chicago — The Seattle Kraken became the first team in National Hockey League history to sweep a road trip of at least seven games when they beat the Chicago Blackhawks 8-5 at the United Center on Saturday.
The Kraken (26-12-4), notching its eighth straight victory, scored six goals on its first seven shots in the first period, including five in a span of 3:41.
“The two points are what count,” said Seattle coach Dave Huxtol. “It’s a great achievement for the players to be able to do that. It shows the consistency and work they’ve put in since the beginning of this road trip. For me, it’s more about the players bringing consistency of play together as they’ve moved through the entire road trip.”
Jared McCann He got his first hat-trick in the National Hockey League, Matty Benears And Oliver Bjorkstrand Each of them had a purpose and help, and Martin Jones He made 22 saves for his seventh consecutive win for Seattle.
“It was nice,” McCann said. “To be able to score in a game like this is huge. Obviously, we made some history tonight, so that was great. It’s huge. We didn’t have the best year last year, especially on the road. We were looking forward to the season. We added some face.” and made our team more thoughtful.
Taylor Radish He had a goal and two assists, and Seth Jones He had three assists for the Blackhawks (11-26-4), who won three straight. Peter Marazek He allowed four goals on five shots before being substituted out at 12:08 of the first period Alex Stallockwho made 21 saves.
“It’s not complicated, it’s just not good enough,” the Chicago captain said Jonathan Toews He said. “The effort isn’t there and the preparation is clearly not there, so there wasn’t anyone in particular. It’s all-encompassing, so there’s nothing specific, nothing special, but I think we all recognize it’s been far from the level we’ve played these last three games.
“We have to show a little bit more experience, a little more personality in the way we take steps forward as a team and mature as a team, and when we start to get momentum and things start to click because we’re working and making cash, we can’t have a night off where it’s like That we don’t feel it, and we kind of mail it in like that. We have to be better than that.”
Daniel Sprung He gave the Kraken a 1-0 lead at 2:50 of the first period, scoring on a backhand to a forehand after Morgan Geeky Serve it with a pass from the center of the ice.
Toews tied it 1-1 at 4:40. Jones worked the puck deep in the area before out to Toews, whose left point shot deflected off a Kraken defenseman’s stick. Jimmy Oleksiak.
Benners put Seattle ahead 2-1 at 9:30 with a wrist shot from the high hole. It was his sixth goal in seven matches.
McCann made it 3-1 at 10:46 when he skated to the right side and defeated Mrazek with a wrist shot.
Andrey Burakovsky He extended the lead to 4-1 at 12:08, after receiving a backpass from Benners along the goal line.
Eli Tolvanen He pushed it to 5-1 at 12:45, and McCann made it 6-1 at 13:11.
Kraken Defenseman Adam Larson He was on the ice for all 6 goals in the first half and was plus-7 in the game.
“Honestly, I didn’t feel involved in the first six of them,” said Larson. “Everything we’re doing there seems to be working. Obviously, we’ve had a lot of fun lately.”
Isaac Phillips He scored his first NHL goal at 10:45 of the second period to bring Chicago within 6-2.
Max DomiA power play goal 51 seconds into the third period made it 6-3.
McCann, who was playing in his 466th career game, completed his first NHL hat trick in 1:54 to take a 7-3 lead. Bjorkstrand then made it 8-3 at 2:37.
Raddysh scored a power-play goal at 16:50 to cut it to 8-4 from before Patrick Kane Scored at 19:45 for the final 8-5.
“Yeah, it was just collegiate,” Chicago coach Luke Richardson said. “Nobody was ready to play today, both physically and mentally. You know, I think they could probably score a goal after they scored to make it 1-1, I felt [we thought], “Oh, we were going to be alright,” the way we were playing. We certainly didn’t play well. It might have been the worst thing that ever happened to us, rather than not scoring there and maybe having to get back into the game. I guess we thought it would happen tonight.”
Notes: Seattle scored the five fastest goals in NHL history. The Pittsburgh Penguins scored five goals at 2:07 on November 22, 1972, in a 10-4 win against the St. Louis Blues. … Jones, who had been shut out in each of his previous two matches, ended his streak at 139:19. … forward Jordan Eberle He played his 900th NHL game. … Seattle forward Jaden Schwartz He was a late scratch with an undisclosed injury. … Kraken Defenseman Vince Dunn He had an assist to extend his point streak to six games (three goals and seven assists). … Oleksiak’s assist was his 100th NHL point. … Kane had a career-high seven shots at 18:23 after missing three games with a lower-body injury.