01/27 21:56 CST Larsson leads Kraken to first OT win, 2-1 over Penguins
Larsson leads Kraken to first OT win, 2-1 over Penguins
By DAN SCIFO
PITTSBURGH (AP) --- Adam Larsson scored the first overtime goal in Seattle
Kraken history, lifting the expansion team to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh
Penguins on Thursday night.
With the Kraken trailing 1-0, Jared McCann scored with 3:56 left in regulation
against his former team to force overtime.
Larsson, who scored in consecutive games for the first time in his career, then
won it 1:17 into the extra period to give Seattle its fourth win in six games
following a nine-game losing streak. The Kraken were 0-4 in previous overtime
Philipp Grubauer stopped 23 shots while helping the Kraken snap the Penguins'
six-game winning streak.
Seattle picked up just its fifth road win of the season, improving to 5-11-2
away from home. The Kraken's last road win came on Dec. 14 at San Jose, as they
dropped their previous four games away from home.
Evgeni Malkin scored his fourth of the season, a power-play goal at 8:41 of the
third, but the Penguins had their season-best eight-game home winning streak
end. Tristan Jarry made 27 saves for Pittsburgh, which has still won 17 of its
last 20 games overall.
McCann tied it at 16:04 of the third when he deflected Vince Dunn's point shot
behind Jarry. McCann played parts of three seasons with Pittsburgh, scoring 39
goals and 84 points in 141 regular-season games. Pittsburgh traded McCann to
Toronto during the 2021 offseason and he was eventually selected by Seattle in
the expansion draft. McCann, who leads the Kraken in points, is two goals shy
of matching his career high.
Neither team scored a goal in the first two periods, as Pittsburgh held a 20-9
advantage in shots. That included an 11-2 edge in the second period, as Seattle
went 16:57 without a shot through the end of the first and the beginning of the
Grubauer made a sliding pad save on Jeff Carter during a 2-on-1 with Evan
Rodrigues. Later in the period, Pittsburgh pressured with a 91-second
even-strength shift in the Seattle zone that resembled a power play, but the
Penguins couldn't capitalize.
The Kraken poured it on the rest of the way, outshooting Pittsburgh 18-4 in the
third period and 2-0 in the overtime.
NOTES: Malkin missed the first 34 games of the season because of offseason knee
surgery, but has four goals and 10 points in nine games. He has two goals and
seven points during a six-game point streak. ... Larsson scored in consecutive
games for the first time in his career. He tallied a point in three straight
games for the first time since February 2015 and equaled his career high for
goals in a season.
EXPANSION SUCCESS IN PITTSBURGH
Seattle became the fifth expansion team in league history to win its first game
in Pittsburgh, joining Los Angeles, St. Louis, Buffalo and Edmonton. Expansion
teams are 5-13-9 all-time in their first road games against Pittsburgh.
PENS POWER PLAY
Pittsburgh has power-play goals in five of its last six games. The Penguins
have converted in 10 of their last 12 overall with the man advantage.
Three other Kraken skaters besides McCann --- Riley Sheahan, Jamie Oleksiak and
Brandon Tanev --- and two Seattle executives --- Ron Francis and Jason
Botterill --- also have ties to the Penguins.
Sheahan played 122 regular-season games with the Penguins, totaling 18 goals
and 41 points. Tanev, who missed his 12th game with a torn ACL, was selected
from Pittsburgh in the expansion draft, while Oleksiak had 25 points in 83
Francis won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Penguins during the 1991-92
seasons, while Botterill was part of the franchise's three most recent
championships (2009, 2016-17) in a front office role.
Kraken: Continue a four-game road trip Saturday at the New York Islanders.
Penguins: Continue a six-game homestand Friday against Detroit.
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