NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Daniel Dullum: Sharks’ Karlsson tweet sounds more like a farewell; Blues-Bruins update from the Finals; plus more

nbcsports.com file photo: San Jose Sharks Erik Karlsson acknowledges the San Jose crowd at SAP Center in San Jose during the third round of the playoffs against the St. Louis Blues.

On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Daniel:

1 Blues reach the Stanley Cup finals after mid-season turnaround

2 Sharks fans are worried about cryptic Karlsson tweet

3 Report: Penguins, Wild discussing trade involving Phil Kessel

4 Recent trend: NHL execs returning to familiar franchises

5 Modano returns to NHL roots; joins Wild as an advisor

Catch Daniel right here throughout the NHL Finals at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Final podcast with Matt Harrington: Bruins pack em in the Garden just for a morning skate; B’s fans just can’t get enough

photo from boston.com: Matt Grzelcyk and Charlie Coyle of the Boston Bruins take in a morning skate on Friday at TD Waterhouse Garden in preparation of Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final series starting on Monday night in Boston.

On the Stanley Cup Final with Matt:

#1 What is it like for the Boston Bruins to come off a 10-day layoff and open the series at home on Monday night against the St. Louis Blues?

#2 During the layoff, the Bruins had their morning skates at TD Waterhouse Garden, and despite no numbers on the practice jerseys, the fans packed the entire arena and as Matt always says everyone loves a winner.

#3 Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask said, “Guys seemed to be huffing and puffing when they came out. I think once you go 10 days no playing, I think it’s good to get a little action in, get used to that pace. I think that’s what we wanted to accomplish, and it looked good.”

#4 What’s it like for the Blues that the media is lending all it’s attention on the Bruins for the upcoming series? They know with all the B’s hype, they’re the underdogs in this one.

#5 Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko is having a great run in the playoffs, leading the Blues in points in the last series against San Jose and the Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington with a 1000% save percentage, a combination like that spells trouble for their opponents during the postseason.

Matt Harrington does the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Bucks now find themselves tied with mighty Raptors; Blues-Bruins to battle in final; plus more

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On Headline Sports podcast with Tony:

#1 The tables have turned on the Milwaukee Bucks. After winning the first two games, the Toronto Raptors have won Games 3 and 4 to tie up the series 2-2.

#2 The Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo led all Bucks scorers with 25 points, but it wasn’t enough in Game 4 as the Raptors took care of business 120-102. It’s a brand new series.

#3 The San Jose Sharks, who won Game 3 on a glove-handled puck 5-4, set the St. Louis Blues on fire. The Blues came back to win three straight and win the series to move on against the Boston Bruins for the NHL Final.

#4 The New York Yankees had nearly 17 starters or key players out with injuries so the Yanks called up the reserves and they came through. The one player to admire is the Yankees’ Gleyber Torres, who has hit 10 homers in 11 games against the Baltimore Orioles.

#5 The Oakland A’s are one of the big league’s hottest teams, winning their sixth straight game and a four-game sweep over Cleveland as they head back to Oakland for a Friday night contest with the Seattle Mariners.

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

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Warriors get some rest, wait for next opponent; Will Thornton and Karlsson stay with Sharks?; plus more

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On Headline Sports podcast with London:

#1 The Golden State Warriors are now waiting to see who their next opponent will be after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers in a sweep.

#2 Does a sweep by Golden State in four games over the Blazers and doing it without Kevin Durant pretty much tell the power of this team?

#3 The San Jose Sharks’ loss to the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 on Tuesday — is that a testament that after the hand pass win by the Sharks in Game 4 fired up the Blues towards a common goal?

#4 What would it mean for the Sharks if Joe Thornton and Erik Karlsson were to leave the team?

#5 The San Jose Earthquakes are headed to Toronto this Sunday. The Quakes’ Chris Wondolowski scored four goals against the Chicago Fire last Saturday.

London Marq does Headline Sports podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blues Take 3-2 Lead in WCF, Beat Sharks 5-0

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By Mary Walsh

SAN JOSE — The St. Louis Blues took a 3-2 lead in the NHL Western Conference Final, by defeating the San Jose Sharks 5-0 at SAP Center Sunday.

St. Louis got goals from Oskar Sundqvist, Vladimir Tarasenko and a hat trick from Jaden Schwartz. Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington made 21 saves in the shutout win.

Sharks goaltender Martin Jones made 35 saves in a losing effort. Through the game, San Jose was penalized eight times and lost four players to injury for several minutes or more. Only one of those returned to play in the third period.

After the game, Sharks forward Logan Couture commented on what he saw of the hits that sent Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl out of the game: “I saw the Hertl hit, I just saw the replay. Yeah, that’s a tough one. But, I mean they had one earlier, in Game 3, I believe on Braun. I think it was Game 3. And nothing happened, so they can do it again, right?”

Evander Kane hit a post in the first moments of Sunday’s game. Asked whether a goal there would have changed the momentum significantly, Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer said:

I think a few things could have changed the game. I thought we played well enough to come out of that first maybe up. I thought, arguably, a five-minute major on Tommy Hertl, that if it’s called, you know, that’s a momentum changing play right there. But we come out of the first down one-nothing and then Hertl can’t go, and you know, Karlsson can’t go and so we started taking on some water. I thought they took over in the second period. And then when Pav got hit high we lost our composure there in the third. And, not our finest moment but I understand where that emotion’s coming from with what he’s been through. We’ve just got to regroup, got to go in and win a game.

The Sharks had some excellent chances off the hop, including that Kane shot off the post. Then, at 5:50, the Blues got on the board. Erik Karlsson went down behind his own net to move the puck out, and sent it up the boards for Brenden Dillon. It went between Dillon’s skates and off the boards back into open ice. While the Sharks kept an eye on Alexander Steen and Pat Maroon in their zone, Oskar Sundqvist sped out of the neutral zone and shot the puck. Erik Karlsson had moved into the lane and Sundqvist used him as a screen, so the puck went right by Jones. That was the first of three unassisted goals in a row.

The Sharks out-shot the Blues 11-4 in the first, but the Blues won 56% of the faceoffs. Logan Couture had a notable drop off in face-off performance, against a number of Blues players after five minutes. The Sharks had two shots on their first period power play.

The start of the second was less good for the Sharks. After five minutes, the Blues had another goal and a 10-1 shot lead. The goal came off an ill-conceived attempt to move the puck across the slot by Jones. He was trying to clear the puck away after Brenden Dillon blocked the shot on its way in, but Jaden Schwartz skated to the net and put the puck around Jones without anyone getting in his way.

Moments later, the Blues were awarded a penalty shot after Brent Burns tripped Vladimir Tarasenko. Tarasenko put a shot over Jones’ glove into the top corner to make it 3-0. That was at 6:53. At 10:43, the Blues were on a four-minute power play after Donskoi caught Steen in the mouth with his stick. That did not last long as Tyler Bozak got called for holding Evander Kane. The two minute four-on-four generated little for either team, and the Sharks killed off the rest of the Blues power play.

With five left in the period, the shots were 18-4 Blues. By the end of the period, the Blues outshot the Sharks 20-6. the Blues also improved their faceoff advantage to 57%. Tomas Hertl was the only Shark to take more than five faceoffs and win more than 50% of them. He won 70%. On the Blues’ side, Tyler Bozak and Brayden Schenn won just over 70% of their face-offs.

Erik Karlsson did not skate during the last seven or so minutes of the period.

The Sharks started the second period with a pair of penalties, putting the Blues on a two minute five-on-three power play at 1:55. With Micheal Haley and Barclay Goodrow both in the box, Jaden Schwartz scored with a pin-balling shot that put the Blues up 4-0 at 2:19. Assists went to David Perron and Tarasenko.

The Sharks managed to kill off the remainder of the second penalty.

Before the middle of the third period, Tomas Hertl, Joe Pavelski, Erik Karlsson and Joonas Donskoi were all in the dressing room for repairs or worse. Donskoi skated two shifts at the start of the period before leaving with a bleeding face. Pavelski skated one shift. Hertl and Karlsson did not skate in the third.

Micheal Haley joined them for unsportsmanlike conduct and an additional misconduct. A tripping penalty to Timo Meier put the Sharks on another five-on-three penalty kill.

Donskoi returned to the game after the ten minute mark, with just under eight minutes remaining.

The Sharks got their second power play of the game at 13:12. They did not score. The Blues did, at 16:02. Another defensive collapse from the remaining Sharks allowed Schwartz to get open on that same side again. Another assist went to Tarasenko.

With a little more than two minutes remaining, Evander Kane took some penalty time: two for goaltender interference, two for slashing Edmundson, and a little more for misconduct.

Game 6 will be on Tuesday at the Enterprise Center at 5:00 PM PT.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Daniel Dullum: SJ’s Karlsson goal in Game 3 was a mistake by NHL; Blues and Sharks in Game 5 today; plus more

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On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Daniel:

1 Sharks lose Game 4, and maybe Erik Karlsson too

2 NHL admits to missed call on Karlsson’s Game 3 OT goal

3 Becoming clear that NHL officials need more help than they’re getting

4 John Davidson leaves Columbus to become president of NY Rangers; Rangers assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld resigns

5 Boston sweeps Carolina, waits for Stanley Cup Final…Could make Boston sports history by winning the Cup

Daniel Dullum cover the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs for Sportstalk radio at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final podcast with Len Shapiro: Despite loss, Sharks have advantage and home ice; series tied at 2-2

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On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final podcast with Len:

#1 As San Jose Sharks’ Justin Braun said after the game in St. Louis on Friday night, the start of the game buried the Sharks.

#2 The Blues got scoring help in the first period from Ivan Barbashev for his first postseason goal at 0:35 and the second one coming from Tyler Bozak for his fourth postseason goal at 17:53.

#3 After the game, Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer said the series is tied, the Sharks have home ice and DeBoer says he feels good about it.

#4 Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington stopped 29 out of 30 shots, shutting out the Sharks in the first and second periods.

#5 Game 5 comes back to San Jose on Sunday night at SAP Center. Despite the loss, the series with home ice for the Sharks looks to be in their favor.

Len Shapiro does the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Western Conference podcasts each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blues Tie Series with 2-1 Win Over Sharks

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By Mary Walsh

The St. Louis Blues won 2-1 against the San Jose Sharks at the Scottrade Center Friday, tying the Western Conference Final series. Ivan Barbashev and Tyler Bozak scored for St. Louis, while Tomas Hertl got the Sharks’ lone goal. Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington made 29 saves for the win, while Sharks goaltender Martin Jones made 20 saves in a losing effort.

Asked whether there was an emotional let down after the Game 3 win, and whether that contributed to the slow start, Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said:

Not really, it really didn’t cross my mind. There’s a lot of emotion throughout the playoffs. You know, we’re in the Conference Finals, we’ve had overtime wins, we’ve had Game Sevens, we’ve had emotional games for sure. You just lace ’em back up for the next game and you get ready to go and you compete.

After the game, Sharks defenseman Justin Braun said: “Our second and third was really good. The start just wasn’t what we needed and kind of buried us for the night.”

Braun then gave more detail: “We started making plays and battling. I didn’t think we were very clean, we were losing a lot of battles in the first period and then we kind of changed our mindset and started going.”

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer summarized his thoughts on the team’s situation with: “You’re in the Western Conference Final, 2-2, you know, against a really good team. I feel pretty good. We got home ice advantage. Yeah, I mean, you know, I feel good.”

The Blues started the scoring just 35 seconds in. The Blues’ fourth line trapped the Sharks in the defensive zone right off the draw and as Brent Burns tried to clear the puck from behind the net, Alexander Steen came around with a hit. Ivan Barbashev came down the boards and found the puck. He took a shot that went off of Gus Nyquist’s stick and into the net. It was Barbashev’s first of the playoffs.

They added another at 17:43, on the power play. It was the Sharks’ second penalty of the period. The Blues got one shot during their first power play. They had two in the second one. After winning the face-off, the Blues moved the puck around the zone a bit, until Vladimir Tarasenko took a shot from the point. Pat Maroon deflected it and Jones stopped it, but the rebound went right up the slot. Tyler Bozak got credit for the goal, though the puck appeared to go off of Justin Braun’s skate and under Jones. Assists went to Maroon and Tarasenko.

Along with the scoring lead, the Blues led slightly in shots (10-9) while trailing in face-offs (45%) at the end of the first period.

The Sharks had their first power play at 5:41 of the second period, a hooking penalty against Sammy Blais. The Sharks got two shots but no goal. The teams then played four on four after a scrum in the corner at 8:24. Marc-Edouard Vlasic went for slashing Jordan Binnington, and Brayden Schenn went for roughing Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Vlasic’s penalty looked like an attempt to dislodge the puck from under Binnington’s glove, as he poked the end of his stick into the gap at the front of the glove on the ice. Schenn took issue with that, as did the officials.

There was no scoring in the second, but the Sharks mustered a relentless attack in the final minutes of the period, racking up several shots and keeping the Blues trapped in their zone. The Sharks out-shot the Blues 11-8 in the period, but slipped in the face-off circle to 44%. By the end of the second, the Blues had out-hit the Sharks 24-14.

Tomas Hertl and the Sharks’ power play scored at 6:48 of the third period. Brent Burns took a shot from the blue line that trickled under Binnington. Joe Pavelski reached behind the goalie at the same time as Hertl did, and while Hertl was being tackled in the blue paint, the puck went over the line. Assists went to Burns and Erik Karlsson.

The Sharks were back on the power play at 9:52. As the first minute of that wound down, Tyler Bozak chipped the puck past Brent Burns and went for a short-handed attempt. Oskar Sundqvist jumped in to back him up. Bozak got a good shot off, and Sundqvist was there to get a rebound, but Jones did not give him one. The Sharks used their timeout after that. Even so, they did not get any shots during that power play.

At 12:33, the Sharks were called for too many men after the puck was passed to the bench where lines were changing. Joe Thornton swept the puck away before getting off the ice. Evander Kane got away for a short-handed shot, and the Blues had two shots on the power play.

With an offensive zone face-off and 2:02 left, the Sharks pulled Martin Jones for an extra skater. The Blues got a shot at the empty net right away, but missed. The Sharks kept the play in the offensive zone for more than a minute before the Blues found a way to get the puck out. The Sharks outshot the Blues 10-4 in the third, the biggest shot advantage in the game.

Erik Karlsson did not skate in most of the second half of the third period, but stayed on the bench. He was back on the ice for the final two minutes.

Game 5 will be on Sunday at 12 noon PT at the SAP Center in San Jose.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs/San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Another controversial no call; this time, it goes Sharks way

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On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs/Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 How controversial was that no call against the St. Louis Blues after the San Jose Sharks’ Erik Karlsson scored the game-winner?

#2 The Sharks Joe Thornton and Karlsson were key in St. Louis for Game 3. They both scored a goal each.

#3 The Sharks gained a whole lot of momentum after winning Game 3 after losing to the Blues 3-2 in San Jose. The win on Wednesday night to take a 2-1 series lead was crucial.

#4 The Blues had one hot period when they scored four goals that got them in the second period.

#5 The Sharks are in St. Louis for Game 5 and a chance to take a 3-1 series lead. The Blues are playing pretty even with San Jose, and if they turn it up a notch, they could win and tie the series again 2-2 if they can beat San Jose on Friday night.

Mary Lisa does the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Thornton, Karlsson score 2 apiece in Sharks’ 5-4 win over Blues in OT

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By Pearl Allison Lo

The St. Louis Blues almost had the game sealed with less than a minute left in the third period, but an apparent overtime hand pass made it a 5-4 loss Wednesday in Game 3.

In the playoffs, St. Louis is now 0-2 and San Jose 2-1 with the Sharks leading the series 2-1. 

Dubbed “the best remaining player in the playoffs,” Logan “Clutch-ure” made his case when he sent the contest to the series’ first overtime. He tied a franchise-record for most goals in a single postseason with 16 goals. The other guy? Teammate Joe Pavelski in 2016. Couture had his first four shots of the game in the third period.

In that extra period, there was a bit of back-and-forth, which seemed to favor the Blues. However, on the final play, Timo Meier made a shot, then bounced the puck on the ice with his hand in a directing motion. Teammate Gus Nyquist raced in front and passed to Erik Karlsson who slid the puck to score. It resulted in multiple players hitting their stick, St. Louis’ Brayden Schenn swinging his twice and breaking his stick.

The call was not reviewable since none of the four on-ice officials had seen what happened.

Erik Karlsson after the game described it as, “the longest yard out there.”

If not for the way the game ended, the storyline of a tale of two periods might have prevailed. The Sharks ended the first with a 2-0 lead. However, after the second, they found themselves down 4-3 after giving up four goals, three consecutively.

“I didn’t get an explanation, except there’s a set of different of rules for two teams,” Pietrangelo said.

San Jose’s Joe Thornton and the Blues’ David Perron’s pair of goals apiece were their first multi-goal games ever in the playoffs. Kevin Labanc and Colton Parayko had assists during each player’s respective goals, Parayko’s two part of three straight assists.  

Logan Couture and the Sharks had not scored since 6:54 of the second in Game 2 but that changed in the latter half of the first period.

The first goal of the playoffs came at 13:37 and snapped a 31-game streak for Karlsson as he scored his first of the playoffs and first of 2019. Micheal Haley hit Joel Edmundson, causing a turnover and Karlsson nabbed his first goal since December 29 from beyond the left faceoff circle. In San Jose’s last five games the team who has scored first has won.

Thornton made it 2-0 at 16:58 and has now scored versus each 2019 playoff opponent. He moved hard to shoot the puck along the boards and when he got it back, shot it to his left while looking back towards the net. It was Thornton’s first goal since April 26.

The second period started with the Blues coming within one of the Sharks twice and it started quick.

Alexander Steen broke onto the scene early in the second at 1:18 to make it 2-1.

18 seconds later, Brenden Dillon made a long shot, Labanc recovered the rebound behind the net and made a quick shot to Thornton with a defender in front to reestablish the two-goal lead. With space, Thornton got the puck to the net before goalie Jordan Binnington. It was Thornton’s most goals in a game since February 18 with his second of the night. Josh Dubow of the Associated Press tweeted, his “4 goals this postseason are his most in a single playoffs.”

Vladimir Tarasenko, who had been silent since May 1, made another Blues push to make it 3-2 at 4:05.

Things remained quiet until 16:03, when Perron got the Blues even at 3-3.

It became a three-goal spiral when the Sharks also received their first penalty at 17:42. Halfway in,  the Blues ended up getting their first lead when Perron scored again.

St. Louis’ Vince Dunn took a shot in the face from Dillon and had to leave the game.

There was also a potential delay of game by the Blues that was not called.

Sharks coach Pete DeBoer stuck with goalie Martin Jones to start off the third period and it paid off. Jones blocked a potential hat trick shot from Perron among other saves.

The Sharks’ Justin Braun being hit up high was another controversial non-call.

With less than a minute left in the game, Joe Pavelski had the helper on the goal that sent both teams to overtime. He was denied with his own shot up front 10 seconds before.

It was smartly noted by the NBCSN broadcast that because of two straight icings, Parayko, who had been shutting down Couture, was not on ice when Couture scored.

Both Couture and Jones said, “we’ve got to play better” and Jones cited “turnovers, lost battles.”

Up Next: Game 4 remains in St. Louis for Friday’s match at 5 pm.