Burakovsky helps Kraken beat Panthers 5-2

Andre Burakovsky scored the opener midway through the second period and the Seattle Kraken defeated the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Sunday night.

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Andre Burakovsky scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period and the Seattle Kraken defeated the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Sunday night.

Matty Beniers, Jordan Eberle, Daniel Sprong and Yanni Gourde also scored, helping Seattle to a three-game losing streak. Martin Jones finished with 23 saves as the Kraken improved to an all-time 3-1 against the Panthers — including 2-0 in Florida.

“We wanted to get back to who we are,” said Seattle coach Dave Hakstol. Our players did that. … I thought we were pretty consistent, our special teams were solid and contributed to the win. Goalkeeping was solid. That’s what it takes to get a good away win.”

Eric Staal and Chris Tierney scored for the Panthers, who have lost two straight games and three of four. Sergei Bobrovsky had 27 saves as he started for the second straight year when Spencer Knight was out through illness.

“There were a lot of difficulties with some fundamental things in our game,” said Florida coach Paul Maurice. “We had trouble moving the puck. There are physical and mental turnovers and we had a bit of both. … As the game progressed you saw the mental aspect. We started a little bit off, then they pushed and I don’t think we found a way to get better during the game.”

Seattle opened the scoring to 1:04 in the game when Beniers scored on a turnover deep in the Florida zone. It was his 11th this season.

The Panthers drew 7-34 in the second game when Staal scored his first goal in more than 18 months. The veteran center, who did not play in the NHL last season, signed a one-year contract with Florida in October.

Burakovsky then gave Seattle the final lead 1:31 later with his 10th of the season.

Florida failed to equalize a power play chance in the third game, and Eberle scored his seventh goal shortly after the end to put the Kraken 3-1 up 7-15.

“I think it was a much better performance than we’ve seen lately,” said Gourde. “It was a much more complete game, our level of competition was higher. Everything was better tonight.”

The Panthers’ Ryan Lomberg was hit just over four minutes later with a two-minute penalty for roughing and a five-minute major penalty for boarding. The Kraken took advantage when Sprong scored on the power play at 4:51 for his sixth lead.

Gourde scored an empty net to make it 5-1 with 2:38 to go.

Tierney capped the scoring with his second with 1:17 remaining.

REMARKS: The Panthers continue to deal with players feeling under the weather. After captain Aleksander Barkov missed six straight games before returning Thursday night, center Anton Lundell has missed four games and Knight was out three times. … The Panthers also have defenseman Radko Gudas on the concussion record after he was injured in Seattle on Dec. 3.

NEXT

Kraken: In Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.

Panthers: Host Columbus on Tuesday night.

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