Sharks Karlsson scores OT goal to edge Isles 2-1: SJ’s third straight win

New York Islanders defensemen Andy Greene (4) and Noah Dobson (8) lay on the ice and block the shot by San Jose Sharks left wing Rudolfs Balcers (92) anyway they could as Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) and left wing Alexander Barabanov (94) watch for where the puck went at the UBS Building in Elmont NY on Thu Dec 2, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

ELMONT, N.Y.—It took just 39 seconds in overtime for Erik Karlsson to score and give the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 overtime win over the New York Islanders at the new UBS Arena. The Islanders suffered their ninth straight loss, while the Sharks celebrated their third straight victory on the road trip.

The Islanders got their fan base going when Mathew Barzal scored at 1:04 in the first period to take a 1-0 lead over the Sharks.But Nick Bonino answered back at 9:10 in the first period, assisted by Timo Meier and Jonathan Dahlen.

Both teams went scoreless in the second and third periods.

Karlsson gave the Sharks the win in overtime, assisted by Meier and Logan Couture. Karlsson earned his fifth goal of the season and improved to 3-0-0.

“Meier made a great play on the overtime winner,” San Jose Sharks head coach Bob Boughner said. “Our big guys that are putting the points up are guys we have to rely on every night and they delivered.”

Asked if he called for the puck in the 2-on-1 rush in overtime, Karlsson said he was screaming at Dean Morton because he did not call a penalty.

“I knew there was a chance Timo would find me,” Karlsson said. “He’s got some good vision going for himself right now. He made the perfect pass and I just had to tap it in.”

Sharks goalie Adin Hill in his first start since November 20 when the Sharks lost 4-0 to the Washington Capitals made 23 saves.

“We got it done,” Karlsson said. “It was a big win for us. Going into the game against the Rangers tomorrow is going to be an even tougher game.”

San Jose had a scary moment when forward Jonah Gadjovich took a shot to his leg by Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson. Gadjovich was down for a few minutes before he was helped off the rink and left 3:11 into the first period.

The Islanders are winless in the five games they’ve hosted so far at UBS Arena, their new $1.1 billion home adjacent to Belmont Park. They have lost eight straight games and called off some games, no thanks to several players contracting the coronavirus.

San Jose (13-9-1) continues their road trip facing the New York Rangers on Friday at Madison Square Garden. The puck drops at 4 p.m.

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: It seems like Timo Time all the time lately

The San Jose Sharks Noah Gregor gets congratulations from teammates after scoring at 4:26 in the first period against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark on Tue Nov 30, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 The San Jose Sharks (12-9-1) Timo Meier continues to find the back end of the net. Meier on Sunday did all the scoring for the Sharks against the Chicago Blackhawks in their 2-0 win and on Tuesday night Meier lit the lamp twice with two goals of his own against the New Jersey Devils (9-7-4) in a three goal 5-2 win.

#2 The Sharks had a big rally in the second period scoring three goals that pretty broke it wide open for them against New Jersey.

#3 In goal goaltender James Reimer stopped 29 shots and allowed two goals and the Sharks have been getting plenty of defense from Reimer during this current road trip.

#4 Noah Gregor, Jacob Middleton and Erik Karlsson all three have been opening the doors up on offense for San Jose as well and scored a goal each on Tuesday night.

#5 There is a possibility that Thursday night’s game against the New York Islanders (5-10-2) could be postponed due to eight players that have Covid. The Islanders will make the announcement sometime today.

Mary Lisa does the Sharks podcasts each Wednesday at

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Predators pay banner tribute in loss to Kraken; CBJ’s remember their late goalie Matiss Kivlenieks; plus more

Virtual banner by the Nashville Predators congratulating the Seattle Kraken on their very first franchise win against the Predators in Nashville on Thu Oct 14, 2021 (photo from

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 The Nashville Predators paid tribute to the Seattle Kraken with a virtual banner saying “Gave Seattle First Franchise Win” after Seattle got win on Thursday in Nashville. The Kraken said it was a bit of southern hospitality.

#2 The Columbus Blue Jackets paid tribute to late goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks on Thursday. Kivlenieks died in a fireworks accident in July. The CBJs had #80 also embossed under the ice surface in memory of Kivlenieks.

#3 Matt talk about the New York Islanders long road trip which has them embarking on a 13 game road trip to open their season because they are waiting for UBS Arena in Elmont to be finished the Isles new home.

#4 Matt talk about Charlie McAvoy signing with the Boston Bruins for $76 million which translates into $9 million annually. McAvoy scored 30 points and was tops in ice time last season.

#5 The Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin was suspended for roughing Tampa Bay Lightning forward Mathieu Joseph in last Thursday Oct 14th’s game. Larkin will loose $30,500 for the one game loss and the money will go to the players emergency fund.

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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.

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Lightning just one game from making NHL Finals

Tampa Bay Lightning center Barclay Goodrow (19) takes control of the puck against the New York Islanders left wing Otto Koivula (21) during game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Finals in Tampa Bay on Mon Jun 21, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cups Finals podcast:

#1 Marko the Tampa Bay Lightning just dominated the New York Islanders 8-0 in game five to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night.

#2 The Lightning’s Steve Stamkos scored twice and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy threw a shutout on Monday night and stopped all 21 shots.

#3 For Vasilevskiy this is third shutout in the playoffs and there is little doubt he’s got the hottest hand of the goalies in the playoffs.

#4 Marko, what would you say lent to the Islanders just completely getting dominated in game five a shutout and the Bolts just lighting the lamp all night?

#5 Game six is tonight at the Nassau Coliseum the Isles have home ice and there is little doubt that they’ll play this one like their lives depend on it hoping to come away with tying the series. For the Lightning if they have any of that same momentum they had on Monday night they could put this one away and move onto the finals tonight.

Marko filled in for Len Shapiro for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast heard with Len Wednesdays at

NHL Stanley Cup Playoff podcast with Matt Harrington: Isles get the Point as Bolts up 2-1 in series; No Joshing Habs Anderson nets OT winner for 3-2 win

The Montreal Canadiens Josh Anderson (17) puts away the game winner against Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc Andre Fluery in overtime at the Belle Centre in Montreal on Fri Jun 18, 2021 in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Canadian Press photo via AP)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff podcast with Matt:

#1 Taking a look at the two playoffs series taking place in game three on Thursday night the Tampa Bay Lightning took a 2-1 series lead over the New York Islanders at Uniondale thanks to a the Bolts Brayden Point tie breaking goal in the second period.

#2 Point been a crucial part of the Lightning’s success this season and as great as the Islanders were playing some great defense Point is so skilled to find the back end of the net and make it stand up.

#3 Matt, talk about the job that Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy did he stopped 27 shots in game three and he’ll be crucial tonight as the Islanders will be out for blood to try and tie this series up.

#4 Game three was played in Montreal at the Belle Centre on Friday night and Canadiens head coach Dominque Ducharme was out with a positive Covid and was isolated from the rest of the team. How much of an impact does this have an a playoff contending team to have their coach out like this under these circumstances?

#5 Matt big goal for the Canadiens coming in overtime as Josh Anderson scored at 12:53 in the overtime stanza neither team was caving in with home ice the Canadiens didn’t want to fall one game behind the Vegas Golden Knights but now go up 2-1 in the 3-2 win.

#6 Canadiens goalie Carey Price stopped 43 out of 45 shots just enough to hold off the Knights and the Knights Marc Andre Fluery stopped 27 shots allowed three goals.

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Matt Harrington: Isles-Bolts open up Sunday and Habs-Knights puck drop Monday night

Brock Nelson of the New York Islanders second from right gets congratulated after scoring in the second period of game 6 against the Boston Bruins on Wed Jun 9, 2021 at Boston (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff podcast with Matt:

#1 The Vegas Golden Knights are coming off a 4-2 series win over the Colorado Avalanche, the Knights in the series had some one goal games and a four goal win they are very thankful for their goalie Marc Andre Fluery.

#2 The Knights are up next against the Montreal Canadiens how do you see Fluery matched up against the Canadiens in this series coming up.

#3 Matt, talk about the Canadiens Tyler Toffoli and the job he has done in post season one of the key reasons why the Habs are where they are.

#4 The Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Islanders face off for game 1 Sunday in Tampa Bay. The Lightning are coming off a 4-1 series win over the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Isles are coming off a 4-2 series win over the Boston Bruins talk about how you see this series?

#5 Matt talk about the Lightning top scorers for the 2020-21 regular season numbers, Brayden Point with 48 points and Ondrej Palat with 46 points and the Islanders top scorers Matthew Barzal with 45 points and Josh Bailey with 35 points.

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Mary Lisa: Isles head to third round in blow out of Bruins 6-2 in Long Island

New York Islanders’ Kyle Palmieri (21) finds the back end of the net on Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) one of six goals scored by New York in their fourth and clinching win in game 6 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale NY on Wed Jun 9, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 The New York Islanders (8-4) are heading to the third round after the playoffs after their second round defeat over the Boston Bruins (6-5) on Wednesday night crushing the Bruins 6-2.

#2 The Isles scored three goals in the second period and two in the third and the Bruins who were noted as one of the more prolific NHL offensive teams just couldn’t answer back at the Nassau Coliseum.

#3 The Bruins got only two goals one in the first period and one in the third period both from Brad Marchand but Marchand couldn’t provide anymore and got no help as the Islanders provided defense to keep the Bruins out of the net.

#4 Mary Lisa you look up and down the Bruins line up with Marchand, David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, Craig Smith, Nick Ritchie, just to name a few with shooters like this how shocked do they have to be about getting beat in the elimination game by four goals?

#5 Islanders now face off against the very tough Tampa Bay Lightning who are coming off a 4-1 series win over the Carolina Panthers how do you see this Eastern Conference match up coming up in the third round.

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NHL Stanley Cup podcast with Len Shapiro: Canadiens await next opponent after sweeping Jets; Trotz calms down Isles to 3-2 series lead; plus more

Montreal Canadiens right winger Tyler Toffoli is congratulated by his teammates after scoring the clinching goal in the overtime stanza to defeat and sweep the Winnipeg Jets in four games at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Mon Jun 7, 2021 in game 4 (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Len Shapiro:

#1 The Montreal Canadiens swept the Winnipeg Jets in four games on Monday night with a 3-2 win. Tyler Toffoli who scored at 1:39 in over time sent the Canadiens to the next round. The Habs have won seven straight games since being down 3-1 to Toronto.

#2 New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz is a genius of sorts the Isles who had a three goal lead were starting to lose control but Trotz calling a time out and calmed everyone down and the Islanders skated out and played their game getting a one goal 5-4 win over the Boston Bruins taking a 3-2 lead.

#3 The Tampa Bay Lightning are headed to the next round of the playoffs after getting a 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night in Carolina taking the series 4-1. The key to the game 5 win comes from the help of Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy who stopped all 29 shots for the shutout.

#4 Offensively the Lightning got scoring help from Ross Colton and Brayden Point who scored a goal each and it was enough to win game 5 to advance. Len, talk about Colton and Brayden’s scoring on Tuesday night for the win.

#5 The Vegas Golden Knights Mark Stone got a crucial goal early in overtime on Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche for a 3-2 win breaking a 2-2 deadlock. Both goaltenders Marc Andre Fleury for the Knights and Phillipp Brubauer for the Aves were playing standing on their heads in this nail biter.

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Matt Harrington: Canadiens jump to 2-0 lead; Knights avoid going 0-3; plus much more

Montreal Canadiens’ Artturi Lehkonen (62) and Shea Weber (6) celebrate Tyler Toffoli’s (73) goal against the Edmonton Oilers in the second period of game 2 of round two of the playoffs on Fri Jun 4, 2021 in Edmonton (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup podcast with Matt:

#1 The Montreal Canadiens (2-0) wasted no time jumping to a 2-0 series lead over the Winnipeg Jets (0-2). The Canadiens who had a successful previous series against the Toronto Maple Leafs that they won in seven games have really come into this series with a head of steam.

#2 The Canadiens took game 1 rather handedly 5-3 on Wednesday and on Friday night got an amazing shutout in a well played defensive game 1-0. Habs goalie Carey Price stopped all 30 shots for the shutout and they got their only goal in the second period by Tyler Toffoli which stood up for the win.

#3 The Vegas Golden Knights (1-2) avoided going 0-3 with a one goal win over the Colorado Avalanche (2-1) 3-2 on home ice at T Mobile Center in Las Vegas. The Knights got scoring from William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, and Max Pacioretty.

#4 Matt, talk about tonight’s games we’ll start with game 4 between the Boston Bruins who lead the series over the New York Islanders 2-1 the Islanders have home ice at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale.

#4 The Carolina Hurricanes are down 1-3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning (3-1) as they faced off today in Tampa Bay for game 4. The Bolts come away with a 6-4 win over the Canes with game 5 Tuesday night at Carolina.

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