The Seattle Kraken are no longer the ‘little engine that could’, they’re the turbo engine that definitely can.
On Thursday night Seattle played a complete hockey game, received sound goaltending whenever they needed it, and handed the Boston Bruins their first regulation home loss of the season, 3-0. Boston came in with a record of 19-0-and-3 at TD Garden.
Red hot Seattle won its sixth consecutive game on a seven-game road trip that concludes in Chicago against the Blackhawks on Saturday night. That feat in and of itself is truly remarkable, especially for a second year franchise.
The club’s road record improved to a stunning 15-4-and-2. The overall winning streak, dating back to the New Year’s Day victory over the New York Islanders, stands at seven games, the longest active streak in the NHL. It ties a franchise mark set earlier this season.
Kraken Goal Scorers
1-0 Kraken – Even Strength – Brandon Tanev (8) from Daniel Sprong, 7:14
An impressive tip along the right wing goal line alluded Linus Ullmark on the short side.
2-0 Kraken – Even Strength – Eeli Tolvanen (6) from Oliver Bjorkstrand and Yanni Gourde, 19:21
After a point shot was blocked, Tolvanen found the puck in the slot, spun, fired, and scored top shelf.
3-0 Kraken – Even Strength (Empty netter) – Jaden Schwartz (10) from Vince Dunn and Adam Larsson, 18:10
A 170-footer found the middle of the empty net.
— Seattle outshot the Bruins 31-27. The power plays: Boston 0-for-1, Seattle 0-for-3.
— Seattle blocked 19 shots in the game.
Kraken 3 Stars:
1) Martin Jones – 27 saves for shut-outs in consecutive starts.
2) Eeli Tolvanen – His fourth goal in seven games with the Seattle Kraken provided the insurance the team needed.
3) Adam Larsson – Leading minute muncher played an all-around solid, physical game and gained an assist.