LOS ANGELES — Andre Burakovsky scored two goals, including the overtime winner, and the Seattle Kraken defeated the Los Angeles Kings 9-8 on Tuesday night in the NHL’s highest-scoring game of the season.
Burakovsky hit a power play after 2:08 of the extra session, giving Seattle its first six-game winning streak in franchise history.
“At the end of the day it was one of those last shot wins games and that’s what happened,” said Kraken coach Dave Hakstol. “It’s better to be on the winning side and the good side than the other side, but it’s a crazy game of hockey.”
It was the sixth game in the expansion era (since 1967-68) with at least 17 goals and just one goal, and only the second since 1984-85. The other was the Winnipeg Jets’ 9-8 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on October 27, 2011.
Matty Beniers and Jared McCann each scored two goals as the Kraken set a team record for goals in their second NHL season. Alex Wennberg, Daniel Sprong and Oliver Bjorkstrand also scored and Martin Jones made 27 saves.
Gabe Vilardi had two goals for the Kings but Cal Petersen allowed four shots from 16 after replacing Jonathan Quick early in the second half. Anze Kopitar, Viktor Arvidsson, Carl Grundstrom, Adrian Kempe, Sean Durzi and Mikey Anderson also scored for Los Angeles.
Durzi reduced to 8-7 with 8:16 in the third period and Anderson equalized with 6:21 to go.
“It’s a very, very confusing night for all of us,” said Kings coach Todd McLellan. “I’m really disappointed that we conceded absolutely nine goals. But on the other side of the coin, I’m glad we fought back, took a point and scored eight goals. So it’s a mass confusion for all of us right now, and we better damn find out quick.
It looked like the Kings might be able to score in overtime when Trevor Moore played the puck in the offensive zone before Kempe came on the bench, resulting in a penalty for too many men on the ice led. Burakovsky fired a wrist shot from the right circle through traffic on the power play that followed.
“I have the puck in a good area and I’m going to shoot from there all day,” said Burakovsky.
Although Burakovsky secured victory with his second game with multiple goals in the last three games, he was not happy.
“It was a pretty screwed up night,” he said. “We traded chances, a lot of sloppy plays. I think we played a really bad game and so did they. We were lucky that they didn’t play well at all.”
Seattle surpassed the eight goals it scored against San Jose last Wednesday. McCann compared the game to Canadian-raised pond hockey, before then pointing out the similarities to junior hockey.
“It’s going to be one of those nights,” he said. “There will be a lot of goals, there will be a lot of attacking, so good that we got the two points.”
The first half was practically a game in itself, resulting in a 3-3 draw after 20 minutes, with Kopitar scoring after 16 seconds. It was his 11th career goal in the first minute of a game that ranks Kopitar sixth in NHL history and set the stage for two power-play goals per team in their four combined chances. Kraken defender Justin Schultz grabbed the second assist on all three of his club’s goals, setting a franchise record for most assists in one period.
ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press contributed to this report.