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Adam Larsson lifts Kraken to win over Penguins in OT

Field Level Media
28 Jan 2022, 13:05 GMT+10

Adam Larsson scored at 1:17 of overtime Thursday as the visiting Seattle Kraken snapped the Pittsburgh Penguins' six-game winning streak, 2-1.

Larsson, who had just come onto the ice, snapped a shot from the slot past the glove of Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry for the winner and his fourth goal, matching his total from last season.

It was just the fifth road win for the expansion Kraken, who have won four of six overall.

Jared McCann also scored for Seattle, and goaltender Philipp Grubauer, who has won four of his past five starts, made 23 saves.

Evgeni Malkin scored for the Penguins, who had won 17 of their previous 19 overall and eight in a row at home.

Jarry made 27 saves for the Penguins.

Pittsburgh won the teams' only previous meeting, a 6-1 rout on Dec. 6 in Seattle.

Seattle made an obvious attempt this time to be stingy on defense against the Penguins, who during their six-game winning streak had scored 27 goals.

The flip side is that Pittsburgh also clamped down defensively and the Kraken didn't generate a lot of offense playing that way, which was reflected in Pittsburgh's 20-9 shot advantage through two periods.

Late in the second, the Penguins spent nearly 2 1/2 uninterrupted minutes in the Seattle end with a handful of scoring chances, but Grubauer and blocked shots thwarted them.

On its second power-play chance of the game, Pittsburgh broke through on Malkin's goal.

Seattle's Marcus Johansson got a rare goaltender interference penalty after he crashed into Jarry on a strong scoring chance. At 8:41, Kris Letang, from the lower portion of the right circle, passed out to Malkin. From the top of the slot, Malkin wove a shot through traffic and over Grubauer's glove for a 1-0 Penguins lead.

The Kraken tied it 1-1 at 16:04 of the third. McCann, a former Penguins player, won a faceoff and went to the front of the net. Vince Dunn took a shot from the right point, and McCann deflected it past Jarry.

--Field Level Media

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