Jordan Eberle scored Saturday night after 2:23 of overtime in the Seattle Kraken’s 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
SEATTLE (AP) — Jordan Eberle scored after 2:23 of overtime to lead the Seattle Kraken to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
Jared McCann and Daniel Sprong also scored for Seattle, who have played in three straight overtime games and won the last two. Martin Jones made 27 saves to help the Kraken improve to 7-1-1 in their last nine games.
“I think it’s important to play these games and feel comfortable,” Eberle said. “I think we’re doing better. You know, once you get into the postseason, a lot of games are tight. You have to be comfortable in awkward situations and that’s just a good test of that.”
Phillip Danault and Trevor Moore scored for the Kings and Cal Petersen had 25 stops. Los Angeles played for the second straight season to end a four-game road trip. The Kings lost 4-1 to the Canucks on Friday.
“Especially in a duel you want to do everything you can to make it tighter and make it a hard-fought game and give us a chance at the end,” said Petersen. “We went into extra time but of course it’s disappointing that we didn’t get the extra point.”
Mid overtime, Eberle led a 2-on-1 breakaway game and put his shot past Petersen for the fifth time this season. Eberle also had an assist in the game.
McCann opened the gate 4:42 into the game. Eberle’s backhand shot was kicked away by Petersen, the puck went straight to McCann at the bottom of the right circle and he notched his team-leading seventh of the season and 100th of his career.
“It was a different overtime tonight,” said Kraken coach Dave Hakstol. “We didn’t have the puck much, but we defended really well. We haven’t given up anything threatening. … We took advantage of their defender’s dive when we hit that puck past them and that creates that odd man situation.”
The Kings split the game 1:08 in the second period. Danault’s shot ricocheted off Jones, who seemed to lose sight of the puck. Danault charged in and hit the puck out of the air for goal.
The teams traded goals on the same power play early in the third. Just 35 seconds into the half — and 15 seconds after Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty was called out to hook — Moore ended with a shorthanded breakaway and got the puck past Jones for his sixth to give the Kings a 2-1 lead bring to.
It took just 18 seconds for Seattle to level again when Sprong was open at the left circle and buried the power play goal for his third goal.
“That can really reverse the momentum. That can be a switch in the game and the fact that the next power play group went out there and was able to respond was really important,” Hakstol said. “Obviously that was a big part of the game to get it back straight away.”
The Kraken had lost their first three overtime games this season before winning the last two in a row. Los Angeles has now won three of its five overtime games.
“I thought it was a really tough, tough game for both teams,” said Kings coach Todd McLellan. “Really balanced. We made the last mistake and they capitalized on it.”
REMARKS: Kraken G Philipp Grubauer was active as a substitute goalkeeper the day after his activation from injured reserve. Grubauer missed 11 games with a lower body injury. … This was the 100th game in the history of the Kraken franchise.
Kings: hosts the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
Kraken: host San Jose on Wednesday night.
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