SEATTLE (AP) — Matty Beniers scored seven seconds into overtime and the Seattle Kraken rallied to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 for their seventh straight victory Thursday night.
Beniers won a faceoff scrum to begin the overtime, got a tip from Andre Burakovsky and beat Darcy Kuemper for his 10th goal of the season to extend Seattle’s franchise-record winning streak.
Coming off a 10-1-1 November, the Kraken overcame a 2-0 deficit to keep their streak rolling. Yanni Gourde scored with 2:27 left in regulation, jamming a rebound past Kuemper after he saved the initial backhand shot from Daniel Sprong. Seattle had controlled play for most of the third period and finally got rewarded with Gourde’s third goal of the season that forced overtime.
Jaden Schwartz added a power-play goal for Seattle in the second period when he flicked the rebound of Vince Dunn’s shot from the point past Kuemper.
Philipp Grubauer made 21 saves and was solid all night facing his former team.
Martin Fehervary and Conor Sheary scored first period goals, but the Capitals were unable to withstand Seattle’s pressure in the second and third periods.
Fehervary scored his second of the season at 7:36 and Sheary added a power-play goal with 5:56 to go to give the Capitals a 2-0 lead. Alex Ovechkin assisted on both goals, the fourth time in five games Washington’s captain had multiple points.
Sheary’s goal was his eighth, second on the Capitals behind only Ovechkin.
Kuemper finished with 22 saves for Washington, but saw his three-game winning streak end.
TJ Oshie played near his hometown for the first time in his career having missed Washington’s trip to Seattle last season due to injury. Oshie didn’t waste becoming involved in the action, getting into a fight with Seattle’s Yanni Gourde during the first period. It was the first fight for Oshie since early in the 2021-22 season and his second career fight against Gourde, tangling once previously when Gourde was in Tampa Bay.
NOTES: Seattle F Morgan Geekie (upper body) missed his second straight game. ... Grubauer made his first start at home since Oct. 17 against Carolina. ... Ovechkin skated in his 1,299th career game.
Capitals: At Calgary on Saturday night.
Kraken: Host Florida on Saturday night.
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