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Sunday, December 04, 2022

Wennberg’s quick goal helps Kraken to a 6-1 victory over Kings

LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) – Alex Wennberg scored 14 seconds into the game, Jared McCann had his team’s leading 24th goal of the season and the Seattle Kraken dominated on both sides of the ice in a 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

Chris Driedger stopped 36 shots for the Kraken, who have scored four wins in their last six games.

Seattle scored 14 of its 18 skaters a point. Adam Larsson, Victor Rask, Jordan Eberle and Daniel Sprong also scored and Vince Dunn collected two assists.

Arthur Kaliyev scored and Cal Petersen scored 32 times for Los Angeles, earning points in four of his last five in the game. It was the 1,000th regular season NHL game for coach Todd McLellan, making him the seventh active coach to achieve the feat.

The Kings are two points ahead of Edmonton for second place in the Pacific Division. The teams are scheduled to meet Wednesday night.

Wennberg put in a rebound after Petersen saved a path on a turnaround attempt by Ryan Donato. Wennberg’s eighth goal of the season is the fastest in the expansion Kraken’s short history, obscuring Alex Eberle’s score of 15 seconds in the game on November 6 at Phoenix.

Seattle is the only team in the league this season to have scored two goals in the game’s first 15 seconds.

McCann’s score on a strange rush increased Seattle’s lead to 5-1 and came in a three-goal third. McCann’s goal came 29 seconds after Eberle Petersen struck on a breakaway.

To show how bad of an evening it was for Los Angeles, the Kraken’s last goal was attributed to Sprong, but came after it hit the face of Kings’ defender Jordan Spence and went into the net at 12:13 .

Larsson gave the Kraken a 2-1 advantage 8:24 into the first period with a shot through traffic just above the right-hand circle. It was the defender’s sixth goal this season and second in the last four games.

Rask extended the lead to two goals with a shot from the right side that went into the far side of the net. It was Rask’s first goal with the Kraken since he was acquired on March 21 from Minnesota.

POWER ON

Kaliyev’s 5:23 power play in the first period tied the game at 1-all and extended Los Angeles’ series in which he scored with the man advantage to four games. This is the Kings’ longest series since they had a run of six games last season.

Adrian Kempe did well in his task of holding on to the puck and forged a shot to get Driedger out of position before heading to Kaliyev, who went on the top shelf. Kaliyev has 13 goals, tied for eighth among newcomers.

McLELLAN SE MYLPAL

McLellan is the 31st coach in NHL history to reach 1,000 regular-season games behind the bench. Of the seven active coaches, he is the third to do so this season, along with Vancouver’s Bruce Boudreau and Vegas’ Peter DeBoer.

McLellan is in his third season with the Kings. He spent seven years with the San Jose Sharks and four years with the Edmonton Oilers. McLellan has a 520-368-112 regular season point.

FOLLOWING

Kraken: Host of the Vegas Golden Knights Wednesday.

Kings: Hit the road for three games in Canada, starting Wednesday against the Edmonton Oilers.

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