Kraken beat Maple Leafs 5-1 for 3rd straight victory

Jan 5, 2023, 4:56 AM | Updated: 8:09 pm
Seattle Kraken goaltender Martin Jones (30) stops Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (...

Seattle Kraken goaltender Martin Jones (30) stops Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (88) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

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              Seattle Kraken defenseman Vince Dunn (29) battles with Toronto Maple Leafs center Alexander Kerfoot (15) and center David Kampf (64) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Seattle Kraken centre Alex Wennberg (21) and Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares (91) work behind the net during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Seattle Kraken left wing Andre Burakovsky (95) and Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Timothy Liljegren (37) compete for control of the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Seattle Kraken center Matty Beniers (10) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with Will Borgen (3) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Seattle Kraken defenseman Carson Soucy (28) gets assistance after being hit on the face by the puck during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Seattle Kraken goaltender Martin Jones (30) and left wing Jared McCann (19) celebrate the team's win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Seattle Kraken goaltender Martin Jones (30) stops Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (88) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) — Vince Dunn had a goal and two assists, Martin Jones stopped 26 shots and the Seattle Kraken beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 on Thursday night for their third straight victory.

“We shot a lot of pucks tonight from all sorts of angles,” Dunn said. “That’s really important to keep the goalie honest and for us to establish a forecheck.”

Jared McCann had a goal and an assist to help Seattle improve to 21-12-4. Eeli Tolvanen opened the scoring for the Kraken on the power play, with Matty Beniers and Alex Wennberg adding goals.

John Tavares had a power-play goal for Toronto and Matt Murray made 21 saves. The Maple Leafs dropped to 23-9-7.

Just 14 seconds after Tavares tied it midway through the second period, Dunn handcuffed Murray with a wrist shot that dropped to the ice off the goalie’s arm and slid over the goal line.

McCann made it 3-1 shortly afterward, taking a lead pass from Jaden Schwartz for a clean breakaway. He snapped a shot past Murray, pumping his fist as he curled away past the goal in celebration of his team-leading 18th goal of the season.

“We have to do a better job, obviously, of executing those details, especially in certain moments of the game to continue to give us a chance and be right there,” Tavares said. “Especially when we did a lot of good things in the first half.”

UP NEXT

Kraken: At Ottawa on Saturday in the third game of a seven-game trip.

Maple Leafs: Host Detroit on Saturday night in the finale of a three-game homestand.

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