NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Knights advance to next round; Habs stay alive tie series with Leafs; Bruins waste no time with win over Isles 5-2;

Mattias Janmark the Vegas Golden Knights center holds up the hockey stick who scored a hat trick on Fri May 28, 2021 at the T Mobile Center in Las Vegas against the visiting Minnesota Wild in game 7 (AP News photo)

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Marko:

#1 The Vegas Golden Knights (4-3) advanced by beating the Minnesota Wild (3-4) convincingly on Friday night 6-2. The Knights opened up the flood gates with three goals in the second period to run away with the game 7 win.

#2 Marko, talk about the Knights Mattias Janmark who scored two goals in the third period for a hat trick that added insurance goals for Vegas’ victory.

#3 On Saturday night with the their backs to the wall 3-2 the Montreal Canadiens pulled off a close shave with a victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Belle Centre in Montreal to stay alive and tie the series at 3-3 in over time.

#4 It all boils down to game 7 on Monday night at the Maple Leaf Garden as the Canadiens and Maple Leafs face off to decide who goes to the next round as the Leafs have the advantage of having home ice.

#5 The Boston Bruins wasted no time with a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders at TD Garden in Boston to open the best of seven series. The Bruins one of the most potent offensive teams in the NHL proved that with this three goal win on Saturday night.

Marko Ukalovic filled in for Matt Harrington this Saturday for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sharks Lose 6-3 to Wild; Skid extends to 8 games

Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Foligno (17) puts the puck past San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) in the first period at SAP Center in San Jose (AP News photo)

By Mary Walsh

The San Jose Sharks celebrated Patrick Marleau’s new record in NHL games played Saturday. It was the team’s first game at home since Marleau played his 1768th NHL game, surpassing Gordie Howe’s record, in Las Vegas last Monday. Family members were able to attend the game for the occasion. The Sharks all wore Marleau Jerseys for warm-ups. A pantheon of Sharks and NHL players and alumni spoke in a video presentation before the game. The only thing missing was an arena full of fans.

The Minnesota Wild won the game 6-3. Ryan Suter, Marcus Foligno, Jared Spurgeon, Kevin Fiala, Kirill Kaprizov and Nick Bonino all scored for the Wild. Kaapo Kahkonen made 27 saves for the win. Logan Couture, Evander Kane and Joachim Blichfeld scored for San Jose. It was Blichfeld’s first NHL goal. Josef Korenar made 15 saves during the second two periods, while Martin Jones made five in the first period. The win clinched a spot in the playoffs for the Wild. The loss was San Jose’s eighth in a row.

After the game, Sharks Head Coach Bob Boughner said: “The start was a disaster, right from the first shift, the first goal.” Boughner pointed out that there were several “new guys” in the lineup and this may have accounted for missed coverage and other errors during the game. He went on to say: “It’s no secret, you know, look at their lineup, look at our lineup, and, you know, we’re missing a little depth there. And you know, it got us early, let’s be honest, you know, second and third goal, that’s where it got us.”

The Sharks did have some unfamiliar faces on the bench Saturday. Greg Pateryn joined the defense in the absence of injured Radim Simek. It was his first game in teal since coming over from the Colorado Avalanche. He was on the ice for one goal against and one goal for the Sharks. Joachim Blichfeld was in the lineup for his sixth NHL game. He was also on the ice for one goal against and one goal for, which he scored. Neither player seemed to have an out-sized impact on the game. There were plenty of errors to go around.

As Boughner mentioned, the game did not start well for San Jose. Just 19 seconds in, Ryan Suter scored his second goal of the year, on the first shot of the game. Suter skated in with the puck and took a shot from the face-off circle. It whizzed by Martin Jones’s shoulder. An assist went to Jordan Greenway.

Moments later, Timo Meier collided with Kirill Kaprizov, Meier went to the bench but returned to play without missing much time.

Marcus Foligno added another 12 minutes into the first. Joel Eriksson-Ek carried the puck in in a two-on-one with Foligno. Eriksson-Ek made a pass at the last moment for Foligno the take the shot.

Jared Spurgeon made it 3-0 at 17:43 of the first. Spurgeon got by the Sharks defense and took a shot into the far corner. Ryan Hartman and Mats Zuccarello got the assists.

That first period saw the Wild out-shoot the Sharks 8-4. There was just one penalty called, a too many men on the ice call against San Jose. The Sharks penalty kill gave up no shots.

Josef Korenar was in the Sharks net to start the second period.

The score did not change again until the final minute of the middle frame. Marcus Johansson took a shot from the boards and created a rebound. Kevin Fiala was at the net to knock the bouncing puck in. Assists went to Johansson and Jared Spurgeon.

There were no penalties in the second period, and the Sharks led in shots 13-7.

Logan Couture got the Sharks on the board 1:19 into the third period. Couture passed the puck to Timo Meier as the skated to the net. Just as his pass got away, Couture was knocked down. As he slid, face-first, to the net, Meier’s rebound landed in front of him. He swept it into the net. Assists went to Meier and Rudolfs Balcers.

Kirill Kaprizov scored a power play goal to make it 5-1 at 4:28. Fiala swept the puck off the boards to the slot, where Kaprizov was ready for the shot. Assists went to Fiala and Nick Bonino.

Evander Kane scored for the Sharks at 4:47, when Nikolai Knyzhov took a shot from the blue line. Tomas Hertl knocked it out of the air and Kane cleaned it up for his 18th of the season.

Joachim Blichfeld scored his first NHL goal at 6:06. He took the shot from below the face-off dot. The puck went over Kahkonen’s glove and into the top corner.

Nick Bonino scored into an empty net at 19:38. An assist went to Ian Cole.

The Sharks took two penalties in the third period. The Wild’s power play got one shot on net during the period.

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

San Jose Sharks podcast with Matt Harrington: Sharks hope to snap 7 game skid tonight

The Vegas Knights Shea Theodore (27) reaches out for the puck as the San Jose Sharks Timo Meier (28) is right behind at the T Mobile Center in Las Vegas on Thu Apr 23, 2021 (AP News photo)

#1 The San Jose Sharks (18-23-5) enter tonight’s game at SAP Center against the Vegas Golden Knights (33-11-3)) on a seven game losing streak in the Sharks last game against the Vegas Golden Knights not even close another loss 5-2.

#2 What are some of the things that head coach Bob Boughner must be saying to the club right now going on a long losing streak and trying to find ways to break that long string.

#3 For Sharks goaltender Josef Korenar a tough night against Minnesota facing 39 shots and allowing four. Korenar had a good long run with the Sharks minor league team the San Jose Barracuda but this is the big leagues now how ready is he?

#4 Timo Meier and Tomas Hertl both had a goal each for San Jose it wasn’t enough but they’ve had some good offensive nights for the Sharks this season.

#5 The Sharks face off against the Minnesota Wild (27-13-3) tonight at the SAP Center. The Sharks have lost the last two meetings with the Wild by scores of 3-2 and 5-2 with the Sharks on the current losing streak could they have their hands full tonight?

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

Marleau Ties Howe Record, Sharks Fall 5-2 to Wild

The Minnesota Wild center Nico Sturm gets the wrap around the goal post to score a second period goal against the San Jose Sharks on Sat Apr 17, 2021 at the Target Center in St Paul (AP News photo)

By Mary Walsh

Patrick Marleau tied Gordie Howe’s record of 1,767 NHL Games Played record in St. Paul on Saturday. The Minnesota Wild made a special announcement for the occasion and, on the ice, the Minnesota players congratulated Marleau. It was a tremendous accomplishment, well-worth celebrating, but somewhat at odds with the loss Marleau’s team suffered the same night.

The 5-2 loss to the Wild was the Sharks’ fifth loss in a row. The Wild got goals from Mats Zuccarello, Joel Ericksson Ek, Zach Parise, Kirill Kaprizov and Nico Sturm. Three of those goals were scored in 72 seconds. Kaapo Kahkonen made 26 saves for the win. Brent Burns and Joel Kellman scored for the Sharks. In the Sharks net, Martin Jones made 19 saves before being replaced by Josef Korenar, who made 4 saves in the third period.

After the game, Marleau talked about reaching this milestone in the midst of a losing streak: “Obviously you want things to be going well, you want your team to be winning, all the time, regardless of milestones or not. Be nice to get back on track, get in the winning books, and feeling good about ourselves as a club.”

Sharks defenseman Brent Burns talked about Marleau’s accomplishment:

“I think at this point to play a game like that any night, obviously what he’s doing is special and, you know, it’s beyond one game. So tonight’s obviously big for him, it’s big for all of us to be a part of something like that. It’s incredible, it’s bigger than one game.”

Brent Burns started the scoring with a blast from the point that beat Kahkonen glove side at 12:02. Assists went to Rudolfs Balcers and Tomas Hertl.

A little over two minutes later, Zuccarello scored a power play goal. Marcus Johansson made a back-hand pass form below the goal line for Zuccarello to tap in. Assists went to Johansson and Ryan Hartman.

36 seconds later, Martin Jones knocked Jordan Greenway’s shot away but it went off of Joel Ericksson Ek’s chest and into the net. Assists went to Greenway and Marcus Foligno.

36 seconds after that, Zach Parise made it 3-1 with a shot off the rush that beat Jones on the blocker side. Assists went to Jonas Brodin and Nick Bonino.

Minnesota out-shot the Sharks 17-9 in the first period. The Wild had 7 shots on 3 power plays, including some five-on-three time at the end of the period. The Sharks had no power play time in the first.

Kirill Kaprizov made it 4-1 1:14 into the second period with a goal in the final second of a power play. Mats Zuccarello made a pass from the boards to the slot. The pass went through Kevin Fiala who took a swing at it and missed. That gave Jones and the defense pause, before the puck landed on Kaprizov’s stick for the real shot.

Nico Sturm made it 5-1 at 19:11 of the second. Jones was down on the side of the net when Sturm went for the wrap-around on the other side. Carson Soucy got the assist.

It looked as if Sturm and Jones locked skates for a moment before the goal, but the challenge was unsuccessful.

San Jose out-shot Minnesota 8-7 in the second. The Sharks took one penalty in the second period, the unsuccessful challenge of the Sturm goal. The Wild had one shot on that power play.

Joel Kellman scored for San Jose at 17:45 of the third. Labanc made a tidy pass from below the goal line, jus as Kellman arrived in the slot. Assists went to Kevin Labanc and Ryan Donato. It was Kellman’s first of the season, in his fifth NHL game of the season.

Minnesota took two penalties in the third period, giving the Sharks power play one shot on goal. The Sharks out-shot the Wild 11-4 in the final period.

The Sharks next play on Monday against the Golden Knights in Las Vegas at 7:00 PM PT.

San Jose Sharks podcast with Matt Harrington: Sharks lose close game to Wild 3-2 on four game losing streak

The San Jose Sharks Rudolfs Blacers, left tries to reach around the Minnesota Wild’s Kirill Kaprizov, right, to get a piece of the puck at the Target Center in St Paul on Fri Apr 16, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Sharks podcast with Matt:

#1 The Sharks (18-21-4) in Minnesota lost in a close game 3-2. The Wild (26-13-3) held a 3-1 lead for most of the game but the Sharks just couldn’t get enough offense to tie the game up.

#2 The Sharks got goals from Tomas Hertl and Evander Kane but it wasn’t enough. Hertl and Kane have been consistent on offense.

#3 Wild goaltender Cam Talbot stopped 20 shots and faced 22 talk a Talbot’s performance in holding the Sharks to two goals and a one goal win for the Wild.

#4 Sharks goalie Martin Jones stopped 15 shots and allowed three goals Jones allowed two goals in the second period and pretty much that was the difference.

#5 Jones had another rough period in the first period Saturday he surrendered three goals which turned out to be a huge lead for the Wild.

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

Sharks Fall to Wild 3-2

The Minnesota Wild Nick Bonino (3) goes for victory skate after scoring a goal in the first period against the San Jose Sharks at the Target Center in St Paul on Fri Apr 16, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Mary Walsh.

The San Jose Sharks lost 3-2 to the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center Friday. Nick Bonino, Mats Zuccarello and Zach Parise scored for Minnesota, and goaltender Cam Talbot made 20 saves for the win. Tomas Hertl and Evander Kane scored for the Sharks and Martin Jones made 15 saves in the loss.

The Sharks did not play a terrible game, but a loss at this point in the season is disheartening. After the game, Sharks Head Coach Bob Boughner said: “Tough to break down that game and say that we didn’t come out, we didn’t respond and we didn’t play well. I thought all those things happened.”

Sharks captain Logan Couture said:

I thought defensively we were pretty good. We didn’t give up much but there wasn’t much out there offensively. But we gotta find a way to do more. We only scored two, three goals over the last two games, or three games, so we need to find some more offense.

Evander Kane had a penalty-free game as well as a goal, despite several tense scrums throughout the night. After the game, Boughner said, of Kane:

“He plays hard, he kills penalties, he’s on the power play, he’s playing against the top lines, he’s been a good player for us all year. He’s still involved, he’s still trash-talking a little bit, he’s still throwing the body around but he’s staying within himself and I think that’s helped his five-on-five game for sure.”

The Sharks were on the board first, at 3:32. Tomas Hertl skated through the neutral zone and in the Wild zone, with some help from a stick lift by Patrick Marleau near the blue line. Hertl took the shot from the face-off dot and beat Talbot on the short side. Assists went to Radim Simek and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

Nick Bonino tied it up at 9:30. A turnover right in the slot gave him a clear line to the net and he took it. It was unassisted.

The first period was penalty-free. The Sharks outshot the Wild 8-4 but won just 33% of the face-offs.

The Wild took the lead 2:15 into the second period with Mats Zuccarello’s goal. Right off an offensive-zone face-off, Zuccarello shot it under Jones. Viktor Rask got the assist.

Zach Parise scored what would be the game-winner just over a minute later. Matt Dumba made a pass across the slot to a waiting Parise at the net corner. Assists went to Matt Dumba and Nick Bonino.

The Wild outshot the Sharks 7-4 in the second. Each team had a power play. The Wild had three shots on theirs and the Sharks had one. The Sharks won just 31% of the second period face-offs.

Evander Kane scored a short-handed goal at 13:43 of the third period, bringing the Sharks to withing one. Kane knocked the puck free from Kevin Fiala at the point, then chased it down and shot it by Talbot on the glove side.

The Sharks had two penalties to kill in the third period, and out-shot the Wild 10-7. The Sharks penalty kill had two shots on goal and the Wild power play had two as well. The Sharks improved in the face-off circle to 50% for the third.

The Sharks next play on Saturday at 5:00 PM PT against the Wild, again in Minnesota.

Sharks Tame Wild 4-2

The Minnesota Wild forward Nico Sturm (7) tries to reach for the puck as the San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) and defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) defend during Wed Mar 31, 2021 at SAP Center in San Jose (AP News photo)

By Mary Walsh

The San Jose Sharks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 in San Jose Wednesday. Rudolfs Balcers, Ryan Donato, Nikolai Knyzhov and Evander Kane Scored for the Sharks, while Martin Jones made 26 saves for the win. The Sharks defense generated five points in the game. Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello scored for the Wild, and Kaapo Kahkonen made 29 saves in the loss.

After the game, Sharks Head Coach Bob Boughner talked about the Sharks defensive game:

“I liked how aggressive we were in the d-zone, jump in and check. We didn’t give much, you know, we blocked shots. I thought we were really physical tonight, you know, and yeah, we played a lot in the o-zone. That is the blueprint for how we want to play on most nights and every night.”

Sharks Captain Logan Couture talked about what they need to do to carry this success forward:

“We’ve just got to keep playing the way we are. I thought we defended pretty hard and we created a lot of offense. We could have had more than the three we scored, or the fourth with the empty-netter, but a lot of good looks, I think our game’s in a good spot right now.”

In a scoreless first period, the teams each got credit for 10 shots. Evander Kane took three of those shots for the Sharks. Each team had one power play. The Wild had one shot on their power play and the Sharks had two on theirs. The Wild won 60% of the first period face-offs.

The Sharks got the scoring started in the second period, at 4:41. Rudolfs Balcers caught a pass from Tomas Hertl just as he arrived in front of the blue paint. He did not slow down as he stopped the puck on his backhand, then swept it around Kahkonen’s skate. Assists went to Hertl and Brent Burns.

The Sharks made it 2-0 at 9:22 with a power play goal. Brent Burns shot the puck right up the middle. Kahkonen stopped it but left a rebound. Ryan Donato was there to gather it up and tuck it under the goaltender. Assists went to Burns and Mario Ferraro.

That was the only power play for the second period. The Sharks outshot the Wild 14-9. The Sharks improved in the face-of circle, winning 55% of them.
Kirill Kaprizov cut the Sharks lead to 2-1 at 8:23. He carried the puck at speed from below the goal line, past one point to the other before taking the shot, which went past Jones on the far side. Carson Soucy got the assist.

The Sharks’ third goal started when Rudolfs Balcers carried the puck onto the zone. It was knocked off of his stick but Tomas Hertl was right there to get it back and pass it to Erik Karlsson. Karlsson found Nikolai Knyzhov just coming across the blue line, Knyzhov let the traffic settle into place in front of the net before shooting it past Kahkonen’s glove. Assists on Knyzhov’s first NHL goal went to Karlsson and Hertl.

Kaprizov knocked Logan Couture off the puck at 12:18. While Evander Kane was giving Kaprizov a piece of his mind about the hit, Ryan Hartman went after Kane. All the skaters on the ice converged after that but the result was just two minor penalties: cross-checking to Hartman and roughing to Kane.

The Wild made it 3-2 with their net empty and 12.1 seconds left in the game. Kevin Fiala took a shot from the point with three skaters blocking Jones’ view. The puck went off of Mats Zuccarello and in. Assists went to Fiala and Jared Spurgeon.

Evander Kane scored from just outside the Sharks’ blue line, into an empty net with one second left in the game. It was his sixth shot of the night.

The Sharks won the third period face-off battle 9-6. Each team had a power play in the period, with the Sharks taking three shots and the Wild taking two. In overall third period shots, the teams were tied at 9 each.

The Sharks next play on Friday against the Kings in Los Angeles at 7:00 PM PT.

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Sharks go to OT and shootout in 4-3 win; five stanzas to complete game

The San Jose Sharks Radim Simek goes for the victory skate in front of the Sharks bench after scoring in the first period. The Sharks went five periods to decide this one against the Minnesota Wild at SAP Center in San Jose on Mon Mar 29, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 The game between the San Jose Sharks (13-16-4) and the Minnesota Wild (21-10-1) ended up in a 3-3 tie after regulation and went into an overtime and a shootout aren’t there nights in this game you’d wish that after two stanzas of overtime the game could just finish in a tie?

#2 The Sharks showed a lot of improvement. In their last few games they got into third period trouble by allowing three goals after tying games. This time they hung on after the overtime and shootout periods to get a win 4-3 win thanks to a game winning goal by Erik Karlsson.

#3 The Sharks goaltender Martin Jones had another defensive night facing 28 shots and allowing three goals. Jones has showed a lot of improvement over the last two weeks.

#4 Sharks head coach Bob Boughner has to be proud of his defense not just for their defense but for the ability to score goals too, Erik Karlsson scored twice and Radim Simek scored once.

#5 The Minnesota Wild are no pushovers after losing a frustrating game like the one on Monday night you know they’ll be out to battle the Sharks in game two of this series on Wednesday night at SAP Center.

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

Karlsson Stars in Sharks 4-3 Shootout Win Over Wild

Photo credit: @GettySport

By Matthew Harrington

The San Jose Sharks beat the visiting Minnesota Wild 4-3 in a shootout after Erik Karlsson beat Cam Talbot ion a slapshot in the eighth round of the skills competition to cap a big night for the former Norris Trophy winner. Patrick Marleau appeared in his 1,757th career game, passing Mark Messier for second all-time and trailing Gordie Howe by just 10. Erik Karlsson scored a pair, fellow d-man Radim Simek potted one as well and the youthful couplet of Ryan Donato, John Leonard and Dylan Gambrell combined for four assists. Kevin Fiala scored a pair for the Wild and Nick Bonino struck for a mark as well. The Sharks (14-16-4) dominated on the shot counter, flinging 39 pucks on netminder Cam Talbot, while Martin Jones saw 25 shots in the San Jose net.

The Wild (21-10-2) scored first after Ryan Hartman screened Jones in a broken play that had the Sharks scrambling in their own end. Marcus Johansson had easy pickings with the screen, beating Jones for his fourth goal of the year 12:41 into play.

The Sharks answered back with a screen of their own when Radim Simek’s point shot appeared to kick off Dylan Gambrell or Jonas Brodin with 3:56 left in the period. Ex-Wild Ryan Donato and John Leonard assisted on the goal, leaving Gambrell, who also led the rush down the ice, pointless on the play.

Nick Bonino gave the Wild the lead just a minute before the first intermission after Joel Eriksson Ek first put Nikolai Knyzhov on a poster He toe dragged around the defense after Knyzhov went for an agressive poke check, giving Eriksson Ek the clear path to a 2-on-1 with Bonino. Bonino buried the tic-tac-goal on the cross-crease pass.

Karlsson scored his first of the game with 4:15 left in the second period after burying a 2-on-1 pass from Evander Kane. Kane blocked a shot in the Sharks end to start the rush and Karlsson saw the play developing and went full speed ahead to the Wild zone to finish the play.

4:11 into the third, Karlsson fired a rocket that hit the inside of the post, then the camera imbedded in the net on a point shot to give the Sharks the then 3-2. Donato and Gambrell assisted on the goal, Karlsson’s 4th of the year. Karlsson hadn’t had a two-goal regular season game since December 19th, 2017, his last season with the Ottawa Senators. Gambrell again was screening Talbot and this time nabbed an assist.

Fiala tied the game 9:48 into the third when Matt Dumba fed him with a puck that found a seam through the slot. Fiala was waiting a stride outside the crease to bury the tying goal and push his season total to double-digits with 10 goals.

The two teams meet again Wednesday night at the SAP Center. Presumably rookie phenom Kappo Kähkönen will be in net for former Shark Dean Evason, while former Wild tender Devan Dubnyk may get his turn in the Sharks net.

Notes: Jeffrey Viel made his NHL debut, playing 7:28 and registering two hits. He got on the scoresheet, dropping the gloves with Minnesota’s Luke Johnson 2:57 into the game. It was also Johnson’s first career fight. Viel came out the clear winner….Jared Spurgeon appeared to score in overtime, but his touch came above the crossbar for a quick no-goal call on the ice…Evander Kane’s assist broke a tie for the team lead with Timo Meier. Both players had 15 entering play…Marleau centered the fourth line with Viel and Marcus Sorensen on his flanks….The Sharks didn’t commit a minor penalty in regulation and only went on the power play once…The Wild hadn’t gone to the shootout entering play Monday night…Prior to the game, the Sharks moved Matt Nieto to the IR. He hasn’t appeared in a game since March 19th.

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: Will Sharks need to change their defensive strategy after getting shelled on Monday night

The biggest fight all night for the San Jose Sharks it seemed was when the Sharks rookie Nikolai Knyzhov (71) fought the Minnesota Wild’s Marcus Foligno (17) on Mon Feb 22, 2021 in the first period at SAP Center in San Jose (photo from Bay Area News Group)

On the Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro:

#1 Len, Monday night’s game in San Jose with the Sharks and Minnesota Wild a four game win streak for the Wild. Sharks coach Bob Boughner can only make so many plays and diagrams but it’s up to the defense and goaltender Martin Jones to stops shot from becoming goals.

#2 Len, describe those first two periods the Wild were able to control the puck and the offense. Basically had their way on offense with two goals in the first period and adding three more in the third period the Sharks had to get a sense after the second period this game had got away from them.

#3 The Wild’s Marcus Foligno notched a Gordie Howe hattrick, Mats Zuccarello had three points in just his fourth game this season.

#4  The Wilds’ rookie Kaapo Kahkonen made 31 saves for the Minnesota (9-6-0) win.

#5 The Sharks have won five out of their last nine games and host the Vegas Golden Knights (6-3-3) Thursday night. The Knights had three game postponements prior to losing two of their last three games. How do you see this match up on Thursday night.

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

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