San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: Sharks come off a 1-4 road trip, host Jets Friday night at the Tank

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On the Sharks podcast with Len:

#1 Len in short the Boston Bruins (9-1-2) made short work of the San Jose Sharks (4-8-1) with two goals in the first and three goals in the second period are teams learning about the Sharks weakness crash the net early apply the mercy rule in the third period.

#2 How much does it really show now that the Sharks just might have made a mistake in their off season dealing of Gustav Nyquist, Justin Braun, Joe Pavelski, Joonas Donskoi, just to make room for one player Erik Karlsson is this the kind of criticism that the team is hearing now 13 games into the season and four game below .500.

#3 Talk about the road trip the Sharks lost four of their last five games if you include their loss before the trip that was to Buffalo it would five out of six loses was team unprepared for this trip or they simply lack the talent to win against teams like Buffalo, Toronto, Ottawa and Boston?

#4 We talked about Nyquist, Braun, Pavelski, and Donskoi the former players on this team but what about the man they made some cap room for Karlsson how much of the weight of the team is his?

#5 The Winnipeg Jets (6-7-0) come into San Jose suffering a defeat on Tuesday night in Anaheim 7-4. The Jets have won three of their last six games the Sharks have lost three straight going into Friday night but with home ice Jets and Sharks who has the upper hand in this contest?

Len does the Sharks podcasts each Wednesday at

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Leafs don’t give Sharks a chance in 4-1 win Friday night

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On the Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 The San Jose Sharks fell 4-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena Friday. Toronto goals came from Jake Muzzin, Morgan Reilly, Ilya Mikheyev and Auston Matthews.

#2 Mary Lisa, was this a little different game than the Sharks’ win over the Canadiens on Thursday night?

#3 Former Toronto Maple Leaf Patrick Marleau played in his old building the Scotiabank Arena on Friday, which turned out to be his 1,500th game with the Sharks.

#4 Leafs goalie Frederik Anderson stopped 16 out of 17 as Kevin Labanc got the lone goal for San Jose. Anderson didn’t face a whole barrage of shots and the Leafs defense kept the puck away from the Sharks most of the night.

#5 The road trip continues to Ottawa on Sunday night. Mary Lisa tells us how she sees these two teams in the Sharks fifth game on this five-game road trip.

Mary Lisa does the Sharks podcasts each Saturday at

Sharks Fall 4-1 to Maple Leafs

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By Mary Walsh

The San Jose Sharks fell 4-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena Friday. Toronto goals came from Jake Muzzin, Morgan Reilly, Ilya Mikheyev and Auston Matthews. Goaltender Frederik Andersen made 15 saves for the win. The lone Sharks goal was scored by Kevin Labanc, while goaltender Martin Jones made 24 saves in the loss. It was Patrick Marleau’s 1500th game as a Shark.

The Sharks had to kill five penalties in the game, and only had one power play. Captain Logan Couture talked about how the team handled this second game in two nights, and third in four days:

I thought we put ourselves in a position to win a game. Obviously too many penalties, but the kill was great, kept us in it. Joner made big saves when we had breakdowns on it. You’re gonna have nights like tonight when, you know, you’re not feeling it and you’re not getting much offensively. We were close to pulling out a point there. It’s tough we couldn’t get one but I liked our kill and I liked our defensive, I guess, desperation.

The penalty problem was something the Sharks had discussed before the game. Head Coach Peter DeBoer said:

I think we talked coming in, in 3 in 4 and a back-to-back, that we needed to do a few things and one of them was stay out of the penalty box. You know, you can’t, you got a little bit of a tired team, we took, what, five minors? It’s hard and I thought we ran out of gas in the third killing all those penalties. Made it tough on ourselves with the penalties.

Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon was asked about a hit he made on Auston Matthews during the game: “Obviously you want to be physical on the good players but I never want to see a guy get injured like that. I saw him leave, I was happy to see him come back in the third. Kinda said, you know, didn’t mean to catch him like that but at the same time, you know, you gotta be hard on those guys, they’re such good players.”

The Sharks started the scoring midway through the first period. Tomas Hertl made a quick play up the boards to Brent Burns at the blue line and Burns took a shot at the net. Kevin Labanc got a piece of it as it went in the net for his fourth of the season. Burns and Hertl got the assists.

Through the second period, the Sharks successfully killed two penalties but only managed three shots on goal. The score stayed 1-0 until the final minute of the second.

Jake Muzzin scored for Toronto with just 3 seconds left in the period. As Muzzin skated to the net, the puck came to him from the corner off of Jason Spezza’s stick. Assists went to Spezza and Ilya Mikheyev.

Toronto took the lead in the third period with a goal from Morgan Reilly at 14:31. William Nylander, Alexander Kerfoot and Cody Ceci entered the zone at speed, drawing the attention of the Sharks defense. Morgan Reilly trailed and Nylander found him as he came across the line. Reilly had also started the play with the first pass in the defensive zone.

Two more goals came from Ilya Mikheyev and Auston Matthews in the final minute of the third. Mikheyev’s goal was into an empty net, with and assist to Mitch Marner. Marner also got an assist on the Matthews goal.

The Sharks next play on Sunday against the Ottawa Senators at 4:00 PM PT.

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Marleau’s return the difference in Sharks’ first win; Sharks host Calgary on Sunday

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On the Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh:

#1 How much of a difference did it make signing Patrick Marleau after losing four straight and Marleau coming in to score two goals to San Jose with a one-goal win 5-4?

#2  How much prep did Marleau need? He wasn’t with a team and he last played with the Carolina Hurricanes and that was only for a week after the release by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

#3 Marleau was excited to be back in San Jose, but his teammates shared that same excitement, and after going 0-4, they didn’t have pressing feelings and just got by Chicago 5-4.

#4 The Sharks’ Brent Burns scored his 200th career goal. After all that Burns went through — the hard work, the goals and play system of the Sharks — it was a goal well-earned.

#5 The Sharks return this Sunday to host the Calgary Flames. It will the be Sharks’ first chance to get their first home win after losing their home opener on Friday, October 4th.

Mary Lisa Walsh does the Sharks podcasts each Saturday at

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Daniel Dullum: Sharks-Knights draw down in Game 6; Av’s and CBJ’s upsets to advance; plus more

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On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Daniel:

1 Sharks stay alive; series shifts to Las Vegas for Game 6

2 First round upsets: Blue Jackets stun Lightning; Av’s oust Flames, Stars stun Preds in Nashville

3 Blues eliminate Jets in six; Caps rout Carolina, Islanders waiting for second round

4 Leafs try to close out Bruins

5 Todd McLellan finds work, hired by LA Kings; Yzerman heads home to take over Red Wings

Daniel does the NHL podcasts each Sunday at

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Matt Harrington: Kate Smith’s racist songs of the past takes top story in the NHL; Avalanche go right through Flames like butter; Kapanen gets crucial game-winner for Leafs

photo from A worker covers a statue of singer Kate Smith near the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Matt:

#1 Matt, the banning of Kate Smith’s version of God Bless America at Philadelphia Flyers games, has taken forefront in NHL news today with the uncovering of her singing racist songs in the 1930s the NHL stated they wanted no part of Smith and those songs and the Flyers will no longer play God Bless America by Kate Smith at their games. Matt shares his thoughts on this story that has dominated news in hockey this weekend.

#2 The Colorado Avalanche went through the Calgary Flames like butter to advance to round two. What made it a breeze for the Avalanche to win the first round?

#3 The Avalanche in Game 5 to advance got a convincing four-goal win over the Flames 5-1. The Avalanche’s Colin Wilson and Mikko Rantanen each had huge night scoring twice and each with an assist.

#4 The Toronto Maple Leafs have a 3-2 lead on the Boston Bruins after getting a narrow 2-1 win on Friday night in Boston. The Bruins needed that game they had home ice and now head back to Toronto for an elimination game.

#5 The Leafs’ Auston Matthews broke the 0-0 deadlock with a goal in the third period and the Leafs’ Kasperi Kapanen scored another goal that pushed the Leafs past the Bruins for the win.

Matt Harrington does the NHL podcasts each Saturday at

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Joe Lami: Sharks postpone elimination, defeat Knights 5-2; Leafs-Bruins turning into traditional old-school battle; plus more

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On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Joe Lami:

#1 Joe, coming out of a 5-0 shutout in Game 4, did you have any inkling that the San Jose Sharks would wake up battle back and get a three-goal win over the mighty Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 the way they did on Thursday night?

#2 The series between one of the most exciting two teams in the NHL Stanley Cup from the Original Six, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins. The series at 3-2 with Toronto in front and game six moves to Toronto.

#3 The Colorado Avalanche advanced to the next round. The Calgary Flames who came in with their backs to the wall 3-1 in the series just couldn’t hold off the Avalanche and were eliminated on Friday night

#4 Series is tied between the Stars and Predators 2-2. The Stars have Tyler Seguin, who led the team with goals and the Preds leading scorer with Viktor Arvidsson, during the regular season. How do things shape up for Game 5 for Saturday night?

#5 The St. Louis Blues lead the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 going into Game 6 on Saturday night. The Jets’ Mark Scheifele has been leading on offense and paving the way for the Jets to stay alive in this one and for the Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko, who has led the Blues in scoring, did some damage in the first round.

Joe Lami does the NHL podcast each Friday at

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


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

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Kings snap 10 game skid; Lightning tie NHL record for 50 wins; Oilers Koskinen stops 30 shots for shutout; plus more

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On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 The Los Angeles Kings finally snapped out of it and won a game after losing ten games straight the Kings Andre Kempe scored a goal and an assist as the Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3. Kings head coach Willie Desjardins said it’s been a long time and it feels good just to win.

#2 The Tampa Bay Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov led the Bolts with a goal and an assist as they won their 50th game in 66 games defeating the Ottawa Senators 5-1. With the win the Lightning tie the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings for the fastest team to win 50 games in a season.

#3 The Edmonton Oilers Mikko Koskinen stopped all 30 Columbus Blue Jacket shots and the Oilers Leon Draisaitl got a goal and two assists for the 4-0 win.

#4 Brad Marchand got the Boston Bruins only goal and B’s goaltender Tuukka Rask stopped all 20 New Jersey shots in the Bruins 1-0 shutout of the Devils.

#5 The Toronto Maple Leafs had an offensive extravaganza from John Taveres and Mitch Marner who scored a goal each and had two assists in the Leafs 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabers. It was Toronto’s fourth win in five games.

Matt does the NHL podcasts each Saturday at