Burakovsky’s OT goal gives Kraken wild 9-8 win over Kings

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andre Burakovsky scored two goals, including the overtime winner, as the Seattle Cracken beat the Los Angeles Kings 9-8 Tuesday night in the NHL’s highest-scoring game of the season.

Burakovsky hit a powerplay at 2:08 of the extra session, giving Seattle their first six-game winning streak in franchise history.

“At the end of the day, it was one of those games where the last shot wins, and that’s exactly what happened,” Kraken coach Dave Hextall said. “It’s better to be on the winning side and on the good side than the other side, but this is crazy hockey.”

Matty Benyers and Jared McCann each scored two goals, while the Kraken, in their second season in the NHL, set a team record for most goals. Also scored were Alex Wennberg, Daniel Sprong and Oliver Bjorkstrand, while Martin Jones made 27 saves.

Gabe Vilardi scored two goals for the Kings, but Cal Petersen missed four of 16 shots after replacing Jonathan Quick early in the second period. Also scoring for Los Angeles were Anze Kopitar, Viktor Arvidsson, Karl Grundstrom, Adrian Kempe, Sean Durzy and Mikey Anderson.

Durzi cut the score to 8:7 with 8:16 left in the third period, and Anderson equalized with 6:21 left.

“This is a very, very confusing night for all of us,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “I am very disappointed that we conceded nine goals, absolutely. But on the other side of the coin, I’m glad that we fought back, got a point and scored eight. So we’re all in a massive mess right now, and we’d better get the hell out of this quick.

The Kings appeared to be in a position to score in overtime when Trevor Moore recovered the puck in the offensive zone before Kempe got to the bench, leading to a penalty due to too many players on the ice. Burakovsky landed a wrist shot from the right circle through movement in the powerplay that followed.

“I got the puck in a good spot and I’ll be shooting from there all day,” Burakovsky said.

Although Burakovsky took the win in his second game with several goals in the last three matches, he was not happy.

“It was kind of a messed up night,” he said. “We traded moments, played a lot of casually. I think we played very badly and so did they. We were lucky they didn’t play well at all.”

GOALS, GOALS, GOALS

Seattle led the way with eight goals against San Jose last Wednesday. McCann compared the game to playing pond hockey while growing up in Canada, and later pointed out similarities to junior hockey.

“It’s going to be one of those nights,” he said. “There will be many goals, there will be many attacks, it’s great to get two points.”

STAY OR GO

Hextall said he never thought about turning down Jones, who had his 12th win in 18 games, matching his 25-game total with Philadelphia last season.

For the Kings, the decision to switch goaltenders came at a cost, as Petersen was to blame for the score that gave the Kraken the lead again.

Petersen made a blocking save after hitting Sprong, but failed to realize the puck went high in the air before falling in his crease, landing on his skates, and hitting the net at 7:27.

Bjorkstrand then beat Petersen with a wrist shot from the high underbar slot to make it 7-5 in the middle of the middle period.

STRANGE FROM THE BEGINNING

The first period was practically a game in itself: in the 20th minute of the game the score was 3-3, and Kopitar scored in the 16th second. It was his 11th career goal in the first minute of the game, putting Kopitar sixth in NHL history and set the stage for two power-play goals per team in their four combined innings. Kraken defenseman Justin Schultz provided a minor assist on all three of his club’s goals, setting a franchise record for most assists in a period.

IT IS WORTH NOTING

Kevin Fiala’s Kings F had four assists and Drew Doughty’s D had three. … Kraken F Jordan Eberle made four passes.

NEXT

Kraken: Take on the Washington Capitals Thursday night.

Kings: Take the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.

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