Toronto Maple Leafs’ Jason Spezza (19) scores a second period goal and is congratulated by teammate Alex Galchenyuk (12) as Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) looks on during game 4 of the playoffs at the Belle Centre in Montreal on Tue May 25, 2021 (Canadian Press via AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Len:
#1 Toronto Maple Leafs (3-1) @ Montreal Canadiens (1-3) , the Toronto Maple Leafs led from start to finish with a 4-0 win. The Leafs dominated on defense over the Canadiens in game four of the first round of the playoffs.
#2 Len talk about the job between the pipes by Leafs goalie Jack Campbell shutting out the Habs and facing 32 shots. How much of this game did Campbell have to stand on his head.
#3 The Canadiens simply couldn’t get the puck in the back end of the net with the kind of offense they have with players like Joel Armia and Nick Suzuki how surprising was it to see Montreal get shutout like this?
#4 Nashville Predators (2-3) @ Carolina Hurricanes (3-2) game 5 was a close as you can get out of a playoff game as the Carolina Hurricanes who were down 2-1 came back to tie the game in the third period got a overtime win to take a 3-2 lead in the series.
#5 Len talk about the Cane’s Jordan Staal’s overtime score past Preds goaltender Juuse Saros, Staal took a swing at the puck that ricocheted off Saros and got the biscuit in the basket for the win. By the way the game ended at 11:45pm east coast time.
The Washington Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin (8) takes the puck up ice against the Boston Bruins Brandon Carlo (25) in the first period at the Capital One Center in DC on Saturday, January 30, 2021 (AP News photo)
NHL podcast with Len Shapiro:
#1 Len, just an amazing career for the Washington Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin. who scored an overtime goal on Saturday night at Capital One Arena to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3. The goal also put Ovechkin in seventh place on the all-time NHL goal list at 708.
#2 You can’t push the Montreal Canadiens around too much. The Habs have lost in a regulation all season until Saturday night against the Calgary Flames. The Flames, who won 2-0, did it with the help of goaltender Jacob Markstrom, who stopped 37 saves. The Canadiens just couldn’t find the back of the net all game long.
#3 If you like the numbers 4 and 1, this was your game. The Dallas Stars (4-1-0) met their match on Saturday losing for the first time this season to the Carolina Hurricanes (4-1-0) 4-1. The Hurricanes got scoring help from Vincent Trocheck, who scored twice.
#4 The Edmonton Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl passed a tipped in pass to Conner McDavid, who scored one of two. McDavid scores as the Oilers came away with a 4-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada. Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen stopped 26 Leafs shots.
#5 Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal in overtime at 2:27 for the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 5-4 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Pens’ Pierre-Oliver Joseph had three assists in the effort. One piece of bad news for the Penguins: They lost defenceman Kris Letang in the first period at 10:37 for the rest of the game.
The St Louis David Perron (57) goes for the victory skate lap after scoring a second period goal against the visiting Los Angeles Kings in St Louis on Sat Jan 23, 2021 (AP News photo)
On the NHL podcast with Len:
#1 The St Louis Blues (3-1-1) got a two goal win over the Los Angeles Kings (1-2-2) 4-2 on Saturday night. The Blues got scoring from Torey Krug (1), Vince Dunn (1), David Perron (1), and Jayden Schwartz (1). Blues goalie Jordan Binnington stopped 21 LA shots and allowed two goals.
#2 The Boston Bruins (3-1-1) had the offense scoring two goals in the second period and three goals in the third period to get a 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Bruins Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each scored two goals.
#3 The Montreal Canadiens (4-0-2) lead for most of the game 2-0. The Habs scored three goals in the third period as the Vancouver Canucks scored two in the third for the 5-2 win. The Canadiens goalie Carey Price allowed two goals and stopped 23 shots.
#4 The Columbus Blue Jackets (2-2-2) got a 5-2 win over one of the best teams in the NHL over the Tampa Bay Lightning (3-1-0). The Jackets jumped to a 3-2 in the first period and scored two goals in the third period.
#5 The game between the Florida Panthers and Hurricanes was canceled due to a lack of available players on the Hurricanes due to Covid-19 related issues. The Canes were missing five players key forwards Jordan Staal, Teuvo Teravainen, top defencemen Jacob Slavin also forwards Warren Foegele and Jordan Martinook.
New Jersey Devils Yegor Sharangovich (17) celebrates his overtime goal with teammates Kyle Palmer (21) and P.K. Subban (76) for the overtime win against the Boston Bruins on Sat Jan 16, 2021 at New Jersey (AP News photo)
On the NHL podcast with Len:
#1 The New Jersey Devils and the Boston Bruins played to a 2-1 overtime with New Jersey coming out the winner. New Jersey got on the board first when Miles Woods scored at 16:15 in the first period. The Bruins Patrice Bergeron tied the game in the second period at 17:16 with his second goal of the year. Jersey’s Yegor Sharangovich scored the overtime goal for the win at 4:58.
#2 The Arizona Coyotes after losing to the San Jose Sharks on opening night Thursday got a 5-3 win on Saturday despite the Sharks Timo Meier who scored a hat trick and all of San Jose’s goals. The Yotes Phil Kessel scored twice in the three goal win for Arizona.
#3 The Montreal Canadiens got a huge four goal win over the Edmonton Oilers 5-1 on Saturday night. The Habs got scoring from Jeff Petry and Tomas Tatar who both scored twice. Jake Evan scored a short handed goal.
#4 The New York Rangers got a 5-0 shutout over the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. The Rangers got scoring help from Pavel Buchnevich and Artemi Panarin who scored twice and Kappo Kakko scored one goal for the win. Ranger goaltender Alexandar Georgiev faced 23 shots for the shutout.
#5 The Detroit Red Wings got a two goal win against the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. The Wings got scoring from Dylan Larkin who scored twice, Bobby Ryan, and Robby Fabbri score a goal each.
The Dallas Stars training facility in Frisco, Texas is shutdown as the Stars first two games to open the season has been postponed. This photo was taken on Wed Jan 6, 2021 and the facility shutdown on Friday. (AP News photo)
On the NHL podcast with Len Shapiro:
#1 Len, six Dallas Stars players and two staff members have tested positive for Covid-19 forcing both opening games on Jan 14th and 15th back to back games to be postponed and that the Stars facilities were closed and will not be projected open any earlier than Jan 19th.
#2 Len, New Jersey Devils 36 year old goaltender Corey Crawford has requested to take an indefinite leave. Crawford did practice with the team on Dec 31 and Jan 1st before asking for two more days off including Friday making it three days off. Crawford reportedly is taking the indefinite time off due to personal reasons.
#3 The Columbus Blue Jackets said on Friday that 19 players missed practice on because of Covid 19 protocol issues and the Jackets said this was done of caution. Jackets head coach John Tortorella said out of 40 healthy players 21 skated Friday morning.
#4 Washington Capitals goalie Hendrik Lundqvist is recovering from open heart surgery and Lundqvist’s recovery is coming along well, “”Day three surgery went really well, about five hours to get it all taken care of. Really appreciate the great staff here at the Cleveland Clinic.” said Lundqvist.
#5 Pittsburgh Penguins broadcaster Mike Lange will not start the 2021 season until a successful vaccine is ready. Lange who has broadcasted the Penguins for 46 years is 72 years old and said he wants to wait until the vaccine is distributed before coming back.
The Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane takes in a morning skate saying the new Stanley Cup Playoff format reminds him of the NCAAB March Madness format with playing games all day and night (nhl.com photo)
On the NHL podcast with Len:
#1 Len the Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane says the qualifiers are like March Madness how much similarity do you see the two having side by side.
#2 One of the things that Kane said is that the “Hockey All Day”format had the March Madness feel to it playing hockey from morning till night. Adding that you can watch six games in one day.
#3 The Pittsburgh Penguins Syd Crosby left after scoring a goal with 15 minutes left in a scrimmage game on Saturday for undisclosed reasons. The Penguins Conor Sheary said it was for maintenance reasons saying it wasn’t anything.
#4 The New York Rangers Kaapo Kakko says that his type 1 diabetic condition will not prevent him from returning to the ice and he’s not worried that there is a chance that he could contract severe Covid-19. He said his being so young (19) that is diabetic condition is alright right now.
#5 Caleb Jones of the Edmonton Oilers had to self quarantine two weeks before the Oilers camp before returning to practice. Jones said he considered himself lucky that he was healthy and ready to return to the ice.