NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Florida’s Acciari picks up second hat trick in 7-4 win; Caps dominate Devils 6-3; plus more

photo from nhl.nbcsports.com: Nick Acciari (55) of the Florida Panthers crashed the nets on the Dallas Stars Friday night scoring his second hat trick of the 2019-20 season.

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Noel Acciari had the hats flying as the Florida Panther scored a penalty shot that got him his second hat trick. Acciari also picked up an assist in the Panther five-goal second period in their 7-4 victory over the Dallas Stars on Friday night.

#2 Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals scored two goals and two assists Backstrom’s teammates Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson scored a goal each in the Caps win over New Jersey 6-3

#3 William Nylander and Mitchell Marner scored two goals for the Toronto Maple Leafs in their win over the New York Rangers 6-3. Nylander and Marner scored their second goals in the early third period.

#4 Chad Ruhwedal and Joseph Blandisi got the Penguins on the board with goals in the first period as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-2. The Oilers are now on a four-game skid with Friday’s loss to the Pens.

#5 The San Jose Sharks’ Brent Burns is back on ice tonight at SAP Center to face the St. Louis Blues, . Burns in 36 games has five goals and 22 points. The stats are below Burns’ usual season average.

Matt Harrington does the NHL podcasts each Saturday night at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sharks Lose Boughner’s Debut 6-3; Make that six consecutive winless games

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By Jerry Feitelberg

Meet the new Sharks, same as the old Sharks. In their first game since the firing of Peter DeBoer and a number of other coaching staff moves, the San Jose Sharks still ran into familiar problems of an ineffective power play and subpar goaltending in a 6-3 loss to the New York Rangers.

Artemi Panarin scored a hat trick for the Blue Shirts, Mika Zibanejad added a pair and the Rangers had 30 shots to just 18 for San Jose in Bob Boughner’s debut behind the San Jose bench. Tomas Hertl scored playing a hybrid wing-center position, Logan Couture netted a goal and Brenden DIllon scored his first goal in over a year, but the Sharks fell to 0-5-1 over their last six games and now sit five points out of a playoff spot. Joachim Blichfield made his NHL debut and Joe Thornton appeared in NHL career game 1,6000.

Dillon’s goal broke a 2-2 tie 4:12 into the third period and felt like it would be the deciding goal that would spark a Sharks turnaround, but Zibanejad used a Chris Kreider screen on a Rangers power play to tie the game 8:49 into the period. A lackluster defensive effort that saw two Rangers slip behind Sharks defenders for a gigantic screen on Sharks goalie Martin Jones led to another Zibanedjad strike about five minutes later for a 4-3 Rangers lead.

Jones would most likely want the Rangers next goal back as he pulled off his left post with Panarin nearly on the goal line to that side. An all-world sniper, Panarin made Jones pay for the early release from the post with 3:11 left in regulation. He scored on the empty net as well for his 18th of the year and the hat trick to complete a four-goal Rangers third period.

The early response from the Sharks seemed to be a change for the better. Tomas Hertl opened the game scoring first 9:13 into the first period, something the Sharks were having trouble with this season. Jesper Fast and Panarin (another goal Jones would want back after leaving his five-hole unguarded on a lateral push) would score in the second period, but Logan Couture answered back with his 10th goal of the year. San Jose didn’t capitalize though on two power plays, and only mustered 18 shots on the Rangers backup goalie, spelling doom in Boughner’s home debut as Sharks head coach.

The picture of how the Sharks will respond to their coach’s firing may get more clear Saturday night when they take on the Vancouver Canucks. By then, the team should be adjusted to life under four new coaches and systems might be better installed. For now, though, Sharks fans have to continue to settle for a night of unmatched expectations.

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Oilers get two key goals in win over LA; Pens’ Jarry turns aside 33 Yotes shots in shutout; plus more

photo from edmontonjournal.com: Kings defensemen Drew Doughty clears the puck in front of Edmonton Oilers defensemen Kris Russell during the second period at Rogers Place Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Leon Draisaitl and Alex Chiasson both had a goal each and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night 2-1. The win for the Oilers put them in first place in the Pacific Division.

#2 Tristan Jarry stopped 33 shots in the Pittsburgh Penguins victory over the Arizona Coyotes 2-0. Phil Kessel, a former Penguin, couldn’t score off his former teammate in the loss.

#3 The Montreal Canadiens edged the New York Rangers 2-1 on Friday night. The Habs’ Nate Thompson got a goal with less than two minutes left for the eventual game-winner.

#4 Kirby Dach, in a shootout, got the gamer with a fifth round goal and got the Chicago Blackhawks a win 2-1 over New Jersey. Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford prevented the Devils’ Jack Hughes from scoring for the final attempt in the shootout.

#5 Sportsnet was commenting on Brian Burke, who was a general manager for Vancouver, Anaheim, Toronto and now is team president in Calgary. Said that the league’s salary cap has been great for the sport, but it’s killed trade talk.

Matt Harrington does the NHL podcasts each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: CBJs Nyquist scores hat trick in win over Pens; Knights get game winner from Tuch beat Yotes; plus more

photo from fresnobee.com: Columbus Blue Jackets forward Gustav Nyquist, left, of Sweden, celebrates his third goal of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with teammate forward Nick Foligno during the third period in Columbus, Ohio, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Gustav Nyquist scored a hat trick and Nick Foligno scored two goals as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2

#2 Vegas Golden Knights edged out the visiting Arizona Coyotes 2-1 as Alex Tuch scored a regulation goal and later scored a shootout goal for the win.

#3 The Washington Capitals’ Dmitry Orlov scored the game winning at 3:03 in the overtime stanza that defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Saturday night

#4 David Krejci got a game winner for the Boston Bruins scoring an overtime goal at 1:40 and David Pastrnak scored his 24 goal of the season the league leading goal scorer in the NHL as the B’s beat the New York Rangers 3-2 Saturday night.

#5 The San Jose Sharks have won 9 of their last 11 and have been a house on fire on Saturday they defeated the Los Angeles Kings behind a key goal from rookie Noah Gregor his first goal with San Jose and defensive goaltending by Martin Jones who stopped 33 shots.

Matt does the Shark podcasts each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Pens get go-ahead goals from McCann and Marino for win; Sens’ Chabot, Ennis and Duclair score in win; plus more

photo from nj.com: New Jersey Devils’ Jack Hughes (86) brings the puck up ice as Pittsburgh Penguins’ Chad Ruhwedel (2) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Pittsburgh.

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Only two games in the NHL Friday night. The Pittsburgh Penguins Jared McCann and John Marino both scored goals in the third period against New Jersey on Friday night that got the Pens past New Jersey for a 4-1.

#2 The Pens’ Jake Guentzel scored his 11th goal to lead Pittsburgh in scoring and Dominik Kahun also scored his sixth goal of the season against the Devils on Friday.

#3 The Ottawa Senators’ Thomas Chabot picked up a goal and assist and Anders Nilsson stopped 30 shots as the Senators picked up a home ice win over the visiting New York Rangers 4-1.

#4 The Senators’ Logan Brown, Tyler Ennis, and Anthony Duclair picked a goal each in the Senators’ win. This was the Senators first three goal win of the season.

#5 The New York Islanders, who play in San Jose tonight, are the hottest team in the NHL at 16-3-1. What are some of the strengths you would point to that make them the NHL’s best?

Matt does the NHL podcast each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Daniel Dullum: SJ’s Karlsson goal in Game 3 was a mistake by NHL; Blues and Sharks in Game 5 today; plus more

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On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Daniel:

1 Sharks lose Game 4, and maybe Erik Karlsson too

2 NHL admits to missed call on Karlsson’s Game 3 OT goal

3 Becoming clear that NHL officials need more help than they’re getting

4 John Davidson leaves Columbus to become president of NY Rangers; Rangers assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld resigns

5 Boston sweeps Carolina, waits for Stanley Cup Final…Could make Boston sports history by winning the Cup

Daniel Dullum cover the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs for Sportstalk radio at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Podcast with Matt Harrington: CBJ’s clinch with 3-2 win over Rangers; Hawks bulldoze Stars 6-1; Ducks win Freeway game over Kings 5-2; plus more

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On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Friday night’s NHL action: The Columbus Blue Jackets clinched for the postseason as they defeated the New York Rangers 3-2. Jackets netminder Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 25 of 27 shots and the Jackets. The Jackets’ Ryan Dzingle and Artemi Panarin had a coach goal each in the third period to put the CBJs over the top.

#2 In a game that was not even close, the Chicago Blackhawks poured it on the Dallas Stars 6-1. The Hawks’ Patrick Kane scored twice, Dominick Kahun, Chris Kunitz, Dylan Strome, and Slater Koekoek all scored a goal each for Chicago.

#3 The Anaheim Mighty Ducks got a mighty win over the Los Angeles Kings by three goals on Friday night 5-2. The Ducks’ Carter Rowney started things off with a goal in the first period, Korbinian Holzer and Daniel Sprong had a goal each in the second period, Sam Steel and Jakob Silfverberg scored one a piece in the third period for Anaheim.

#4 Saturday, the Tampa Bay Lighting (62-16-4) and the Boston Bruins (43-24-9) in the NHL Game of the Week. These two titans have been battlers all season long. The Bolts are the winningest team in the NHL and the B’s have been one of the top teams all season.

#5 The Vancouver Canucks are in St. Louis later Saturday night. Elias Pettersson likes to light the lamp. At 20 years old, he leads the Canucks with 65 assists and 27 goals for the Blues’ Ryan O’Reilly leads the team with 75 points and Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 32 goals.

Matt Harrington does the NHL podcast each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Canes get two goal win over Oilers; Rangers rookie goalie key in win; Bruins shutout Ducks; plus more

hockeywriters.com photo: Carolina Hurricanes Nino Niederreiter and Sebastian Aho get congratulations in front of their bench. Niederreiter scored twice on Friday night’s win over the Edmonton Oilers

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington:

#1 The Carolina Hurricanes Nino Niederreiter scored two goals and goaltender Curtis McElhinney stopped 40 shots in Carolina’s 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.

#2 The New York Rangers rookie goalie Alexander Georgiev helped in the Rangers cause with 31 saves and stopped 13 shots in the third period. The Rangers Vladislav Namestnikov scored two goals in eight second with an assist in the closing minutes of the Rangers 6-2 win over the Buffalo Sabers.

#3 The Boston Bruins threw a 3-0 shutout against the Anaheim Ducks. The B’s Jaroslav Halak stopped 30 shots for his fourth shutout this season. The Bruins Noel Accirari and Jake DeBrusk each scored a goal.

#4 In a game that no one was giving in whatsoever New Jersey got by the Minnesota Wild by a goal 5-4. This was New Jersey’s second win in eight games. The Devils key goals Nico Hischier, Marcus Johansson, and Kyle Palmieri scored goals.

#5 The San Jose Sharks host the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night at SAP Center in San Jose. The Sharks got a five goal win over the Canucks last Monday in Vancouver for their sixth straight but took a four loss to the Washington Capitals last Thursday night.

The NHL podcast with Matt is heard each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Rangers can’t do anything with Hurricanes; NY blanked

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On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 The New York Rangers were shutout by the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. Is this indicative of the Rangers’ play or the Hurricanes were just plain fired up and ready to go in the third period?

#2 The Canes scored all their goals in the third period; Warren Foegele (7), Andrei Svechnikov (14), and Brock McGinn (6)

#3 The Canes goaltender Peter Mrazek stopped all 26 Rangers shots. Was this a matter of Mrazek getting protection up front or did he have to stand on his head for the shutout?

#4 The Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist held the Canes to a shutout in two periods, but allowed three goals in the third period.

#5 Turning to other NHL action, the San Jose Sharks play in Vancouver on Monday night, a 7:00 pm puck drop at Rogers Centre. Matt tells us what he thinks of this matchup.

Matt Harrington does the NHL podcasts each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Joe Lami: Bruins take charge with 5-2 win over St. Louis; Isles get 3-goal win 4-1 over NJ; Rangers just get by Hawks 4-3; plus more

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On the NHL podcast with Joe:

#1 The Boston Bruins (27-16-5) got a huge win over the St. Louis Blues (20-21-5) 5-2. The Bruins got goals from Torey Krug (5), David Backes (5), Chris Wagner (6), Brad Marchand (18), and Sean Kuraly (6).

#2 The New York Islanders (27-15-4) got a three goal win over New Jersey (18-22-7) 4-1. Isles goals by Anders Lee, who scored twice (17 & 18), Michael Dal Colle (1) and Jordan Eberle (11).

#3 The New York Rangers (20-20-7) over the Chicago Blackhawks (16-24-9) 4-3. The Rangers got goals from Filip Chitil (8), Mats Zucarello (8), Chris Kreider (22), and Mika Zibanejad (15).

#4 The Toronto Maple Leafs (29-15-2) got a two-goal win over the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2. Goals by the Leafs Nazem Kadri (10), Patrick Marleau (11), Mitchell Marner (19), and Zach Hyman (8).

#5 The Winnipeg Jets (31-14-2) got a big win over the Nashville Predators (28-17-4) 5-1. Brenden Lemieux scored two goals for Winnipeg his fourth and fifth for the season.

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