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Kraken knock off Panthers for third win in four games

Field Level Media
24 Jan 2022, 15:05 GMT+10

Mason Appleton had a goal and an assist as the Seattle Kraken defeated the visiting Florida Panthers 5-3 Sunday night.

Marcus Johansson, Yanni Gourde, Colin Blackwell and Calle Jarnkrok also scored for Seattle, and goalie Philipp Grubauer made 28 saves.

It was the Kraken's third victory in their past four games and their second over Florida this season, the first a 4-1 decision on Nov. 27 in in Sunrise, Fla.

The Panthers, who entered the game tied with two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay for the NHL lead with 61 points, got a goal and two assists from Jonathan Huberdeau.

Anthony Duclair and Aleksander Barkov also scored for Florida, which lost for just the second time in regulation in its past 13 games (10-2-1). Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 24 of 28 shots.

The Kraken scored three consecutive goals in the second period to take a 3-1 lead before the Panthers tied it, as Huberdeau scored on a power play and then set up Barkov to make it 3-3.

Appleton scored on a three-on-two break just 26 seconds into the third period, taking a pass from Alex Wennberg and beating Bobrovsky to the glove side from the edge of the right faceoff circle to give Seattle a 4-3 advantage.

It remained that way until Jarnkrok scored into an open net with 19 seconds left.

Duclair opened the scoring at 4:57 of the first, when the rebound of his shot went off the skate of Seattle defenseman Carson Soucy and into the net.

Johansson tied it at 5:02 of the second, taking a drop pass from Mark Giordano on a four-on-two break and putting a one-timer from the left faceoff circle past Bobrovsky.

The Kraken took the lead and extended it with goals 17 seconds apart. Gourde scored on a slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle at 10:02, then Appleton put a shot off the side of the net that caromed out in front and went off Blackwell's helmet and between the goalie's pads at 10:19.

--Field Level Media

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