Seattle Kraken, Justin Schultz

Kraken 4, Coyotes 1 – Seattle Reaches 100 Points

FINAL: Seattle Kraken 4, Arizona Coyotes 1. Seattle swept the season series and reached 100 points in the standings. That is a proud benchmark.

The result comes as no surprise. The Kraken dominated the Coyotes last week in two victories for the home team at Climate Pledge Arena.

At times it seemed the ‘Yotes struggled to simply complete a break-out pass as the Kraken completed the two-game sweep 8-to-1 on Monday and 4-to-2 on Thursday. Keep in mind, between those wins, Seattle also picked up a victory in Vancouver against the Canucks on Tuesday night.

Yes, it was quite a week for Seattle against some NHL bottom feeders.

Monday night at little Mullett Arena in Tempe, it was utter and complete shinny for awhile, as in wide open pond hockey.

Special teams played a part. The Kraken penalty kill went 4-for-4, the power play 2-for-3 as Seattle won their 5th game in a row.

Seattle forward Jaden Schwartz missed his second consecutive game due to an undisclosed injury. He’s considered day-to-day.

Philipp Grubauer manned the crease for Seattle while Ivan Prosvetov handled duties at the other end.

Jack McBain scored the lone goal of the 1st period at 9:22. He fired a shot from the point through traffic.

Kraken Goal Scorers:

2nd Period

1-1 Tied – Power Play – Oliver Bjorkstrand (20) from Alexander Wennberg and Eeli Tolvanen, 3:12

Bjorkstrand snapped home a one-timer from the slot as the ‘bumper’ man on the power play.

2-1 Kraken – Even Strength – Justin Schultz (7) Unassisted, 14:56

Picking up the puck after coming out of the penalty box, Schultz skated in alone and deked Prosvetov forehand.

3-1 Kraken – Even Strength – Matty Beniers (24) from Jared McCann and Will Borgen, 16:10

Streaking in from the left wing, Beniers gained the inside part of the left circle and ripped one low glove.

3rd Period

4-1 Kraken – Power Play – Jared McCann (40) from Justin Schultz, 14:39

McCann took a pass in the left wing circle and ripped home his 40th, gloveside on Prosvetov.

Seattle outshot Arizona 37-23.

Kraken 3 Stars:

1) Jared McCann – A goal and an assist, 7 shots on goal in 18:53 in ice time. He reaches 40 goals.

2) Justin Schultz – A goal and an assist. Four shots and a blocked shot in 14:46.

3) Philipp Grubauer – He was tested when it was wide open – finished with a .957 save percentage.

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.