CHICAGO– The Seattle Kraken became the first team in NHL history to sweep a road trip of at least seven games when they defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 8-5 at the United Center on Saturday.
The Kraken (26-12-4), who also won for the eighth straight time overall, scored six goals on his first seven shots in the first period, including five in a span of 3:41.
“The two points is what matters,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said. “It’s a huge accomplishment for the players to be able to do that. It shows the consistency and work they’ve put in since the beginning of this road trip. To me, it’s more about the players achieving game consistency together as they moved throughout the whole road trip.”
Jared McCann He had his first triplet in the NHL, Matty Beniers Y Oliver Björkstrand each had a goal and an assist, and martin jones he made 22 saves for his seventh straight win with Seattle.
“It’s been nice,” McCann said. “To be able to score in a game like this is huge. Obviously we made some history tonight so it was good. It’s huge. We didn’t have the best year last year, especially away from home. The season we added some new faces and we made our team go much deeper.”
taylor radish had a goal and two assists, and seth jones he had three assists for the Blackhawks (11-26-4), who had won three in a row. Petr Mrazek allowed four goals on five shots before being substituted at 12:08 of the first half for alex stalockwho made 21 saves.
“It’s not complicated, it’s just not good enough,” Chicago captain jonathan toews saying. “The effort isn’t there and the preparation clearly isn’t there, so it’s not anyone in particular. It’s across the board, so it’s nothing specific, nothing special, but I think we all recognize that it was far from the level we’ve played these last three games.
“We have to show a little more experience, a little more character in the way that we’re taking steps forward as a team and maturing as a team, and when we start to pick up momentum and things start to click because we’re working and we’re winning bounces, we can’t just have a bad night where it’s like we don’t feel it and mail it like that.”
daniel spring gave the Kraken a 1-0 lead at 2:50 of the first period, scoring with a deke backhand right after morgan geek he sent it in with a pass from center ice.
Toews tied it 1-1 at 4:40. Jones drove the puck deep into the box before passing to Toews, whose shot from the left deflected off the Kraken defender’s stick. Jaime Oleksiak.
Beniers put Seattle back up 2-1 at 9:30 with a wrist shot from the high slot. It was his sixth goal in seven games.
McCann made it 3-1 at 10:46 when he skidded down the right side and beat Mrazek with a wrist snap.
Andre Burakovsky he extended the lead to 4-1 at 12:08, receiving a backhand pass from Beniers near the goal line.
Eeli Tolvanen he pushed it to 5-1 at 12:45, and McCann made it 6-1 at 13:11.
kraken defense adam larson he was on the ice for all six first period goals and was plus-7 for the game.
“Honestly, I didn’t feel like I was involved in the first six,” Larsson said. “Whatever we’re doing seems to be working. Obviously, we’ve been having a lot of fun lately.”
isaac phillips he scored his first NHL goal at 10:45 of the second period to pull Chicago within 6–2.
Max DomiThe 51-second power-play goal in the third period made it 6-3.
McCann, playing in his 466th game, completed his first NHL hat-trick in 1:54 to put it up 7-3. Bjorkstrand then made it 8-3 at 2:37.
Raddysh scored a power-play goal at 16:50 to cut the score to 8-4 before patrick kane he scored at 19:45 for the final 8-5.
“Yeah, it was just collective,” Chicago coach Luke Richardson said. “Nobody was prepared to play today, physically and mentally. You know, I think probably scoring right after they scored to make it 1-1, it felt like [we thought], ‘Oh, we were going to be fine,’ the way we played. And we definitely weren’t playing well. It may have been the worst thing that ever happened to us, rather than not scoring there and maybe having to rework the game. I think we thought it was going to happen tonight.”
NOTES: Seattle scored the fastest 15 goals in NHL history. The Pittsburgh Penguins scored five times in 2:07 on November 22, 1972, in a 10-4 win against the St. Louis Blues. … Jones, who had a shutout in each of his last two games, ended his streak at 139:19. …Forward jordan eberle he played his 900th NHL game. …Seattle ahead jade schwartz it was a late scratch with an undisclosed injury. …Kraken Defender vince dunn he had an assist to extend his scoring streak to six games (three goals, seven assists). … Oleksiak’s assist was his 100th point in the NHL. … Kane had seven shots in the game in 18:23 after missing three games with a lower-body injury.