San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: Sharks open three game road trip in Dallas Saturday

San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) looks toward the puck in front of Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) during the second period at SAP Center in San Jose on Thu Dec 29, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the SJ Sharks podcast with Len:

#1 Len, the San Jose Sharks held a 3-1 lead over the Philadelphia Flyers until collapsing in the third period this loss being the Sharks fifth out of their last six games.

#2 Despite the loss the Sharks Erik Karlsson picked up his 11th straight point and Thomas Hertl scored two goals.

#3 One of the big concerns for Sharks head coach David Quinn is closing games he said during practice this week that the Sharks simply need to put the pucks in the net as they came up a goal short on Thursday night 4-3 in overtime.

#4 Talk about Sharks goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen who allowed four goals and saved 22 in the loss. Was this a matter of Kahkonen was having an off night or he just didn’t get enough defense up front from the skaters?

#5 Sharks embark on a three game road trip starting in Dallas Saturday at 5:00 PM. The Stars (22-9-6) beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 in their last game on Thursday night. Stars are in first in the Western Conference and are 7-2-1 in their last ten games.

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Flyers slip past Sharks 4-3 in OT; San Jose drops 5th game in six tries

San Jose Sharks defenceman Erik Karlsson (65) gets congratulated by teammates after picking up his 11th consecutive point in as many games played. This one coming against the Philadelphia Flyers at SAP Center in San Jose on Thu Dec 29, 2022 (@SanJoseSharks photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Thursday, December 29, 2021

Tony DeAngelo scored the tie-breaking goal for Philadelphia in overtime Thursday, lifting the Flyers past San Jose 4-3 at SAP Center.

DeAngelo’s seventh goal of the season was assisted by Ivan Provorov and Owen Tippett at 1:10 of the extra period, beating Sharks goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen.

It was the first overtime win of the season for Philadelphia (12-17-7, 31 points), San Jose, sporting their California Golden Seals tribute throwback jerseys, slipped to 11-19-7, 29.

The Flyers scored twice in the third period to overcome a two-goal deficit. Kevin Labanc’s tally put San Jose up 3-1 52 seconds into the period, assisted by Tomas Hertl and Erik Karlsson. But Tippett scored for Philadelphia at 5:57, and Travis Konecny’s 17th goal of the season – and second of the game – was the equalizer at 17:55.

Hertl gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead at 8:29 of the second period with his second goal of the game, from Timo Meier and Logan Couture.

Hertl opened the scoring at 9:38 of the first period. Konecny scored for Philadelphia to tie the game at 1-1 at 10:25.

Kahkonen turned away 22 of the Flyers’ 25 shots on goal. Samuel Ersson stopped 25 of 28 San Jose shots.

The Sharks hit the road Saturday for a 5 p.m. PST game in Dallas against the Stars.

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Ovechkin is #2 on all time NHL goals list; Pastrnak scores twice in 4-3 Bruins win; plus much more

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin reacts in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets in Washington DC on Thu Dec 22, 2022 (AP News photo)

On NHL podcast with Matt Harrington:

#1 Washington Capitals Alexander Ovechkin scored career goals 801 and 802 to tie and pass Gordie Howe for second on the all time NHL list. Ovechkin scored at 18:22 in the first period and at 19:22 in third period Ovechkin scored goal number 802. The Caps defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-1.

#2 The Boston Bruins David Pastrnak scored twice for the Bruins 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils for their fourth straight win. Pastrnak extends his point streak to 11 games.

#3 Good things are happening for the Carolina Hurricanes they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday 6-5. The Hurricanes hit a point streak of 14 consecutive games. Hurricanes have now won eight straight games and The Flyers lost goaltender Carter Hart who stopped six out seven shots after suffering an upper body injury.

#4 The Colorado Avalanche’s Samuel Girard scored at 4:17 in the overtime stanza to help defeat the Nashville Predators on Friday at Bridgestone Arena. The Aves Evan Rodrigues said “We’ve been fighting, grinding out wins, low-scoring games,” Rodrigues said. “Even when we’re down, guys believe we can come back.”

#5 The Las Vegas Knights Chandler Stephenson picked up four points and scored in the shootout stanza to defeat the St Louis Blues 5-4. Stephenson scored a goal and had three assists.

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NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: CBJs-Predators game postponed in Nashville; Leafs extend point streak to seven; plus more

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Mitchell Marner (16) and Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Boldy (12) go after the puck during the first period at the Excel Energy Center in St Paul on Fri Nov 25, 2022 (AP News photo)

On NHL podcast with Matt Harrington:

#1 A very unusual NHL occurrence as today’s game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators has been postponed due to a water main break at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The report says the break had significantly impacted the building and can’t service fans or even the players at the Nashville rink. The Jackets, Predators, or the NHL have not announced a make up date yet.

#2 The Toronto Maple Leafs have extended their point streak to seven games with a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild at the Excel Energy Center in St Paul. The Leafs Mitchell Marner extended his point streak to 15 games with a goal. The Leafs have now won two straight games and got 25 saves from goaltender Matt Murray.

#3 The Montreal Canadiens Kirby Dach has an eye for the backend of the net during shootouts. Dach scored his second consecutive game winning shootout goal getting the Habs a 3-2 win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in Chicago.

#4 Can’t hold a good team down as the Boston Bruins won their 12th consecutive game which is a NHL record for home victories getting the win over the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2. The Bruins David Pastrnak scored on a power play goal at 3:19 in the overtime stanza for a one timer after a pass from Brad Marchand.

#5 The Pittsburgh Penguins Ryan Poehling scored scored two goals which help contribute to a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Pens Teddy Blueger had three assists, Josh Archibald got a goal and an assist, good enough for their fifth straight win.

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San Jose Sharks podcast with Charanbir Mahal: Earthquake today in San Jose doesn’t scare Sharks fans; Bonino could return Thursday; Sharks open six game homestand tonight

San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer (47) stops a shot by the Philadelphia Flyers right wing Travis Konecny (11) at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Sun Oct 23, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the SJ Sharks podcast with Charanbir:

#1 Charanbir, to get this show started a 5.1 earthquake shook the South Bay 11:42 am followed by a 3.1 shaker just four minutes later at 11:46 am despite the shaking Sharks fans weren’t intimidated as they host the Vegas Golden Knights at SAP Center tonight.

#1 San Jose Sharks (2-6-0) Nick Bonino has been sidelined with an upper body injury and is expected to be out of action for tonight’s game against the Golden Knights (5-2-0).

#2 It will be the second straight game that Bonino will miss but the Sharks say he could be back on Thursday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs at SAP Center.

#3 Charanbir it’s a been a tough go for Bonino he hasn’t scored in seven games for the Sharks and the Sharks are hoping to see him make a strong comeback on offense.

#4 Tonight Charanbir is the first of six throw back sweater nights for the Sharks who will be wearing their California Golden Seals throw back jerseys. The Seals were the Bay Area’s first NHL team from 1966-1976. The Bay didn’t have an NHL team for 15 years until the Sharks came along in 1991.

#5 The Sharks went 2-2 on this last road trip and are 2-6 are hoping to defeat the Golden Knights who defeated the Maple Leafs in their last game on Monday night 3-1. Charanbir how do you see these two teams matching up tonight?

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San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: Sharks relieved to get in win column; Snap 5 game skid against Rangers

New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) fights for the puck against San Jose Sharks defenseman Markus Nutivaara (65) during the second period at Madison Square Garden in New York on Thu Oct 20, 2022

On the Sharks podcast with Len:

#1 San Jose Sharks (1-5-0) Erik Karlsson’s reaction said it all; arms stretched out in equal parts jubilation and relief. The San Jose Sharks have won their first game of the 2022-23 season at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime.

#2 Len, talk about Sharks goaltender James Riemer stopped 21 out of 23 shots and in the third period he faced only two shots and faced only one shot in overtime.

#3 It certainly was for Sharks general manager Mike Grier and head coach David Quinn a relief to get in the win column for the first time this season.

#4 Len rough schedule when you have to get out of the gate with a four game eastern swing in the second week of the season playing in Belmont, Madison Square Garden, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.

#5 New Jersey Devils host the Sharks on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. New Jersey has won their last two games after losing their first two. Len how do you see the Sharks and Devils matching up on Saturday night?

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Quinn, Grier, Sharks get First W With 3-2 OT Win Over Rangers

San Jose Sharks center Luke Kunin (11) celebrates a goal by center Logan Couture (39) against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York on Thu Oct 20, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Matthew Harrington

Erik Karlsson’s reaction said it all; arms stretched out in equal parts jubilation and relief. The San Jose Sharks have won their first game of the 2022-23 season, beating Eastern Conference juggernauts the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime at Madison Square Garden Thursday night.

Karlsson scored the winner 49 seconds into overtime, Radim Simek scored his first goal since December of 2021 and Logan Couture picked up a power play strike in the win that came with added significance.

It marks Sharks Head Coach David Quinn’s first win in teal against the team that sacked him in May 2021 after 3 seasons. Mike Grier, taking the reigns from Doug Wilson as general manager in the offseason, also enjoyed his first win in command.

Karlsson’s OT goal came on a spirited effort that saw the former Norris winner tripped up driving to the net. While he went to the ice, he maintained control of the puck and fed the puck to Timo Meier. Meier took the puck behind the net, dishing to Karlsson in the slot for the winner.

San Jose was up 1-0 after the 1st period thanks to Couture’s power play goal 6:02 into the game (Karlsson assisted for a two point night), but New York scored twice in the first half of the 2nd period on goals from Filip Chytil and NHL points leader Artemi Panarin for a 2-1 lead.

Simek beat Igor Shesterkin with a wrister after trailing Matt Nieto into the slot with 6:50 to go before the second intermission. San Jose entered the 3rd trailing the Blueshirts 21-9 but pressed furiously to a 16-2 3rd period shot differential, but Shesterkin turned aside all shots as a reigning Vezina trophy winner is prone to do. James Reimer was stout in net for San Jose, turning aside 21 of the Rangers’ 23 shots.

The grueling East Coast swing wraps up for the Sharks with two matches in the Tri-State. They face the Devils Saturday before a Sunday showdown with the Flyers.

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: NHL Trade deadline some big names up for grabs; plus NHL action from Friday

Brandon Hagel was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Boris Katchouk and Taylor Raddysh from the Chicago Blackhawks on Fri Mar 18, 2022 (photo from

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Matt how important is it that the Tampa Bay Lightning picked up Brandon Hagel in exchange for forwards Boris Katchouk and Taylor Raddysh from the Chicago Blackhawks?

#2 Matt, talk about the key winning goal by the Buffalo Sabers Tage Thompson that helped get the win over the Calgary Flames in overtime at 3:07 for a narrow 1-0 win. Also big hand for the Sabers goaltender Dustin Tokarski who stopped 24 shots for the shutout.

#3 The Ottawa Senators Josh Norris help end the Senators three game losing streak with a go ahead goal in the third period that handed the Senators a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night. The Sens Aaron Forsberg stopped 28 out 29 shots.

#4 The injuries are piling up for the Vegas Golden Knights the latest have center Jack Eichel doubtful for against the Los Angeles Kings for Saturday. Eichel blocked a shot with his hand and could sit out. His teammates goaltender Robin Lehner, two defencemen Brayden McNabb and Alec Martinez and three forwards Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, and Reilly Smith are all on the injured list. Inspite of that the Knights snapped a five game losing streak with a win over the Florida Panthers 5-3 on Thursday night.

#5 Matt, just to name a few of the players who are trade deadline as of this morning maybe you could update us, the Vancouver Canucks Brock Boeser, New York Islanders Cal Clutterbuck, Andrew Copp Winnipeg Jets, Jake DeBrusk Boston Bruins, and Marc Andre Fleury Chicago Blackhawks. I’ll let you also add more to whose on the trade block for tonight.

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NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Stars pull off win after going 0-0 in regulation; Bettman upholds Marchand suspension; plus more

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, left, can’t stop the Dallas Stars center Jacob Peterson who scores the game winning shootout goal at the United Center in Chicago on Fri Feb 18, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the NHL podcast with Matt Harrington:

#1 Matt, as you know there are no ties in hockey and the Dallas Stars (27-19-2) and Chicago Blackhawks (18-25-8) played to a 0-0 in regulation and then a shootout which the Stars pulled it off with the score tied 1-1 and the Stars Jacob Peterson scoring the game winner.

#2 NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman upheld the six game suspension of the Boston Bruins Brad Marchand in which he hit Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry in the jaw while Jarry was down on his knees freezing a puck and later after an official was escorting Marchand off the ice Marchand took his stick and hit Jarry in the chin with it in the Feb 8th game.

#3 Matt, talk about the Edmonton Oilers Jesse Puljujarvi who is out with an lower body injury. Puljujarvi was injured Thursday in Anaheim at Rogers Place. Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft said Puljujarvi got tangled up and it wasn’t a dirty play and not an impact injury.

#4 Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Marc-Andre Fluery says there is a lot of time between now and the March 21st trade deadline. Fluery wants to play one more year and hopes to finish up in Chicago. Matt do you see Fluery able to get his wish and finish up with the Blackhawks.

#5 The Philadelphia Flyers Claude Giroux is considering a trade and is discussing it with team general manager Chuck Fletcher. Giroux has a no trade clause in his contract. Fletcher said it’s Giroux’s decision and with the trade deadline coming Fletcher will waiting to hear from Giroux.

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Sharks Beat Flyers 3-2 in OT With Hertl Hat Trick

The San Jose Sharks Tomas Hertl is jubilant after nailing the game winning goal in overtime against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia on Sat Jan 8, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Mary Walsh

The San Jose Sharks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in overtime, again, on Saturday. It was the same score as on December 30 in San Jose. Tomas Hertl scored all three Sharks goals and Adin Hill made 29 saves for the win. Brent Burns had 3 assists and led the team with 29:35 TOI. James van Riemsdyk scored both Flyers goals and Martin Jones made 44 saves in the loss.

Logan Couture and Lane Pedersen are still out on the COVID list. Erik Karlsson, James Reimer, Rudolfs Balcers and Jacob Middleton are all out with injuries.

After the game, Sharks Head Coach Bob Boughner talked about how Tomas Hertl helped balance out those absences:

“What I loved about it, even when we got down 2-0, even in the last two games, he’s taken on a huge void, leadership role, And he’s saying ‘it’s alright, we’re still in this, we’ve got this, let’s keep going, let’s keep working. We’re playing well.’ So Tommy was just more than being the player of the game, you know, he was pretty inspirational in the locker room and on the bench tonight.”

The games was scoreless for 40 minutes. The shots were close, 15-13 Flyers in the first, 13-10 Sharks in the second. Each team had one power play. The Sharks power play had two shots and their penalty kill gave up one. With the teams so close in so many aspects, it was no wonder they were tied at 0 going into the final frame.

The Sharks had some good chances in the first minute of the third, but, just as that minute expired, James van Riemsdyk got around Marc-Edouard Vlasic and broke away for a shot from the face-off circle. The puck went by Adin Hill and into the top corner. Assists went to Oskar Lindblom and Kevin Hayes.

The Flyers scored again at 6:47, this time on the power play. Cam York sent the puck to the net and it went off of van Riemsdyk, then bounced over Hill. Assists went to York and Cam Atkinson.

Tomas Hertl got one back for the Sharks at 7:47. Timo Meier made a quick back-hand pass from just above the goal line. Hertl was at the net ready to put it away. Assists went to Meier and Brent Burns.

Hertl put the puck in the net again at 14:29. In the midst of net-front traffic, he kicked the puck to his stick for a backhand past Jones on the far side. Assists again went to Meier and Burns.

The Sharks out-shot the Flyers 20-5 in the third period. Each team had a power play. the Sharks had two shots on theirs and the Flyers got one that went in.

Hertl completed his hat trick with the Sharks’ first shot in overtime, 24 seconds in. Brent Burns won the puck in the corner at the Sharks’ end and got the puck to Hertl. Hertl carried it the other way, and by the time he reached the Flyers blue line, Timo Meier was there for a two-on-one.

The face-off battle went back and forth from period to period. The Sharks won 61% in the third, but the Flyers won 52% in the first and 75% in the second, and the only face-off in overtime.

The Sharks next play on Tuesday in San Jose against the Detroit Red Wings at 7:30 PM PT.

In other news, the Sharks announced that they have put Evander Kane on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract. The statement specified that this was “for breach of his NHL Standard Player Contract and for violation of the AHL COVID-19 protocols.”

If that termination goes through, the Sharks will be free from all salary obligations to Kane and his salary will come off of their salary cap.