Sharks Shutout 3-0 by Kraken in Game 82

Seattle Kraken center Morgan Geekie (67) looks to pass the puck against San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (88) at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle on Fri Apr 29, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Mary Lisa Walsh

The San Jose Sharks were shutout 3-0 by the Seattle Kraken in the Sharks final game of the 2021-22 season. Yanni Gourde, Adam Larsson and Viktor Rask scored for the Kraken. Chris Driedger made 24 saves for the shut-out win. Kaapo Kahkonen made 28 saves in the loss.

After that game, Sharks Head Coach Bob Boughner said of the game: “We just couldn’t get it done tonight. I think you could probably see, it’s no secret, there wasn’t a lot of guys who were sharp.”

Boughner also talked about the season as a whole and what comes next:

“For us, it’s just trying to relish the good times that we’ve had this year and I think there has been plenty of them. I think we know we’re not in the spot that we want to be and we know there’s a ton of improvement and that’s on everybody. That’s not on the players, it’s not just on the players and the coaches it’s everybody. We’ll address that but I think everybody needs a little time away to decompress first.”

Yanni Gourde scored his 21st goal of the season to give the Kraken the lead at 6:17. Dennis Cholowski led the play into the zone up the middle, then passed the puck to Karson Kuhlman on the right wing. Kulman passed it back to Gourde who was trailing Cholowski. As Cholowski screened Kahkonen, Gourde took the shot.

Adam Larsson made it 2-0 at 18:31. Jamie Oleksiak had the puck deep along the right wall and passed it up to Matty Beniers at the point. Beniers made a quick pass to Larsson on the left wing and he scored with a one-timer.

Victor Rask scored into an empty net to make it 3-0 at 19:08 of the third period. Assists went to Riley Sheahan and Will Borgen.

Timo Meier finished the season by blocking a shot to stop an empty net goal at the end of the game.

The Sharks took just one penalty and gave up three shots to the Kraken power play. The Kraken took two penalties close together in the second period, giving the Sharks a five-on-three for a little over a minute. The Sharks got three shots during that power play. In the first period, the Sharks were out-shot 12-4, but bounced back in the second with 11 shots, allowing just six. They lagged again in the third, being out-shot 13-9. The Kraken prevailed in the face-off circle at 58%.

Lane Pedersen was back in the lineup for a last look of the season. He had one shot, one hit and was 40% in the face-off circle in 9:53 of ice time. Jonathan Dahlen was also in the game Friday. He had one blocked shot in 7:32 of ice time.

The Sharks will start next season in Prague, Czech Republic. They will face the Nashville Predators in a pair of games October 7 and 8 as part of the 2022 NHL Global Series.

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Montreal Legend Lafleur passes at 70; Wild’s Kaprizov passes 100 points for the season; plus more

Former Montreal Canadien Guy LaFleur was a staple in Montreal sports, LaFleur was a five time Stanley Cup Champion and scored 50 or more points for six consecutive seasons (file photo from nhl.com)

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 He was called the cornerstone of the Montreal Canadiens dynasty, scoring at least 50 goals for six straight seasons for the Habs superstar Guy Lafleur died at age 70 after a three year battle with cancer. LaFleur played from 1971 to 1985 and returned to playing from 1988-91 and was a five time Stanley Cup Champion.

#2 The Minnesota Wild’s Kirill Kaprizov scored his 100th point and then eclipsed it on Friday against the Seattle Kraken at the Xcel Energy Center in St Paul in a 6-3 win. Kevin Fiala set a Wild record with five assists for points in nine consecutive games.

#3 The Ottawa Senators goaltender Filip Gustavsson stopped 33 shots enough to hold back the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Friday night in Columbus. The Senators won in a shootout 2-1. The Sens Tim Stutzle scored the only goal in the shootout enough for Ottawa to get by Columbus.

#4 The Toronto Maple Leafs Wayne Simmonds was fined $2250 for charging the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Mikhail Sergachev at 15:21 of the third period of Thursday’s game in Tampa Bay. The money goes to the Players Emergency Assistance Fund.

#5 The Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks are at SAP Center in San Jose. The Blackhawks have won two of their last 11 games, more recently winning two of their last five games. The Sharks come into tonight’s game winning one of their last 11 games.

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

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Colton scores twice for Bolts in win over Hawks 5-2; Ducks end 11 game loss streak with a shutout

Tampa Bay Lightning center Ross Colton (79) puts one on net against the Chicago Blackhawks center Tyler Johnson (90), and defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay on Fri Apr 1, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 The Tampa Bay Lightning’s (43-18-6) Ross Colton found the back of the net twice on Friday night in helping the Bolts defeat the Chicago Blackhawks (24-35-10) 5-2 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay. The Lightning’s Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point both scored a goal each.

#2 The Anaheim Ducks (28-30-12) Trevor Zegras helped end the Ducks 11 game loss streak with a sound 5-0 shutout over the Arizona Coyotes (21-42-5) at Gila River Arena in Glendale on Friday night. Zegras scored his 17th goal of the season at 9:42 in the first period. Ducks goalie Anthony Stolarz a shutout saving 22 shots.

#3 The Vegas Golden Knights (38-28-4) Jack Eichel scored twice to help the Knights pick up a three goal win over the Seattle Kraken (21-41-6) 5-2 at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle.

#4 New York Islander (31-27-9) goaltender Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots in a 3-0 shutout over the New York Rangers (44-20-9) at Madison Square Garden in New York. It was Varlamov’s second shutout this season and his fourth straight over the Rangers at MSG.

#5 The Buffalo Sabres (25-33-11) Tage Thompson scored two times and was good enough as the Sabers edged the Nashville Predators (39-25-4) at KeyBank Center in Buffalo. The Sabers Peyton Krebs and Victor Olofsson scored a goal each in the Sabers 4-3 win.

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

Sharks Beat Kraken 3-1, End First Goal Drought

 San Jose Sharks’ Ryan Dzingel (14) celebrates his goal with teammates against the Seattle Kraken in the first period at the SAP Center in San Jose on Sun Feb 27, 2022 (photo by Bay Area News Group)

By Mary Walsh

SAN JOSE– The San Jose Sharks defeated the Seattle Kraken 3-1 Sunday, handing Seattle their seventh loss in a row. Ryan Dzingel, Scott Reedy and Jonah Gadjovich scored for the Sharks. James Reimer made 39 saves for the win. Morgan Geekie scored for Seattle and Phillipp Grubauer made 21 saves in the loss.

The game was Reimer’s eleventh start in a row. After the game, he was asked about his fatigue level. He said:

“When you’re winning you feel a lot better than when you’re losing. So, yeah, I mean, obviously, you know, we’ve had a couple games here in a row. Like I said, I enjoy playing, I enjoy coming to the rink and working and so, it’s fun to play so I’ll never say I’m too tired to play.”

The Sharks got the first goal of the game, for a the first time in a long time. Ryan Dzingel scored it, his first as a Shark, at 17:19 of the first period. Noah Gregor carried the puck in deep then made a backwards pass to Logan Couture above the circle. Couture passed it across the slot to Dzingle for the shot.

Morgan Geekie tied the game just ten seconds later. As Geekie skated to the net, he fanned on a shot but gathered the puck up for a last-second backhand as he passed the post. Assists went to Ryan Donato and Austin Czarnik.

The Kraken out-shot the Sharks 19-4 in the first period.

Early in the second, Calle Jarnkrok put the puck in the net but the goal was called back after the Sharks challenged for goaltender interference. Marcus Johansson got a leg tangled up with Reimer after trying to get around Vlasic in front of the blue paint.

Scott Reedy made it 2-1 Sharks with his first NHL goal at 7:15 of the second period. He had just missed scoring when he took too long to take the shot. After the next face-off, the puck came to him and he took the shot even before the face-off scrum had cleared. Jasper Weatherby got the assist.

The second period was busy for defenseman Jacob Middleton. He fought Jeremy Lauzon a couple of minutes into the period. The he went back to the box with Ryan Donato for matching roughing minors. The Sharks recovered in the shot department, winning 11-9. Their power play had no shots but their penalty kill had one had gave up just one shot to the Kraken.

Jonah Gadjovich scored his first NHL goal at 14:37 to make it 3-1. A shot from Brent Burns went off of the goaltender and then off of Gadjovich’s skate. Seattle challenged it for goaltender interference but the goal was upheld. Assists went to Weatherby and Burns.

The total shot count was 40-24 Kraken. In the third period, the Kraken took three penalties and the Sharks power play got four shots in the period. San Jose had a slight edge in the face-off circle at 54% for the game.

Jonathan Dahlen was out due to illness and so Reedy was called up from the AHL. Defenseman Mario Ferraro, injured in Saturday’s game, had surgery to repair a broken leg. He will be out for six to eight weeks. Defenseman Nicolas Meloche, however, was back on the ice for Sunday’s game. Andrew Cogliano missed a second game attending to a personal matter.

The Sharks next play on Tuesday at 7:00 PM PT in Las Vegas against the Golden Knights.

San Jose Sharks podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Sharks look for second win face Boston and Seattle in back to back games

San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, left, looks for the puck as a shot by New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) is blocked by Sharks goaltender James Reimer (47) at the SAP Center in San Jose on Thu Feb 24, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the San Jose Sharks podcast with Marko:

#1 Seven loses in a row came to an end on Thursday night against the New York Islanders in a shootout how relieved are the San Jose Sharks?

#2  James Reimer made 44 saves for the win in his ninth start in a row.

#3 Logan Couture, Jasper Weatherby and Alexander Barabanov scored for the Sharks. Brock Nelson, Zach Parise and Adam Pelech scored for New York. Ilya Sorokin made 25 saves in the loss.

#4 James Reimer stopped all three shots in the shootout and Logan Couture scored. Ilya Sorokin stopped a shot from Tomas Hertl.

#5 The Sharks now play back to back games this weekend against the Boston Bruins and the Seattle Kraken at SAP Center how do you see the Sharks coming off snapping a seven game loss streak going into these games on back to back nights.

Marko was filling in for Len Shapiro for the Sharks podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: As Kane joins Oilers he goes off on TSN talk show host; Snowstorms cancel Kraken at Isles game Sat; plus more

TSN 1050 talk show host Jeff O’Neill (left) and Edmonton Oilers left winger Evander Kane traded barbs over O’Neill saying that Kane needed to repair his relationship with his daughter amongst other insults (image from the New York Post)

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Matt, with Evander Kane signing on with the Edmonton Oilers this week it didn’t take long for someone in the Canadian media to take a shot at him. TSN radio’s Jeff O’Neill said on TSN 1050 that Kane should repair his relationship with his daughter. Kane responded wishing O’Neill played in the NHL and asking what does O’Neill know about his relationship with his daughter?

#2 The Seattle Kraken ran into some rough weather their game against the New York Islanders has been postponed due to emergency winter storm warnings and rescheduled for Wed Feb 2 at UBS Arena in Elmont. The Kraken are scheduled for a match with the New York Rangers for Sun Jan 30th Matt any word if they’ll play that game?

#3 Matt, talk about the Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon who was hit by the Boston Bruins Taylor Hall during Wednesday’s game in the first period at 2:22 the hit put MacKinnon face down on the ice and he was listed with a concussion and facial fracture.

#4 The New York Rangers Adam Fox will not play in the All Star game due to an upper body injury he will miss three games on Fri vs. Minnesota, Sun vs. Seattle, and Tue vs. Florida. Fox got pinned against the boards by the Columbus Blue Jackets Vladislav Gavrikov in the third period of Thursday’s game.

#5 NHL All Star game will be played on Sat Feb 5th at the T Mobile Center in Las Vegas. This will mark the first time in Vegas Golden Knights history that the Knights organization will host the mid-winter classic. The All Star game skills contest will be on Fri Feb 4th to start things off.

Join Matt Harrington for the NHL podcasts each Saturday night at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shaprio: Sharks try to get back in win column against Lightning tonight; How Sharks/Barracuda plan to handle Hrabik situation

The Tucson Roadrunners Boko Imama (center right) is restrained from getting at the San Jose Barracuda’s Krystof Hrabik who has been suspended 30 games for making ape like gestures at him during AHL game on Wed Jan 12, 2022 at SAP Center in San Jose (photo from fearofthefin.com)

On the Sharks podcast with Len:

#1 The San Jose Sharks (21-18-2) coming into tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning have won six out of their last 11 games and have played for the most part .500 hockey in the last nine games going 4-5.

#2 The Sharks in their last game against the Seattle Kraken (12-23-4) at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle took a one goal 3-2 loss. It was the Sharks third loss in four games and head coach Bob Boughner is hoping that the Sharks could get some traction and pick up some wins.

#3 Len, things started out promising to start the last Thursday’s game when Tomas Hertl scored in the first 38 seconds of the game but it was the Kraken’s Carson Sousy who help deliver the goods scoring twice and Carne Jarnkrok scored a third period goal which turned out to be the game winner.

#4 The Sharks minor league affiliate the San Jose Barracuda Krystof Hrabik on Jan 12th made a apelike gesture toward the Tucson Roadrunners Boko Imama as Hrabik has been suspended for 30 games. It’s not the first time the Imama had been racially taunted he was called a racial slur in the 2020 season by the Ontario Reign’s Brandon Manning.

#5 Is the Hrabik gesture any reflection on the Barracuda’s position on minorities and people of color in the game when they have not used and have all but erased Evander Kane from their roster or the other side of the argument that Kane’s case has nothing to do with the Barracuda being racially biased?

Join Len Shapiro for the San Jose Sharks podcast each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Sharks make first visit to Seattle to face off with Kraken on Thursday night

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, right, makes a save as Seattle Kraken center Yanni Gourde (37) and Blackhawks defenseman Jake McCabe, second from left, battle at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle on Mon Jan 17, 2022. The San Jose Sharks battle the Kraken on Thu Jan 20, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 The San Jose Sharks (21-17-2) Timo Meier has had a great season with 25 goals and 24 assists but he had the game of his career on Monday afternoon against the Los Angeles Kings (20-14-5) at SAP Center in San Jose scoring five goals in one game he was just simply unstoppable.

#2 Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick who played for the whole game allowed six goals and faced 17 shots just didn’t either have the defense in front, had himself a poorly defensive game or Meier played like Bobby Orr and Alex Ovechkin rolled into one.

#3 On the defensive end the Sharks just allowed two goals for the Kings one scored in the first period and another in the third period and the Kings had won four straight games previous to Monday’s game with the Sharks.

#4 Sharks goaltender James Reimer was on top of things between the pipes Monday against the Kings with 39 saves against two goals allowed. Talk how big Reimer has been for the Sharks this season.

#5 The Sharks continue the fight as they drop he puck Thursday night against the Seattle Kraken (11-23-4) at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle it will be the Sharks first visit to Seattle since the Kraken opened up this season’s inaugural year. The Kraken recently snapped a ten game losing streak with a 3-2 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks (15-18-6) on Monday night in Seattle. Puck drops at 7:00 pm Thursday night between the Sharks and Kraken how do you see these two clubs facing off?

Join Mary Lisa for complete Sharks coverage on the Sharks podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: Sharks conclude two game series with Canucks Tuesday night

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kyle Burroughs (44) makes a save against San Jose Sharks left wing Jayden Halbgewachs (89) at SAP Center in San Jose on Thu Dec 16, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Sharks podcast with Len:

#1 The San Jose Sharks have lost five out of their last seven games and lost their last two games to the Seattle Kraken and Vancouver Canucks. The loss to the Canucks was a three goal loss 5-2. The Sharks are looking for that consistency.

#2 The Sharks Timo Meier has been having some success in scoring he scored his 100th career goal on Friday night against the Canucks it was one of two goals but none the less Meier is glad to reach the 100 mark.

#3 The win lifted the Canucks record to 6-0 since Bruce Boudreau took over as head coach. Meanwhile, the Sharks have just two wins in their last six outings.

#4 Sharks forward Andrew Cogliano said: “It seems like, you know, opportunities that they get are going in and we’re not fighting hard enough to score our goals. We just have to be more desperate.”

#5 The Sharks face the Canucks again this Tue Dec 21st at SAP Center for the second in a two game set the Sharks are hoping to take the second game.

Join Len for the Sharks podcasts each Saturday night at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: No offense against Kraken and Canucks come in Thursday with five game win streak

Seattle Kraken center Ryan Donato (9) celebrates scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the third period

San Jose Sharks podcast with Marko:

#1 For the first two periods of Tuesday night’s game both teams played to a shutout both goaltenders Seattle Karken (10-15-3) Chris Driedger and San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer (15-13-1) shutout each others team in those first two periods.

#2 Former San Jose Sharks and Seattle Kraken Ryan Donato scoreless in the third scored a go ahead goal for the Kraken which was the first of three goals that the Kraken would score good enough to eventually win.

#3 The Kraken started the game with three former Sharks who might be familiar how their former teammates play, Donato, Joonas Donskoi, and Alexander True. One thing for sure the Kraken defended well throughout the whole game.

#4 The Sharks Matt Nieto had a chance early when got a rebound on his stick and got it down to an open net but the Kraken’s Adam Larsson got a stick on Nieto’s stick and got it down and that chance was erased.

#5 The Vancouver Canucks pay the Sharks a visit to SAP Center on Thursday night. The Canucks defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in Vancouver on Tuesday night 4-3. The Canucks are hot they have won five straight games coming into Thursday’s game.

Join Mary Lisa for the Sharks podcast each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com