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Ducks’ points streak comes to an end with loss to Kraken

Ducks left wing Max Jones shoots on Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer during the second period.
Ducks left wing Max Jones, right, shoots on Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer during the second period Tuesday in Seattle.
(Jason Redmond / Associated Press)
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At this point of the season with a possible first playoff berth on the horizon, the Seattle Kraken know they must avoid faltering when the schedule turns in their favor.

Case in point came Tuesday night when the Kraken managed their way through a 5-2 win over the Ducks on a night Seattle wasn’t at its best but still picked up its fifth straight victory.

“I liked the intelligence of our team,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said. “We had some recognition that we maybe weren’t gonna be at our best in terms of energy. As we got through the second half of the game, we managed it pretty well and managed especially the third period very well.”

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Jared McCann scored his fifth goal in the past five games and Daniel Sprong scored for the first time since Jan. 17, and the Kraken posted their fourth win streak of at least five games this season. Seattle’s longest win streak last season in its inaugural campaign was three games, accomplished once.

McCann stayed hot as his 31st goal of the season gave Seattle a 2-0 first-period lead. Sprong’s 16th goal late in the second period pushed Seattle’s lead to 3-1 after the Ducks’ Trevor Zegras scored a spectacular between-the-legs goal in the opening seconds of the period.

Jamie Oleksiak also scored his career-best ninth of the season for Seattle, Eeli Tolvanen scored on a power play midway through the third period off an assist from McCann, and Jaden Schwartz added an empty-net goal with 17 seconds left.

Matty Beniers had two assists and extended his lead as the top-scoring rookie in the league. and the Kraken inched closer to Vegas for the top spot in the Pacific Division.

Mason McTavish and Jakob Silfverberg scored on the power play in the third period to push the Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

March 3, 2023

“We’re gonna have to play well every single night,” McCann said. “Obviously we’re going to be playing some divisional games here soon and those are going to matter a lot more.”

Seattle goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 20 saves, including a pair of key stops on Max Jones early in the first period, and won his fourth straight decision. But the one shot he couldn’t stop was a stunning finish by Zegras that’ll be added to his career highlight reel.

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Zegras slipped behind Seattle’s defense in the opening moments of the second period, pulled the puck between his legs and flipped it over Grubauer’s shoulder for his 21st goal of the season. Max Comtois scored with 1:27 left, but the Ducks saw their streak of points in five straight games come to an end.

“I thought we had more ‘A’ chances than them. We just couldn’t bury them. Their goaltender played very, very well.” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. “I think the thing that hurt us tonight was our power play. We didn’t get many good looks there, especially when we needed it.”

Ducks goalie John Gibson made 26 saves.

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