NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: New Jersey shocks Blues ends 8 game win streak; Jets shutout Vegas 4-0; plus more

photo from stlouisdispatch.com: New Jersey Devils’ P.K. Subban, right, handles the puck as he is defended by St. Louis Blues’ Oskar Sundqvist, of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in St. Louis.

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington:

#1 Good things come to end at some point and the St Louis Blues eight game winning streak ended at eight games and who would have thought the New Jersey Devils would have been the team to beat them 4-2 on Friday night. The Devils scored with help from Dakota Mermis his first NHL goal and defenseman Connor Carrick his first of the season.

#2 The Winnipeg Jets shutout the Vegas Golden Knights 4-0 as Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves to do it. Hellebuyck leads the NHL in shutouts this season with six.

#3 The Calgary Flames edged the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 the Flames got scoring help from Johnny Gaudreau, TJ Brodie, and Mikael Backlund. The Flames Matthew Tkachuk got an assist on each of the goals.

#4 The Anaheim Ducks just got by the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1, Carter Rowneyu and Adam Hendrique both scored and goaltenders John Gibson and Ryan Miller stopped 30 shots for the Ducks.

#5 Vancouver Canucks got a three goal win over the Colorado Avalanche 6-3. Zack MacEwen scored two goals and Adam Gaudette picked up two assists at Rogers Centre on Friday night

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

NHL podcast with Joe Lami: Sens Ryan gets ovation scores hat trick; Jet’s Hellebuyck gets fifth shutout; plus more

photo from NJ.com: Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (9) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks with defenseman Ron Hainsey (81) during third-period NHL hockey game action in Ottawa, Ontario, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

On the NHL podcast with Joe:

#1 Bobby Ryan of the Ottawa Senators coming off a NHL/NHLPA alcohol assistance program since November 20th stepped on the ice and scored a hat trick for the Senators 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

#2  The Winnipeg Jets Connor Hellebuyck picked up his fifth shutout of the season with a 3-0 win over the Washington Capitals. Hellebuyck had his moments standing on his head stopping a Alex Ovechkin twice and a great glove save from the Caps Ilya Kovachuk’s shot in the second period on a power play.

#3 The San Jose Sharks picked up an overtime win against the New Jersey Devils 3-2 when the Sharks team captain Logan Couture scored an overtime goal his first since his return from his injury

#4 The Nashville Predators Mikael Granlund got a game winning goal with just 0.1 of a second left in the game to force overtime against the Calgary Flames. Granlund then scored in the overtime stanza at 1:20 for the game winner.

#5 The Chicago Blackhawks Dominik Kubalik scored a hat trick in the third period during the Hawks five goal rally to come back to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2. The Blackhawks Corey Crawford stopped 37 shots. It was the Bolts fourth loss in a row.

Joe Lami does the NHL podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Joe Lami: Caps Ovechkin just one goal short for 700 club; Knights Martinez gets first goal in first game; plus more

Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals who scored his 699th goal of his career on Thursday night in Washington just one short of the 700 club (photo from wikipedia.com)

On the NHL podcast with Joe:

#1 The Vegas Golden Knights Alec Martinez had a goal and an assist in his first game with the Knights that help defeat the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Thursday night at T Mobile Center

#2 The Winnipeg Jets Mark Scheifele who went 12 games without a goal made up for lost time with a hat trick scoring three power play goals in the Jets victory over the Ottawa Senators 5-1

#3 The Toronto Maple Leafs shut out the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 as the Leafs goaltender Frederik Anderson stopped 24 shots. The Leafs Jake Muzzin score a goal with two assists.

#4 The Philadelphia Flyers Kevin Hayes got an overtime goal at 3:51 that was the difference in the Flyers 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Toronto. Stefan Matteau Jr scored his first goal since March 10, 2016.

#5 The St Louis Blues got a 1-0 shutout against the Arizona Coyotes as the Blues Ryan O’Reilly scored the games on goal and goaltender Jordan Binnington made 14 saves  for the shutout.

Joe Lami does the NHL podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Sharks look to win back to back games in Minnesota tonight

photo from sfgate.com: The San Jose Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell (30) puts the stop on the Winnipeg Jets Mark Scheifele’s (55) shot attempt in Saturday night’s contest in Winnipeg

Mary Lisa on the Sharks podcast:

#1 Mary Lisa the Sharks win against the Jets on Friday night being their third win in four games is this any indication that the Sharks could be back on track.

#2 The Sharks showed no signs of giving up from start to finish with the Jets ahead after two periods the Sharks jumped right back in the game to take the 3-2 eventual win

#3 The Sharks Timo Meier got the number star of the game who scored a goal Timo has been playing some solid offense lately and has been able to find the back of the net

#4 The Sharks Marcus Sorenson scored in the first period to get things started and Melker Karlsson scored in the third period every goal mattered in this one

#5 The Sharks are in Minnesota tonight how tough is it to play back to back nights and try and pull out two straight victories on the road like this?

Join Mary Lisa for the Sharks podcasts each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Sharks edge Jets in 3-2 win; Pens Zucker scores twice in 4-1 win over Montreal; plus more

photo from sfgate.com: San Jose Sharks’ Stefan Noesen (11) draws a high-sticking penalty with this check on Winnipeg Jets’ Tucker Poolman (3) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

#1 The San Jose Sharks picked up their third win in four games defeating the Winnipeg Jets Saturday night 3-2. The Sharks Marcus Sorenson, Melker Karlsson and Timo Meier score one goal each.

#2 Jason Zucker of the Pittsburgh Penguins scored twice in his first game as a Penguin It was Zucker’s 15th and 16th of the season after coming to Pittsburgh in the 4-1 win  over the Montreal Canadiens.

#3 The New York Rangers got a 2-1 lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets when Chris Kreider found the back of the net in the Rangers 3-1 win. Rangers goaltender Alexander Georgiev stopped 36 shots.

#4 The Carolina Hurricanes Andrei Svechnikov got a second period goal the goal marked the sixth consecutive game for Svechnikov in his point streak. The Hurricanes picked up the 5-2 win over the New Jersey.

#5 The St Louis Blues Jay Bouwmeester may have played his last game after going into cardiac arrest in Anaheim medical staff re-started his heart by a defibrillator and had to have a battery powered device that will send an electrical shock to his heart in the event of a irregular heart beat

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

Sharks Beat Jets 3-2 in Winnipeg; Sharks win three of last four games

photo from sfgate.com: The San Jose Sharks Brendan Dillion (4) goes airborne after having a collision with the Winnipeg Jets Nikolaj Ehlers (27) as the Sharks Evander Kane (9) is in the background in Friday night’s game in Winnipeg

By Mary Walsh

The San Jose Sharks defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 Friday, in Brent Burns’ 1,100th NHL game. Sharks goals came from Marcus Sorensen, Melker Karlsson and Timo Meier. Aaron Dell made 30 saves in the win. Jets goals came from Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler, with Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck making 32 saves in the loss.

After the game, Sharks interim head coach Bob Boughner said:

You’re never going to come in and play the Jets and not give up some chances, with the team they have and the offense. But I thought we did some really good things away from the puck. I thought that we had guys climbing above and not giving too many odd-man rushes. And there were spurts in the game that we were really good defensively, and when they had their chances, Deller was there to make the big stop.

Timo Meier has three goals and four assists in the last six games, including the game-winner Friday. Of this streak, Evander Kane said: “He’s playing heavy. You know, he’s skating. He’s a big powerful guy with a good scoring touch. When he goes hard to the net, he can finish. So that was another example of that tonight.”

In the first period, the Sharks out shot the Jets 13-3. At 14:51, Marcus Sorensen scored in a chaotic scrum in front of Connor Hellebuyck. Assists went to Alexander True and Dylan Gambrell. The Jets challenged the goal for goaltender interference but the challenge was unsuccessful, giving the Sharks their first power play.

The second period was something of a reversal, with the teams even in shots at 11, but the Jets scoring twice.

Their first goal came on a power play at 8:21, with Evander Kane in the box for interference. From right in front of the net, Kyle Connor was able to put a shot between his legs and over Dell’s shoulder, into the top corner. Assists went to Blake Wheeler and Neal Pionk.

Blake Wheeler scored less than two minutes later. His shot went past a moving screen and into the top corner. Andrew Copp found him with a pass from the corner, and a second assist went to Nikolaj Ehlers.

The Sharks ended the second period on a power play when Josh Morrisey was called for holding Timo Meier. They started the third with 1:54 remaining on that power play. The did not get any shots on net in that power play.

At 5:18, Melker Karlsson did score, in a quick give and go play with Joel Kellman. The give and go had the Jets defense discombobulated enough that when Karlsson got to the front of the net and received the puck no one was in his way. Assists went to Kellman and
Stefan Noesen.

Timo Meier added another for the Sharks, just 1:29 later. Brent Burns sent the puck to the net where Kevin Labanc tried to get to it. Dmitry Kulikov was in his way so he couldn’t get control of it. The puck trickled out to the side of the blue paint, where Meier found it and put it in the net. Assists went to Labanc and Burns.

The teams played 4-on-4 at 6:55 when Marcus Sorensen went to the box for roughing against Jack Roslovic, and Roslovic went for cross-checking Sorensen. The Sharks killed Evander Kane’s second penalty of the game at 13:17 of the third, and held on to their lead for the rest of the period. The Jets pulled their goaltender with about two minutes to go. Those final minutes were marked by many good saves from Aaron Dell and some missed clearing opportunities for the Sharks, but they kept the puck out of the net.

The third period shot count was 16-11 Jets. The face-off contest went to the Jets 53%-47%.

The Sharks next play on Saturday in St Paul against the Minnesota Wild at 2:00 PM PT.

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: After getting knocked around by Flames Sharks looking to ratchet up defense Friday in Winnipeg

The San Jose Sharks Maxim Letunov (84) attempts to put one past the Calgary Flames goaltender David Rittich (33) glove side during the first period at SAP Center on Monday night. (photo from sfgate.com)

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len:

#1 It’s pretty hard to explain how the Calgary Flames opened up the game with three goals in the first period against the San Jose Sharks

#2 Did the three goal period against the Sharks pretty much take any wind out of the Sharks sails for the rest of the game

#3 For Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell was it a matter of having a bad off night or was it a matter of the Flames taking all the liberties they want?

#4 For the Sharks it wasn’t for a lack of effort they got shots from from Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson who both scored

#5 The Sharks will try again in Winnipeg on Friday on the start of a two game road trip, talk about how you see this game on the road

Len Shapiro does the Sharks podcast each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

NHL podcast with Len Shapiro: Sid skates like a Kid 3 goals 3 games since his return; Steel gets the breakaway for Ducks win; plus more

photo from athletic.com: The Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby (88) celebrates a goal against the Winnipeg Jets at PPG Arena on Tuesday in a 7-2 win. The Penguins defeated the Red Wings on Saturday night 2-1.

On the Sharks podcast with Len:

#1 Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby scored on a power play goal at 1:33 in overtime that got the game winner over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night. Crosby who was out for 28 games showed he never missed a step scoring three goals over three games.

#2 The Anaheim Ducks scored a game winner in over time as Sam Steel took the puck on a breakaway at 1:36 to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Erik Gudbranson scored a goal as the Ducks goalie Ryan Miller stopped 25 shots.

#3 The Tampa Bay Lighting’s Anthony Cirelli got his first NHL hat trick in the Bolts 7-1 laugher over the Winnipeg Jets. Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov scored two goals in the six goal win.

#4 The San Jose Sharks Patrick Marleau wants to retire as a San Jose Shark and does not plan to move to another team like he did when he went to Toronto for two seasons. Marleau can still skate and teams have inquired about Marleau’s services but the Sharks are all in in keeping Marleau for as long as he wants to play.

#5 The NHL All Star game is next Saturday in St Louis some of the biggest and brightest stars on ice will skate for the Pacific, Metropolitan, Central and Atlantic divisions.

Len Shapiro does the Sharks podcasts each Wednesday and is filling in for Matt Harrington on the NHL podcast today at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: NJ’s Severson puts goal in wrong net; Rinne allows 3 goals in Preds loss, plus more

nhl photo: New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson (28) back handed a goal into his own net as New Jersey goalie McKenzie Blackwood (29) could only watch. The goal was the game winning goal for Toronto.

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Toronto goaltender  Michael Hutchinson said that lucky bounces go your way which it did for Toronto when New Jersey defenseman Damon Severson backhanded the puck into his own net to give Toronto a 5-4 win on Friday night.

#2 Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry stopped 30 shots as the Penguins won their fifth game out of six. Pekka Rinne for the Nashville Predators allowed three goals and was pulled as the Pens beat the Preds 5-2.

#3 The St Louis Blues David Peron scored at 3:14 in overtime to give the Blues the win over Winnipeg Jets 5-4. Tyler Bozak scored twice for the Blues to help with their five goal tally.

#4 What happened to the San Jose Sharks they led after two periods 2-0 but the Los Angeles Kings came roaring back to victory with three unanswered goals two in the third period to tie the game and Jeff Carter to score the game winner in overtime.

#5 The Boston Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored two goals and Jaroslav Halak stopped 26 shots against the Buffalo Sabers in a 3-0 shutout. For Bergeron it was his third straight game to scored two goals.

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

 

Power Play Power Outage Problematic in Sharks 5-1 Loss to Jets

photo from sfgate.com: Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (29) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019

By Jerry Feitelberg

The San Jose Sharks felt the absence of Tomas Hertl especially hard Wednesday night, losing to the Winnipeg Jets 5-1 at home while going 0-for-6 on the power play. Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves in a spectacular performance, with only Melker Karlsson solving the one-time Vezina trophy winner. Aaron Dell wasn’t sharp in net, allowing 4 goals on 25 shots, but his defense didn’t do him many favors either, with Winnipeg scoring 5 unanswered goals. Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler all had multi-point nights for the victors.

Melker Karlsson opened the scoring 9:28 into the game, netting his second goal of the year after taking a Joe Thornton feed and beating Hellebuyck for the 1-0 lead, but the Sharks would take their foot off the gas pedal after that.

Patrik Laine (1g, 2a) evened things up on a one-timer with a Shark in the penalty box with 6:45 left to play in the period, then Dell (and Erik Karlsson) were victimized by rookie David Gustafsson. Gustafsson skated right past Karlsson then beat Dell on what could be considered a soft goal 1:51 from the first intermission. Gustafsson’s first NHL goal pulled the Jets ahead 2-1.

San Jose didn’t do itself any favors early in the 2nd period when Mark Scheifele was left unmarked in the slot. Kyle Connor connected with him for the point-blank chance, which Scheifele buried for his 9th goal of the year. Jack Roslovic chipped a rebound home with 4:59 left in the second to give Winnipeg the 4-1 edge and Kyle Connor scored the empty-netter with 5:13 left in the game for the 5-1 final.

The Sharks power play, despite a number of opportunities without linchpin Tomas Hertl in the lineup still recovering from a lower body injury. They barely generated any shots on goal, accounting for 8 over the 6 man advantages. Even dressing 7 defensemen, a tactic that had been successful in some of the previous games, didn’t help things click. The Sharks will hope to have Hertl back for the Black Friday matinee against the Los Angeles Kings, a team the Sharks had beat Monday night in LA after originally blowing a 3-0 lead.