San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro : Sharks open four game road trip after struggling with Florida last Monday

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky blocks a shot from the San Jose Sharks in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in San Jose, Calif

On the Sharks podcast with Len:

#1 The San Jose Sharks have been involved some blow outs, close loses and rough games and the loss to the Florida Panthers was no exception in a three goal defeat 5-3 on Monday.

#2 Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves for the Florida Panthers and it was enough for him and the Panther defense to stop the Sharks for the two goal win

#3 Dylan Gambrell, Kevin Labanc and Timo Meier scored a goal a piece for San Jose it was enough goals to win a game but not this one

#4 The Sharks were coming off a two game win streak and the Panther were coming off a two game win streak so Panthers really grinded it out for the win

#5 The Sharks hit the road to face New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers Len sets up the road trip

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

Short-handed Sharks Fall to Desperate Panthers 5-3

photo from sfgate.com: Florida Panthers’ Mike Hoffman, right, celebrates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in San Jose, Calif.

By Jerry Feitelberg

SAN JOSE–The desperate Florida Panthers started the first game of the dreaded three-team California gauntlet with a 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks in a Monday matinee. Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves and Evgenii Dadonov, Mike Hoffman and Colton Sceviour scored for the Cats while Dylan Gambrell, Kevin Labanc and Timo Meier scored for San Jose who were coming off two-game road winning streak.

Florida avoided a three-game losing streak and now sits three points back of Philadelphia for the second Eastern Conference Wild Card spot.

The Sharks continue to be without a core group of players with Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl and now Erik Karlsson out with injury and Evander Kane in game two of a three-game suspension for an elbowing penalty Friday in Winnipeg.

They may add another player to the walking wounded after Antti Suomela exited the game after the second period after taking a hit from Josh Brown.

Dadonov opened the scoring for Florida when the Sharks defense loosened up enough for him to slip in and take a Frank Vatrano feed to beat Aaron Dell 4:52 into play. Gambrell picked up the equalizer, his fourth goal of the year, on a pass from Suomela right into the slot 11:30 into the period.

The Sharks fell behind 2-1 halfway through the game when Mike Hoffman picked off a d-to-d pass in his defensive end and went end-to-end before burying the puck 22nd goal of the year. A wild third period started with Colton Sceviour firing a puck on Dell, following up on his rebound and scoring at 10:04.

Kevin Labanc answered back with a strike with 5:26 left in regulation to open up a six minute span that saw teams swap four goals. Anton Stralman, Meier and Vincent Trocheck all scored down the stretch for the 5-3 final.

Next up for the Sharks is a four-game road swing through the Tri-State area, facing off against the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers before returning home to the Shark Tank to face the Devils once again February 27th.

NHL Podcast with Joe Lami: Will Sharks 3 goal win turn the corner?; Knights clobber Panthers 7-2; plus more

photo from sfgate.com: San Jose Sharks’ Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) and Edmonton Oilers’ Josh Archibald (15) race for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta.

NHL podcast with Joe Lami:

#1 The San Jose Sharks looks like they’ve turn a corner with a win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night 6-3 and two goals scored by Timo Meier

#2 The Vegas Golden Knights Mark Stone found the back of the net twice, Stone also helped out on the big offensive night for the Knights with three assists in Vegas’ win over the Florida Panthers 7-2

#3 The Carolina Hurricane’s Andrei Svechnikov and Sebastian Aho both scored a goal each in the Canes win over the Arizona Coyotes in a two goal victory 5-3

#4 The New York Islanders Kieffer Bellows scored two goals in a night to remember for Bellows his first two goals of his NHL career that lent a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings

#5 The Nashville Predators got a one goal win over the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Thursday night as the Preds Mikael Granlund scored a goal and picked up an assist

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

Sharks Power Play Scores, Still Lose 5-1 to Panthers

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By Mary Walsh

The San Jose Sharks lost 5-1 to the Florida Panthers Sunday at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Panthers goals came from Keith Yandle, Aleksander Barkov, Mike Matheson, Brett Connolly and Frank Vatrano. Their goaltender, Sergei Bobrovsky, made 30 saves for the win. The Sharks goal was scored by Kevin Labanc, the team’s first power play goal in 23 tries. Martin Jones made 28 saves in the loss.

After the game, Labanc said:

Today, we were working we just weren’t scoring so it sucks. Like I said, I mean we’re getting a ton of chances but we’re just not capitalizing on them. And… just… it’s all in the detail of the game and it’s not that they’re a better team than us it’s just that we’re making more mistakes.

Sharks forward Evander Kane, who sat out for a period’s worth of penalties, said: “I think we’re a little too relaxed right now. A couple games, that we’re off to bad starts and we didn’t really fight back and we didn’t really have much fight back after we got down so that’s really the most disappointing part.”

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer identified goaltending and special teams as the problem in Sunday’s game:

I thought we hung in there and, you know, kept fighting but you know it wasn’t enough. And, you know, their goalie was better, their special teams were better tonight than ours. That was probably the story. I thought five-on-five we probably carried a lot of the play but, those two areas, they were better than us.

The Panthers started the scoring on a power play at 4:15 of the first. Kevin Labanc was in the box for hooking. Jonathan Huberdeau’s pass up the boards found Keith Yandle for a shot from the blue line. Assists went to Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov.

Barkov scored the next one at 8:15, putting the Panthers up 2-0. The Panthers entered the zone three-on-two with Erik Karlsson and Marc-Edouard Vlasic defending. With Karlsson covering Keith Yandle but letting Barkov slip by at the last moment. Evgenii Dadonov was the puck carrier and he sent the puck to the net for Barkov to tap in. Assists went to Dadonov and Huberdeau.

Kevin Labanc made up for his penalty with a power play goal at 10:13. Labanc took a pass from Erik Karlsson up near the blue line and took the shot from above the face-off circle. The puck went up over Bobrovsky’s shoulder as Timo Meier was blocking the goaltender’s view. Assists went to Karlsson and Evander Kane. The goal ended a scoreless streak 23 power plays long for San Jose.

The Panthers out-shot the Sharks 12-9 in the first period.

Florida scored again on the power play at 6:32 of the second period. With Brett Connolly in the goaltender’s eyes, Mike Matheson took a shot from the blue line that made its way all the way in. Assists went to Aaron Ekblad and Frank Vatrano.

Just 4:16 into the second period, Evander Kane was given multiple penalties for fighting, instigation and misconduct. That all resulted from his response to a hit from behind. The penalties put him out of play for the rest of the period and the start of the third. After the game, Kane was asked about the incident and said: “A guy hits me in the head and no call, you know, you gotta protect yourself. Nobody else is gonna protect you on the ice, not the refs, not the other team, so sometimes you gotta stick up for yourself.”

At the end of the second period, the Panthers took an interference penalty that put the Sharks on the power play for almost a minute of the third period. Seconds into the third, the Panthers took a delay of game penalty, giving the Sharks a brief two-man advantage. That was not enough and the Sharks finished those power plays still down 3-1.

Brenden Dillon went to the penalty box for four minutes, two for high-sticking and two for slashing. The penalties came shortly after a slash that Huberdeau delivered to Dillon earlier that was not called.

The score quickly became 4-1 on the next Panthers power play. Mike Hoffman’s shot from the blue line created a rebound that Connolly was able to put in the net despite losing his footing in front of Martin Jones. Assists went to Hoffman and Keith Yandle.

The Sharks pulled their goaltender with just over two minutes to go and Frank Vatrano put the puck in the net a little over 30 seconds later. Assists went to Mackenkie Weegar and Aaron Ekblad.

The Sharks continue their road trip with a game in Nashville on Tuesday against the Predators at 5:00 PM PT.

The Sharks will be without one of their regular defensemen, Radim Simek, for about two weeks as he is undergoing a surgical procedure.

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Sharks hope to snap out of it, face Bolts and Panthers Saturday and Sunday

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On the Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 The Carolina Hurricanes’ Andrei Svechnikov scored both the first and shootout goals to lift his team over the San Jose Sharks 3-2 at PNC Arena on Thursday.

#2 It was the Hurricanes’ second shootout win of the season, the first achieved in the first game of the regular season.

# 3  For the Sharks, it was their first shootout loss and the first time they went to a shootout on the road during the same period.

#4 The Sharks outshot the Hurricanes 10-5 in the third and Carolina outshot San Jose 6-2 in overtime.

#5 The Sharks have a weekend in Florida. First tonight in Tampa Bay and the second on Sunday in Sunrise against the Florida Panthers.

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

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast with Barbara Mason: How Sharks lost three straight at home; Ichiro is just the ticket for opener in Japan; St. Mary’s continues to deliver the thrills

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Barbara Mason filling in for Amaury Pi Gonzalez:

#1 The San Jose Sharks, after winning six straight have all of a sudden hit a brick wall with three straight loses to Florida, Nashville and Vegas. Should there be some concern from head coach Peter DeBoer?

#2 Ichiro can still throw from the outfield to the plate. He’s over 40, but can still start as a designated hitter and will be in the starting line up for the Seattle Mariners against the Oakland A’s on Wednesday in Tokyo for opening day.

#3 Ichiro becomes the second oldest position player in MLB history to start a game.

#4 This is a big deal for the Oakland A’s to host and open the season in Japan and there has been a huge contingent of press and fans, who will pack the Tokyo Dome Wednesday night.

#5 St. Mary’s win over Gonzaga last week is something that basketball analysts are still talking about. You have to go back to the 2010 St. Mary’s team, who beat top-10 Villanova in the 2010 NCAA Tournament in the second round.

Barbara Mason does Amaury’s News and Commentary each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: Sharks try to avoid another narrow loss; battle Preds tonight

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On the Sharks podcast with Len:

#1 The Sharks took a six-game win streak into Thursday’s game, but couldn’t hold the Florida Panthers, who won 4-2 at SAP Center. Was their timing off.

#2 Was it a matter of the Panthers were on a mission or the Sharks just ran out of gas after playing back to back night on the road and a cluster of home games before the trip?

#3 One name that stands out throughout the last two weeks is Gustav Nyquist. He’s starting to have crucial value to this team.

#4 If you had to point to one development that has this team going like it is right now and passing the Calgary Flames in the Western Conference then is a game behind after the Flames get a win they moved back into first place, what would that be?

#5 The Sharks play game two on this three-game homestand against Nashville on Saturday night. Len sizes up tonight’s game.

#6 Sharks could clinch tonight for a playoff spot against the Nashville Predators

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

Panthers postpone Sharks playoff clinching celebration

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By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Any celebration of the San Jose Sharks clinching a playoff berth will have to wait, following a 4-2 loss to the Florida Panthers Thursday at SAP Center.

Mike Hoffman’s tie-breaking power play goal late in the second period helped the Panthers win their third straight game after a six-game losing streak.

The loss, San Jose’s second regulation setback at home since Dec. 20, ended the Sharks’ six-game winning streak, as San Jose fell short in its opportunity to become the first NHL West team to clinch a postseason slot.

At the same time, the Sharks failed to build on their one-point lead over second-place Calgary in the Pacific Division race.

The Panthers, meanwhile, pulled to within seven points of Columbus for the second NHL East Wild Card spot, with 12 games to play.

Hoffman also set up Florida’s insurance goal by Frank Vatrano in the third period. Also scoring for the Panthers was Jamie McGinn and Dryden Hunt. Rookie goaltender Sam Montembeault stopped 26 San Jose shots to earn his first career road win.

Melker Karlsson and Kevin Lablanc scored for the Sharks, while Martin Jones made 23 saves.

Florida surged ahead in the second period after Riley Sheahan won a faceoff, passed to Troy Brouwer, who then fed Hunt for his second goal in two games.

After a bad line change led to the Sharks being whistled for too many men on the ice, Hoffman scored on the power play on a pass from Keith Yandle for his 32nd goal of the season.

The loss capped a bad day overall for the Sharks. It was learned that defenseman Radim Simek will need surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee, and forward Evander Kane was sidelined for personal reasons after announcing he and his wife recently lost a child during pregnancy.

The Sharks host Nashville on Saturday at 7:30 pm PT.

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Red-hot Sharks doing it all in the home stretch

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On the Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 The San Jose Sharks (43-19-8) got their sixth straight win with a win over the Winnipeg Jets, and at this juncture, they look like no one’s going to stop them now.

#2 It seems like Gustav Nyquist, Marcus Sorenson, Joe Pavelski, Marc-Edouard Vlasic are a wrecking crew who scored goals Tuesday night.

#3 After getting back-to-back wins on this road trip in tough places to play Minnesota and Winnipeg, the Sharks now look to open a three-game homestand against Florida, Nashville, and Vegas.

#4 Martin Jones saved 24 shots in getting in front of the puck for the shutout on Monday night, and on Tuesday night, Jones stopped 21 of 25 shots for the win.

#5 The Sharks host the Florida Panthers (30-27-12) Thursday night. On defense, both clubs are very close in goals per game, goals against per game, and saves.

Catch the Sharks podcasts each Wednesday with Mary Lisa 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