San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: Sharks suffer their fifth straight set back; injuries and trades changes chemistry

photo from sfgate.com: Philadelphia Flyers’ Travis Konecny (11) celebrates after scoring a goal against San Jose Sharks’ Aaron Dell (30) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Philadelphia.

#1 The Sharks dropped their fifth straight game on Monday night to the Philadelphia Flyers it also represented a clean sweep in their four game road trip as well.

#2 How much has injuries and this week’s trades play a role in hampering the team?

#3 In trading someone like Brendan Dillion and Patrick Marleau does that play into the psyche of the team

#4 The Sharks kept pace with Philadelphia tying them 1-1 in the first period and then in the second period the Flyers just took over scoring two goals and San Jose would later lose this one 4-1

#5 It’s back to the drawing board for the Sharks as they host New Jersey on Thursday night at SAP Center New Jersey is coming off a three game win streak

Join Len Shapiro for the Sharks podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sharks can’t past first period gets buried by Flyers 4-1; San Jose on five game skid

photo from sfgate.com: Philadelphia Flyers’ Travis Konecny celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Philadelphia.

By: Jessica Kwong

PHILADELPHIA, P.A.—The San Jose Sharks continued to struggle the day after the NHL trade deadline passed, falling 4-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers in their fifth straight loss on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

San Jose appeared to be the stronger team in the first period. Sharks interim head coach Bob Boughner said “it’s been like that the whole trip,” especially with the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers.

“We’re not giving up a heck of a lot over the 60 minutes, but when we give up that one or two big mistakes, they’re finding their way in the back of their net,” Boughner said. “And we’re not capitalizing when we have our two-on-ones and our three-on-one’s.”

As with recent games, the Sharks allowed the opponent score first. Flyers right wing Nicolas Aube-Kubel scored on the power play at 1:32, assisted by left wing James van Riemsdyk and defenseman Matt Niskanen.

Sharks center Joel Kellman tied the game on a rebound at 6:30, assisted by defenseman Jacob Middleton and defenseman Tim Heed. It was Kellman’s second goal of the season.

In the second period, the Flyers took a 2-1 lead with a tic-tac-toe passing play from center Travis Konecny and center Scott Laughton to center Kevin Hayes at 3:51.

The Flyers extended their lead in the second period to 3-1 when Hayes passed to Laughton for an easy hit into the net at 9:41.

The game got further away from the Sharks early in the third period. Hayes, assisted by Laughton and Konecny, hit one between Sharks goalie Aaron Dell’s legs to put the Flyers ahead 4-1.

But the Sharks did not give up. Center Noah Gregor scored at 8:18, assisted by left wing Marcus Sorensen, to cut the Flyers’ lead to 4-2.

“They got a couple of breaks there, the two-on-one and I think there was a three-on-two,” Gregor said. “They made good plays and they were able to capitalize, I think that was the difference.”

Sharks defenseman Brent Burns said he saw the loss as “tough.”

“It’s tough scoring goals right now and we just have to, you’ve got to play almost a perfect game, so it’s tough,” Burns said. “I think you’ve just got to try to do the right things when you can.”

Sharks captain Logan Couture returned after a 17-game absence due to a fractured ankle back. Couture said he felt “alright” but “wish I played a little bit better.”

“My hands I knew weren’t going to be great, but I figured it’s been a rough couple of days,” Couture said.

On Monday’s trade deadline, the Sharks dealt veteran Patrick Marleau to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2021 third-round draft pick that would become a second-round pick if the Penguins win the Stanley Cup. The Sharks also traded forward Barclay Goodrow to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Anthony Greco and a first-round draft pick.

Veteran Joe Thornton stayed put, and expressed his feelings about it.

“As you get older, you realize you only have so many shots at this thing, and it would have been nice to have a chance,” Thornton said on Monday. “I wanted a shot. I’ve been hunting this thing down for 22 years.”

The Sharks (26-33-4) return home to face the New Jersey Devils (25-27-10) on Thursday. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

Sharks Trade Marleau, Goodrow at the Deadline

popsugar.com file photo: Former San Jose Shark Patrick Marleau (12) who was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday will have a shot at playing the post season

By Mary Walsh

For the first time in many years, the San Jose Sharks are not expected to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That situation became clear early enough in the season for them to be sellers at the trade deadline. Both Patrick Marleau and Barclay Goodrow were traded today, following Brenden Dillon to playoff-bound teams in the Eastern Conference.

Patrick Marleau was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Barclay Goodrow went to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Dillon was traded last week to the Washington Capitals. The Sharks also acquired defenseman Brandon Davidson from the Calgary Flames today.

The Sharks received a conditional 2021 third round draft pick from Pittsburgh, which would become a second round pick if the Penguins win the Cup in 2020. The Penguins are currently ranked second in the Metropolitan division, just 2 points out of first behind the Capitals. Patrick Marleau was on a one-year contract with the Sharks, so he will be a free agent again this summer.

From a Sharks press release:

“Patrick is one of the most iconic players ever to wear the Sharks uniform,” said Wilson. “Although we have had a disappointing season in San Jose, he deserves every opportunity to have a chance at winning a Stanley Cup, and we’re happy to accommodate that. We wish him the best of luck.”

Barclay Goodrow has another year on his very cap-friendly contract. In exchange for Goodrow, the Sharks got Tampa Bay’s first round pick and a third round pick (originally Philadelphia’s) in the 2020 draft as well as forward Anthony Greco. Tampa Bay is also second in their division, the Atlantic, five points out of first but boasting a +50 goal differential.

From the Sharks press release:

“Barclay has been an extremely valuable, team-first payer to our organization for the past six seasons,” said Wilson. “His story of perseverance and hard work from being an undrafted free agent to being one of the most versatile players in the National Hockey League has been a pleasure to watch. You hate to lose players like this, but this is an important step in acquiring valuable assets that can be utilized by our club moving forward.”

Anthony Greco was playing with Tampa Bay’s AHL team, after being recently acquired by Tampa Bay from the Florida Panthers.

The Sharks acquired defenseman Brandon Davidson from the Calgary Flames for future consideration. Davidson, 28, has played seven games this season with the Calgary Flames and played 34 games with the AHL’s Stockton Heat. During his career, he earned 23 points in 169 NHL games with the Flames, the Oilers, the Canadiens, the Islanders and the Blackhawks.

Despite many rumors, Joe Thornton was not traded to either the Dallas Stars or the Boston Bruins. He will finish the season in teal.

“Islanders too tight” for Sharks, defense shuts down San Jose’s shots 4-1

photo from sfgate.com: New York Islanders right wing Leo Komarov (47) and San Jose Sharks defenseman Radim Simek, right, battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Uniondale, N.Y.

By Jessica Kwong

UNIONDALE, NY—The struggling San Jose Sharks extended their losing streak to four games with a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Sunday, the night before the NHL trade deadline.

Despite the back-to-back situation, San Jose played a “tight game for most of the night,” Sharks interim head coach Bob Boughner said.

“It was just one of those games, back and forth. The Islanders are pretty tight, they don’t give you a lot,” Boughner said. “We just couldn’t seem to generate any second or third chances around their net.”

Islanders center Mathew Barzal made a saucer pass to center Anders Lee, who scored at 6:49 in the first period to put the Islanders up 1-0.

The Sharks responded at 10:36 into the period, when center Dylan Gambrell redirected defenseman Radim Simek’s shot and tied the game at 1-1.

But the Islanders wasted no time in the second period. At 1:10, Lee scored, assisted by Barzal and defenseman Devon Toews to put the Islanders up 2-1.

Islanders center Brock Nelson forced a turnover and passed the puck to Toews down the slot for a shot into the top right corner of the net to extend New York’s lead to 3-1 at 17:38.

The Sharks failed to rebound in the third period. Lee passed the puck to center Josh Bailey for an empty netter at 17:41 and sealed the Islanders’ 4-1 victory.

Sharks center Barclay Woodrow said the team played well for some stretches, but had a couple of breakdowns including when he was stripped from behind.

“So it’s those little things that are costing us right now and we’ve just got to find a way to bury more shots and try to get some more goals,” Goodrow said.

Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov, who was on his fifth straight start, made 29 saves.

The Sharks are likely to make a move by Monday’s trade deadline, judging from their disappointing performance this season after coming within two wins of making the Stanley Cup final last year.

San Jose made the playoffs for the past four seasons and all but one of the last 15, but appear to be out of contention this season.

Regarding the trade deadline, Goodrow said, “there’s always a lot of unknown this time of year so it would be good to just get that over with.”

San Jose has been playing without three of their top players—captain and center Logan Couture (broken bone in the left ankle), center Tomas Hertl (torn left ACL and MCL) and defenseman Erik Karlsson (broken right thumb).

Boughner said that crossing the trade deadline should bring “some relief” to the team and “hopefully we’ll get a couple guys back healthy” as well as a head coach decision.

“Cross our fingers, I think we’ll start getting back some semblance of our line combinations at least,” Boughner said.

The Sharks (26-32-4) complete their four-game road trip on Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers (35-20-7) at Wells Fargo Center. The puck drops at 4 p.m. PT.

Sharks can’t hold it together in third period lose to Rangers 3-2

photo from sjgate.com: San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, left, celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at Madison Square Garden in New York.

By Jessica Kwong

NEW YORK—The San Jose Sharks fought hard and alternate captain Joe Thornton reached an achievement at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, but they fell apart in the final period and lost 3-2 to the New York Rangers.

Thornton scored both goals for the Sharks and became the third player 40 years of age or older to have a two-goal game at the Garden, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. But the Sharks, tied with the Rangers after the second period, were scoreless in the third.

Sharks interim head coach Bob Boughner said the team “couldn’t have a better first period” and “produced a lot of chances.” But the Sharks are struggling with three of their best players injured: center and captain Logan Couture, defenseman Erik Karlsson and center Tomas Hertl.

“Again, I’ve said this, seems like a little bit of a broken record but I say that with the personnel that we have in there now we have to almost play a perfect or near to perfect game when you’re only scoring one or two a night,” Boughner said. “And it’s not for lack of effort, it’s not for a lack of compete, it’s not for a lack of chances.”

Rangers right wing Jesper Fast scored the first goal of the game at 9:35, assisted by left wing Artemi Panarin who was left alone, and center Ryan Strome.

Center “Jumbo” Thornton scored at 17:55 into the first to tie the game at 1-1, assisted by right wing Timo Meier and defenseman Mario Ferraro. It was Thornton’s third goal of the season.

“Timo just made a nice play and kind of pounded it,” Thornton said.

The Sharks took the lead at 13:47 into the second period. Thornton scored on the power play with the help of defenseman Brent Burns and right wing Kevin Labanc.

“Burnzie’s shot just tipped off my kneepad, so just at the right place at the right time,” Thornton said.

Thornton became only the third player 40 years or older to hit two goals at the Garden, and it was his first two-goal game since Feb. 18, 2019, against the Boston Bruins. He had a hat trick that night.

But the Rangers tied the game at 2-2 when center Mika Zibanejad scored at 17:27 into the second period, assisted by Panarin. The Rangers had the 8 final shots including a penalty shot that did not go in.

The Sharks came up in the third but the Rangers took control of the period, with Jesper scoring 6:54 in, assisted by defenseman Jacob Trouba and Strome. The Sharks blocked 9 shots.

Sharks goalie Aaron Dell said he thought he played “fairly good most of the time.”

“I think kind of the same story, soft in front of both nets,” Dell said. “And I think we had times where it was good and times where it wasn’t.”

The Sharks (26-31-4) continue their four-game road trip on Sunday against the New York Islanders (34-20-6) at Nassau Coliseum at 2 p.m. PT.

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Sharks have lost three of last five games; team lacking offense try for win tonight at MSG

photo sfgate.com: New Jersey Devils teammate celebrate with left wing Jesper Bratt (63), center, after Bratt scored a game-tying goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Newark, N.J. 

#1 The Sharks lost in very narrow game to the New Jersey Devils Thursday 2-1 it was the Sharks third loss in five games

#2 Tim Heed was the only player to score a goal from the Sharks on Thursday the offense was simply shut down by New Jersey

#3 How much of an impact were the season ending injuries for defenseman Erik Karlsson and forward Tomas Hertl?

#4 The suspension of Evander Kane has taken away a chunk of the offense the Sharks can just get over the hump right now.

#5 Sharks face the New York Rangers tonight at MSG New York could this be another handful for San Jose

Mary Lisa does the Sharks podcasts each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Wild Sprugeon gets hat trick in 5-3 win; Blues Perron gets 24th goal in 5-1 win; plus more

photo from startribune.com: Minnesota’s Ryan Hartman (38), Marcus Foligno (17) and Jared Spurgeon (46) celebrate a goal against the Oilers during the second period.

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington:

#1 The Minnesota Wild’s Jared Sprugeon got a natural hat trick on Friday night against the Edmonton Oilers 5-3. The Wild also got goal help from Kevin Fiala and Carson Soucy as the Wild pick up their second straight win.

#2 The St Louis Blues David Perron found the back end of the net again scoring his 24th goal as the Blues defeated the Dallas Stars 5-1. Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop left early in the contest after allowing multiple goals.

#3 The Boston Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored a pair of goals in the Bruins 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames, Bergeron is on a roll scoring 21 times in 32 games

#4 The New York Rangers got three goal win over the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2, the Rangers Mike Zibanejad scored a goal and had two assists. The Rangers will be on back to back games hosting the San Jose Sharks tonight at MSG.

#5 The Chicago Blackhawks edged the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Friday night, the Hawks Alex DeBrincat got a third period goal and also in overtime to put Chicago over the top 2-1

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

 

NHL podcast with Joe Lami: Caps Ovechkin just one goal short for 700 club; Knights Martinez gets first goal in first game; plus more

Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals who scored his 699th goal of his career on Thursday night in Washington just one short of the 700 club (photo from wikipedia.com)

On the NHL podcast with Joe:

#1 The Vegas Golden Knights Alec Martinez had a goal and an assist in his first game with the Knights that help defeat the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Thursday night at T Mobile Center

#2 The Winnipeg Jets Mark Scheifele who went 12 games without a goal made up for lost time with a hat trick scoring three power play goals in the Jets victory over the Ottawa Senators 5-1

#3 The Toronto Maple Leafs shut out the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 as the Leafs goaltender Frederik Anderson stopped 24 shots. The Leafs Jake Muzzin score a goal with two assists.

#4 The Philadelphia Flyers Kevin Hayes got an overtime goal at 3:51 that was the difference in the Flyers 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Toronto. Stefan Matteau Jr scored his first goal since March 10, 2016.

#5 The St Louis Blues got a 1-0 shutout against the Arizona Coyotes as the Blues Ryan O’Reilly scored the games on goal and goaltender Jordan Binnington made 14 saves  for the shutout.

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

 

NJ’s Blackwood still on fire with 36 saves in 2-1 win over Sharks

photo from sfgate.com: New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) pressures San Jose Sharks center Noah Gregor (73) in front of Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Newark, N.J

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ New Jersey Devils’ rookie goalie MacKenzie Blackwood followed his 52-save outing previously, with another fine performance for his fifth straight win Thursday. 

With an average of 39.2 saves and a goal allowed during that streak, he made 36 saves against San Jose while holding them to a solo goal.  The last time the Sharks scored less was February 1st. 

Opposing goalie Martin Jones did not go down easy though, as he held his own, saving 23 of 25 shots.  

The Devils now have wins in three straight home games, while the Sharks ended their hot four-game road streak. 

On special teams, San Jose committed six penalties and New Jersey three. The game-winner occurred during the Shark’s fifth penalty.

Jacob Middleton for San Jose and the Devils’ John Hayden saw the box first at 7:26 for fighting. Middleton also tacked on an unsportsmanlike conduct. This gave Middleton a total of seven penalty minutes, his first as a member of the Sharks this year.

San Jose Barracuda call-ups were all featured in the opening scoring play. Alexander True in the faceoff circle recovered the puck, Middleton then got it, before passing cross-ice to Tim Heed. Heed put the first tally on the board through traffic from the far right point, with his first goal of the season in 27 games. It was also his second point of the season, with an assist back on November 12th.  Middleton earned his first assist and point in five games this season. True played his seventh game and earned his fourth assist, his second in as many games. 

Stefan Noesen ended the period for the Sharks with a tripping call at 19:46.

The second period featured five penalties, four of them before any scoring and four of them involving interference. 

New Jersey followed shortly after Noesen’s with Wayne Simmonds interfering 47 seconds into the second. Teammate P.K. Subban got called for the same infraction at 7:11. San Jose’s Dylan Gambrell decided to interfere too at 9:55. Teammate Melker Karlsson had the only non-interference penalty of the period, as he put the puck over the glass for a game delay. 

Jesper Bratt put the Devils on board at 16:15, after taking a long pass from Pavel Zacha all the way at the other end. Bratt won the one-on-one battle versus the outstretched Jones, sliding the puck around his skate. 

Mario Ferraro also delayed the game with a puck over the glass to start the third at 1:06. This one was costly though, as Subban scored the game-winner with 10 seconds left in the penalty.

With Miles Wood screening Jones, Subban converted from the top of the right faceoff circle to give New Jersey the only lead they would need.

 Up Next: Dakota Mermis made his Devils’ debut and finished a +1 in 17:44 of ice time. San Jose’s “Melker Karlsson left in a walking boot.  He didn’t play in the third period,” reported Kevin Kurz of The Athletic. The Sharks continue their four-game road trip in the neighboring New state with the New York Rangers Saturday at 4pm. 

 

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro : Sharks open four game road trip after struggling with Florida last Monday

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky blocks a shot from the San Jose Sharks in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in San Jose, Calif

On the Sharks podcast with Len:

#1 The San Jose Sharks have been involved some blow outs, close loses and rough games and the loss to the Florida Panthers was no exception in a three goal defeat 5-3 on Monday.

#2 Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves for the Florida Panthers and it was enough for him and the Panther defense to stop the Sharks for the two goal win

#3 Dylan Gambrell, Kevin Labanc and Timo Meier scored a goal a piece for San Jose it was enough goals to win a game but not this one

#4 The Sharks were coming off a two game win streak and the Panther were coming off a two game win streak so Panthers really grinded it out for the win

#5 The Sharks hit the road to face New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers Len sets up the road trip

Len does the Sharks podcasts each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com