Adam Larsson's overtime goal helps Kraken beat Stars 5-4

Seattle bolsters hold on first wild-card playoff position
March 21, 2023 at 9:03 p.m.

By Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) — Adam Larsson scored on a breakaway backhander 1:52 into overtime and emergency call-up goaltender Joey Daccord made 25 saves in his first NHL appearance since Nov. 1 as the Seattle Kraken beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Brandon Tanev had two goals and an assist, fellow fourth-line forward Daniel Sprong had a goal and an assist and Jared McCann added his team-best 34th goal plus an assist for the Kraken, who bolstered their hold on the first wild-card playoff position in the Western Conference.

Jamie Benn sent the game into overtime with the tying goal with 0.7 seconds left and had two assists. Miro Heiskanen and Joe Pavelski each had a goal and an assist and Wyatt Johnston also scored for the Stars, who rallied from a two-goal deficit in the final four minutes. Jake Oettinger stopped 22 shots.

Daccord was called up from Coachella Valley of the AHL on Monday with No. 1 goalie Philipp Grubauer unavailable with non-COVID illness. It was the 13th career NHL start for the 26-year-old Daccord, who improved to 3-8-1 in his NHL career. Tanev had his first two-goal game since Oct. 26, 2021, and his first three-point game since Nov. 29, 2021. His second goal put Seattle ahead 4-2 at 14:03 of the third period.

Johnston’s goal was his 21st, the most among league rookies.

Dallas appeared to pull within 4-3 seconds later, but Ty Dellandrea’s goal was successfully challenged for goaltender interference on Max Domi.

Pavelski, scoring at 16:34 of the third, and Benn each scored with an extra attacker on the ice.

Heiskanen has an 11-game points streak, tying the Minnesota-Dallas franchise record for defensemen set by Craig Hartsburg in 1986-87.

Blueline history

Heiskanen’s points streak combined with a 12-game streak brought in by Kraken D Vince Dunn made for the first NHL game ever featuring multiple defensemen with double-digit scoring streaks. Dunn’s streak, which was the longest current streak in the NHL, ended.


Kraken F John Hayden is out for at least 12 weeks following surgery Monday on his right leg after being injured in a fight during Saturday afternoon’s loss to Edmonton. … Pavelski played in his 1,239th career NHL game, moving him into 14th place among all-time American-born players.

Up next

Kraken: The middle games of a four-game road trip will be played Thursday and Saturday against the Nashville Predators.

Stars: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

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