Red Hot Kraken sends Bruins to 3-0 home loss after 1st regulation – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (AP) — Kraken goaltender Martin Jones called it Seattle’s best game of the season, and who was forward Yanni Gourde to argue with?

“I’m not going to disagree with Jonesy, especially after tonight’s game,” Gourde said Thursday night after Jones stopped 27 shots for the second straight game in the Kraken’s 3-0 win over the Boston Bruins.

“He’s been phenomenal for us all season, especially in the last two games,” said Gourde. “He came out big tonight against a very, very talented group, made some key saves throughout the game and they kept us in the game.”

Three nights after knocking out the Canadiens in Montreal, Jones stopped David Pastrnak’s breakaway in the second half – Boston’s best chance to score – and Seattle equaled their franchise record with a seventh straight win. The Kraken also picked up seven straight wins earlier this season — his second since joining the NHL as an expansion team.

Brandon Tanev and Eeli Tolvanen scored for Seattle and Jaden Schwartz added an empty net after the Bruins pulled out Linus Ullmark for a 6-for-5 advantage with about five minutes remaining.

“I thought that was probably our most complete game of the season,” Jones said. “Coming in and playing like we did and to get a win in that building, you know, that’s a big step forward for us.”

Ullmark made 28 saves for the Bruins, who had four straight wins in the race for the NHL’s best record while building an 11-point lead. It was the first regular home loss all season for Boston, an Original Six franchise in its 99th season.

Seven minutes into the first half, Seattle took a 1-0 lead when Daniel Sprong seemingly harmlessly tried to send the puck behind the net but was tipped by Tanev into the narrow space on Ullmark’s glove side.

“I was a bit surprised,” Tanev said. “But I mean, you take them any way you can.”

The Kraken made it 2-0 in the second minute when Tolvanen received a deflected puck in the slot, twirled around, faked a slap shot and hammered it under the bar. The Bruins continued play, but the umpire and replay officer confirmed that the puck found the back of the net.

The Bruins drew Ullmark with five minutes left and kept the puck in the Kraken zone for most of the next three minutes before Schwartz cleared it into the empty net for a 3-0.

The Kraken also won seven straight from November 17 to December 1, a streak that included four wins in overtime. All seven of the extension team’s current winning streak — the longest active streak in the NHL — have been in regulation.

The Bruins’ last regular home loss was on April 14, 2022 to Ottawa. They had played 19-0-3 at home this season.

“It’s obviously a tough place to win,” said Kraken coach Dave Hakstol. “You don’t come in here with passengers and win a hockey game.”


Kraken: In Chicago on Saturday night.

Bruins: host Toronto on Saturday night.

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