The Kraken scoring team recorded eight goals in the win over the Sharks

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – NOVEMBER 23: Vince Dunn #29 of the Seattle Kraken celebrates his goal with Matty Beniers #10 in the second period against the San Jose Sharks at Climate Pledge Arena on November 23, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Ste

Matty Beniers and André Burakovsky each scored on three-pointers and Jaden Schwartz added an empty net on a two-goal drive as the Seattle Kraken beat the San Jose Sharks 8-5 on Wednesday night.

The Kraken held off a hat-trick from Timo Meier to improve to 11-5-3 from last year. The win gives Seattle 25 points and keeps them in third place in the Western Conference.

“Sometimes there are nights like this and it felt like that from the start,” said head coach Dave Hakstol. “A lot has happened. I look at our goalkeeper (Martin Jones) and he didn’t concede a bad goal tonight and he made some big saves. I think there were 54 shots, 13 goals so it was just one of those Nights.

“You have to win games in very different ways. And you wouldn’t think of it that way, but it’s still a win and you have to find different ways to win hockey games.”

The eight goals scored is a new franchise record for the Kraken. They scored seven goals in the 7-4 win over the Buffalo Sabers last season.

“I think we’re really good attacking and you showed that tonight,” said Beniers. “I think tonight we really ducked and missed our chances. You know, it’s not always like that, but it’s good to see tonight.

The Kraken’s offensive attack was necessary to overcome a good try by the Sharks. In addition to Meier’s hat-trick, Logan Couture and Alexander Barabanov also scored, and the Sharks pressed Seattle all night. Seattle twice built a two-goal lead only for San Jose to score to close the gap.

“We have to finish it a bit earlier and when we have a two-goal advantage we can’t really give that up,” said Burakovsky. “And I think we did that twice today and that shouldn’t be happening, but I think it’s important to just keep at it like we did today. We’re going to stick with it for 60 (minutes_) and find a way to get it back from them.”

The Kraken started the game a bit lethargic. Three penalties in the first period, two goals from Sharks defender Erik Karlsson among other strong chances and a goal from Logan Couture after a deflected Nick Cicek shot gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead.

The Sharks conceded a penalty themselves from too many men and Matt Benning was called out for a game delay for kicking a puck out of play to give Seattle a 5-on-3 power play chance. It took just nine seconds from the two-man lead for Burakovsky to beat Kappo Kahkonen with a wrist shot to level the game 1-1.

Adam Larsson’s hook penalty late in the third, right after Brandon Tanev and Luke Kunin matched roughing penalties, gave the Sharks a 4-on-3 powerplay opportunity. Meier’s one-time try from a Karlsson pass beat Jones to give the Haie a 2-1 lead by the end of the first period.

But Seattle would spring to life after the break.

Ripping around the right circle, Matty Beniers played a backhand pass in front of the net to a plunging Vince Dunn, who beat Kahkonen to level the game 2-2.

“I think it’s a bit of luck,” said Beniers. “Dunner made a great play on the breakout and then I just threw it in the middle and he made a great play when he put it in and that was nice.”

Just over a minute later, Daniel Sprong played a similar pass from behind the net to a waiting Ryan Donato as he defeated Kahkonen with a hesitation to give the Kraken a 3-2 advantage.

Jamie Oleksiak – back in his first game after four games with a lower body injury – scored three goals in under five minutes when he redirected a Justin Schultz slap pass into the net to lead Kraken 4-2.

“I honestly felt maybe a little better than I expected,” Oleksiak said of his return to the line-up. “You know, a couple of defensive stats on goals against would probably have made me wish I could have come back, but overall I was happy with my game.”

Meier grabbed an equalizer before the end of the third when Tomáš Hertl led to a half breakaway look from a stretch pass as he beat Jones to make it a 4-3 game.

San Jose would level it just a minute into the third period when Alexander Barabanov deflected a Benning shot over Jones’ shoulder.

Oliver Bjorkstrand then ended a goalless 17-game losing streak with a backhand slide over Kahkonen for his second goal of the season. Bjorkstrand scored in the team’s season opener against Anaheim and remained without until Wednesday night.

“He scored that goal and we all went nuts on the bench,” Beniers said of Björkstrand. “He deserved it so much. He has so many offensive chances every night and now one has come in and you’re probably going to see that they’re all going to start falling for him.”

A 4-on-2 rush for Seattle resulted in Schwartz’s first goal of the night as he gave Kahkonen an open look and buried it just 59 seconds after Bjorkstrand’s strike to make it a 6-4 game.

After Meier’s third goal, Seattle cut the lead again. Beniers gave Kahkonen an open look after a feed from Jared McCann and Schwartz threw an empty net off the ice at center to perfect the win for the Kraken.

Seattle finishes the home stand with a 4-1-1 record in six games as they continue to show they are a factor in the playoff race as the season nears their fourth.

“It was an important home game,” Hakstol said of the Kraken, who were 2-3-1 going into the current six-game stay at home. “We had to answer a question there. To be honest we had to answer a question related to our game here at home and really embrace the feeling here at home and try to take advantage of the amazing fans and the big crowd that we have. We could do that.


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