Sharks Fall 5-2 to Blues, San Jose 1-3-0 Since Coaching Change

sfgate.com photo: St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo shoots for a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the third period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019.

By Mary Walsh

SAN JOSE- The Sharks fell 5-2 to the St. Louis Blues Saturday. Blues goals came from Jordan Kyrou, Jaden Schwartz, Alex Pietrangelo, and Ryan O’Reilly. Jake Allen made 34 saves in the win. Sharks goals came from Brent Burns and Stefan Noesen. This was Noesen’s first game as a Shark after being claimed off of waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 19. Martin Jones made 23 saves in the loss.

The Sharks are 1-3-0 since Bob Boughner took over as Sharks Head Coach on December 11. In two of those games they gave up five or more goals against. After Saturday’s game, Sharks captain Logan Couture described the Sharks’ offensive zone struggles:

I thought in the offensive zone we didn’t have enough, I guess polish around their net, you know, we weren’t winning enough battles to score enough goals. The pucks were there, he wasn’t handling many of the shots well. There were a lot of rebounds in the slot, we just didn’t get there to got the second opportunities.

Asked for a reaction to these two losses in a row where the Sharks out-shot their opponent, Couture said: “I don’t care about shots on goal, I care about us losing. We’ve been doing a lot of that. So, the feeling sucks, I mean it’s not fun.”

At the other end of the ice, the Sharks fell short as well. Sharks goaltender Martin Jones said: “Made some mistakes that we shouldn’t be making late in the game and they cost us. When you do that you need a save and we’re not getting that either.” Of Jones’s performance, Bob Boughner said: “He was pretty decent. He gave us a chance. I think their first goal was just okay but there’s not much he could do on the other two. We ask our goalies not to try and have to win us a game, just give us a chance. I thought he gave us a chance tonight.”

The Sharks out-shot the Blues in the first period 15-6 but the period ended with the Sharks on a power play and no goals scored.

Brent Burns changed that at the start of the first period, before the Sharks power play expired. He scored his first goal in 16 games with a beautiful shot that went off the post and in. Receiving a pass from Burns in the corner, Erik Karlsson took a moment to settle the puck at the top of the slot before sending the puck back to Burns for the shot above the face-off circle.

The Blues got that back in less than two minutes. Jordan Kyrou entered the zone and split the defense with his formidable speed. One on one with Jones, his back hand went right under the goaltender.

The visitors went on to take the lead at 5:30 of the period during a power play caused by a delay of game penalty to Evander Kane. Brayden Schenn sent the puck right through the blue paint in front of Jones and Jaden Schwartz had his stick free on the other side of the net so he could tap the puck in. Assists went to Schenn and David Perron.

The Sharks tied it back up when Brenden Dillon’s stretch pass found Stefan Noesen just above the St. Louis blue line. Noesen caught it in stride and skated until he was a nose ahead of the Blues defender before he took the shot. He beat Jake Allen on the short side. Assists went to Dillon and Burns. It was Noesen’s second of the season and his first as a Shark.

The shot count was a little closer in the second period, 13-9 Sharks.

St. Louis took the lead back at 11:07 of the third period with a goal from Alex Pietrangelo. Pietrangelo and Ivan Barbashev came out of the neutral zone with only Marc-Edouard Vlasic back. Vlasic effectively eliminated the pass so Pietrangelo shot from the top of the face-off circle and put it in the top corner. Assists went to Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn.

The Sharks got a game-ending power play at 16:53, not unlike the end of their last game in Arizona. The Sharks could not score again and this time they also gave up a short-handed, empty net goal. That was scored by Ryan O’Reilly with an assist to Justin Faulk. Alex Pietrangelo scored another at 19:52.

The Blues out-shot the Sharks 13-8 in the third period.

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

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Florida’s Acciari picks up second hat trick in 7-4 win; Caps dominate Devils 6-3; plus more

photo from nhl.nbcsports.com: Nick Acciari (55) of the Florida Panthers crashed the nets on the Dallas Stars Friday night scoring his second hat trick of the 2019-20 season.

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Noel Acciari had the hats flying as the Florida Panther scored a penalty shot that got him his second hat trick. Acciari also picked up an assist in the Panther five-goal second period in their 7-4 victory over the Dallas Stars on Friday night.

#2 Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals scored two goals and two assists Backstrom’s teammates Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson scored a goal each in the Caps win over New Jersey 6-3

#3 William Nylander and Mitchell Marner scored two goals for the Toronto Maple Leafs in their win over the New York Rangers 6-3. Nylander and Marner scored their second goals in the early third period.

#4 Chad Ruhwedal and Joseph Blandisi got the Penguins on the board with goals in the first period as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-2. The Oilers are now on a four-game skid with Friday’s loss to the Pens.

#5 The San Jose Sharks’ Brent Burns is back on ice tonight at SAP Center to face the St. Louis Blues, . Burns in 36 games has five goals and 22 points. The stats are below Burns’ usual season average.

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

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: Sharks have now lost 7 of last 8 games; Can’t hold Yotes in 3-2 loss

Photo credit: @SanJoseSharks

On the Sharks podcast with Len:

#1 Not enough offense for the Sharks on Tuesday night, despite scoring a goal in each of the first and second periods at SAP Center against the Arizona Coyotes.

#2 The Coyotes got goals from Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Carol Soderberg, and Derek Stepan. Arizona scored one goal in each of the first, second and third periods.

#3 How frustrating is a loss like this losing by just a goal, playing a close game, but not able to pull the trigger against Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper, who stopped 26 shots against the Sharks?

#4 Head coach Bob Boughner has coached for a total of four games since taking over for former head coach Peter DeBoer and is 1-3.

#5 The Sharks host the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night at SAP Center as the Sharks and Boughner try to string some wins together.

Len Shapiro does the San Jose Sharks podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Ovechkin hit on Drouin fires up Habs to score 4 times in 2nd period; Marchand scores twice for Bruins’ win over Leafs; plus more

foxsports.com photo: The Montreal Canadiens respond to the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin’s thunderous hit on teammate Jonathan Drouin and later scored four goals in the second period in Friday night’s game at the Belle Centre in Montreal.

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 There’s one way to fire up the Montreal Canadiens. That’s to watch the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin try and take out the Habs’ Jonathan Drouin, who ended up seeing stars after an Ovechkin hit. The Canadiens regrouped, came out and scored four goals in the second period in their 5-2 win over the Caps.

#2 Brad Marchand scored twice in the third period as the visiting Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2. The Bruins’ Charlie Coyle and Zdeno Chara also scored goals for Boston.

#3 New Jersey’s MacKenzie Blackwood was all the difference in goal as the Devils goaltender stopped 38 shots in New Jersey’s win over the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. The Pens played without their offensive star Sidney Crosby.

#4 The Ottawa Senators’ Filip Chlapik got a second period goal and goalie Anders Nilsson stopped 26 shots for the Sens in their 2-1 trimming of the Philadelphia Flyers. The Senators were able to kill off four-minute power play late in the game.

#5 The Columbus Blue Jackets’ Zach Werenski got an overtime goal at 3:34 as the Blue Jackets picked up a win over the St. Louis Blues 3-2. Vladislav Gavrikov scored his first NHL goal for the Jackets.

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

Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Blues-Bruins involved in hard-fought finals; Warriors cry for Durant; plus more

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On Headline Sports with Tony Renteria:

#1 The St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins played a long hard fought NHL Finals that went seven games in a back-and-forth series.

#2 How much of the injuries to the Golden State Warriors Kevon Looney, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant played in their struggle to win games in the finals?

#3 Talk about Warriors team president Bob Meyers, who cried after game five when Durant went down with the Achilles injury. Meyers taking much of the responsibility for the decision on putting Durant back in now lost for at least a year.

#4 The New England Patriots are filing tampering charges against the Houston Texans for trying to talk to the Patriots Director of Player personnel Nick Caserio. The Texans general manager Brian Gaine attended a post Super Bowl ring celebration at Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s house as did Caserio. Some conversation or interest of Caserio took place and hence the tampering suit.

#5 When you have mob names like the Surgeon (Louis Alfredo Rivas Clase) and a woman named the Venezuelan or Red, these are just two of the names that help coordinate the shooting of former Red Sox star David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic. It was also reported that two other men were involved and a total of six people were involved in the planning of the shooting of Ortiz.

Tony Renteria does Headline Sports each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Will Latin players worry about safety when going home in the wake of the Big Papi shooting?

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On the Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason:

#1 After Big Papi’s shooting, will other Latin players now be worried and concerned about having to go home for the winter?

#2 It really gives pause for other MLB players who might live in the Dominican Republic, and giving what just happened, they may have to change their habits from going out in public?

#3 The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants rivalry continues last Sunday. The Dodgers’ Max Muncy opened the first inning with a home run and took a long look, which irked Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner and set off some jawing between Bumgarner and Muncy. The Giants open a three-game series with San Diego tonight.

#4 The Boston Bruins saved their season with a convincing win over the St. Louis Blues 5-1 in Game 6 on Sunday in St. Louis that saved the Bruins from elimination.

#5 Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, who coached defense that allowed the most points in Raiders history (457). That was what Guenther said his hardest year in coaching.

Headline Sports and is a freelance writer for Area Grande Spanish papers with Barbara is heard every Tuesday night at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

NHL Stanley Cup Finals with Daniel Dullum: Bruins’ Chara with broken jaw, but could play tonight; Blues need one more to win it all

photo from lohud.com: Blues players celebrate a goal in the third period of Game 5

On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals with Daniel:

1 Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara reportedly suffered broken jaw in Game 5; Blues within one win of Stanley Cup, up 3-2

2 Bruce Cassidy calls officiating ‘black eye’ after loss in Game 5

3 Report: Erik Karlsson hoping for offers from Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens

4 Report: Corey Perry looks to part ways with Ducks

5 Stanley Cup ratings are strong on NBC

Daniel Dullum did the NHL podcasts weekly at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Matt Harrington: Bruins get that ‘backed in the corner feeling’ entering Game 6 in St. Louis

photo from masslive.com: Boston Bruins’ Brandon Carlo, left, and St. Louis Blues’ Tyler Bozak jockey for position during the second period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Boston.

On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Matt:

#1 The St. Louis Blues who are the front runners in the series now evened the series twice in Games 2 and 4. They are certainly aware of the surroundings on the ice and on the series scoreboard too.

#2 Taking a look at some of the key players in the series thus far starting with the Boston Bruins’ Brad Marchand in the postseason with eight goals, 13 assists, and 21 points, David Pastrnak with eight goals, nine assists, and 17 points, just two of the many talented players on the B’s who are now trying to solve the Blues at this time.

#3 Matt talks about St. Louis goaltender Jordan Binnington. While he had a rough Game 3 in which the Bruins beat up on the Blues 7-2, Binnington had two great back-to-back games in Games 4 and 5.

#4 The Bruins are just one game down 3-2 in the series. Do the Bruins feel they’ve got their backs to the wall in an elimination game in St. Louis in Game 6 on Sunday night?

#5 The Blues won two one-goal games in this series. That tells you also a little about their defensive prowess.

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

NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Matt Harrington: With Sundqvist suspended, how much of a setback will it be for St. Louis?

missourinet.com photo: The St. Louis Blues’ Oskar Sundqvist puts the hit on the Boston Bruins’ Matt Grzelcyk in Game 2 in Boston, resulting in a one-game suspension for Sundqvist.

On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Matt:

#1 Matt talks about St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist, who was suspended for a game for his elbowing the Boston Bruins’ Matt Grzelcyk.

#2 Was the suspension of Sundqvist justifiable and with Sundqvist out of the lineup. how much of impact is that for the Blues?

#3 Blues captain David Backes said that at this rate if this keep up there won’t be any defensemen left. “It’s from behind, elevated, into his head, into the glass. If that’s a two-minute penalty, I think there’s going to be a shortage of defensemen in this series by the end of it. That’s in somebody else’s hands. That’s something I think if I’m making that hit, I’m probably watching from the bleachers for a few.” said Backes.

#4 Will the Bruins come out in Game 3 fired up because of the hit on Grzelcyk or will they be satisfied with the league decision to suspend Sundqvist?

#5 Game 3, the first of two in St. Louis series, is tied 1-1. Matt tells us his thoughts on the upcoming Games 3 and 4.

Join Matt for more coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals next Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Joe Lami: Will the Blues and Bruins be a back and forth series?

boston.com photo: Oskar Sundqvist of the Blues knocked Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk out of Game 2 with a first-period hit from behind.

On the Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Joe:

#1 The Blues and Bruins are tied. The way the Bruins came out, it looked like they would dominate, but in Game 2, the Blues got by in overtime 3-2. Do you see this one being an up and down game?

#2 Carl Gunnarsson got the game-winner on a delayed penalty at 3:51 in the OT that gave the Blues the gamer.

#3 In goal, the Blues’ Jordan Binnington stopped 21 shots.

#4 The Blues’ Robert Bortuzzo and Vladimir Tarasenko both scored regulation goals.

#5 The victory for the Blues in Game 2 was St Louis’ first win in 14 tries in Stanley Cup Final games.

#6 Joe sets up game three for us as the next two games are in St Louis starting on Sunday.

Joe Lami does the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcasts each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com