Seattle Kraken, Eeli Tolvanen

Kraken 4, Canadiens 0, Seattle Perfect 2023

Seattle Kraken 4, Montreal Canadiens 0. Seattle five wins and no losses in the new year.

The starting goaltenders were Sam Montembeault for the Canadiens and Martin Jones for Seattle. It means Philipp Grubauer gets the start for Seattle on Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres and it also gives Jones an extra day of rest prior to a start in Boston against the Bruins on Thursday night.

With the win against Montreal, Jones has won five straight games and earned 19 wins in 26 starts. It’s his second shut-out of the season. He had one November 3rd against the Minnesota Wild.

There was a bit of a revenge factor for Seattle on Monday night, having lost to the Canadiens at Climate Pledge Arena 4-2 back on December 6th. It didn’t take long to start registering some offense against the struggling Habs.

Kraken Goal Scorers

1st Period

1-0 Kraken – Even Strength – Eeli Tolvanen (5), from Vince Dunn and Yanni Gourde, 6:54

Tolvanen doesn’t miss from there; waiting alone in front and cashing in on a cross-crease pass from Dunn.

2-0 Kraken – Power Play – Daniel Sprong (13) from Andre Burakovsky and Matty Beniers, 10:01

Wicked one-time slapper from the left wing circle on the cross-ice feed from Burakovsky.

3-0 Kraken – Even Strength – Vince Dunn (7) from Eeli Tolvanen and Yanni Gourde, 14:20

A slapper from the point found its way through traffic, caroming in off a Canadien’s leg.

3rd Period

4-0 Kraken – Even Strength (Empty netter) – Matty Beniers (15) from Jordan Eberle, 18:57

Buries it from the right wing boards at the Montreal blueline.

Eeli Tolvanen has five points over his first five games with the Kraken, including three goals.

For the game Seattle outshot the Habs 41-21. The Seattle power play went 1-for-6, Montreal 0-for-2.

The Kraken have earned a 5-and-0 record in 2023 thus far and play the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. Puck drop is a little after 4 pm pacific.

Kraken 3 Stars:

1) Vince Dunn – Goal, assist, and a team leading six shots on goal for the blueliner,

2) Eeli Tolvanen – A goal and an assist, first multi-point game for the newcomer with Seattle.

3) Martin Jones – Even though it was mostly a low event night, it’s another win and his second shut-out of the season.

Rob Simpson

Rob Simpson has covered the NHL in five different decades. He’s authored 4 books on hockey and is a veteran TV and radio play-by-play man and reporter.