NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Ovechkin close to winning Hart Trophy; Wild’s Kaprizov out for tonight vs. Washington; plus more

The Washington Capitals Alexander Ovechkin a three time MVP winner is up for the Hart Trophy Award (NHL.com file photo)

On the NHL podcast with Matt Harrington:

#1 The Washington Capitals Alexander Ovechkin who has won the MVP three times is up for the Hart Trophy so far with 24 goals, 50 points, and has helped the Capitals to get to first place in the Metropolitan Division.

#2 The Boston Bruins Trent Fredric hit the Minnesota Wild’s Kirill Kaprizov hitting him into the boards and Kaprizov’s skates got caught up with his teammate Matt Grzelcyk receiving an upper body injury at 10:09 of the second period in the 3-2 Wild win on Thursday night. Kaprizov will not play against the Washington Capitals tonight.

#3 The St Louis Blues dropped their odds a bit losing right winger Vladimir Tarasenko, defensemen Scott Perunovich, and Jake Walman to Coronavirus protocols. Each will miss two games after testing positive for Coronavirus.

#4 The Vegas Golden Knights know how to spoil a reunion as they defeated the New York Rangers 5-1 in the return of former Knights head coach Gerrard Gallant. Gallant was the Knights first coach in their franchise history before being replace by Peter DeBoer on Jan 15, 2020.

#5 Three games were canceled in Canadian cities due to attendance restrictions New Jersey had two games postponed @ Montreal Jan 15 and at Toronto Jan 17th. The Chicago Blackhawks at Edmonton Oilers were postponed for Jan 18. The Ottawa Senators had three games postponed.

#6 The San Jose Sharks gave Evander Kane his unconditional release today because of a fake Covid 19 card and he will no longer be skating for the Sharks minor league team the San Jose Barracuda. Kane has ability but because of off ice issues is no longer with San Jose.

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

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Lightning’s Sergachev suspended two games for illegal check; Eichel to rehab from disk; plus more

The Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner (left) goes airborne after getting checked in the head by the Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Mikhail Sergachev (right) on Thu Nov 4, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the NHL podcast with Len Shapiro:

#1 The Tampa Bay Lightning’s defenceman Mikhail Sergachev who illegally checked the Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner in the head in the first period at 17:47 on Thu Nov 4 in Toronto. Sergachev was suspended for two games. Sergachev was also fined $48,000 which go to the NHL players fund.

#2 Matt, talk about the value of the Vegas Golden Knights acquiring center Jack Eichel who has to have a artificial disk replacement that will take three months for Eichel to come back and play again.

#3 The Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will return between the pipes after entering a players’ assistance program back on Oct 7th. Carey is expected to be back with the team on Monday but will not play right away and the team plans to have Price see a therapist and to later draw up plans.

#4 Former 2010 Chicago Blackhawks video goal coach and sexual abuser Brad Aldrich had his name scratched off the Stanley Cup Trophy with X’s this week for abusing former Blackhawk Kyle Beach back in 2010.

#5 The San Jose Sharks ended up reassigning rookie forward William Eklund to his former team in Sweden. Eklund is expected to be the future center piece for the Sharks.

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

Canadiens Shut-Out Sharks 4-0

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen (34) shutout the San Jose Sharks as the Sharks center Tomas Hertl’s (48) shot is stopped in front of the net by Allen during the first period at SAP Center on Thu Oct 28, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Mary Walsh

The San Jose Sharks fell 4-0 to the Montreal Canadiens in San Jose Thursday. It was the Sharks’ third loss in a row. It was Montreal’s first win in San Jose since 1999. Brendan Gallagher, Mike Hoffman, Alexander Romanov and Josh Anderson scored for Montreal and Jake Allen made 45 saves for the shut-out win. Adin Hill made 28 saves for San Jose in the loss.

After the game, Sharks Head Coach Bob Boughner talked about the loss: “Our power play is not… you know, it’s generating shots and chances, we’re just not getting a bounce and that would have been a, both the last two games, that would have been a difference.” When asked about whether the Sharks are being aggressive enough in front of the goalie, he said: “We were there but we weren’t quite in his lap where we’re supposed to be.”

Sharks forward Timo Meier said: “We had some chances. It’s just, you know, we made it easy on their goalie, and in front of the net, we didn’t find the rebounds to put them in. So we didn’t do enough to win this game.”

The Canadiens scored the only first period goal at 12:09. Mike Hoffman was on his way to the net when Brett Kulak took a shot that created a rebound in the slot. Hoffman swept the puck around Adin Hill and tucked it in the net. Assists to Brett Kulak and Nick Suzuki.

The first period shots were nearly even at 10-9 Montreal. The Sharks had two power plays in the period and six shots with the man advantage. The Sharks had a slight advantage in the face-off circle, winning 53% of the draws.

The Canadiens scored again at 8:53 of the second period. It was Montreal’s first power play of the game. Alexander Romanov defelcted a hard shot from Jonathan Drouin at the point.

Brendan Gallagher made it 3-0 at 12:54, scoring his first of the season. Assists went to Josh Anderson and Nick Suzuki.

The Sharks led the second period in shots 16-10. Each team had two power plays in the period. The Sharks penalty kill only allowed two shots and their power play managed seven shots on goal. The Sharks won 62% of second period the face-offs.

Midway through the third period, Jake Allen stopped three quick shots in close from Dahlen, Balcers and Couture. It was a good example of how frustrating the game was for the Sharks. Allen was indeed in the zone on Thursday.

The Sharks pulled Adin Hill for an extra attacker with a little over three minutes left. Josh Anderson scored an empty netter at 17:52. Assists went to Tyler Toffoli and David Savard.

Near the mid-point of the third period, William Eklund took a shot off of his wrist. He required some attention on the bench but did return to play.

That Sharks out-shot the Canadiens 20-12 in the third. The Sharks took one penalty in the third, apart from a flurry of penalties in the final three seconds of the game. The Sharks penalty kill gave up three shots.

The Sharks next play on Saturday, in San Jose against the Winnipeg Jets at 4:00 PM PT.

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh podcast: Sharks get help from rookie Dalhen scores twice and Hill gets a shutout in Montreal

First period action San Jose Sharks rookie Jonathan Dalhen (76) scores his first goal against the Montreal Canadiens Dalhen receives congratulations from teammates Mario Ferraro (38) and Timo Meier (28) as the Habs Nick Suzuki (14) can only skate away at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Tue Oct 19, 2021 (Canadian Press photo)

On the Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 San Jose Sharks (2-0) rookie Jonathan Dalhen scored the two quickest goals from a rookie in franchise history and it certainly fired up the offense who scored a 5-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens (0-4)

#2 It’s too early to tell but Dalhen has really arrived on the scene and head coach Bob Boughner is hoping to see Dalhen more chances if this is going to be something of the norm.

#3 The Sharks certainly have dominated with three goals in the first period setting the tone to start the game leaving the Canadiens off balance for the rest of the contest.

#4 Canadiens goalie Carey Price is away dealing with some mental health issues while Jake Allen started in goal and faced 25 shots and allowed five goals. Was this a matter of the Sharks just were skillfully executing their shots on net or Allen has just been overwhelmed in net for the Habs who are now winless in four games.

#5 The Sharks will head to Ottawa to face the Senators (2-1) on Thursday night at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. The Sens in their last game just got by the Dallas Stars (1-2) 3-2. The Senators scored early with a goal in the first period and two in the second period the Stars scored twice with former Shark Joe Pavelski picking up one of the two goals. With the Sharks coming in off two straight wins how do you see this match up?

#6 Lastly Evander Kane who is serving a 21 day suspension for using a fake Covid 19 card will not face any discipline by the NHL after the league did not find any evidence that he physically abused his wife Anna. Anna made the claim that Kane bet on the Sharks and hockey but there was no evidence of that and later no evidence that Kane abused his wife. Kane is expected to return on Nov 30th in New Jersey.

Join Mary Lisa for the Sharks podcasts Wednesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sharks Shut Out Canadiens 5-0 in Montreal

San Jose Sharks rookie Jonathan Dahlen (76) holds up the stick after scoring a second period goal on the Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen (34) the Sharks Nick Bonino (13) and the Canadiens David Savard (58) look on during Tue Oct 19, 2021 game at the Bell Centre in Montreal (Canadian Press photo)

By Mary Walsh

The San Jose Sharks (2-0) won their first road game of the season, 5-0 against the Montreal Canadiens (0-4). Jonathan Dahlen scored his first and second NHL goals, the fastest first two goals from a rookie in Sharks history. Erik Karlsson, Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc scored the balance of the goals. Adin Hill made 21 saves in the shut-out win. Jake Allen made 20 saves for the Canadiens.

After the game, Sharks Head Coach Bob Boughner talked about how Dahlen fits on the line with Logan Couture and Timo Meier: “Dahlen is a real smart player and I think he’s a good complement to that line. He’s a guy that’s new to the league but you can put him out in situations, like we want to have [Couture] against the other teams’ top lines.”

Sharks Captain Logan Couture also talked about how well his line is working: “Timo’s playing so well and Dahls is such a smart player, easy to play with. I think we read really well off each other.”

Jonathan Dahlen scored the first Sharks goal at 1:22 of the first. Brent Burns caught a pass up the boards from Logan Couture and sent it right down the slot. The puck went off of Timo Meier first, the Dahlen’s stick sent it in. The goal was initially given to Meier,until the second deflection was spotted on review. Meier and Burns got the assists.

Dahlen scored again a little more than two minutes later. Couture carried the puck down the slot and took a shot that hit Allen in the pad. Dahlen arrived just in time to catch the rebound and put the puck in the empty net. The skaters celebrated as if it were Dahlen’s first NHL goal. Evidently he was not sure about the first one either. Assists went to Couture and Meier.

Erik Karlsson made it 3-0 in the final minute of the period. Karlsson’s shot from the blue line snuck through a bit of traffic in front of the net, perhaps even touching a defender. Assists went to Matt Nieto and Mario Ferraro.

The Sharks had to kill one penalty in the first period, giving up no shots, and they had three shots in their one power play. The Sharks out-shot the Canadiens 12-3 in the period, and won 63% of the face-offs.

Timo Meier made it 4-0 with a power play goal at 3:09 of the second period. Couture’s pass from the slot found Meier at the top of the face-off circle. He took a quick wrist shot that got by Allen on the short side. Assists went to Couture and Karlsson.

The Sharks won 85% of the face-offs in the second period, but were out-shot 11-5 by Montreal. Each team had two shots on the power play.

Kevin Labanc Made it 5-0 with a power play goal at 14:31 of the third period. Labanc caught pass from Karlsson and took his shot from the top of the face-off circle. Jasper Weatherby was helping with a screen when the puck went in. Assists went to Karlsson and William Eklund.

The Sharks won 62% of the face-offs in the game, with Jasper Weatherby taking eight draws and winning six. San Jose out-shot Montreal 25-21. Timo Meier contributed seven of those shots.

The Sharks next play on Thursday in Ottawa against the Senators at 4:00 PM PT.

In other news, the NHL has suspended Evander Kane for 21 regular season games for using a false COVID-19 vaccination card.

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Flames Coleman suspended; Habs Price out rehabbing; plus more

Calgary Flames Blake Coleman has been suspended two games for this hit on Winnipeg Jets forward Jansen Harkins in Winnipeg on Wed Oct 6, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 The Calgary Flames forward Blake Coleman has been suspended one pre season game and one regular season game for boarding the Winnipeg Jets forward Jansen Harkins on Wed Oct 6 in Winnipeg. Matt talk about the play and Coleman’s suspension.

#2 In what is partly shocking but also one of the good wishes Montreal goaltender Carey Price has entered an assistance program. Carey was working out for his post knee surgery and had to recover from a non Covid 19 illness. Prices wife Angela said putting Price’s mental health comes first.

#3 Ottawa Senators 27 year old forward Brady Tkachuk remains an unrestricted free agent and will not make it to the Senators opening day roster which starts Oct 14, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said Tkachuk was expected to be signed by Sep 22.

#4 The Los Angeles Kings center Quinton Byfield is on the injured reserve list since Wednesday due to a fractured left ankle. Byfield 19, left early in the third period on Tuesday after getting hit by the Arizona Coyotes Christian Fischer. Kings head coach Todd McLellan said Byfield was in good spirits and he was around the rink and the guys which was good.

#5 Matt explain Turner Sports TV contract a seven year deal as NBC is out. How will this impact local live games that used to be televised on NBC.

Join Matt for the NHL podcast on Saturdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Matt Harrington: Canadiens backs to the wall down 3-0; Lightning win game 3, 6-3

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price puts a stop on the shot from Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ross Colton and Anthony Cirelli in the first period of the Stanley Cup Finals game 3 at the Belle Centre in Montreal (AP News photo vid Canadian Press)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Matt:

#1 The Tampa Bay Lightning Victor Hedman in his post game interview on Friday night said of the Lightning’s 6-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens not so fast as Tampa Bay is now up 3-0 he said what happened in the bubble winning it all last year was great but saying “were not there yet”

#2 The Lightning wasted no time scoring twice in each of the early parts of the first and second periods

#3 The Lightning’s Tyler Johnson who moved up to the second line from the fourth line after Alex Killorn was out with an injury scored twice for the second time in the Finals.

#4 Hedman and Nikita Kurcherov both scored a goal and an assist and Jan Rutta and Blake Coleman both had empty netters and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 32 shots talk about team work.

#5 Game 4 is set for Monday night at the Belle Centre and the Canadiens will no doubt be working hard on a few things during their morning skates between now and then what are some of the thing they need to improve on to win game 4 and avoid a sweep in the Finals.

Matt Harrington did the NHL podcasts throughout the 2020-21 season and will be back in September to bring you more of the NHL podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Mary Lisa: Coleman and Vasilevskiy key in Lightning win 3-1; Bolts go up 2-0 vs. Habs

Tampa Bay Lightning center Blake Coleman (20) gets congratulations after scoring a second period goal by center Anthony Cirelli (71) and right wing Barclay Goodrow (19), behind Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31), in game 2 on Wed Jun 30, 2021 in Tampa Bay (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 The Montreal Canadiens to start off game 2 of the Finals hung with the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 0-0 first period to start the game off.

#2 The Lightning’s Blake Coleman scored an amazing diving goal with one arm as the time ran off the clock it goes to show you how potent this team is.

#3 The Lightning’s goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 42 shots which marks a career high and allowed only one goal. With Vasilevskiy playing like this it will be almost impossible to beat him to get one past him.

#4 What was so ironic about the contest the Canadiens outshot the Lightning 43-23 and actually dominated some of the play against the Lightning but it was finding the back of the net that costed the Habs now down 2-0 going back to Montreal.

#5 Game 3 on Friday night in Montreal the Lightning have the hot hand and momentum they have a loaded line up on offense with players like Anthony Cirelli, Barclay Goodrow, Ondrej Palat, and Nikita Kucherov. Do the Canadiens even have a chance on home ice against the Lighting?

Join Mary Lisa for the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcasts Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Matt Harrington: Habs and Bolts drop the puck Monday night in Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Lightning pose for a post game photo with the Prince of Wales Trophy for winning the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Islanders in game 7 on Fri Jun 25, 2021 in Tampa Bay (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Matt:

#1 Matt, let’s take you through the game sevens before we talk about the big match up on Monday night between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night. The Lightning coming off a 3-2 overtime loss against the New York Islanders in game 6 with the series tied got a narrow win over the Isles 1-0 on Friday night.

#2 Tampa Bay goaltender Andre Vasilevskiy stopped all 18 shots by the Islanders for the shutout 1-0. The shutout marked his fourth shutout in these playoffs.

#3 The Lightning are starting to look like a dynasty of sorts this is their second straight trip to the finals in two seasons and you can just look at the job they did not only in the regular season but post season that this is a team on a mission.

#4 The Lightning will be hosting the first game of the Finals on Monday night against the visiting the Montreal Canadiens tell us about some of the players to look for on both sides.

#5 The goaltenders for this series is brining lots a thrills into these finals for the Canadiens Carey Price he’s been key to saving a lot of games for the Habs especially during the Vegas Golden Knights series and for the Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andre Vasilevskiy.

Join Matt during the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast on Saturdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Mary Lisa: Canadiens could wrap up series with Knights in Montreal tonight

Vegas Golden Knights center Chandler Stephenson (20) scrambles to reach the puck against Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber (6) at the T Mobile Center in Las Vegas on Tue Jun 22, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 After taking a tough loss on Sunday in Las Vegas to the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 to even the series 2-2 the Montreal Canadiens rebounded on Tuesday night with a convincing 4-1 win over the Knights to take a 3-2 series lead and taking the series back to Montreal giving the Canadiens home ice tonight.

#2 The Habs on Tuesday night executed a successful offensive plan against the Knights at the T Mobile Center on the Las Vegas strip with a goal in the first period, scoring twice in the second period unanswered making it 3-0 after two periods getting the Canadiens off to a quick start.

#3 Scorers in game five for the Canadiens in the first period at 8:45 Jesperi Kotkaniemi, second period Eric Staal scored his second goal of the playoffs at 6:32 and Cole Caufield at 9:49 scored his third goal of the playoffs for the Habs quick 3-0 lead. Mary Lisa talk about the contribution of these players they really kept the Canadiens in it in this tight series.

#4 Mary Lisa, talk about the job that Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has done between the pipes he certainly kept the Knights out of this one allowing one goal and stopping 26 shots on Tuesday and the Canadiens will be dependent on his performance in game 6 in Montreal if their going to get by the Knights.

#5 Game 6 is the big one for the Knights its win big or go home their going to need some offense from their top skaters that they lacked in game 5 and for goaltender Marc Andre Fluery to keep busy between the pipes in Vegas and the Canadiens will look to their some of their top scorers Josh Anderson, Nick Suzuki, and Tyler Toffoli and goalie Carey Price just to set up tonight’s game for you.

Join Mary Lisa for the NHL Stanley Cup podcasts Thursdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com