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Game # 20

 

Seattle 3 NYR 2 OT

 

Schultz scores 2, leads Kraken to 3-2 OT win over Rangers

 
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Updated: 2 hours ago

SEATTLE -- — Justin Schultz scored his second goal of the game 3:39 into overtime and the Seattle Kraken snapped a two-game skid with a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

 

It was the first multigoal game for Schultz, who is in his 12th NHL season. The 32-year-old defenseman has three goals this season.

 

“I liked the way we responded in overtime,” Schultz said. “We found a way to keep going to get the two points.”

 

Jared McCann also scored for Seattle. Martin Jones made 28 saves.

 

“We had a great response and obviously got a great goal in overtime,” Jones said.

 

Mika Zibanejad and Vincent Trocheck scored for the Rangers. Igor Shesterkin finished with 29 saves.

 

“We just stayed with it,” Kraken coach Dave Hakstol said. “It’s poise and possession. When we didn’t have the puck, the guys were organized and pushed things to the outside, checked well and gave us the opportunity to make the game-winning play.”

 

After a scoreless first period, Seattle built a 16-5 edge in shots on goal as the teams finished the frame tied at 1.

 

“First period was great, second period was awful and the third period was pretty even,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “There was some good stuff, but there was some bad stuff in the second period and we got away from what we did in the first period.”

 

Schultz scored his first goal at 9:27 of the third to give Seattle a 2-1 lead. Trocheck responded at 18:06, tying the score with the Rangers’ second power-play goal and sending the game to overtime.

 

“Big goal by the power play at the end there to get us a point,” captain Jacob Trouba said. “Igor played well. We know we can play our game for longer periods of time. That’s what we've got to do, and that’s what we’ll do for the rest of the road trip.”

 

Seattle won in OT for the first time in four tries this season.

 

“It was just a little bit more structured,” Schultz said. “The three we lost were a little bit all over the place. ... (We) practiced it. I thought you noticed that tonight. We did a much better job.”

 

McCann scored the Kraken’s opening goal early in the first period. It was his seventh of the season. He got assists from Will Borgen and Jordan Eberle, who has four goals and three assists in his last five home games dating to Oct. 27 against Vancouver.

 

Zibanejad, who has points in nine of his last 10 games, scored a power-play goal at 14:58 of the first. Seven of Zibanejad’s 10 goals this season have come on the power play. He has 75 power-play goals since joining the Rangers in 2016-17.

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Game # 21

 

Seattle 3 LA 2

 

Eberle scores in OT, Kraken beat Kings 3-2 for 7th win in 9

 

Updated: 10 hours ago

SEATTLE -- — Jordan Eberle scored at 2:23 of overtime to lift the Seattle Kraken to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

 

Jared McCann and Daniel Sprong also scored for Seattle, which has played in three straight overtime games —winning the last two. Martin Jones had 27 saves to help the Kraken improve to 7-1-1 in their last nine games.

 

“I think its important to play these games and feel comfortable,” Eberle said. “I think we’re doing a better job of that. You know, once you get into the postseason a lot of games are close. You have to feel comfortable in uncomfortable situations, and this is just a good test to do that.”

 

Phillip Danault and Trevor Moore scored for the Kings, and Cal Petersen stopped 25 shots. Los Angeles was playing for the second straight night to finish a four-game road trip. The Kings lost to the Canucks 4-1 on Friday.

 

“Especially on a back-to-back, you obviously want to do everything you can to tighten it up and make it a hard-fought game and give us a chance down the stretch,” Petersen said. “We did go into overtime, but obviously disappointing not to get the extra point.”

 

Midway through the extra period, Eberle led a 2-on-1 breakaway and put his shot past Petersen for his fifth of the season. Eberle also had an assist in the game.

 

McCann opened the scoring 4:42 into the game. Eberle’s backhand shot was kicked away by Petersen, with the puck going straight to McCann at the bottom of the right circle and he scored his team-leading seventh of the season and the 100th of his career.

 

“It was a different overtime tonight," Kraken coach Dave Hakstol said. "We didn’t have the puck a whole lot, but we defended really well. We didn’t give up anything threatening. ... We took advantage of their defenseman diving in as we punched that puck past them, and that creates the odd man situation.”

 

The Kings tied the game with 1:08 left in the second period. Danault’s shot bounced up off Jones, who seemed to lose track of the puck. Danault rushed in and hit the puck out of the air for the goal.

 

The teams traded goals on the same power play early in the third. Just 35 seconds into the period — and 15 seconds after Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty was called for hooking — Moore ended up on a short-handed breakaway and got the puck past Jones for his sixth to give the Kings a 2-1 lead.

 

It took just 18 seconds for Seattle to tie it again, as Sprong was open on the left circle and buried the power-play goal for his third.

 

“That can really flip momentum. That can be a switch on the game, and the fact the next power play group went out there and was able to answer was really important,” Hakstol said. “That was obviously a huge part of the game to get it back right away.”

 

The Kraken had lost their first three overtime games this season before winning the past two in a row. Los Angeles has now won three of their five overtime games.

 

“I thought it was a really hard, heavy game for both teams,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “Really evenly played. We made the last mistake and they capitalized on it.”

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Game # 22

 

Seattle 8 Sharks 5

 

Kraken set club record for goals in 8-5 win over Sharks

 
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Updated: 3 hours ago

SEATTLE -- — Jaden Schwartz scored twice and the surging Seattle Kraken set a team record for goals Wednesday night, overcoming Timo Meier's hat trick in an 8-5 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

 

Playing their second NHL season, the Kraken got goals from a franchise-high seven players to win their third straight. Martin Jones made 22 saves as Seattle moved to 8-1-1 in its last 10 games.

 

“That was fun for the fans. It stunk for the coaches,” Kraken coach Dave Hakstol said, half-joking. “This isn’t the way you draw it up, but it’s still a win and you’ve got to find different ways to win hockey games. This one had that feel right from the go tonight.”

 

Andre Burakovsky, Vince Dunn, Ryan Donato, Jamie Oleksiak, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Matty Beniers also scored for the Kraken. Schwartz put his second goal of the night into an empty net late.

 

“It’s kind of nice to see us chip in offensively. Not that you want every game to be run-and-gun like that, but we were able to pull through,” Oleksiak said. “Any way you can squeak one out, that’s huge. But I heard it’s like a Kraken record or something, most goals in a game? So I’m sure the fans enjoyed that.”

 

Meier's three goals gave him a team-leading 12. It was his first hat trick of the season and fourth of his career.

 

Logan Couture and Alexander Barabanov also scored for the Sharks.

 

“Obviously disappointing,” Meier said. “To come back, and then we just gave up too much. We were turning too many pucks over. We had some parts of the game we played well but it just wasn’t consistent enough for 60 minutes. I think that was a winnable game. We just shot ourselves in the foot.”

 

It was a back-and-forth game throughout. San Jose led 2-1 after the first period. In the second, Seattle scored three times in less than five minutes to pull ahead, but the Sharks tied it 4-all a minute into the third before the Kraken pulled away.

 

Bjorkstrand gave the Kraken the lead for good about three minutes into the third with his second goal of the season. Schwartz scored the Kraken’s season-high sixth goal 59 seconds later to give Seattle a 6-4 lead.

Meier pulled the Sharks within one with his third goal of the game before Beniers and Schwartz capped the scoring.

 

The Sharks got the game’s first goal just more than four minutes in when Couture made a nice deflection in front on a shot from Nick Cicek. The teams also traded power-play goals in the opening period.

 

Dunn, Donato and Oleksiak scored in the second-period flurry for Seattle before Meier ended the run when he got behind the Kraken defense and easily finished a breakaway for his second goal of the game.

 

“It was a game going back and forth a lot. We were doing a really good job of taking care of chances we created and chances they gave us. It was really good to see so many players contributing,” Burakovsky said. “I think we need to shut down some areas a little bit better. I don’t think we should give up as many goals as we did, but overall we got two points and a great win.”

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Game # 23

 

Seattle 4 VGK 2

 

Kraken get 1st win over Golden Knights, Burakovsky scores 2

 

Updated: 5 hours ago

LAS VEGAS -- — Andre Burakovsky scored twice and Philipp Grubauer celebrated his 31st birthday by making 20 saves in the Seattle Kraken’s 4-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night.

 

The battle between the Pacific Division’s top teams also happened to be a showdown of the NHL’s most recent expansion squads, and marked Seattle’s first win over the Golden Knights since it entered the league last season. The Kraken, who are now winless against only eight teams in the league, have won four in a row, including three straight against intradivision foes.

 

Ryan Donato and Jordan Eberle added goals for Seattle, which improved to 6-1-1 on the road.

 

Nic Roy and Phil Kessel scored for Vegas, while Adin Hill stopped 24 shots.

 

Burakovsky, who came into the game with two career goals against Vegas, scored both goals with vicious snipes on Hill, once in the first period to give the Kraken a two-goal lead and again in the second to put Seattle back on top after Vegas tied the game.

 

“It’s obviously a huge win,” said Burakovsky, who had his second straight multi-point game, and third of the season. “They’re ahead of us. We want to chase them down. It was an important game. We lost last time against them. So, we’re hungry for the win today. It was good to get it done. Obviously, it’s always to help the team get on the board.”

 

The Kraken dominated early, outshooting the Golden Knights 8-2 and opening a two-goal lead in the first period.

 

“They were quicker than us, they won a lot more races, one-on-one battles, they executed better than us — they were just the better team,” Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Let’s call it what it is, from start to finish they outplayed us. We can look at different areas and why and what, but we weren’t ready to play, that always falls on the coach. I gotta get the guys ready to play.”

 

Donato started it off less than three minutes into the game with a nifty move around Hill to put it home, and Burakovsky made it 2-0 when he grabbed a pass from Adam Larsson and fired a wrist shot from the top of the right circle.

The Golden Knights cut Seattle’s lead in half when Roy was on the doorstep for a rebound and punched it in the net in his first game back after missing three games with a lower-body injury.

 

Playing in his 1,004th consecutive game, Kessel snapped in Shea Theodore’s touch pass near the bottom of the right circle moments later to tie the game at 2.

 

Burakovsky put the Kraken back on top when he grabbed a pass from Jamie Oleksiak, skated through the right circle, and snapped a wrist shot top shelf over Hill’s glove.

 

“His second goal of the game was a big one,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said about Burakovsky. “That was a nice play off the entry. He found a way inside. He found the extra step to get into a better shooting spot. He found the short side. It was a good night for him.”

Eberle provided the announced gathering of 18,119 with the highlight of the night after he was initially stopped by Hill, but then somehow reached back and was able to flip the puck up and in to extend Seattle’s lead back to two goals.

“We needed two points,” Hakstol said. “We’re not looking for a measuring stick. We’re playing the game. We’re playing to win games. They’re an important two points on the road.”

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