SEATTLE (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The Kraken entered the ultimate month of their first NHL season with Jared McCann scoring a short-handed objective within the first interval, Ryan Donato changing on a breakaway early within the third interval, and the group beating the Dallas Stars 4-1 on Sunday.
Seattle denied the Stars an opportunity to leap into the highest wild-card spot within the Western Convention.
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“I’ve been impressed by the work ethic of our group, how collectively that we’ve been capable of play with quite a lot of the adjustments and a number of the people which have stepped ahead and are proving themselves and doing good issues evening after evening,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol stated. “So we wish to proceed that. It’s a busy month. We bought a protracted month in entrance of us. However let’s attempt to have some enjoyable.”
McCann’s early objective was his twenty fifth of the season and Donato added a ravishing end 5 minutes into the third interval to offer the Kraken a cushion. It was Donato’s 14th of the season, tying his career-high.
Yanni Gourde added a breakaway objective with 2:13 left and Karson Kuhlman scored an empty-netter within the ultimate minute as Seattle snapped a two-game shedding streak. Chris Driedger was terrific in web and almost posted his first shutout of the season, ending with 29 saves — together with a number of sprawling stops early within the third interval.
“I feel have been a extra competent hockey group. Issues have been going our manner a little bit bit extra currently,” Driedger stated. “We’ve been enjoying simply higher hockey and competing, it doesn’t matter what the rating is. I actually appreciated our effort tonight.”
John Klingberg scored with 5:35 remaining on a shot by means of site visitors to tug the Stars inside 2-1. It was Klingberg’s fifth objective of the season. Jake Oettinger had 25 saves whereas shedding for the second time in his final 5 video games as Dallas missed an opportunity to leap previous Vegas and Nashville.
Whereas Seattle is nowhere close to the playoffs, the enlargement squad may have an affect on how the playoff image performs out over the ultimate few weeks of the common season. Seattle has 9 video games remaining in opposition to groups presently prime three of their division or preventing for a wild-card spot.
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Vegas picked up 4 essential factors by sweeping two video games from the Kraken earlier this week. The Stars couldn’t capitalize in the identical manner.
Dallas had gained 5 straight on the street and was trying to sweep a four-game street journey after successful a pair in Anaheim and beating San Jose on Saturday evening. However the Stars seemed like a group enjoying a difficult back-to-back and struggled to create good scoring probabilities in opposition to the brisker Kraken.
“This one stings a little bit bit since you are available in 3-0 you totally count on to exit 4-0,” Dallas’ Joe Pavelski stated. “Six out of eight factors, all through a season you’re considering that’s a reasonably good journey. However on this state of affairs you’d wish to be a little bit grasping or a little bit egocentric and needed that fourth one.”
McCann gave Seattle the early benefit whereas on the penalty kill with the eighth short-handed objective of the season for the Kraken. McCann and Alex Wennberg caught Dallas in a change late within the Stars’ energy play and scored on the odd-man rush.
The Kraken additionally had two breakaway probabilities saved by Oettinger whereas Dallas was on the ability play within the second interval. Oettinger additionally obtained assist from the crossbar earlier within the second when Gourde’s shot deflected off the goalie and off the crossbar.
Donato’s breakaway objective got here off an ideal stretch move from Carson Soucy, who additionally assisted on McCann’s objective. The objective got here moments after a superb two-save sequence by Driedger, sliding throughout to disclaim Miro Heiskanen on the second try.
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