SEATTLE KRAKEN

Wennberg scores against former team, Kraken top Blue Jackets 3-1

Jan 28, 2023, 10:23 PM

              Seattle Kraken right wing Jordan Eberle, left, congratulates center Alex Wennberg on a goal during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
            
              Seattle Kraken center Alex Wennberg (21) shoots the puck and scores on Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (90) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
            
              Seattle Kraken center Morgan Geekie celebrate with teammates after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue JacketsSaturday, Jan. 28, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
            
              Seattle Kraken right wing Jordan Eberle (7) tries to score as Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
            
              Seattle Kraken center Ryan Donato (9) attempts to score on a breakaway against Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
            
              Seattle Kraken center Ryan Donato, rear, watches as the puck rests behind Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins following a breakaway attempt during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

SEATTLE (AP) — Alex Wennberg scored midway through the second period against his former team to help the Seattle Kraken beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Saturday night.

Kraken 3, Blue Jackets 1: Box Score

Wennberg, who was drafted by the Blue Jackets in the first round in 2013, had his 10th goal of the season in his 600th career game.

Morgan Geekie and Eeli Tolvanen also scored for Seattle, former Blue Jacket Oliver Bjorkstrand had an assist, and Phillip Grubaruer made 24 saves.

Kent Johnson scored for Columbus, and Elvis Merzlikins stopped 28 shots.

After Wennberg’s gave the Kraken a 2-0 lead, Johnson put Columbus on the board late in the seecond. Tolvanen scored at 5:39 mark of the third.

NOTES

The Blue Jackets placed LW Gustav Nyquist (upper body) on injured reserve, and claimed Vancouver center Lane Pederson off waivers. … Columbus recalled defenseman Jake Christiansen from the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL. … Seattle’s Matty Beniers missed his second straight game after taking a hard hit from Vancouver’s Tyler Myers on Wednesday.

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Kraken: At New York Islanders on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

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