Donato scores in fourth straight, Kraken topple Blues 5-2

Ryan Donato scored in his fourth straight game, Carson Soucy, Daniel Sprong and Jared McCann all scored in Seattle’s 3-goal second half, and the Kraken defeated the Blues.

SEATTLE (AP) — Ryan Donato continued his hot streak of goals and got the Seattle Kraken the start they needed against an opponent they struggled with in their first two seasons.

Donato scored in his fourth straight game, Carson Soucy, Daniel Sprong and Jared McCann all scored in Seattle’s second period with three goals, and the Kraken defeated the St. Louis Blues 5-2 Tuesday night.

Seattle won straight games for the first time in nearly three weeks, ending the Blues’ four-game winning streak and beating St. Louis for the first time in the Kraken’s two seasons.

“I think we see if we play right we would get our chances and if we take them it’s hard to beat us,” Donato said.

Donato’s seventh goal of the season came at 16:27 of the first period, and the four-game scoring streak is the longest of his career. Donato separated the St. Louis defenders during a substitution, collecting a long pass from Adam Larsson and defeating Blues goalie Thomas Greiss.

“To me, it’s definitely cute. I find it exciting,” Donato said. “But at the end of the day, I think everyone here agrees that it’s more about winning. It definitely feels good for me to be part of this win.”

Soucy scored in the 10-minute mark of the second period, accidentally being in the right place after Will Borgen’s shot deflected off the point on the side of the net. With one hand he pushed the puck past Greiss. Sprong and McCann added goals a little over two minutes apart towards the end of the half. Sprong’s eighth goal came from a breakaway, while McCann scored from behind the goal line that blocked his shot on Greiss. McCann leads Seattle with 15 goals this season.

Brandon Tanev added an empty goal with 4:13 left.

Martin Jones made 22 saves for Seattle and won for the fourth time in his last five starts.

“We were pretty good for the first two periods. We did what we had to do in terms of overall pace of play and energy,” said Seattle coach Dave Hakstol. “We had a lot of good opportunities in the second half.”

St. Louis looked like fatigue had finally caught up with him. The Blues played their third consecutive game in the past nine days. The Blues had swept through western Canada with victories in Edmonton, Calgary and Monday night’s Vancouver before running out of breath in Seattle.

“We didn’t have the legs tonight, but then we have to be smarter and your puck play has to be really good,” said St. Louis coach Craig Berube.

Colton Parayko scored his second goal of the season for St. Louis at 5:59 in the third period, and Pavel Buchnevich scored with a second margin on a 10:54 power play to draw St. Louis 4-2. Greiss made 28 saves.

The Blues were also without top scorer Jordan Kyrou with a torso injury a night after he scored his first hat-trick of his career in a 5-1 win against Vancouver. Kyrou was checked in by Vancouver’s Kyle Burroughs at 1:31 into the game and did not play another shift.

Kyrou was coming off a hot streak in the first three games of the Blues’ road trip with nine points – six goals and three assists. Kyrou started the night as St. Louis’ top scorer with 16 goals and 32 points.

“I think they handled it well. We obviously miss him,” said Berube. “He’s a good player for us. It is what it is.”

REMARKS: Tanev was stopped from a penalty early in the third period by Griess after Tanev stumbled on a breakaway from behind. … Logan Brown moved into the lineup for his sixth game of the season without Kyrou being out.


Blues: Complete the Vegas road trip on Thursday.

Kraken: Travels to Vancouver on Thursday. Donato scores in fourth straight, Kraken topple Blues 5-2

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