NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum: Yotes still have hot hand, despite loss to Oilers; Burke says Matthews not selling tickets; plus more

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On the NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum

1 Despite loss to Edmonton on Saturday, Coyotes still in the hunt for a playoff spot

2 Brian Burke says on Canadian sports talk radio, Toronto Maple Leafs Auston Matthews “isn’t exciting and doesn’t sell tickets”

3 Carey Price honored as Canadiens’ winningest goalie

4 Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid’s 100-point season puts him in select company

5 Dallas Mavericks’ Mark Cuban rips NHL, doesn’t know who Connor McDavid is

Daniel does the NHL podcast each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum: Matthews and Leafs shocked by Yotes shutout; Gagner back in Edmonton; Philly breaks NHL record; plus more

en.wikipedia.org file photo: The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Leafs Auston Matthews in file photo were left speechless after getting shutout on Saturday by the Arizona Coyotes in NHL action on Friday night

On the NHL podcast with Daniel:

1 Arizona Coyotes blank Leafs, and local kid Auston Matthews

2 Sam Gagner returns to Edmonton Oilers after deal with Vancouver Canucks

3 Philadelphia Flyers break dubious NHL record

4 Don Cherrry: Carolina Hurricanes are “Jerks” for the way they celebrate wins

Daniel Dullum does the NHL podcast each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum: Players union and owners ready to work on CBA; How concussions are an issue in the NHL; A look at NHL trades; plus more

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On the NHL podcast with Daniel:

1 Rick Nash retires from Bruins after 15 NHL seasons, cites concussion issues

2 Ahead of the deadline: Flyers, Blackhawks, Coyotes, Lightning make deals

3 Patrice Bergeron happy to be left off NHL All-Star Game roster

4 Pair of antelope among the gifts for Sharks’ Defenseman Brett Burns on 1,000th NHL game

5 Blue Jackets’ Aremi Panarin offered lifetime supply of vodka to stay in Columbus

6 NHL and players association had meeting about the World Cup and Collective Bargaining

NHL podcast with Daniel are heard each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Blackhawks enjoy home-away-from-home atmosphere in the desert

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By DANIEL DULLUM

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Phoenix Coyotes enjoyed their largest crowd of the season Saturday at Jobing.com Arena, with an announced standing-room sellout attendance of 17,321 to watch the Desert Dogs do battle with Chicago.

While good news for the franchise’s bottom line, the bad news was that at least 10,000 of those fans were donning Blackhawks gear, yelling, “Go Hawks, Go.” This scenario left the Coyotes with the odd and frustrating task of trying to take the crowd out of its own building.

“It’s crazy. It seems like it’s always like that when we’re here,” Chicago left wing Brandon Bollis said following the Hawks’ 5-2 win. “I honestly think we had more fans here than (the Coyotes) did.”

To compound matters for the Coyotes, early turnovers and a team penalty for too many men on the ice gave Chicago a 5-on-3 power play less than two minutes into the game. Patrick Kane cashed in on the two-man advantage for the first Blackhawks goal, and by the midway point of the opening period, Chicago had a 12-3 advantage in shots and a 3-0 lead.

Phoenix came back with a pair of goals in the second period, but the damage was done. Bollis’ goal at 10:49 of the third period provided the visitors with some breathing room. An empty-net tally by Marian Hossa in the final minute finished the job for the NHL’s best team (44 points, 20-4-4), as they finished a seven-game road trip 6-1-0.

“It’s frustrating. You feel that, when (Chicago) is at the end of a long road trip, this is a game you can win,” Coyotes Coach Dave Tippett said. “When you’re playing the top team in the league, you can’t come out like we did in the first period.

“This is a good lesson for our team,” Tippett added. “We just have to play better. It’s an attitude.”

Yes, there was some grumbling about Phoenix being a transient sports market and it usually comes up in games like this, or against Detroit, Minnesota, Vancouver and other teams whose fans travel well. The NFL Cardinals have had the same problem for years. But as long as the tickets are sold, there are no complaints from the Bidwell family.

As for the Coyotes, until they start winning more consistently, nights like this will be the norm. But 17,321 is a terrific night at the box office, especially when facing stiff competition from Arizona State vs. University of Arizona football.

Sharks lose heartbreaker in shootout

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By: Phillip Torres

November 2, 2013

SAN JOSE-The San Jose Sharks (10-1-3) were defeated by the Phoenix Coyotes (10-3-2) Saturday night at the SAP Center in a heartbreaking loss 3-2. The game was determined by shootout.

Phoenix started off very strong as they scored just 36 seconds into the game. The goal was scored by Antoine Vermette and assisted by Rob Klinkhammer and Mikkel Boedker. The Sharks had a chance to tie the game up after a Coyote penalty lead to a four minute power play for San Jose. San Jose could not convert on it and the Coyotes led 1-0 after the first period despite being outshot 16-7 by the Sharks.

Joe Pavelski put the Sharks on the board early in the second period as he scored his sixth goal of the season at 1:16. Dan Boyle gave the Sharks the 2-1 advantage shortly after with his second goal of the season on a power play. The goal was assisted by Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton at 5:10 in the middle period.

The Coyotes tied the game at 2-2 midway through the period with a goal from Boedker. Derek Morris earned the assist on the game tying goal. With the score tied at two goals apiece going into the second intermission, the Sharks outshot the Coyotes 31-14.

The third period went scoreless resulting in a tie at the end of regulation, forcing an overtime period. Overtime also went scoreless and the game went into a shootout.

The Sharks lost the shootout 2-1 with Vermette scoring the clincher to give Phoenix the 3-2 victory.

The Sharks will be back on the ice on Tuesday as they will host the Buffalo Sabers. The puck will drop at 7:30 pm.

Boyle and Havlat Back in the Game

By Mary Walsh

SAN JOSE- The question going in to Saturday’s Sharks game was… well, there were many. Who would want the win more, the team that lost to SJ 5-1 last time around, or the team that lost a frustrating game to LA a few days earlier? The Coyotes gave their answer quickly with a goal just 36 seconds in to the period. The Sharks pushed back like the goal was a wakeup call heard loud and clear. In the end it was as close to a draw as it can get, a shootout won by the visitors.

There were other questions: how long before returning Sharks Martin Havlat and Dan Boyle are up to game speed?

Saturday morning, Boyle said that he believed his first hit, given or received, would be a benchmark in his proof of recovery. Mikkel Boedker and David Moss wasted no time helping Boyle get that out of the way, each hitting him before four minutes had elapsed in the game.

Boyle also scored on the power play, something the Sharks had been having some trouble with. Not a lot of trouble, but some. It didn’t look like Boyle will take very long to get back into the swing of things. Even his post-loss demeanor was much as it ever was:

I expect a lot out of myself as you guys know… I had to be realistic, I knew I was going to be not as good as I want to be, and that’s pretty much what I think happened out there. I think I definitely didn’t feel like my normal self out there but that’s to be expected. I’ll definitely get better in a hurry.

Boyle wasn’t entirely down on his situation. He expressed confidence that he would improve, and that what he lacked in Saturday’s game had everything to do with time off, not the injury that caused it. That was essentially what he said after the morning skate as well:

You can’t be in game shape unless you play in games. You can mimic it all you want, you just try to minimize the difference by doing all the skating  [you can]. I imagine I have a little catching up to do.

For Martin Havlat, it was a second game back but also a first game back with last season’s linemates, Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau. Havlat was a little more adventurous Saturday than he had been Wednesday against the Los Angeles Kings. He did some things better and others worse, a pattern common to highly skilled, creative players. They try things that either work and make people say “ah!” or they don’t work and everyone says it was a dumb idea. Hindsight and all that.

Asked how many games Havlat thought he would need to be back up to game speed, he said:

A few, so hopefully… the less the better. It’s going to take some time, but we’ll see how it goes tonight. The last one wasn’t that bad, the first night.

He didn’t look bad, playing on Pavelski’s line or playing on Couture’s line. Wherever he lands– and of the many line adjustments Todd McLellan made Saturday, Couture’s was least tampered with– he is probably right. He probably will hit his stride sooner than later.

That these two are back in the lineup could mean the imminent departure of one of the call-ups, depending on how long Burns will be out. Saturday, Matt Nieto and James Sheppard both played while Mike Brown sat, though all signs at the end of practice pointed to James Sheppard sitting. So much for signs.

On a side note, it is good to see the fourth line regulars getting substantial time and responsibility on the penalty kill. That has always seemed like a logical choice, since they would otherwise have energy to burn. McLellan had Andrew Desjardins on the penalty kill last season as well, and now John McCarthy is taking regular shifts shorthanded.

Sharks fall in Phoenix

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By: Phillip Torres

September 27, 2013

Glendale-The San Jose Sharks fell to the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 in a preseason Exhibition in Arizona on Friday night. San Jose lost a another heart breaker in the preseason and another game by just one goal.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the game winning goal on a power-pay with just 2:28 remaining in the the third and final period. The game was the preseason finale for the Phoenix Coyotes. The goal was Ekman-Larsson’s team leading third goal of the season.

The San Jose Sharks open up the season on Thursday at the SAP Center in San Jose against the Vancouver Canucks.

Phillip Torres covers the San Jose Sharks for sportsradioservice.com

Sharks win in overtime over Phoenix

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September 21, 2013

SAN JOSE- The San Jose Sharks defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 in Overtime on Saturday night at the SAP Center in San Jose. The Sharks bounced right back after a 3-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks just one night ago.

San Jose trailed early in the contest as Phoenix was the first and only team to score in the opening period. Oliver Ekman-Larsson put the Coyotes on top with assists from Tim Kennedy and Chris Brown midway through the period. Phoenix played strong on the ice early and held San Jose scoreless.

The Sharks were resilient after the first intermission. San Jose came out strong in the second period scoring just 52 seconds into the frame. Freddie Hamilton found the net on the play. The assists were earned by Logan Couture and assistant captain Patrick Marleau on the goal. The second period was the highest scoring period of the night as there were three goals scored in total, two of which by San Jose.

The Sharks gained their first lead of the night after a goal from Jason Demers at 11:37. The goal was scored on a power play after a penalty committed by the Coyotes. Joe Pavelski earned the assist on the play to help the take the 2-1 advantage. With less than one minutes to play in the second period, the Sharks gave up a frustrating goal that tied the game up at two goals apiece.

The third period went scoreless as both the Coyotes and Sharks played tough defense to keep the score at 2-2 at the end of regulation. For the second night in a row the San Jose Sharks played extra hockey as their last two games went into overtime. But, unlike last night, they were on the winning side of a 3-2 score.

Couture nailed the game winner with a goal that he slipped into the net from behind the Phoenix goaltender. The goal was assisted by Demers and Pavelski to end the contest with 1:32 remaining in the overtime period.

Phillip Torres covers the San Jose Sharks for Sportsradioservice.com