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Wennberg, McCann lead Seattle Kraken to 4-2 win over Blue Jackets

Mar 3, 2023, 7:01 PM

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Seattle Kraken's Alex Wennberg (21) scores against Columbus Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins on March 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Alex Wennberg and Jared McCann each had a goal and an assist, and the Seattle Kraken beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 Friday night for their third straight road win and a season series sweep.

Kraken 4, Blue Jackets 2: Box Score

Joran Eberle and Brandon Tanev also scored for Seattle, and Vince Dunn had two assists. Philipp Grubauer stopped 23 shots for the Kraken, who stayed ahead of Edmonton for third place in the Pacific Division — two points behind Los Angeles and Vegas.

Adam Boqvist and Patrik Laine each had a goal and an assist for Columbus, which has lost two of its last three games and remains in the NHL basement. Elvis Merzlikins, in his first game as the Blue Jackets’ full-time starter after the trade of Joonas Korpisalo to Los Angeles, stopped 34 shots.

Laine put Columbus on the board at 10:18 of the second period with the first power-play goal given up by Seattle in nine games dating back to Feb. 14.

The lead was short-lived, as Seattle got two goals in 48 seconds — one from McCann and the other on the power-play from Eberele.

Boqvist pulled Columbus even at 4:53 of the third, but a goal from Wennberg against his former team 9 seconds into a Kraken power-play put Seattle up for good.

Tanev scored the empty-netter with 47.5 seconds remaining to seal the win.

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