NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Aves get key win over Canes 3-2 in Carolina; Flyers win five straight 5-2 over Rangers in Philly; plus more

washingtonpost.com photo: Avalanche have a 19-44-3 record (41 points), which puts them on pace for the worst season in franchise history since relocating in 1995.

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Samuel Girard nailed a goal at 2:37 to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the home team Carolina Hurricanes. Tyler Jost of the Aves scored twice to help Colorado extend their winning streak to five games.

#2 The Philadelphia Flyers continue to roll with a 5-2 win over visiting New York Rangers at Wells Fargo Center. Claude Giroux scored twice and the Rangers lost Chris Kreider to a fractured ankle.

#3 Alex Stalock stopped 24 shots getting his fourth shutout of 2019-20 season as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-0. The Wild dominated from the puck drop.

#4 The Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson saved 28 shots against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a narrow 3-2 win at the Duck Pond in Anaheim. The Pens who come into San Jose tonight are on a five game losing streak.

#5 The Las Vegas Golden Knights picked up a 4-2 win against the Buffalo Sabers on Friday night as the Knights Reilly Smith scored two goals to pace Vegas to victory.

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

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Welcome back Amaury after two months off from surgery; Amaury talks about A’s win streak

twitter.com file photo: Amaury Pi-Gonzalez (left) with broadcast partner Manolo Hernandez Douen (right) prepare to call another Oakland Athletics game in Spanish at the Oakland Coliseum.

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

#1 Amaury you were out for some two months after one of the longest layoffs in your broadcast career. What was that like being away from the mic?

#2 The A’s are currently on one of the longest streaks they’ve had in recent memory. It’s early, but folks have been talking about that 2002 season when they won 20 straight games

#3 In order to put together a win steak like that, you have to have a lot of things working for you and they’ve been getting timely hitting and long ball help from Mark Canha in place of injured Khris Davis.

#4 The Oakland A’s story has almost overshadowed the Golden State Warriors and their NBA Finals appearance starting in Toronto on Thursday night

#5 Amaury, you covered the Stanley Cup Final three years ago when the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins teed it up, This year, San Jose missed the finals by this much and now it’s going to be the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins. What was it like to be there at a very electric Stanley Cup Final when you got to cover it three years ago?

Amaury Pi-Gonzalez is the Spanish radio voice for Oakland A’s baseball on KIQI 1010 San Francisco, the vice president of the Major League Baseball Hispanic Heritage Hall of Fame Museum, and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Joe Lami: Leafs’ Marner scores twice in game 1; Caps’ Backstrom leads offense in win over Canes; plus more

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On the NHL Stanley Cup podcast with Joe:

#1 The Toronto Maple Leafs took a 1-0 lead in the first round of the playoffs against the Boston Bruins 4-1. The Leafs’ Mitchell Marner scored in the first period, Marner in the second period scored a short handed goal, William Nylander added a goal at 18:25, and in the third period, neither team scored.

#2 The Washington Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom scored twice against the Carolina Hurricanes in game one on Thursday night. Backstrom’s two goals were both scored in the first period, Alex Ovechkin scored a goal in the first period as the Caps would defeat the Canes 4-2 to take a 1-0 series lead.

#3  Tonight, the Columbus Blue Jackets take a 1-0 into game two against the Tampa Bay Lightning. How important is it for the CBJ’s to get a 1-0 jump on a team like the Lightning?

#4 The New York Islanders have a 1-0 series lead on Syd Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. How much of advantage is it for the Islanders to have home ice for game two and with Anders Lee, who led the Islanders in scoring this season.

#5 The San Jose Sharks host the Vegas Golden Knights for game two and hold a 1-0 series lead. The Sharks didn’t waste any time in game one, scoring a goal off the mouth of Joe Pavelski, and in the second period, the Sharks got goals from Brent Burns, Marc Edouard-Vlasic and Evander Kane for a 5-2 win in San Jose. How’s things looking going into game two tonight?

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


NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Pens shutout Jets 4-0; OT win for Wings, who defeat Preds 4-3; Canes get goal help in 4-2 win over CBJs; plus more

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On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 How shocking was the shutout of the Pittsburgh Penguins (23-12-6) over Winnipeg (25-13-2) 4-0? For the Pens, Olli Maatta (1), Matt Cullen (4), Dominick Simon (4), and Kris Letang (10).

#2 The Detroit Red Wings (16-20-7) defeated the Nashville Predators (24-15-3) 4-3 in overtime. The Wings got scores from Andreas Athanasiou (15), Thomas Vanek (7), Tyler Bertuzzi (10), and Dylan Larkin (10) in OT.

#3 The Carolina Hurricanes (18-27-5) defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets (24-14-3) 4-2. For the Canes, Michael Ferland (12), Dougie Hamilton (5), Greg McKegg (1), and Sebastian Aho (16) were Friday night’s goal scorers.

#4 Tyler Seguin (14) and (15) was all the Dallas Stars needed for offense as Seguin scored in the first period and in overtime for a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals Friday night.

#5 Later tonight, the San Jose Sharks (22-13-7) host the Tampa Bay Lightning (32-7-2). How do you see these two teams matching up at SAP Center?

Matt Harrington is a San Jose Sharks beat writer and does the NHL podcast each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sharks come back to beat the Penguins

By Ivan Makarov

After losing to an Eastern Conference outsider Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday at home, San Jose Sharks had a high mountain to climb against East’ top team Pittsburgh Penguins, who made a rare appearances at the SAP Center, where they were winless in the last 10 visits. Sharks made the best of their chances, and beat the Penguins 5-3 in what turned out to be one of the best games of the season.

It really felt like a playoffs atmosphere. Some of the best players in the game were on the ice on San Jose. The fans were loud. Both teams played hard and well. There were big hits and back and forth goals. The game had it all.

Sharks like to start well and get on board early when playing at home, attacking in waves, and taking home ice advantage. They did the opposite of that against the Penguins as the game began, allowing the visiting team to take 2-0 lead going into the first intermission.

San Jose looked sloppy in the beginning, and when they do it against the offense that Pittsburg has, it can be costly. Olli Maatta scored the first goal in the game on a rebound near the crease after Tanner Glass took the shot and Antti Niemi was unable to control it.

Shortly after, Brent Burns took a roughing penalty, giving the visitors their first power play of the game. Penguins have the best power play in the league, and they capitalized right away, with Chris Kunitz scoring his 29th goal of the season on a pass from Evgeni Malkin.

Sharks did not get discouraged, and instead switched the game to the very physical one, taking advantage of its size and speed. That worked in their favor, as Penguins started to lose the puck more, and could not keep up with the fast transition game the Sharks were succeeding in.

“I thought that’s as physical as we’ve played in a while,” said Sharks coach Todd McLellan after the game. “We were really engaged. And it’s not about running out of position and big hits. It’s about body position, playing on the inside, knocking people off 50-50 pucks, playing around the opposition’s net, even in front of the net. It’s nice to get rewarded for that type of effort.”

The key turning point in the game came towards the end of the second period. Still down 2-0, Justin Braun was credited with a goal after he shot the puck into the scrum in front of Penguins goal, as it went in off someone’s body. The goal was originally recorded to Adam Burrish, but the replays showed that he did not touch the puck before it went in.

Early in the third, Sharks were shorthanded when Patrick Marleau broke through and only had Evgeni Malkin to beat before getting a breakaway chance. Marleau tried but failed, only to be in the exact same position just second later – again just Malkin separating him from Penguins goaltender Jeff Zatkoff. This time Marleau succeeded and scored on a breakaway, which allowed the Sharks to tie the game at 2-2.

Only 19 seconds later Maatta scored another goal to give Penguins a lead. But it was short lived when Brent Burns tied the game again on the next shift on a pass by Joe Pavelski who found him all alone in front of the goal.

Sharks continued to press and hit all throughout the ice, and scored two more goals to seal the victory. Joe Thornton made it 4-3 when he scored a strange goal on a wrist shot from above the face-off circle as the puck took an odd trajectory towards the net. Brent Burns scored the last goal in the game on an empty net with just three seconds remaining.

“They were physical, and we did not get a lot of offensive zone time,” said Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (who was -5 on the night) after the game. “They get speed through the neutral zone and they are able to create things with the speed and size that they have. We didn’t play enough in their end.”

Sharks made a good rebound against the Penguins and will look to build on that victory on Saturday when they host Montreal Canadians.