Oliver Bjorkstrand had his first multi-goal sport of the season to steer the Seattle Kraken previous the visiting Vancouver Canucks 6-1 on Wednesday evening for his or her first win in franchise historical past over their Pacific Northwest rivals.
Seattle picked up its twenty eighth victory and 61st level in its forty seventh sport of the season, surpassing the win and level totals from the Kraken’s enlargement season final 12 months once they managed simply 27 victories and 60 factors.
And they did it in convincing style, thumping the Canucks after shedding the primary six matchups since becoming a member of the NHL.
Bjorkstrand began Seattle’s large evening together with his eighth of the season at 7:57 of the primary interval. His second purpose got here at 16:15 of the second and gave Seattle a 5-0 lead. It was Bjorkstrand’s first multi-goal sport since Jan. 8, 2022, when he scored a pair for Columbus towards New Jersey.
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Bjorkstrand scores twice as Kraken cruise previous Canucks
Jared McCann added his team-high twenty third of the season on the facility play. Alex Wennberg additionally scored a power-play purpose and Eeli Tolvanen’s one-timer was his sixth purpose in 13 video games since being picked up by Seattle off waivers.
Ryan Donato added his twelfth early within the third interval, his fourth purpose up to now three video games after going eight video games with out one.
Vince Dunn had two assists and set a profession excessive in factors with 36. Jordan Eberle, Adam Larsson, Yanni Gourde and McCann all had two assists.
Martin Jones made 19 saves for Seattle.
Conor Garland scored his ninth of the season within the closing seconds of the second interval, nevertheless it was an in any other case depressing evening for the Canucks. Spencer Martin made 29 saves.
Rick Tocchet’s second sport answerable for the Canucks after taking on for fired coach Bruce Boudreau was far completely different than his debut an evening earlier when Vancouver thumped Chicago.
The Canucks had been sloppy and took two careless penalties that led to Seattle objectives.
Seattle wanted simply eight seconds after Andrei Kuzmenko was penalized for hooking for Wennberg to make it 2-0 lower than 10 minutes into the primary interval. The Kraken prolonged it to 3-0 on McCann’s purpose after Tyler Myers was referred to as for interference barreling by means of Matty Beniers away from the play.
Beniers was noticeably shaken up after the hit and performed later within the interval, however didn’t play within the third.
The Canucks host Columbus on Friday.