Dallas Stars left wing Jason Robertson (21) celebrates after scoring against the Vegas Golden Knights during the second period of game 5 of the Western Conference Finals at the T Mobile Center in Las Vegas on Sat May 27, 2023 (AP News photo)
#1 Marko, how shocked are you that the Dallas Stars down 3-0 now are in a position to tie it up on home ice tonight in Dallas. What helped turn it around for the Stars?
#2 Taking a look at that game 4 come back by the Stars did they get rejuvenated by Joe Pavelski’s overtime goal that saved them from eliminaton.
#3 Ty Dellandrea who was a healthy scratch for the Stars got into the line up in game 5 and ended up scoring two goals that help give the Stars a two goal win over the Knights and cut Vegas’ lead by one game. Dellandrea sat for those two games but was sure motivated in game 5.
#4 Marko, if you had to point to any one thing that put the Knights behind the eight ball after dropping that overtime game 4 was it their confidence has lacked or the Stars just are getting after it more authority?
#5 Marko, the Knights are going to have to rely on their go tos for tonight’s game to find the back end of the net, Mark Stone, William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, and Jack Eichel.
Dallas Stars left wing Jason Robertson (21) falls to the ice after scoring against the Vegas Golden Knights, as Tyler Seguin (91), Joe Pavelski (16) and Roope Hintz (24) celebrate during the the first period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals Thursday, May 25, 2023, in Dallas. Golden Knights’ William Karlsson (71) skates past the celebration (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Western Conference Finals:
#1 The Dallas Stars came out on Thursday with a overtime win 3-2 against the Vegas Golden Knights in Dallas. The Stars came into the contest with their backs to the wall down in the series 3-0 and got a lot of motivation to come back and avoid elimination.
#2 Matt, you got to know Joe Pavelski when he skated with the San Jose Sharks before going to the Stars he’s one player that’s been clutch and it really doesn’t surprise you that he got the game winning goal.
#3 Pavelski and Stars head coach Peter DeBoer were the crux of the Sharks back when they were in San Jose during the 2019 playoffs. It’s hard to believe that the Sharks organization let not only Pavelski and DeBoer go but they let a lot of their key players go and turned into a last place club.
#4 The Stars come in tonight down two games and know they are long odds -750 to come back and win this Western Conference. Who has the most pressure on them going into tonight Coach DeBoer, Pavelski or goaltender Jake Ottetinger.
#5 The Knights have some heavy hitters in their own right William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, and Jack Eichel who can find the back end of the net can the Knights take game 6 on home ice or do you smell a miracle for Dallas?
Dallas Stars’ Ty Dellandrea (10), Miro Heiskanen (4) and Roope Hintz (24) celebrate with Joe Pavelski (16), who scored against the Vegas Golden Knights in overtime of Game 4 at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Thu May 25, 2023 (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff podcast with Len:
#1 Len, the Dallas Stars Joe Pavelski scored the game winning overtime goal to help the Dallas Stars avoid being swept in the third round of the playoffs by the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night 3-2.
#2 The Stars got help from Jason Robertson who scored two goals for Robertson’s first post season multi goal game in his career.
#3 Len it really seemed like the Stars were up for this game, they had to play the game of their lives and they did it without suspended Jamie Benn.
#4 The Stars got some great goaltending help from Jake Oettinger who had 37 saves and allowed just two goals. Oettinger was yanked in game 3 in the first 7:10 minutes for allowing three goals on five shots but sure turned it around on tonight.
#5 Game 5 goes back to Las Vegas Saturday night the Knights have the upper hand home ice and a 3-1 series lead how do you see the match up between the Stars and Knights at T Mobile Center?
Vegas Golden Knights celebrate after Vegas Golden Knights center Chandler Stephenson (20) scored against the Dallas Stars during overtime of Game 2 at the T Mobile Center in Las Vegas on Sun May 21, 2023 (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Marko:
#1 The Vegas Golden Knights Chandler Stephenson scored at 1:12 in the overtime stanza on Sunday against the Dallas Stars in a 3-2 win. The Knights picked up their second win for a 2-0 series lead over Dallas.
#2 Stephenson said it was his first overtime goal in post season and said that being the game winner was something special.
#3 Marko, talk about the advantage of having home ice at the T Mobile Center for the Knights and quickly jumping to a two game lead going back to Dallas.
#4 Taking a look at game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Florida Panthers and the Carolina Hurricanes. The Panthers were neither intimidated or feeling under pressure opening up their series in Carolina in taking the first two games.
#5 Both wins for the Hurricanes were one goal wins and on the road now they open the next two games, games three and four on Sunrise Florida ice can the Panthers wrap this series up or can the Hurricanes turn things around and take one or maybe two games or is that a stretch and would you assume based on what’s in front of you the next two games it’s gonna take a miracle for the Hurricanes to get back into this?
Vegas Golden Knights center Brett Howden (21) celebrates after scoring against Dallas Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger (29) in overtime during Game 1 at the T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas on Fri May 19, 2023 (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff podcast:
#1 The Vegas Golden Knights took game 1 of the NHL Western Conference Finals at the T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas on Friday night in overtime 4-3. The Knights Brett Howden scored on the Dallas Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger at 1:35.
#2 The Stars Jamie Benn forced overtime with a third period goal at 1:59 to tie the game 3-3. These two teams really know how to come out and battle as this was the third time in four meetings that they have gone into overtime.
#3 The Knights William Karlsson scored twice, Karlsson now has seven goals for the post season and has a three game point streak going.
#4 The Knights Teddy Blueger scored and Zach Whitecloud had two assists and goaltender Adam Hill saved 33 shots. The Knights were getting some offense and some defense in game 1.
#5 Stars and Knights face off on Sunday afternoon at 12 noon. The Stars need this one or else go back to Dallas down 0-2. The Knights are hoping to make the best of home ice advantage.
Vegas Golden Knights center Jack Eichel (9) celebrates after scoring against Edmonton Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner (74) during the first period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Friday, May 12, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup playoff podcast with Matt:
#1 The Vegas Golden Knights (3-2) have now moved ahead of the Edmonton Oilers (2-3) in the Stanley Cup Western Conference second round. Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists for the Knights defeating the Oilers on Friday night 4-3 in game 5.
#2 The Florida Panthers Nick Cousins picked up an overtime goal at 15:32 as the Panthers now advance to the third round of the Stanley Cup taking out the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2. This is the first time that the Panthers had advanced to the third round since 1996.
#3 The Carolina Hurricanes will face off to the Panthers. The Panthers are coming off wins against the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs and the Hurricanes taking out the New Jersey Devils to advance to the third round. The Canes and Panthers are two rough and tumble teams how do you see this match up.
#4 The Oilers seem to have trouble generating offense against the Knights which was one of the reasons why they couldn’t get past the Knights. Despite being so talent rich the Oilers are facing one of the best defenses in the NHL.
#5 The Hurricanes can be a huge factor going into what could be one of the best conference finals in recent memory. The Canes are loaded going into their match up against the Panthers with Sebastian Aho who leads with ten points and five goals, and Jordan Martinook with seven assists.
New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes (86) fights with Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Sunday, May 7, 2023, in Newark, N.J (AP News photo)
On NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast:
#1 The New Jersey Devils avoided going down 0-3 with a four goal win over the Carolina Hurricanes 8-4 to cut the Hurricanes lead to 1-2. New Jersey’s Jack Hughes scored twice and scored three goals in the first period in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup.
#2 The Florida Panthers Sam Reinhart scored at 3:02 in overtime to give the Panthers a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs to put the Leafs on the brink of elimination 3-0. The Panthers can advance to the third round for the first time since 1996 for the Eastern Conference Finals.
#3 Seattle Kraken scored five goals in the second period of game 3 to go up 2-1. The Kraken blew away the Dallas Stars 7-2. Game 4 is scheduled to face off Tuesday. The Kraken’s Matty Beniers, Eeli Tolvanen, Alex Wennberg, and Justin Schultz all scored and had assist in the second period.
#4 The Edmonton Oilers Leon Draisatl has scored 13 goals the most goals through eight games, the second place holder with the most goals goes back to 1985 who was an Oiler Jan Kurri who had 13 as well. The record holder is Newsy Lalonde of the 1919 Montreal Canadiens with 15.
#5 Marko, the series between the Vegas Golden Knights and Oilers is tied 1-1. The Oilers got a four goal win over the Knights 5-1. The Oilers opened up with four goals in the first period. The Oilers top scorers Connor McDavid and Leon Draisatl scored two goals each in the win.
The New York Rangers Patrick Kane (8) and Vladimir Tarasenko (9) are considering unrestricted free agency the Rangers could be a big players in the sweepstakes (nhl.com file photo)
On the NHL podcast with Len Shapiro:
#1 The NHL named the finalists Norris Awards about an hour ago could you talk about who those finalists are.
#2 New York Ranger superstars Patrick Kane and Vladimir Tarasenko are considering unrestricted free agency after the post season this would be the first time that both Kane and Tarasenko would be free agents. That said is this like an invitation for the Rangers to name their price or start bidding on keeping Kane and Tarasenko.
#3 Also something to consider Kane might have to have lower body surgery he has been wanting to get this surgery for the last few seasons and wants to focus on the surgery before making a decision on free agency.
#4 Len, talk about the Calder Trophy Award candidates and the kind of season they had. From the Seattle Kraken Matty Beniers, the Buffalo Sabers Owen Power, and from the Edmonton Oilers Stuart Skinner.
#5 The Tampa Bay Lightning’s goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy said that his body just gave out in the first round against the Toronto Maple Leafs also Vasilevskiy said that he had the lowest save percentage and highest goals against since 2017-18.
#6 Len, talk about the Edmonton Oilers and Vegas Golden Knights who face off for game 2 on Saturday night. Both teams are stacked and have guys who find the back of the net for the Knights, Jack Eichel, Jonathan Marchessault, and Reily Smith. For the Oilers Connor McDavid, Leon Draisatl, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
The Colorado Avalanche’s Andrew Cogliano suffered a broken neck agianst the Seattle Kraken in game 6 on Fri Apr 28, 2023 and will be out of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs for the rest of the post season. (file photo from nhl.com)
On the NHL podcast with Marko Ukalovic:
#1 Marko, tough injury for the Colorado Avalanche’s Andrew Cogliano who broke his neck in game six on Friday when he was hit from behind by Seattle Kraken forward Jordan Eberle at 17:44 of the second period. Eberle got hit with a boarding penalty for the hit. Cogliano is out for the rest of the playoffs.
#2 After saying he was disappointed and disgusted losing to the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round of the playoffs Winnipeg Jets head coach Rick Bowness walked back his remarks that it was an emotional reaction after being eliminated in the playoffs. Jets general manager general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said all is forgiven and Bowness will return as head coach for next season.
#3 Marko, pressure is on the New York Rangers tonight in New Jersey as the series is tied between the Rangers and the New Jersey Devils. “We know what it takes,” defenseman Jacob Trouba said after Game 6. “It’s desperation.” Both the Rangers and Devils are tied 3-3 in the series.
#4 Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant said that the Rangers had a good post season last season but he says that this post season and this game tonight is under different circumstances.
#5 Marko, the Rangers who got handled in games four and five by New Jersey goaltender Akira Schmid but the Rangers figured him out in game six. Schmid stopped 24 shots but allowed five goals which allowed the Rangers to tie up the series.
Dallas Stars forward Joe Pavelski will be a game time decision for game 6 against the Minnesota Wild on Fri Apr 28 in Minnesota according the Stars head coach Peter DeBoer. (photo from nhl.com)
On the NHL podcast with Len:
#1 There will be a game six in Tampa Bay against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Lightning came away with a 4-2 win tonight the Leafs lead the series 3-2. Game six Saturday.
#2 After suffering a game 1 concussion against the Minnesota Wild Joe Pavelski has not played since April 17th and the Stars head coach Peter DeBoer says that Pavelski would be a game time decision for Friday night for game 6. Pavelski was checked by Wild defenseman Matt Dumba, Pavelski also was hit in the face with a stick by Wild forward Ryan Hartman and got caught between Dumba and Hartman.
#3 Len, talk about the check by the Colorado Avalanche Cale Makar for an interference on the Seattle Kraken’s forward Jared McCann. McCann was skating into the corner when the puck was hit into the netting behind the goal and Makar had lightly push McCann then when they got near the boards Makar shoved McCann into the boards which caused an injury to McCann.
#4 Len, talk about New Jersey Devils goaltender Akira Schmid who held the New York Rangers to just one goal on Monday night at Madison Square Garden in the Devils 3-1 win. New Jersey the win tied the series 2-2. Schmid stopped 22 of 23 shots which was key as the defense and Schmid’s performance was stellar.
#5 Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele will sit out against the Vegas Golden Knights for game 5. Scheifele was injured at during game 4 Monday night when got a upper body injury. Jets head coach Rick Bowness said that Scheifele will be out for game 5 who has one goal in four playoff games. Scheifele lead the Jets with 42 goals during the regular season.