Kraken snap 3-game skid with 4-1 win over Islanders
SEATTLE (AP) – Eeli Tolvanen scored his first goal in a Seattle uniform since coming over from Nashville, and the Kraken halted a three-game winless streak on Sunday night by beating the New York Islanders 4-1.
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Adam Larsson, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Brandon Tanev also scored for the Kraken. Goalie Martin Jones made 18 saves for the Kraken.
Mathew Barzal scored for New Yok, the 100th goal of his NHL career in his 400th game. Ilya Sorokin saved 31 shots for the Islanders.
Tolvanen, who was claimed by Seattle off waivers from the Predators on Dec. 12, snapped a 1-1 tie at the 3:58 mark of the second period. At the top of the right circle, he took a pass from Vince Dunn and drilled a slapshot to the back left corner past Sorokin.
The goal, Tolvanen’s third of the season, came on a power play. That ended a seven-game 0-for-16 Kraken drought with the man advantage dating back to Dec. 11 in a 5-2 victory at Florida.
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Larsson gave Seattle a 1-0 lead at 9:53 of the first period with his fourth of the season, shoveling it in from the top of the crease after taking a pass from Ryan Donato.
Barzal tied it 1-1 at 17:30 of the first, reaching out in front of the left post to direct a pass from Casey Cizikas into the far side of the net, his ninth of the year.
Bjorkstrand tallied his fifth of the season for a 3-1 Seattle lead at 13:04 of the second, slapping in the rebound of a shot by Jamie Oleksiak. Tanev added an empty netter with 34.3 seconds left. It was his seventh goal.
NOTES: Donato’s assist on Larsson’s first-period goal for Seattle gave him a point in seven of his last eight games. He also has a point in five straight home games, the longest such streak of his career. … Barzal reached his double milestone of 400 NHL games and 100 goals in the same city where he played four seasons of junior hockey (2013-17) with the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Islanders: Visit Vancouver on Tuesday night.
Kraken: Visit Edmonton on Tuesday night.