Johansson’s late winner gives Kraken 2-1 victory over ‘Canes

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SEATTLE (AP) — Marcus Johansson beat Frederik Andersen with a wrist shot with 3:08 remaining, Philipp Grubauer made 35 saves and the Seattle Kraken beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Seattle won its second straight to close out a six-game homestand and handed the red-hot Hurricanes just their third regulation loss of the season. It was the second straight setback for Carolina after losing to San Jose in overtime Monday night.

Seattle’s Jared McCann scored on the power play at 4:16 of the second period and Johansson provided the winner in the closing minutes. Johansson circled the net, and his shot buzzed over Andersen’s left shoulder. It was Johansson’s second goal of the season and gave Seattle its first win this season when trailing after the first period.

Brendan Smith gave Carolina an early lead at 18:32 of the first period when his slap shot from the point slipped past Grubauer, who was screened in front by Jordan Staal.

But that was all Carolina would get past Grubauer in his best performance to date for Seattle. Andersen made 20 saves.

Seattle pulled even in the second period as its power play that was dormant early in the season continued its rapid recovery. McCann’s goal was his fifth on the power play and the fifth straight game with a power-play goal for the Kraken. Seattle has scored on seven of its past 19 power-play opportunities after beginning the season with just three goals in 38 chances.

Grubauer was terrific when Carolina had the advantage, showing flashes of why Seattle made such a hefty investment in the goaltender. Andrei Svechnikov had a clear look off a faceoff that Grubauer kicked aside, and he made another save lunging across the goal to rob Teuvo Teravainen.

Grubauer also made a key save on Seattle’s power play, stopping Jordan Staal on a breakaway short-handed.

Grubauer was just as good in the third period making stops on a couple of odd-man rushes early in the period on turnovers by the Seattle defense.

NOTES

Seattle Kraken defenseman Vince Dunn, left, greets center Jared McCann after McCann scored a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes with an assist from Dunn during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, in Seattle.

Carolina played its second game without defenseman Ethan Bear, who tested positive for COVID-19 before Monday’s game in San Jose. … Vince Dunn and Svechnikov both received 5-minute penalties for fighting in the third period. Svechnikov also receiving a roughing penalty.

UP NEXT

Hurricanes: Carolina closes out its road trip at Philadelphia on Friday.

Kraken: Seattle opens a four-game road trip at Tampa Bay on Friday.

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