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.

Join Matt for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com each Saturday

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Len Shapioro: Leafs shutout Habs 4-0 to force elimination game; Staal’s OT goal gives Cane’s 3-2 lead in series

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.

Join Len for exclusive NHL Stanley Cup podcasts during the playoffs on Wednesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs TV schedule

(Facebook shared forwarded information from NHL Analyst Len Shapiro)

MASSMUTUAL EAST DIVISION

Pittsburgh Penguins (1) vs. New York Islanders (4) (Islanders lead, 1-0) Game 1: Islanders 4, Penguins 3 (OT) Tuesday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.: Islanders at Penguins | NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS, ATTSN-PT, MSG+ Thursday, May 20, 7 p.m.: Penguins at Islanders | NBCSN, SN360, TVAS, MSG+, ATTSN-PT Saturday, May 22, 3 p.m.: Penguins at Islanders

| NBC, SN, TVAS *Monday, May 24, TBD: Islanders at Penguins | TBD *Wednesday, May 26, TBD: Penguins at Islanders | TBD *Friday, May 28, TBD: Islanders at Penguins

| TBD Washington Capitals (2) vs. Boston Bruins (3) (Capitals lead, 1-0) Game 1: Capitals 3, Bruins 2 (OT) Monday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.: Bruins at Capitals | NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS, NBCSWA, NESN Wednesday, May 19, 6:30 p.m.: Capitals at Bruins | NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, TVAS, NESN, NBCSWA Friday, May 21, 6:30 p.m.: Capitals at Bruins | NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, TVAS, NESN, NBCSWA *Sunday, May 23, TBD: Bruins at Capitals | TBD *Tuesday, May 25, TBD: Capitals at Bruins | TBD *Thursday, May 27, TBD: Bruins at Capitals | TBD

DISCOVER CENTRAL DIVISION Carolina Hurricanes (1) vs. Nashvillle Predators (4) Monday, May 17, 8 p.m.: Predators at Hurricanes | CNBC, SNE, TVAS, BSSO, BSSO Wednesday, May 19, 8 p.m.: Predators at Hurricanes | CNBC, FX-CA, TVAS, BSSO, BSSO Friday, May 21, 7 p.m.: Hurricanes at Predators | USA, FXX-CA, TVAS, BSSO, BSSO Sunday, May 23, TBD: Hurricanes at Predators | TBD *Tuesday, May 25, TBD: Predators at Hurricanes | TBD *Thursday, May 27, TBD: Hurricanes at Predators | TBD *Saturday, May 29, TBD: Predators at Hurricanes |

TBD Florida Panthers (2) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (3) (Lightning lead, 1-0) Game 1: Lightning 5, Panthers 4 Tuesday, May 18, 8 p.m.: Lightning at Panthers | CNBC, SNE, TVAS, BSFL, BSSUN Thursday, May 20, 6:30 p.m.: Panthers at Lightning | USA, FX-CA, TVAS, BSSUN, BSFL Saturday, May 22, 12:30 p.m.: Panthers at Lightning | CNBC, SN, TVAS, BSSUN, BSFL *Monday, May 24, TBD: Lightning at Panthers | TBD *Wednesday, May 26, TBD: Panthers at Lightning | TBD *Friday, May 28, TBD: Lightning at Panthers |

TBD HONDA WEST DIVISION Colorado Avalanche (1) vs. St. Louis Blues (4) Monday, May 17, 10 p.m.: Blues at Avalanche | NBCSN, SN1, TVAS, ALT, BSMW Wednesday, May 19, 10:30 p.m.: Blues at Avalanche | CNBC, SN360, TVAS, ALT, BSMW Friday, May 21, 9:30 p.m.: Avalanche at Blues | USA, SN360, TVAS, BSMW, ALT Sunday, May 23, TBD: Avalanche at Blues | TBD *Tuesday, May 25, TBD: Blues at Avalanche | TBD *Thursday, May 27, TBD: Avalanche at Blues | TBD *Saturday, May 29, TBD: Blues at Avalanche |

TBD Vegas Golden Knights (2) vs. Minnesota Wild (3) (Wild lead, 1-0) Game 1: Wild 1, Golden Knights 0 (OT) Tuesday, May 18, 10 p.m.: Wild at Golden Knights | NBCSN, SN360, TVAS, ATTSN-RM, BSN, BSWI+ Thursday, May 20, 9:30 p.m.: Golden Knights at Wild | NBCSN, SN360, TVAS, BSW+, BSWI, ATTSN-RM Saturday, May 22, 8 p.m.: Golden Knights at Wild | NBC, SN360, TVAS *Monday, May 24, TBD: Wild at Golden Knights | TBD *Wednesday, May 26, TBD: Golden Knights at Wild | TBD *Friday, May 28, TBD: Wild at Golden Knights |

TBD SCOTIA NORTH DIVISION Toronto Maple Leafs (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (4) Thursday, May 20, 7:30 p.m.: Canadiens at Maple Leafs | NHLN, SN, CBC, TVAS Saturday, May 22, 7 p.m.: Canadiens at Maple Leafs | CNBC, SN, CBC, TVAS Monday, May 24, TBD: Maple Leafs at Canadiens | TBD Tuesday, May 25, TBD: Maple Leafs at Canadiens | TBD *Thursday, May 27, TBD: Canadiens at Maple Leafs | TBD *Saturday, May 29, TBD: Maple Leafs at Canadiens | TBD *Monday, May 31, TBD: Canadiens at Maple Leafs |

TBD Edmonton Oilers (2) vs. Winnipeg Jets (3) Wednesday, May 19, 9 p.m.: Jets at Oilers | NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS Friday, May 21, 9 p.m.: Jets at Oilers | NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS Sunday, May 23, TBD: Oilers at Jets | TBD Monday, May 24, TBD: Oilers at Jets | TBD *Wednesday, May 26, TBD: Jets at Oilers | TBD *Friday, May 28, TBD: Oilers at Jets | TBD *Sunday, May 30, TBD: Jets at Oilers | TBD * if necessary TBD – To Be Determined

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Matt Harrington

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On NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs:

#1 Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals have a best of seven series going as we speak game one already started the Bruins are coming off a regular season record of 33-16-7 and the Washington Capitals (36-15-5) both equally talented teams. Ironically the Caps just by the Bruins in the last game of the regular season on Tuesday night.

#2 The New York Islanders who have one of the best records in the NHL (32-17-7) face off on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Penguins (33-15-7). The Islanders lost to the Bruins in their last game of the season in overtime 3-2. Despite the loss the Isles can bring with the likes of sharp shooters Anthony Beauviller and Matthew Barzal.

#3 In the closing days of the regular season the Minnesota Wild (35-16-5) took two games from the Anaheim Ducks but in their last two games to close the season lost two straight to the St Louis Blues by any measure the Wild could have their hands full as they open the best of seven with the Vegas Golden Knights (40-14-2) the Knights finished off their last regular season game walloping the San Jose Sharks (21-28-7) 6-0.

#4 The Tampa Bay Lightning (36-17-3) closed out their regular season with the playoff opponent the Florida Panthers (37-14-5). The Panthers took two from the Lightning how much was that mostly from playing the third and fourth lines, bench players, and young prospects than using their first and second lines?

#5 Matt talk about how a Stanley Cup Finals scenario would work with a Canadian team and a US team were to meet in the Finals but with borders closed won’t be able to play against each other.

Join Matt for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcasts each Saturday, Mary Lisa Tuesdays, and Len Shapiro Wednesdays it’s All NHL Playoffs All the time

Headline Sports podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Blackhawks Crawford “unfit for play”; A look at the Ted Lindsay Award winners; plus more

Corey Crawford in goal for the Chicago Blackhawks has not been in camp and is listed “unfit to play” Crawford has had a bout with two concussions over the last two seasons. (AP Photo)

On Headlines podcast with Marko:

#1 Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford is has been ruled “unfit to play” Crawford had suffered two concussions and had missed 80 games over the last two seasons.

#2 Crawford had split the goalie duties with Robin Lehner, Lehner was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights on Feb 24th. Crawford did play in the last eight games before the season was suspended on March 12th.

#3 The Chicago Blackhawks say their mascot name actually honors an actual Native American they refuse to change the name and mascot of the team. The actual Native American was Black Hawk of Illinois’ Sac and Fox Nation. The Blackhawks have been under pressure to change the name.

#4  Marko talk about the NHL Ted Lindsay Award finalists Leon Draisaitl Edmonton Oilers, Nathan MacKinnon Colorado Avalanche, and Artemi Panarin New York Rangers lots a hard work and achievement for these three to arrive as finalists for this award.

#5 Safety protocols and lots of precautions set up as the NHL season will start up on August 1st in the two Canadian bubbles Toronto and Edmonton. The circumstances are different as the players have to use all sorts of precautions to stay safe but frankly this is a physical game which calls for checking and contact do you see a lot of that being taken out of the game.

Join Marko Wednesdays for Headline Sports podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast with Barbara Mason: Curry’s wife on Jada Pinkett show to talk about lack of attention from men; Kerr says Green’s a wrecking ball; plus more

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On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast:

#1 On the Facebook Red Table Talk show with Jada Pinkett, NESN.com reported Golden State Warriors wife Ayesha Curry said that while she didn’t like groupies hanging around her husband, she had developed a bit of “an insecurity” and getting “zero male attention.” One writer Bari A Williams tweeted Ayesha might feel this way is because she’s 30, has three kids and might not feel and look the same way she did before she had kids.

#2 Golden State Warriors head coach Steven Kerr said that Draymond Green was a wrecking ball in Game 3 on Saturday with 20 points, 12 rebounds, 13 assists, four steals, and a blocked shot.

#3 St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington said about San Jose Sharks Timo Meier’s one hand pass assist that led to the Sharks’ game-winning goal in Game 4 for the overtime win on Eirk Karlsson’s goal: “It’s just madness. You hope for the best and try to close the door.” The Blues were pretty angry and took it out on Game 5 in San Jose on Sunday for the win 5-0 to take a 3-2 series lead.

#4 The red-hot New York Yankees have won 10 of their last 14 games and Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said of the 17 starters or key players who are on the injured list the replacement by the younger players have come out and done a great job. ”Young guys are stepping up, they realize this is an opportunity that they might not otherwise have had and they’re making the most of it.” said Steinbrenner.

#5 The Oakland A’s, during this current road trip after losing two straight in Seattle, won three straight in Detroit. The A’s regrouped after the pair of losses to the Mariners and are really making a go of it in Detroit.

Barbara Mason is filling in for Amaury Pi Gonzalez on the News and Commentary podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com and is a freelance reporter for Area Grande Spanish Newspapers

2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blues Take 3-2 Lead in WCF, Beat Sharks 5-0

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By Mary Walsh

SAN JOSE — The St. Louis Blues took a 3-2 lead in the NHL Western Conference Final, by defeating the San Jose Sharks 5-0 at SAP Center Sunday.

St. Louis got goals from Oskar Sundqvist, Vladimir Tarasenko and a hat trick from Jaden Schwartz. Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington made 21 saves in the shutout win.

Sharks goaltender Martin Jones made 35 saves in a losing effort. Through the game, San Jose was penalized eight times and lost four players to injury for several minutes or more. Only one of those returned to play in the third period.

After the game, Sharks forward Logan Couture commented on what he saw of the hits that sent Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl out of the game: “I saw the Hertl hit, I just saw the replay. Yeah, that’s a tough one. But, I mean they had one earlier, in Game 3, I believe on Braun. I think it was Game 3. And nothing happened, so they can do it again, right?”

Evander Kane hit a post in the first moments of Sunday’s game. Asked whether a goal there would have changed the momentum significantly, Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer said:

I think a few things could have changed the game. I thought we played well enough to come out of that first maybe up. I thought, arguably, a five-minute major on Tommy Hertl, that if it’s called, you know, that’s a momentum changing play right there. But we come out of the first down one-nothing and then Hertl can’t go, and you know, Karlsson can’t go and so we started taking on some water. I thought they took over in the second period. And then when Pav got hit high we lost our composure there in the third. And, not our finest moment but I understand where that emotion’s coming from with what he’s been through. We’ve just got to regroup, got to go in and win a game.

The Sharks had some excellent chances off the hop, including that Kane shot off the post. Then, at 5:50, the Blues got on the board. Erik Karlsson went down behind his own net to move the puck out, and sent it up the boards for Brenden Dillon. It went between Dillon’s skates and off the boards back into open ice. While the Sharks kept an eye on Alexander Steen and Pat Maroon in their zone, Oskar Sundqvist sped out of the neutral zone and shot the puck. Erik Karlsson had moved into the lane and Sundqvist used him as a screen, so the puck went right by Jones. That was the first of three unassisted goals in a row.

The Sharks out-shot the Blues 11-4 in the first, but the Blues won 56% of the faceoffs. Logan Couture had a notable drop off in face-off performance, against a number of Blues players after five minutes. The Sharks had two shots on their first period power play.

The start of the second was less good for the Sharks. After five minutes, the Blues had another goal and a 10-1 shot lead. The goal came off an ill-conceived attempt to move the puck across the slot by Jones. He was trying to clear the puck away after Brenden Dillon blocked the shot on its way in, but Jaden Schwartz skated to the net and put the puck around Jones without anyone getting in his way.

Moments later, the Blues were awarded a penalty shot after Brent Burns tripped Vladimir Tarasenko. Tarasenko put a shot over Jones’ glove into the top corner to make it 3-0. That was at 6:53. At 10:43, the Blues were on a four-minute power play after Donskoi caught Steen in the mouth with his stick. That did not last long as Tyler Bozak got called for holding Evander Kane. The two minute four-on-four generated little for either team, and the Sharks killed off the rest of the Blues power play.

With five left in the period, the shots were 18-4 Blues. By the end of the period, the Blues outshot the Sharks 20-6. the Blues also improved their faceoff advantage to 57%. Tomas Hertl was the only Shark to take more than five faceoffs and win more than 50% of them. He won 70%. On the Blues’ side, Tyler Bozak and Brayden Schenn won just over 70% of their face-offs.

Erik Karlsson did not skate during the last seven or so minutes of the period.

The Sharks started the second period with a pair of penalties, putting the Blues on a two minute five-on-three power play at 1:55. With Micheal Haley and Barclay Goodrow both in the box, Jaden Schwartz scored with a pin-balling shot that put the Blues up 4-0 at 2:19. Assists went to David Perron and Tarasenko.

The Sharks managed to kill off the remainder of the second penalty.

Before the middle of the third period, Tomas Hertl, Joe Pavelski, Erik Karlsson and Joonas Donskoi were all in the dressing room for repairs or worse. Donskoi skated two shifts at the start of the period before leaving with a bleeding face. Pavelski skated one shift. Hertl and Karlsson did not skate in the third.

Micheal Haley joined them for unsportsmanlike conduct and an additional misconduct. A tripping penalty to Timo Meier put the Sharks on another five-on-three penalty kill.

Donskoi returned to the game after the ten minute mark, with just under eight minutes remaining.

The Sharks got their second power play of the game at 13:12. They did not score. The Blues did, at 16:02. Another defensive collapse from the remaining Sharks allowed Schwartz to get open on that same side again. Another assist went to Tarasenko.

With a little more than two minutes remaining, Evander Kane took some penalty time: two for goaltender interference, two for slashing Edmundson, and a little more for misconduct.

Game 6 will be on Tuesday at the Enterprise Center at 5:00 PM PT.

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 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Final podcast with Matt Harrington: How the Bruins would match up against either San Jose or St. Louis in the Finals

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On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference podcast with Matt:

#1 Matt talks about the advantage for the Boston Bruins to have some time off before getting into Game 1 of the Finals against either St. Louis or San Jose.

#2 In the series against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Bruins made it look easy. They have been a very consistent team.

#3 Usually the team that has finished early that meets a team that has either just finished Game 7 or their playoffs or  at a disadvantage because of the lag time.

#4 Looking up and down the roster, the Bruins are loaded they have a team that would be favored in meeting either San Jose and St Louis. Who would you see them in the next round?

#5 Lastly, talk about the year that Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. He has had a great year in net. How do you see him matching up against either the Blues or Sharks’ offensive attacks?

Join Matt for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference podcast at  http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final podcast with Len Shapiro: Despite loss, Sharks have advantage and home ice; series tied at 2-2

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On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final podcast with Len:

#1 As San Jose Sharks’ Justin Braun said after the game in St. Louis on Friday night, the start of the game buried the Sharks.

#2 The Blues got scoring help in the first period from Ivan Barbashev for his first postseason goal at 0:35 and the second one coming from Tyler Bozak for his fourth postseason goal at 17:53.

#3 After the game, Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer said the series is tied, the Sharks have home ice and DeBoer says he feels good about it.

#4 Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington stopped 29 out of 30 shots, shutting out the Sharks in the first and second periods.

#5 Game 5 comes back to San Jose on Sunday night at SAP Center. Despite the loss, the series with home ice for the Sharks looks to be in their favor.

Len Shapiro does the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Western Conference podcasts each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com