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Kraken takes 7-game skid with win over Predators


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Colin Blackwell scored the decisive shorthanded goal in the third period and the Seattle Kraken ended a seven-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night.

Blackwell’s goal came just over three minutes into the third and was the first shorthanded tally of his career.

Blackwell began his NHL career with the Predators, making his debut for the team in 2018 and playing 33 games for Nashville over two seasons.

“That one made me feel good. A team I played for, those always feel good,” Blackwell said. “That one definitely stays there for this year.”

Blackwell also had an assist on a second-half scoring spree for the Kraken as Alex Wennberg, Calle Jarnkrok and Yanni Gourde scored in 2 minutes and 39 seconds. It was the fastest three-goal streak for the freshman franchise.

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Seattle Kraken forward Colin Blackwell is congratulated by teammates after scoring a shorthanded goal during the third period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Seattle. The Kraken won 4-3.
(AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

“It’s a great feeling, obviously,” Wennberg said. “And that was great too – it’s three different lines coming in and scoring. So it’s good for the team too, you have everyone pitching in and doing their bit.”

Chris Driedger made 19 saves for his fifth victory for Seattle, which won for the first time since Feb. 11 at Anaheim. But the Kraken trailed 2-0 before their big second period.

Matt Duchene scored two goals for Nashville, Philip Tomasino also scored and Roman Josi had two assists, giving him 500 career points. Juuse Saros stopped 27 shots.

After a relatively quiet first period in which Nashville took a 1-0 lead, the second was marked by a flurry of offense from both teams.

Nashville took a 2-0 lead with 13:06 left in the second period thanks to a power play goal from Duchene.

It only took 29 seconds for Seattle to respond. On rushing ice, Marcus Johansson’s cross pass gave Wennberg an easy score.

Just a minute and a half later, Jarnkrok tied the game at 2 as Jordan Eberle’s pass from just behind the net found Jarnkrok atop the crease.

It took another minute for the Kraken to take their first lead of the game as Gourde turned them on another run after a fine pass from Blackwell.

Duchene tied the game with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the period with his second goal, a shot into an open net as Driedger was caught out of position.

The Predators opened the scoring with 6:47 left in the first period. Michael McCarron’s pass behind the net found Tomasino atop the crease for a 1-0 lead.

“To be honest, I don’t think we really deserved to win tonight,” Josi said. “I thought our first (period) was okay, was pretty even. But the second they had a long push, obviously scored those three goals, and then we had a push towards the end. But our third half didn’t just wasn’t good enough.”

REMARKS: Josi has reached 500 points in 732 games, the fifth fastest defenseman in the past 25 years. He is also the fifth defenseman in the 2008 draft to reach the mark, the most of any draft class in history. … The Predators reassigned D Matt Tennyson to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. … Jarnkrok is the fourth Seattle player to score against the team he was selected to in the Kraken expansion draft.

SUCCESS IN SHORT TIME

The Kraken have scored three shorthanded goals in the last five games and killed 18 of the last 20 penalties suffered. “We kind of tweaked it recently to be very aggressive. I think we’ve done a good job of that,” Blackwell said. “Anytime you can frustrate their top guys and put a lot of pressure on them and make it difficult for them, that’s very good for us and gives them a long night.”

FOR UKRAINE

The Kraken invited Ukrainian-born singer Roman Vashchuk to sing his country’s national anthem before the game. The team also announced that the One Roof Foundation – the philanthropic arm of the Kraken and Climate Pledge Arena – is donating a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the United States for UNHCR, the United Nations Agency for refugees, which supports the Ukrainian people.

FOLLOWING

Nashville: Play San Jose on Saturday.

Seattle: Travel to play against the Capitals on Saturday.


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