel Energy Center The Wild got a convincing win over the Sharks 4-1. The Wild got scoring from Joel Eriksson, Zach Parise, Kevin Fiala, and Jordan Greenway each scored a goal a piece. San Jose goalie Devan Dubnyk stopped 25 of 27 shots against his former team.

#2 The Washington Capitals (5-2) had four players including team captain Alex Ovechkin sidelined against the Buffalo Sabers (1-4) on Friday night. The Caps despite being four players short due to due to positive Coronavirus tests and protocols got by with an overtime shootout win 4-3 in DC.

#3 The Edmonton Oilers (2-4) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (4-2) at Toronto. The Leafs scored two goals in each of the second and third periods for the 4-2 win. The Leafs Mitch Marner, Adam Brooks, John Taveras, and Jimmy Versey each had a goal.

#4 In another razor close game the Pittsburgh Penguins (3-2) got a 4-3 win against the New York Rangers (1-2-1) at PPG Paints Arena. The Rangers might have lost but it was a close contest does that mean despite the loss the Rangers still can bring it or were they just up for the Pens?

#5 The Chicago Blackhawks (1-3-1) scored in each period and the Blackhawks goalie Kevin Lankinen held the Detroit Red Wings (2-3-0) to one goal and stopped 30 shots in the 4-1 win.

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

NHL podcast with Joe Lami: Philly goalie Hart stops Canes in 4-1 win; Sens get by Isles 4-3; plus more

On the NHL podcast with Joe:

#1 The Philadelphia Flyers got a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night with goals from Ivan Provorov, Michael Raffi, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, and Sean Courtuier. Flyers goalie Carter Hart saved 28 out of 29 shots.

#2 The Ottawa Senators got a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders, the second period was key for Ottawa scoring two goals from Mikkel Boedker and Anthony Duclair as each team scored one goal in each of the other frames making the Ottawa second period the difference

#3 The Nashville Predators Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene scored a goal each in their win over the Dallas Stars 2-0. Preds goalie Juuse Saros stopped 30 of 32 Stars shots for the shutout.

#4 The Chicago Blackhawks got three goals in the third period good enough to get by the visiting Edmonton Oilers 4-3 at the United Center on Thursday night. The Hawks Jonathan Toews scored a goal and Alex DeBrincat, scored twice in that the third period.

#5 Minnesota Wild second period goals from Alex Galchunyuk and Zach Parise turned out to the be the difference as the Wild got a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. The Sharks Joe Thornton score in the third period but the Sharks fell short ending their three game win streak.

Join Joe Lami each Friday for the NHL podcast 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

 

Sharks chomp into Edmonton 6-3 to match season-high six goals 

San Jose Sharks celebrate one of their six goals on Thursday night in Edmonton against the Oilers (globegazette.com photo)

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ It was a replay scorewise of the first time San Jose and the Oilers met this season, as the Sharks won again 6-3.

That date was on November 12. Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl scored then, but not this time, as the NHL’s leading point getter was shut out.  San Jose used three two-period goals to achieve victory behind netminder Aaron Dell, who faced at least 31 shots in his third straight game.

The Sharks kept the trend going with a fifth straight road victory when in Edmonton. 

San Jose’s Timo Meier nearly had his second career hat trick, but instead settled for a game-high two goals and one assist. The last time he had a three-point night was when he had his first career hat trick, on December 28. 

13 different Sharks had points on the night. 

One game removed from their NHL debut, San Jose’s Maxim Letunov had his first goal and teammate Alexander True earned his first assist. 

The Oilers had a Constant push in the Sharks’ zone, which led to their first goal. Dell was able to stop McDavid’s first attempt less than a minute earlier. Regarding the scoring play, while fishing the puck from the boards, Radim Simek sent the puck to Edmonton’s Ethan Bear at the blue line, who passed it to McDavid. McDavid then swung the puck towards Dell again, from far away, who sent the puck to Darnell Nurse. The puck then somehow found Sam Gagner, who had been seated in the slot, and he converted at 4:04.

Not too long after, the second player in NHL points this season, unthwarted by earlier, managed to score his 30th goal. He did it in his McDavid fashion, taking a pass from Nurse, located in the Oilers’ zone in the neutral area, and then using his speed to singlehandedly fly by two skaters en route to the net at 5:20. 

Nurse received a penalty at 8:15 for throwing his stick to replace goalie Mikko Koskinen’s. 

The game stayed 2-0 until Meier tipped Brent Burn’s shot at 11:01 to halve Edmonton’s lead. 

San Jose killed off a penalty to Burns at 13:21 and then the Sharks got their second and third power play at once as Oscar Klefbom got a double minor for high-sticking Melker Karlsson at 16:33.  With Burns initially credited for the goal, the credit shifted to Evander Kane who was up in front. The play came about due to well timed puck movement. Joe Thornton made the cross-ice pass to Burns, who shot from the top of the left faceoff circle. The goal was also significant in that the timely conversion gave the Sharks their first with the man advantage in their last 12 tries.

The second period featured more of the newer Sharks, as they went ahead and then upped their lead even more with another two-goal period.   

Letunov replied with a smile after he netted the rebound off Erik Karlsson’s shot three seconds before 7:07. The rookie fought and spun around with two defenders in front of him. 

After the puck went high up in the air behind the net, True recovered it. He found Stefan Noesen camped near the net and fed him for a quick wraparound goal at 12:31.

Meier struck again at 5:05 of the third to make it 5-2. Kevin Labanc attracted three players to him, sent the puck off the boards and then took down one of the three players earlier. That opened the shot for Meier, who aimed from the left faceoff circle. 

Bear then broke San Jose’s five-goal streak at 6:33, in a similar spot to Meier, but from the other faceoff circle, pushing the score to 5-3.

To cap the scoring, Meier threw the puck behind the net to Thornton, who in turn patiently fed him. Meier initially had a hat trick, but the scoring switched again, this time to Labanc, who was jostling up front.

Up Next: With a perfect road trip, the Sharks will now return home for a single game, as they see the Calgary Flames for the second time in three at 7:30pm Monday. 

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: Florida’s Acciari picks up second hat trick in 7-4 win; Caps dominate Devils 6-3; plus more

photo from nhl.nbcsports.com: Nick Acciari (55) of the Florida Panthers crashed the nets on the Dallas Stars Friday night scoring his second hat trick of the 2019-20 season.

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Noel Acciari had the hats flying as the Florida Panther scored a penalty shot that got him his second hat trick. Acciari also picked up an assist in the Panther five-goal second period in their 7-4 victory over the Dallas Stars on Friday night.

#2 Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals scored two goals and two assists Backstrom’s teammates Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson scored a goal each in the Caps win over New Jersey 6-3

#3 William Nylander and Mitchell Marner scored two goals for the Toronto Maple Leafs in their win over the New York Rangers 6-3. Nylander and Marner scored their second goals in the early third period.

#4 Chad Ruhwedal and Joseph Blandisi got the Penguins on the board with goals in the first period as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-2. The Oilers are now on a four-game skid with Friday’s loss to the Pens.

#5 The San Jose Sharks’ Brent Burns is back on ice tonight at SAP Center to face the St. Louis Blues, . Burns in 36 games has five goals and 22 points. The stats are below Burns’ usual season average.

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

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Oilers get two key goals in win over LA; Pens’ Jarry turns aside 33 Yotes shots in shutout; plus more

photo from edmontonjournal.com: Kings defensemen Drew Doughty clears the puck in front of Edmonton Oilers defensemen Kris Russell during the second period at Rogers Place Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Leon Draisaitl and Alex Chiasson both had a goal each and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night 2-1. The win for the Oilers put them in first place in the Pacific Division.

#2 Tristan Jarry stopped 33 shots in the Pittsburgh Penguins victory over the Arizona Coyotes 2-0. Phil Kessel, a former Penguin, couldn’t score off his former teammate in the loss.

#3 The Montreal Canadiens edged the New York Rangers 2-1 on Friday night. The Habs’ Nate Thompson got a goal with less than two minutes left for the eventual game-winner.

#4 Kirby Dach, in a shootout, got the gamer with a fifth round goal and got the Chicago Blackhawks a win 2-1 over New Jersey. Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford prevented the Devils’ Jack Hughes from scoring for the final attempt in the shootout.

#5 Sportsnet was commenting on Brian Burke, who was a general manager for Vancouver, Anaheim, Toronto and now is team president in Calgary. Said that the league’s salary cap has been great for the sport, but it’s killed trade talk.

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

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: Oilers pile on for 3-goal 1st period as Sharks’ win streak snaps at 6

Photo credit: mynhltraderumors.com

On the Sharks podcast with Len:

#1 Len, the Sharks just completely melted down early in this game and never had any gumption to get back into it.

#2 Talk about the Oilers’ offense, they attacked in the first period with the first three goals. Sounds like they had a game plan and maybe the advantage was they just saw the Sharks last Tuesday.

#3 The Oilers got some scoring help from Connor McDavid, Markus Granlund, Jujhar Khaira, Zack Kassian, James Neal, for the 5-2 win at SAP Center.

#4 Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen allowed two Sharks goals, but otherwise stopped and saved enough shots to keep the Sharks out of it..

#5 The Sharks play in Las Vegas next at the T-Mobile Arena against the Vegas Golden Knights, a team that always gives the Sharks fits.

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