KRAKEN

Canucks score 3 in third period to top Seattle Kraken 5-2

Jan 1, 2022, 10:27 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — Vasily Podkolzin and Nils Hoglander scored first-period goals, Tyler Motte and Conor Garland scored in the third period, and the Vancouver Canucks stayed hot with a 5-2 win over the Seattle Kraken on Saturday night.

Canucks employee thanks Seattle Kraken fan for spotting cancer

Vancouver improved to 8-0-1 since Bruce Boudreau took over as coach last month and have won both games in Seattle against its new Pacific Northwest rival this season (the Kraken come to Vancouver in April). Tanner Pearson added an empty-net goal in the closing minutes.

The Kraken lost their fifth straight and eighth in the past nine games. Seattle also has not won at home since Dec. 3 when it beat Edmonton.

Vancouver Canucks 5, Seattle Kraken 3: Box score

Podkolzin scored at 8:53 to give the Canucks an early lead, followed by Hoglander’s power-play goal later in the period for a 2-0 advantage.

Motte made it 3-1 at 4:46 of the third period with his third goal of the season, and Garland provided a quick answer after Will Borgen pulled Seattle to 3-2 midway through the period.

Thatcher Demko was terrific on Oct. 23 when the Canucks beat the Kraken in their first home game in franchise history. He made 30 saves this time, and Vancouver’s defense limited the number of dangerous chances for Seattle.

Calle Jarnkrok scored midway through the second period for Seattle and Borgen scored his first NHL goal midway through the third to pull Seattle within one. Jordan Eberle beat Demko but hit the crossbar on a late power play for Seattle.

One of Seattle’s problems was defensive mistakes, and the Canucks capitalized on them. The goals by Podkolzin and Motte both came off turnovers by Borgen in Seattle’s defensive zone. Garland’s goal came less than a minute after Borgen scored in part because Mark Giordano lost his stick after colliding with teammate Jamie Oleksiak behind the Seattle goal.

Philipp Grubauer made 30 saves for Seattle.

COVID CHANGES

Seattle got a boost with the return of forward Ryan Donato from the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols on Saturday, but defenseman Jeremy Luzon was added to the protocols. Defenseman Vince Dunn also came out of the protocols but was not activated to play. Seattle has two in protocol.

Vancouver thought it was clear, announcing after the morning skate there weren’t any additions to its COVID-19 protocols. But before the game, the Canucks said forward Jason Dickinson had been added to the protocol list. Vancouver now has four in protocols.

NOTES

Vancouver’s J.T. Miller has a point in nine straight games after getting an assist on Pearson’s late goal. … Seattle F Jaden Schwartz was scratched for a second straight game due to an upper body injury. … Garland had one goal and one assist in the first matchup against Seattle in October. … Jarnkrok has a point in three straight games and has five points over that three-game span.

UP NEXT

Canucks: Off for a week, and will host Ottawa next Saturday.

Kraken: Off until Thursday, when they host Ottawa.

Eide: Seattle Kraken should give Chris Driedger more time in net

Kraken

Seattle Kraken Ryan Donato...
Andy Eide

Seattle Kraken have decisions to make with 2 players on hot streaks

Calle Jarnkrok and Ryan Donato are set to be unrestricted and restricted free agents, respectively, after the Seattle Kraken season.
18 hours ago
Seattle Kraken...
The Associated Press

Husso sharp, Bozak gets shorty as Blues beat Seattle Kraken 5-0

Ville Husso stopped 27 shots, Tyler Bozak scored shot-handed and the St. Louis Blues pounded the Seattle Kraken 5-0 Friday night.
3 days ago
Seattle Kraken...
The Associated Press

Win streak: Seattle Kraken take 2nd straight by beating Sharks 3-2

Carson Soucy had the first two-goal game of his career and the Seattle Kraken beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Thursday night.
4 days ago
Seattle Kraken Mason Appleton...
Andy Eide

Seattle Kraken set up to build momentum after exciting end to 9-game skid

The Seattle Kraken have an opportunity following Monday's 3-2 shootout win over Chicago. Andy Eide breaks down the keys going forward.
5 days ago
Seattle Kraken...
Mike Lefko

Lefko: The strange bond uniting the Seattle Kraken — Nickelback

Seattle Kraken players, most notably All-Star Jordan Eberle, enjoy Nickelback, so 710 ESPN Seattle's Mike Lefko looks at how some songs tell the story of their season.
7 days ago
Seattle Kraken...
The Associated Press

Seattle Kraken snap 9-game losing streak, beat Chicago 3-2 in SO

Ryan Donato scored the tying goal early in the third period, Joonas Donskoi scored in the shootout and the Seattle Kraken snapped their nine-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.
7 days ago
Canucks score 3 in third period to top Seattle Kraken 5-2