Eberle has Seattle’s first hat trick, Kraken beat Sabres 5-2

SEATTLE — Jordan Eberle scored three goals in a 9:41 span in the second and third periods for the first hat trick in Seattle franchise history and the expansion Kraken beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Thursday night.

The loss capped a long, emotional day for the Sabres that began with the trade of former captain Jack Eichel to the Vegas Golden Knights and ended with Buffalo’s third straight loss on its West Coast swing.

Eberle had his fourth career hat trick to help Seattle snap a two-game losing streak. He scored his first of the night with 1:35 left in the second, stuck again at 1:50 of the third and capped the natural hat trick at 8:06.

Morgan Geekie opened the scoring for the Kraken, Jaden Schwartz had two assists and an empty-net goal, and Philipp Grubauer made 19 saves.

Kyle Okposo and Tage Thompson scored for Buffalo. Dustin Tokarski made 33 saves.