NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Len Shapiro: It’s Avalanche and Lightning in finals; Puck drops for game 1 on Wednesday in Colorado

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kumper puts a stop on a shot in front of the net during game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Edmonton Oilers on Tue May 31, 2022 at the Ball Center in Denver. Question is who will start in goal for Colorado on Wed Jun 15 for game 1 of the Finals Kumeper or Paul Francouz? (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Len:

#1 Len, how stunning is it that the Tampa Bay Lightning can come back the way they did down 2-0 to eliminate the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals with four straight wins.

#2 The Lightning’s Steven Stamkos scored twice in game six in Saturday’s elimination game how crucial was Stamkos for the Lightning in this series?

#3 Stamkos said looking back on the series that this is a special group here because of the way they’ve played and they way they’ve rebounded winning four straight in a series like this.

#4 Len it’s been nine days since the Western Conference Champion Colorado Avalanche have played a game on Mon Jun 6th when they advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals. Will having nine days off be an advantage for the Avalanche in terms of lots of practice and rest or a disadvantage not seeing live action all this time?

#5 Avalanche’s goaltender Darcy Kuemper had to leave the series against the Edmonton Oilers and was replaced by Paul Francouz. Kuemper has had time to recover who do you see starting Wednesday for the Aves in game 1 of the Finals.

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NHL Stanley Cup Conference Finals podcast with Mary Lisa: Lightning hope for a series tie against Rangers tonight; Aves sweep Oilers 4-0 to advance to Finals

Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon (29) and Gabriel Landeskog (92) celebrate a third period goal that gets by Edmonton Oilers goalie Mike Smith (41) and Cody Ceci (5) couldn’t stop the puck in game four of the Western Conference Finals at Ball Arena in Denver on Mon Jun 6, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Conference Finals podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 Tampa Bay Lightning picked up their first win of the series after being down two games to one. The Lightning came back after being down 2-1 with two goals in the third period scored by the Lightning Steve Stamkos and with just 42 seconds left by Ondrej Palat for a 3-2 win.

#2 The New York Rangers in the first two games won by four goals in game one 6-4 and in game two by one goal 3-2. The Lightning knew their backs were to the wall and couldn’t afford to lose game 3 on their home ice in Tampa Bay.

#3 Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper knew that the Lightning had to regroup how surprising knowing not only the talents of the club but they have Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. It was a surprise for the Lightning and Vasilevskiy when they lost those first two games to the Rangers.

#4 The Colorado Avalanche came away with a 6-5 overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers at Ball Arena in Denver to sweep the Oilers four games to none. The Avalanche’s Artturi Lehkonen scored the game winning goal at 1:19 in the overtime stanza to get the Avalanche into the Stanley Cup Finals.

#5 For the Avalanche Cal Maker, Devon Toews, Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen all scored a goal each for the Aves. Colorado goaltender Pavel Francouz saved 30 of 35 shots.

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NHL Stanley Cup Conference Finals podcast with Len Shapiro: Avalanche on the brink with 3-0 series lead; Lightning score twice in 3rd period to win 3-2

The Colorado Avalanche’s TJ Compher (37) scores on Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith (41) as only the Oilers defender Leon Draisaitl (29) can look on in game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Western Conference Finals at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Sat Jun 4, 2022

On the NHL Stanley Cup Conference Finals podcast with Len:

#1 Len, the Colorado Avalanche have a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals and can put about to put it away on Monday night in Edmonton.

#2 The Aves TJ Compher scored the tie breaking goal in the third period at Rogers Place in Edmonton as the Avalanche went onto win it 4-2 in game five.

#3 There hasn’t been an NHL club that has come back from being down 3-0 since the 2014 Los Angeles Kings when they won four straight against the San Jose Sharks.

#4  Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning scored the game winning goal to help the Bolts get by the surging New York Rangers 3-2. Palat scored with the score tied at 2-2 and 42 seconds left in the third period.

#5 The Lightning who have lots of post season experience were on the ropes going into game 3 down 2-0 made the best of home ice advantage and just came back on the Rangers with two third period goals. Steve Stamkos scored on a third period power play goal at 1:22 and Palat’s for the game winner.

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Len Shapiro: Rangers-Hurricanes play elimination game 7 Monday night; Oilers-Aves open Western Conf Finals Tuesday

New York Rangers left wing Alexis Lafrenière (13) and Carolina Hurricanes center Seth Jarvis (24) chase the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sat May 28, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Len:

#1 Len, The Tampa Bay Lightning have had a good week off waiting to see if they’re going to face the New York Rangers or the Carolina Hurricanes which should be decided in game 7 on Monday in Carolina. Each game has been won by the home team in this series.

#2 The Rangers and Hurricanes dueled it out in game six and the Rangers came away with a three goal win 5-2 with Ranger goaltender Igor Shesterkin who stopped 37 shots. The Rangers Filip Chytil scored twice for the Rangers. How difficult will it be for the Rangers to win a game in Carolina or after a game like this does this build confidence.

#3 The Hurricanes have been getting some strong offense in their wins and getting key goals from Andrei Svechnikov, Teuvo Teravainen, and Vincent Trocheck. How important will these players be going into game 7 against the Rangers.

#4 The series that is ready to get underway is the Edmonton Oilers and the Avalanche on Tuesday night in Colorado. The Oilers just dominated and took out the Calgary Flames 4-1 and the Avalanche took out the St Louis Blues 4-2 do you see these two teams equal or one team has the ability to advance to the Finals.

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Len Shapiro: Binnington lost for rest of second round lower body injury; Lightning lights up the lamp leads Panthers; plus more

Colorado Avalanche left winger JT Compher (37) reaches for the puck against the St Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) during game 3 of the Western Conference second round playoffs at the Enterprise Center in St Louis. This would be Binnington’s last game for this round due to an injury on Sat May 21, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff podcast with Len Shapiro:

#1 St Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington will miss the rest of the Western Conference second round with a lower body injury rumored to be left leg against the Colorado Avalanche. Binnington got hurt during game 3 when teammate Calle Rosen and Aves Nazem Kadri knocked Binnington over. How is the loss of Binnington going to impact the Blues the rest of the second round?

#2 Also Colorado’s Samuel Girard is out for the rest of the playoffs with a broken sternum in game 3 in the first period at 1:42 on Saturday he was checked hard by the Blues Ivan Barbashev.

#3  In the battle of Florida The Tampa Bay Lightning are in the driver’s seat with the series lead 3-0 and their getting some great scoring not to mention great goaltending from Andrei Vasilevskiy in their game 3 win today 5-1.

#4 The Carolina Hurricanes lead the series 2-1 against the New York Rangers and played game 3 today at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won a crucial game 3-1 how did home ice pay off for the Rangers today?

#5 The Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers are battling it out in Edmonton the Flames had Oilers came back on the Flames in game 1 only to lose the lead 9-6. The Oilers bounced back in game 2 with a 5-2 win and goaltender Mike Smith stopped 37 shots.

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoff podcast with Len Shapiro : Hurricanes up 2-0 with series going back to MSG; Oilers-Flames take game 3 to Calgary; Aves take a 2-1 lead over St Louis

On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Len:

Carolina Hurricanes’ Brendan Smith, center, celebrates his goal with teammates Sebastian Aho (20) and Teuvo Teravainen (86) in second period action at PNC Arena in Raleigh in game 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Fri May 20, 2022 (AP News photo)

#1 The Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Antti Raanta stopped 21 shots on his way to a 2-0 shutout Friday night his first playoff shutout in game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The win puts the Hurricanes up 2-0 over the New York Rangers.

#2 After watching the first two games of this series how concerned does the proposition of going down in the first two games have to be for Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant and can the Rangers consider going back to MSG for the next two games a chance to get back into this thing?

#3 Last Wednesday the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames battled to a 9-6 Flames win. The Flames had to breath a sigh a relief in that one up 3-1 they gave up four goals in the second period to the Oilers but came back to win game 1.

#4 In game 2 on Friday night the Oilers had an opportune moment when the Oilers Zach Hyman took advantage of a break away in the middle of the third period with the score tied at 3-3. Hyman got a shot over the glove of the Flames goaltender Jakob Markstrom to put the Oilers ahead 4-3 at 10:14.

#5 A thriller in Denver the Colorado Avalanche get a big win taking it to the St Louis Blues with a game 3 win the Blues were up front but the Avalanche came back to overtake the Blues 5-3 and take a 2-1 series lead. The Avalanche got two goals from Artturi Lehkonen.

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoff podcast with Len Shapiro: Lightning eliminate Leafs in game 7; Canes Domi scores twice in 2-1 win; plus more

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) celebrates with teammate Victor Hedman (77) after knocking the Toronto Maple Leafs out of the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup in Toronto in game 7 on Sat May 14, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Len:

#1 One thing you can say about the Tampa Bay Lightning their like a boom a rang just was soon as you thought they were done they come back.

#2 The Bolts got help from one player who did all the work Nicholas Paul who scored twice that was all Tampa Bay need to eliminate the Toronto Maple Leafs four games to three in the best of four out of seven in a 2-1 game seven win to advance.

#3 The Carolina Hurricane’s Max Domi had a pair of goals and an assist which help defeat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Carolina. It was a series where the home team won each of the games as the Canes won the series 4-3.

#4 Rounding off Saturday night’s action the Edmonton Oilers shutout the Los Angeles Kings in game 7 in Edmonton 2-0. Oilers goalie Mike Smith stopped all 29 Kings shots for the win.

#5 The Oilers Connor McDavid and Cody Ceci scored a goal a piece both goals turned out to be critical for the Edmonton win.

#6 Evander Kane has been a big value for the Oilers in the regular season and in the playoff push, in hindsight do you think the San Jose Sharks who put him up for free agency might be thinking that they made a mistake letting Kane get away?

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Matt Harrington: Rangers stay alive with 5-3 win over Penguins; Panthers eliminate Capitals; plus more

New York Rangers center Mike Zibanejad congratulates left winger Chris Kreider after a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Fri May 13, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 The New York Rangers avoided getting eliminated as Chris Krieder scored a third period goal at 1:28 that broke a 3-3 deadlock with a shot from the left point that deflected off the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Louis Domigue for the score. The Rangers would win it 5-3 tying the series at 3-3.

# 2 The Florida Panthers advanced to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 4-3 overtime win over the Washington Capitals at the Capital Center. The Panthers Carter Verhaeghe scored at 2:46 in overtime for the game winning shot.

#3 The Dallas Stars defeated the Calgary Flames on Friday to tie up the series 3-3 with a 4-2 win. The Stars Joe Pavelski said that they are a confident group that can play through tight games and the Stars have been competitive in the playoffs.

#4 The Boston Bruins avoided elimination on Thursday with a win to tied up the series with the Carolina Hurricanes 3-3. Both teams meet again today for a 1:30 pm PDT puck drop.

#5 The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Toronto Maple Leafs face off at 4:00 pm PDT as the series is tied at 3-3.

#6 Kings-Oilers battle in Edmonton tonight at 7:00 pm PDT as this series is tied 3-3 everything on the line tonight.

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NHL podcast with Len Shapiro: Stars go up 2-1 on Flames; Caps Ovechkin scores in 6-1 win over Florida; plus more

The Dallas Stars Joe Pavelski (16) and Vladislav Namestinkov (92) celebrate Pavelski’s goal as the Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) is on his back looking up in Dallas on Sat May 7, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the NHL podcast with Len:

#1 The Dallas Stars Joe Pavelski scored twice to break ties in two consecutive playoff games against the Calgary Flames. Pavelski has been very instrumental in helping the Stars and in particular on Saturday in game 3 as the Stars go up 2-1.

#2 The Edmonton Oilers lead the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 and their two wins came after two defining victories 6-0 in game two on Wednesday and game three 8-2 on Friday. Both teams meet up again for game three on Monday night.

#3 One of the big games Saturday the Washington Capitals in game 3 gained on the Florida Panthers going up 2-1 in the series with a 6-1 win on Saturday. The Caps goal scoring help from Alex Ovechkin who scored his first goal of the playoffs.

#4 The Colorado Avalanche went up on the Nashville Predators 3-0 with a convincing 7-3 win in game 3. The Aves have a shot at sweeping this series on Monday night. The Aves Gabriel Landeskog scored twice with two assists.

#5 The Pittsburgh Penguins took a 2-1 lead on the New York Rangers as the Pens Damon Heimen got the go ahead goal at 11:02 in the third period. The Pens got the three goal win 7-4 win at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

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Sharks Fall 5-4 in OT to Oilers, Gregor Scores 2 Goals 26 Seconds Apart

San Jose Sharks goalie James Reimer (47) makes a save against Edmonton Oilers’ Jesse Puljujarvi (13) at Rogers Centre in Edmonton Thu Apr 28, 2022 (Canadian Press via AP News photo)

By Mary Walsh

The San Jose Sharks lost 5-4 in overtime to the Oilers in Edmonton. Ryan McLeod, Kailer Yamamoto, Derek Ryan, Philip Broberg and Zach Hyman scored for the Oilers. Mikko Koskinen made 40 saves for the win. Noah Gregor, Scott Reedy and Nick Bonino scored for the Sharks, with Gregor scoring twice. James Reimer made 26 saves in the loss.

After the game, Sharks Head Coach Bob Boughner said: “We ran into some penalty trouble, killed some penalties at the end of the game. It seemed like every time we got a lead, we squandered it. You know, and three on three is a dangerous game to play with that team.” On the other hand, he also mentioned some positives: “One of our better games offensively, you know, on the cycle, generating chances.”

Sharks Captain Logan Couture said: “Played in their end for the majority of the game, would have liked to score on a few more of the chances that we got but, yeah, tough one to lose.”

Noah Gregor scored his first of the game at 2:42 of the first period with a wrist shot from the circle. An assist went to Sasha Chmelevski.

Gregor scored again at 3:08. Gregor was trying to center the puck for Rudolfs Balcers, who was in front of the net. Instead, the puck went off of a defender’s skate and into the net. An assist went to Thomas Bordeleau.

Ryan McLeod got the Oilers on the board at 9:17 of the second period with a power play goal. Kailer Yamamoto redirected a shot from Evan Bouchard that did not hit the mark. McLeod was on hand to collect the rebound and put it away.

Yamamoto tied the game 2-2 at 12:52. Leon Draisaitl carried the puck in and then dropped it to Yamamoto for the shot. The puck squeezed through between Reimer and the post. Assists went to Leon Draisaitl and Zach Hyman.

Scott Reedy gave the Sharks their second lead of the game at 15:35, redirecting a shot from Brent Burns on the power play. Assists went to Burns and Logan Couture.

Derek Ryan tied the game 3-3 at 9:37 of the third period. Tyson Barrie sent the puck to the net and it was redirected by Ryan high in the slot. The puck then hit Jayson Megna’s skate and went pin-balling into the blue paint before slipping over the line.

Nick Bonino gave the Sharks their third lead of the game at 10:40 with a neat shot from low in the slot. He caught Couture’s pass from below the goal line. Assists went to Couture and Matt Nieto.

Philip Broberg tied the game 4-4 at 11:45 with a wrist shot from the circle. It was his first NHL goal. Connor McDavid set him up with a pass from all the way down by the post. Assists went to McDavid and Jesse Puljujarvi.

Zach Hyman scored the game winner 1:37 into overtime. He trailed Ryan-Nugent Hopkins into the zone. Nugent-Hopkins passed the puck to Hyman behind the Sharks defenders. Reimer could not get across in time to stop the shot om his stick side. Assists went to Nugent-Hopkins and Brett Kulak.

The Sharks out-shot the Oilers in every period except overtime. In the first, the count was 8-1 by the midpoint. In the face-off circle, the Sharks won 58% of the draws, with rookie Thomas Bordeleau winning 60% of his draws. The Sharks had one power play and scored with one shot. They had three penalties to kill, one a double-minor. They penalty kill gave up one goal and eight shots.

The Sharks will play their final game of the season on Friday in Seattle against the Kraken at 7:00 PM PT.