Matty Beniers scores in OT, Kraken rally past Capitals 3-2

Jaden Schwartz was just grabbing a sip of water when he looked up to see Matty Beniers breaking in on goal alone.

SEATTLE (AP) — Jaden Schwartz was catching a sip of water as he looked up to see Matty Beniers breaking in on goal alone.

Seattle’s rookie wasted no time sending the Kraken to their seventh straight win.

“I looked up and he was on a breakaway. It was quick but they were hungry for the pass,” Schwartz said.

Beniers scored seven seconds into overtime and the Kraken rallied to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Thursday night.

Beniers won a faceoff scrum to start overtime, got a tip from Andre Burakovsky and defeated Darcy Kuemper for his 10th goal of the season to continue Seattle’s franchise-record winning streak.

According to the NHL, it was the fastest overtime goal by a rookie in a regular-season game.

“It’s all about your fighting level and your 50/50 puck wins, and they created that,” said Seattle coach Dave Hakstol. “It was a 50/50 puck that we won, (Burakovsky) did a good job and Matty had some good opportunities tonight and he finished them at the right time.”

After a 10-1-1 November, the Kraken overcame a 2-0 deficit to keep their streak going. Yanni Gourde scored normally with 2:27 to go and pinched a rebound past Kuemper. Seattle controlled the game for most of the third period and was eventually rewarded with Gourde’s third goal of the season that forced overtime.

Schwartz added a power play goal for Seattle in the second half when he flicked the rebound of Vince Dunn’s shot past Kuemper from the point.

“We did a good job of finding ways to win and keep at it,” Schwartz said. “There’s a lot of momentum swings in games and we’re doing a pretty good job of managing that.”

Philipp Grubauer made 21 saves and was solid against his former team all evening. It was only his second start since coming from injured reserve.

“The first half was a bit tough, I think two goals for three or four shots. You don’t want to start like that,” said Grubauer. “The second period went well and I think that’s a time that I personally needed to get back here.”

Martin Fehervary and Conor Sheary both scored in the first half, but the Capitals couldn’t withstand pressure from Seattle in the second and third halves.

“Not enough of the good stuff tonight,” said Washington coach Peter Laviolette. “Not enough of the right things.”

Fehervary scored with 7:36 and Sheary added a power play goal with 5:56 left to give the Capitals a 2-0 lead. Alex Ovechkin assisted on both goals, Washington’s captain had multiple points for the fourth time in five games.

Kuemper finished with 22 saves for Washington.

“Our game has definitely trended upwards. Tonight we might not have had our best clothes or all our legs, but we took the lead and unfortunately couldn’t hold them both,” said Kümper.


TJ Oshie was playing near his hometown for the first time in his career after missing Washington’s trip to Seattle last season through injury. Oshie didn’t waste time getting involved in the action, getting into a fight with Seattle’s Yanni Gourde in the first period. It was Oshie’s first fight since the start of the 2021-22 season and his second career fight against Gourde, who previously tangled once while Gourde was in Tampa Bay.

NOTES: Seattle F Morgan Geekie (upper body) missed his second straight game. … Grubauer made his first home start since Oct. 17 against Carolina. … Ovechkin ran in his 1,299. Career game skate.


Capitals: In Calgary on Saturday night.

Kraken: host Florida on Saturday night. Matty Beniers scores in OT, Kraken rally past Capitals 3-2

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