Kraken Top Jackets for franchise record 9th straight win
Jared McCann scored two goals and added an assist as the Seattle Kraken defeated the host Columbus Blue Jackets 7-4 on Saturday night.
Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and two assists, Brian Dumoulin had one each and Jordan Eberle, Tye Kartye and Eeli Tolvanen also scored as the Kraken set a franchise record with their ninth straight win and extended their points streak to 13 games (11-0) . -2). Goalkeeper Joey Daccord made 31 saves.
Ivan Provorov scored twice, Kirill Marchenko had a goal and an assist and Emil Bemstrom also found the back of the net for the Blue Jackets, who suffered their third loss in a row and their eighth in the last ten games (2-4-4) . Daniil Tarasov stopped 29 of 35 shots.
The Kraken was three times behind a goal before pulling away.
Bjorkstrand, acquired in a trade with Columbus in the summer of 2022, gave Seattle its first lead, 4-3, with a snap from the top of the right faceoff circle on a power play at 13:42 of the second period.
McCann, who was scoreless in the previous nine games and dropped to the fourth line, scored his second marker of the night and team-leading 16th of the season on a wrister from the high slot at 6:17 of the third to make it 5 . -3.
Dumoulin scored at 8:28 to extend Seattle’s lead to three.
After Bemstrom scored to make it 6-4, Tolvanen converted an empty-netter.
Provorov opened the scoring at 1:41 of the first with a snap from the blue line that Daccord never found off a screen.
After Eberle equalized at 11:37, Provorov scored his second goal at 12:10 on a shot from the point that headed wide of the net before deflecting off Dumoulin.
McCann tied the game on a one-timer at 3:31 after Bjorkstrand forced a turnover.
The Blue Jackets took their final lead at 3-2 on Marchenko’s one-timer from just outside the left faceoff dot during a five-on-three power play at 4:43 of the second.
Kartye tipped Vince Dunn’s shot from the point into the net at 9:45 of the second to tie the score at 3-all.
Seattle’s Andre Burakovsky suffered a lower-body injury in the first period and did not return, and fellow forward Matty Beniers missed the third with an undisclosed injury.
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